30.01.2011 - 30.01.2011 -2 °C
Only two things on the agenda today, pretty simple really. We walk to Suidobashi station and catch the multiple connections to the Keiyo line. At Tokyo station, this means an 800m walk from the Yamanote line to the Keiyo line. We have had many occasions where the simple line map shows two lines interchanging at a station, only to find that means a 600m walk to the connection, in some cases being thrown out onto the street, as there are a number of different train companies around Tokyo.
We head to the flea market at Tomiokahachimangu Shrine to the east of Tokyo. There is a fascinating array of all sorts of stuff at the market which people can obviously sell on. There are people selling bits of jade, movie posters, sword bosses, pottery, coins, pins, used kimonos and yakutas, prints and all sorts of other odds and sods. It is fascinating, we pick up beads, coins and a votive tablet – I liked a small piece of jade but I thought the 5000Y asking price was a bit steep. We head on our way, picking up some sushi (surprise) and finding some cans of pancake drink (surprise, surprise) to keep us going. Next visit is the big one - we are going to see the Mouse.
I know it is the weekend but an online predictor said there would not be many people there today. Which just goes to show you cannot trust every thing you read on line – really! I would have also thought the weather – clear but cold, 7/0 degrees would keep the crowds down. No such luck – don’t come on a weekend if you can help it.
Started as always with Star Tours, funny hearing it all in Japanese. A bit of dithering on G’s part saw us wandering around until we ran into Roger Rabbit’s Car-toon, a new one by me and with only a 20 minute wait. By the time we had decided what we wanted to do all the Fast Pass slots for the day had been allocated so we had to wait it out in all the queues. So we went on The raceway and then to Splash Mountain. Next G wanted to go for a paddle in the canoes, which proved to be a mistake as the man two in front proved to be a shoveller, nor a paddler. As a result, all four rows of people behind him copped a soaking. G ended up with a wet leg and glove, which at these temperatures quickly made him very cold. To warm up we went into the queue for Pirates of the Caribbean, one of the shortest for the day. This is themed a lot more on the movie than others we have seen.
Next we grabbed a bit of crappy food, and as we sat outside eating it, it SNOWED in Disneyland! To warm up we cuddled up with a few hundred of closest friends in another line. My decision to wear 2 jumpers, hat and gloves was paying off. I was hoping the queues would start to dwindle with the snow or with the sunset, disappointed on both counts. We finished off with Monsters inc, Buzz Lightyear and I managed to get G on Space Mountain, which he loved. By now it was getting late so we headed for home.
We stopped off for dinner in our sushi restaurant, had another good eat there. Managed to find a vending machine with pancake drink on the way back, so G was happy. Started organising for the next day.