Tokyo & Bangkok (Spring 2016)

The highlights of the trip is that the kids got to go to Pokemon store, tried the gourmet sushi at the Tsujiki fish market after waiting for 2 hrs, enjoy the sakura watching.

When we got to Thailand we stayed at the same hotel in the movie hangover 2, mom and dad experience authentic Thai massage. Of course the palaces, elephants, temples, fruits, food and canals were as amazing and as memorable as we expected them to be. We’ve seen pictures but nothing like being  there and experiencing it before your very eyes.

Here is our itinerary:

{ T O K Y O }

Tranportation: JR Tokyo Wide Pass (ordinary 3 days) 5000- 10000 yen

Day 1 (Sat 3/26)
– Kaiten Sushi dinner at Numazuko sushi, Shinjuku.

Day 2 (Sun 3/27)
– Ramen and donburi breakfast
– Diver City Plaza (full size Gundam statue, Hello Kity store, Daiso, Premium Kaio Train -kaiten- sushi)
– Self walking tour from JR Shibuya station to JR Harajuku station (NHK building, Yoyogi park, Takeshi st, Totti Candy Factory, Harajuku St, Mango Cha Cha)
– Dinner at Harajuku Gyoza Lou
– Tokpoki in Korean Town (hotok.jp)

Day 3 (Mon 3/28)
– Omakase breakfast at Tsukiji at Okame Sushi.
– Sakura watching at Ueno Park
– Tokyo Tower (by Metro)
– Pokemon Center Alpha at Sunshine City (Ikebukuro station)
– Dinner at Robot Restaurant, Shinjuku
– Dessert at Maidreamin Maid Cafe, Shinjuku
– Zakuzaku cream puff, Shinjuku

Day 4 (Tue 3/29)
– Yodobashi, Akibahara
– Hitsumabushi unagidon (Nagoya style) at Yodobashi, Akibahara
– Volcano pasta at Kiteretsu at Yodobashi, Akibahara
– Kanda Myojin shrine and IT charm for souvenirs
– Picking up airport exclusive Kitkats (Sakura Matcha, Hokkaido red bean, strawberry cheese cake in a Mt Fuji box)

{ B A N G K O K }

Day 1 (3/30)
– Temple of The Emerald Buddha
– Grand Palace
– Wat Pho (the reclining Buddha)
– Chao Phraya river and canal boat ride from Wang Lang Pier
– Thai lunch at Kalpapruek Restaurant
– Tuktuk ride to Mandarin Oriental hotel
– Thai dinner and show (Thai dance performances) at Sala Rim Naam at Mandarin Oriental hotel

Day 2 (3/31)
– Bang Pa-In Royal Summer Palace, Ayutthaya
– Wat Maha Tat ruins (Buddha head in tree roots), Ayutthaya
– Phra Mongkhon Bophit, Ayutthaya
– Phra Si Sanphet, Ayutthaya
– Lunch cruise on the Grand Pearl cruiser, cruising back into Bangkok
– Local Thai massage (Wan)
– Tuktuk ride to Siam Paragon
– Taling Pling at Siam Paragon
– After You at Siam Paragon

Day 3 (4/1)
– Local fruit market in Nakhon Nayok, outside Bangkok
– Ox carriage ride
– Simple Thai cooking demo and lunch
– Waterfall hike at Khao Yai National Park
– Elephant ride (the jungle house)
– Local 90 minute-Thai massage at Silom Bodyworks (Ake and Wan)
– Dinner at Baan Khanitha, Asiatique
– Fish spa, Asiatique

Hotels on this trip:
– Sha Maison at Shin Okobu/ korean town (JR Yamanote Line, Tokyo) via AirBnb
– Lebua Bangkok

Airlines:
• SFO – NRT round trip by United
• NRT – BKK round trip by United operated by ANA

Note:
Hitsumabushi, nagoya style unagi donburi, or eel bowl, dish, but the way it is eaten is a bit different than a standard donburi meal. Unagi donburi is usually simply widely sliced unagi pieces placed on a bed of rice, and with the exception of adding some crushed Japanese green pepper corn called sansho, a bit more sauce, or dried seaweed, it is eaten as is. This is also a great way to eat unagi, but Hitsumabushi takes this basic formula and adds a bit more to it.
Source: http://japaninfoswap.com/eating-unagi-in-nagoya-hitsumabushi/

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