After a 6 hour overnight flight from Singapore, we landed at Haneda International Airport in Japan, local time 5:30am. The kids were well rested after a long sleep on the flight.
Most kiosks in the terminal had not opened yet so we had a quick breakfast at a cafe before catching the first shuttle bus into the city.
Despite it being hours before check-in time, the hotel found us a room and we managed a quick lie-down before heading out to explore Shinjuku.
Tokyo is completely overwhelming of all senses. The crowds of people, the neon lights, the sheer size of the micro cities within in Tokyo is just indescribable.
We haven’t filled our days with sight seeing because the simple task of catching a train takes so long with 3 small children, a double pram and no elevators in the stations! Walking is our preferred mode of transport which keeps us fit and allows us to explore the areas with great detail.
The children have been trying the local foods and enjoy noodles, sushi and tonkatsu.
Our favourite area to explore would have to be Harajuku/Shibuya. We had many locals stop to take photos of the kids, and ask questions about our family. I dare say the double pram and 3 small children attracts some level of curiosity here. We are yet to see another caucasian family as large as ours. The quaint alleys of Harajuku are filled with tiny shops selling jewellery, glasses, clothes, shoes and souvenirs. Many little food kiosks sell crepes and ice-cream which is hard to ignore with 3 little ones.
Crepes on Takeshita Dori
James and I at the famous Shibuya crossing
Abi standing in a tiny laundromat in the back alleys of Shinjuku
We have only a few more days in Tokyo before catching the bullet train to Osaka. Tonight we are off to the baseball for James’s 34th Birthday which is today. On Wednesday, we are heading to Tokyo Disneyland which I’m positive will be a very L-O-N-G day for all of us.
More from Tokyo soon,