Japan Part 2: Nara Park, Disneyland and Wandering Around Tokyo
On our third day in Kyoto, we visited Nara Park, which is an hour train ride away from the city. You probably need at least two days to explore the whole park because it's so big and we only saw about half of it. Nara Park is probably most famous for its deer, who pretty much roam around freely. They were such adorable, gentle animals and when you want to feed the deer, they will bow at you for food! As well as feeding the deer and taking many photos of the cherry blossoms, we visited Todaiji Temple, which was HUGE. As Japan's first capital city, it's so full of history and culture. We ended our day in Nara by going on a rickshaw ride, which was so fun!
After three nights in Kyoto, April and I headed back to Shinjuku, Tokyo for the remainder of our trip to visit Disneyland and do some more shopping. We decided to visit Disneyland on a Monday because we knew the weekend would be busy, but even for a weekday, it was packed! We couldn't be bothered waiting in line for most rides, but we did go on Space Mountain, a baby rollercoaster, It's A Small World and Haunted Mansion. We watched the Easter parade, which was just pure joy and got I got some photos of a few Disney characters. The Disney princesses were flawless and didn't even look like real people! I wonder how much they get paid for smiling literally all day.
On our last day, we went back to Harajuku to do some more shopping and then went to explore the main Tokyo city, which wasn't exciting at all. Main Tokyo is the CBD area, so we didn't manage to find anything fun to do there. We did however, find a huge cherry blossom tree to take some last photos of. A lot of people, including the locals, were gathered under this particular tree just taking photos.
On the way home, we nearly missed our flight to Kuala Lumpur, which was scary, but funny to look back on now. We spent a free night there (Malaysia Airlines paid for it for changing our flights), but didn't get time to leave the airport, which was a bummer. The flight home was definitely the most depressing thing ever and I've been back to regular old Perth life for a month now. I'm off to Europe in July, so at least I still have something to look forward to! I've definitely caught the travel bug, though I've always known I had it before I'd ever even been anywhere.