DAY 1

Feb 09 2019

24 Kirkpatrick St

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Brisbane Airport

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Narita

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We woke up bright and sparky at 5am at the airport by 6:15am through security with no hiccups and into the qantas club for a vodka lime and soda breakfast deal

Narita

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Park Hotel Tokyo

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Good flight,easy way though customs, transport waiting with our names and whisked away in the van - an hour ands a half to Tokyo Park hotel then time to explore:)

DAY 2

Feb 10 2019

Park Hotel Tokyo

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Keio Plaza Hotel

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Tsukiji Outer Market

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Tokyo Skytree

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Asakusa

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Tokyo Harbor

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AQUA CiTY ODAIBA

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Shinjuku

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Park Hotel Tokyo

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DAY 3

Feb 11 2019

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JR East Office

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Tokyo Station

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Shibuya Scramble Crossing

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DAISO

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Shibuya Station

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Park Hotel Tokyo

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DAY 4

Feb 12 2019

Park Hotel Tokyo

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Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal

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Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station

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Hakone

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Ginza

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A great day to sit on a bus and see the countryside...rest the legs after a big walking day yesterday we had dinner beautiful weather quite mild and then 3degrees at Hakone. lunch was great another traditional meal of Hoto

McDonalds for dinner 🍔🍟🥤some days are like that!

DAY 5

Feb 13 2019

Park Hotel Tokyo

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Tokyo Station

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AQUA CiTY ODAIBA

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Park Hotel Tokyo

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Tokyo Tower

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Park Hotel Tokyo

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Impromptu walk to Tokyo Tower as we could see it from our hotel window morning noon and night...while we were there resting from the walk as my poor tired body needs to do I looked up the tickets on a website called Klook...sure enough tickets were less than half the price for two of us than we would have paid for one at the gate...so up we went 😁🗼

DAY 6

Feb 14 2019

Park Hotel Tokyo

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Kyoto

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Crowne Plaza

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Sports store 😶

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Sports Store 😶

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River with little Bridge and canal

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Little Bridge over Canal

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shops

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Mos Burger

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Mos Burger

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Crowne Plaza

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DAY 7

Feb 15 2019

Crowne Plaza

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Kyoto Avanti

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Start of Kyoto tour day

JTB SUNRISE TOURS DESK KYOTO

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Nijō Castle

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Nijo-jo Castle

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Kinkaku-ji

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Kinkaku-ji

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Kyoto Imperial Palace

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Imperial Palace

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Kyoto Station

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End of morning tour....lunchtime

Buddist Temple

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Kiyomizu-dera

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Do you speak Japanese? Asked the tour guide “No” said I laughing “oh you have good pronunciation “ Greg and Bella laugh at me from across the aisle while I turn red from embarrassment and a little pride 😂

Kyoto Avanti

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Crowne Plaza

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Another big tour day ....⛩🏯🗾 time for a bath and bed

DAY 8

Feb 16 2019

Kyoto station

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Nagoya Station

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Shinano 11

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Nagano

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Nagano BT Bus Stop

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Hakuba Goryu

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DAY 9

Feb 17 2019

Aqua Alpine Hotel

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Bus Stop for Snow Monkey Park

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Zenkō-ji Temple

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Aqua Alpine Hotel

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Bus tour to see the snow monkeys today ...a long and sometime slippery trek to see the paparazzi take photos of the snow monkeys in the Onsen

DAY 10

Feb 18 2019
Staying put today..a rest day before Disneyland

DAY 11

Feb 19 2019

Aqua Alpine Hotel

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Nagano BT Bus Stop

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Tokyo Disneyland

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Getting a reserved seat on the Tokyo from Nagano train is a must

DAY 12

Feb 20 2019

Oh my what a day...people watching, shopping, riding the rides, junk food eating

Disneyland is by all accounts a magical place anywhere in the world but Tokyo is special in its own way. The group dressing...either the whole group the same right down to the shoes and headgear they buy on the day or theme the same where everyone one is slightly different, a different colour or different character. But the couple dressing is my favourite to see...not what your usual Aussies are used to anyway!

DAY 13

Feb 21 2019
Verdict
Disneyland is our favourite

DAY 14

Feb 22 2019

Time to head home...a quiet day before a pick up at 4pm.we went to the local shops again and then a late checkout before having a quick bite to eat.
Arigatou gozaimas Japan...you’ve been wonderful. The ease of travel for not having a lot of Japanese language has been a surprise.
Hakuba was wonderful to see and play in snow but it was more a slice of Australia than Japan.
Kyoto was not as memorable this time without the help and guidance of Toshiko, that will still be one of my most treasured memories.
Tokyo would have to be my favourite experience this trip, partly because I love cities where you can walk and see different things, the good experience is different every day, and the subway system is great to conquer.

Hilton Tokyo Bay

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Narita International Airport

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Brisbane Airport

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