Japan…. I’m always in awe when I watch Japan Hour on TV, the places they would show never cease to amaze me and last week, I finally got to experience a piece of it. 9 days in Japan is nowhere near enough. So much to see and do. Taking their public transport alone is an experience of it own.
Honestly speaking, when Mister suggested Japan when we were still in the midst of deciding our next destination, I wasn’t too thrilled. In my mind, I wanted some place easier to tackle and I’m not sure if both of us were ready enough for a trip to Japan with Arissa. But I gave it a chance and I’m glad I was proven wrong. We managed on our own with the little one in tow and that is also because alhamdulillah, the little cutie pie has been nothing but very easy to ajak berjalan. Tipu la kalau cakap dia tak nangis. Budak mesti nangis punyer… But fortunately its usually a quick one. Both the stroller and baby carrier proved to be very important for us during this trip.
Tokyo is super baby friendly, nursing room or baby diaper changing area is always not too far away.
Basically, for this trip we spent a total of $1,811 for accommodations & flight.
8 Nights in Tokyo – $861
1 Night in Gora, Hakone – $108
Flight tickets – Delta Airlines – $842
Pukul 3:30 pagi, dia kena kejut & mandi. Hahahah…
Last time, these two luggage were way more than enough for us. However, we’ve come to realise that we need to replace that black luggage to a bigger one the next time we travel… No joke sey, by the end of the trip, aku sampai dudukkan that black luggage so that Mister can zip it up. Hahah…
First time traveling with Delta Airlines. We were psyched for scoring very cheap tickets to Japan, and food wise we weren’t expecting much. Surprisingly, makanan dia actually not bad.
During the 6 hours flight, Arissa was sleeping the first half of it (her normal routine). By 9 am she’s wide awake in the flight and terkinja-kinja already. We kept her busy with some toys and snacks and when those got boring, I baby carried her to the back of the plane. Had conversations with the passengers who were in the queue for the lavatory as well as the stewardess. #thingsthenormalmewouldnotdo
We have arrived!
We purposely looked for an accommodation that is within walking distance to any of the Yamanote line train stations. Reason being, this line goes directly to Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku & Tokyo (places we intend to go) and also easy access to reach to and from Narita Airport. The apartment we booked is just 5 mins walk from Gotanda station. We purchased the Narita Express (NEX) to Shinagawa station. From there, change to Yamanote Line and drop down at Gotanda station which is just 2 stations away.
Waiting to board the train.
Where we placed our luggage.
Baby friendly train. There’s a diaper changing area!
We knew Japan apartments are on the smaller side, so we weren’t expecting anything huge for the budget that we set aside but at the same time, tak nak lah cramp sangat sampai aku rasa nak bukak luggage pon takde space… So this one that we got, was just nice for our small family.
When night came.
This is the first time we book via AirBnb and we chose this apartment for a couple of reasons; washing machine and dryer is a must have. There are some apartments that have a coin-operated washing machine in the building, but if we can get the one that is in the apartment itself, why not. Pocket wi-fi is available for free, so there is no need to rent an overseas wi-fi router from Singapore. And budget budget budget… we set it to no more than $1K. They even included a baby cot and that whole box filled with brochures of Tokyo was superrr useful.