S: Happy Holidays
BC: See you again, Japan | May 2009
FC: Japan | Family trip to Japan. May 9 to 16, 2009
1: Look, Troy! We're in Japan!
2: Our first stop was to eat a bento-box style Japanese dinner at the Osaka Nikko Hotel.
3: We took a really luxurious bus going to the hotel.
4: Good Morning, Osaka! We're off to Universal Studios.
5: Universal Studios Japan
8: Play Time
9: Crash Bandicoot
12: Universal Studios Main Street
14: Lunch Time!
15: Troy enjoyed running around the streets of Universal Studios
17: The Jurassic Park ride will take you through the different adventures of the Jurassic Park movie, ending in a sudden drop. | EXCITING
20: We're almost done for the day. We're now off to see the sights of Osaka!
21: Goodbye, Universal Studios!
22: Loving the city lights of Osaka. Shinsaibashi shopping with traditional shabu-shabu dinner
23: You cannot leave Japan without having authentic Takoyaki balls!
24: Troy was so tired that he fell asleep while we were in the subway. It was our last night in Osaka and we're off to Kyoto the next day.
25: There were so many things to see in Kyoto & Toyohashi...so little time! We visited the deer park in Nara, took the ferry to see Mt Fuji, went to see a Kimono fashion show, had king crab buffet in our kimono, and checked out the hot springs in Hakone. Oh - and we also got to visit the palace of the samurais. Japan is so rich in history and their stories are very interesting.
28: Feeding the deers at Nara was a lot of fun!
29: AFter feeding the deers, we were off to see an old Japanese temple. There were a lot of shopping stalls on the way...how could you resist cheap stuff in Japan?!? | Mochi! Mochi! Mochi!
31: The people believed that if you go through the small hole (which was as big as the hold of the big buddha's nose) you will gain everlasting life. Needless to say, we did not try that anymore :)
33: We had lunch at a posh hotel. It was first-class dining in Japan! | Kimono Fashion Show
34: House of the Samurai
38: We visited some video and internet shops near our hotel in Toyohashi
40: Waiting to board the Bullet Train
41: From Toyohashi... | ...to Mt. Fuji
43: Before we boarded the ferry to Mt. Fuji, Troy enjoyed riding the walking panda by the pier. And as the pictures can affirm his parents and aunties enjoyed it too!
44: all aboard!
45: Ferry Tales
46: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. -Joyce Brothers
47: Papa & me
48: "Cherish your yesterdays, dream about tomorrow but live for today"
53: With our lovely tour guide, Ms Masako
54: The clouds were below us when we reached station 5 of Mt. Fuji. It was amazing!
55: Hakone Hot Spring bath in our hotel.
57: We had king crabs in our kimonos!
58: Picture with our driver and tour guide. Then we're off to Tokyo!
59: Our first stop was Disney Sea. Tokyo DisneySea is a 176 acre (712,246 m) theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, just outside of Tokyo. It opened on September 4, 2001.
60: Gondola ride
64: Disney Sea
65: Angkong and me
67: "To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world."
68: Troy's first ride
69: Sea of Dreams
71: It was getting dark but the place just got lovelier. Disney Sea is even nicer at night. Pictures do not do justice.
74: Goodbye Disney Sea
75: Disney Subway
76: Disneyland Tokyo
77: Disney Main Street
78: I think this could really be the 'Happiest Place on Earth!'
82: Cutie Mickey Mouse lunch!
85: The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
89: Dens felt so cold and he was unprepared. he didn't have a jacket with him so he was forced to wear the raincoat instead.
90: Tickle Time with Papa! | Troy super loved the hotel crib
93: It was a very cold at night in Tokyo and he was obviously freezing. He had his foot up the whole time because he was probably feeling very cold already. But he still did not want to wear socks nor shoes. | The Boy Who Refused to Wear Shoes
94: At the lobby of our hotel. | Hotel Nikko Tokyo
95: Welcome to Sanrio Puroland! Sanrio Puroland is an indoor theme park that opened on December 7, 1990. It is located in Tama New Town, Tokyo, Japan that attracts over 1.5 million visitors per year.
99: off to Harajuku | Going home | Our last stop was Harajuku before heading to the airport. We will miss you, Japan! Sayonara!