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Trip Report A hungry mouse's (very sweaty) adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun

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I'm not sure how dedicated I'll be in writing this but I'm at least going to try. Hi, everyone!

I've so far spent two days in LA, three days at Tokyo DLR, and two days in Tokyo. It's hot, hot, hot, like everyone warned me it would be. So this may be a museum and coffee shop heavy trip. Always open to recommendations on both!

I packed light- carryon only- but alas, not light enough. But I definitely do not recommend anything bigger than 21 in. There are elevators in the metro system apparently but I've not had much luck finding them and I don't know if they're at all stops. So lots of stairs!

I had asked about sunscreen- I would say that if you have very fair skin like I do, check your bags and bring your favorite sports sunscreen. I have not found high spf waterproof yet- I sweat the other stuff off, so I will probably very, very freckled at the end of this trip. And probably red and peeling for most of it!

Tokyo Disneysea is pretty amazing. A visual feast, and it has an Indiana Jones ride!! If you've been to DLR, I would focus on DisneySea because it's so different. Tokyo Disneyland is basically a clone of DLR with one important exception. Winnie the Pooh's Honey hunt is a fantastic ride and was worth the price of admission. If you've got muscular thighs, you may want to give Splash Mountain a miss. The restraints are very different and uncomfortable.

I tried every kind of popcorn other than chocolate and soy sauce is hands down my favorite. The shrimp bun in Disney Sea is delicious. Table service restaurants- I was not successful there. If you don't stay in the official hotels or speak Japanese, the option is to show up right at 10 and get a little card. My favorite thing was the little green dumplings in tomorrow land. Cute and delicious!

Little hand towels are popular there and they are very useful to have. I definitely recommend an insulated water bottle. I forgot mine one morning at the Sheraton and it's very easy to get dehydrated. I think vending machines may be the only place to buy water in the parks. Y'all probably know this, but the drink called Aquarius is sadly NOT water. Of 5 attempts to buy water so far, I've gotten something else 3 times. On the plus side, iced tea is unsweetened!

In Tokyo, I stayed at Toco heritage hostel near Iriya Station. It's an interesting place; an old traditional Japanese house with a little garden. Because of that, they enforce quiet hours. No A/C, so I'm happy that I'm not staying there in August. But the rate includes a free drink at the bar, and for 300 yen you can get breakfast- tea, two rice balls, homemade miso soup. Very small, friendly operation.

Yesterday I went to Tokyo National Museum for the special Thailand exhibit. It has an excellent audio guide. I also got my hair cut at assort international salon. My hair was short already but the humidity was giving me an unflattering sheep look. The stylist spoke English and was very nice, and I am so much cooler. Someone warned me that stylists tended to be scissor happy here, and it is certainly true, so be aware of that. However, I have a lot of hair, so that was actually a plus for me. I spend a lot of time at home trying to convince stylists to take MORE off.

I've so far eaten 7-11 rice balls and food and I've enjoyed both. I've been surprised with how cheap it has been so far, actually. Really much less expensive than I expected.

And now, for the rest of Japan:)

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