Looks a lot like NYC, doesn’t it?
My favorite ride was the tower of terror, (an elevator drop) as well as the Journey to the Center of the Earth ride. The Journey ride was a surprise because we had no idea what to expect. The descriptions on our maps didn’t provide much more than the title, so I assumed we were getting on one of those 3D documentary rides. But it turned out it was more like Splash Mountain…a fast paced ride with a vertical drop at the end.
The Tower of Terror Ride
This is a photo taken during the ride. It was one of those photos which you’re encouraged to purchase after the ride, but interestingly enough, no one did. Everyone just lined up in front of the display and snapped photos of their photos using their digital cameras or cell phones. No one said anything to stop them…so I did the same. Look at the facial expression of the woman sitting in front of me.
I also found it interesting that many people came to Disneyland dressed as their favorite characters. And not just children, but adults too! Nearly every other girl had on a Minnie Mouse or Lilo and Stitch costume on, so my mom and I decided to join in on the trend.
We also went to Kamakura….which is a touristy beach town near Tokyo. It was very quaint and cute and it really felt like we were a world away from Tokyo (although we were in actuality only an hour or so outside). I would have loved to have spent the night there…but there were only a handful of hotels and all of them were booked! Here’s some advice for anyone looking to stay overnight in Kamakura, reserve a hotel room in advance if you plan on visiting on a weekend because they’re almost always full!
People come to visit the giant buddha, but really the town, (with it’s craft shops, souvenir shops and cafes) is worth a trip in itself.
The beach was gray and grimy…but I was just so grateful to be away from the wall to wall concrete and crowds, I didn’t care.
Traveling tip: When you arrive at the station in Kamakura, you’ll still be about a 30 minute walk from the Buddha. Don’t take the bus because the walk takes you through the town and along the beach and it’s pretty much a flat and direct path, so you won’t have to worry about getting lost!
Make sure to get a map at the tourist information booth in the train station (they speak English!). But they’ll try to convince you to take a path which cuts through the suburbs and along this busy highway. It’s probably the least complicated route, but it certainly isn’t the most scenic. Trust me and just follow the path that heads to the beach.