Nico Jay (@neecker) — 🤷🏻♂️🤷🏻♂️
Late post 🤷🏻♂️ day 5 & 6 were spent in Kyoto, Nara, & Osaka. Dressed in traditional Japanese wear and walked around for a bit. Visited the cup of noodle musuem. Made our very own cup of noodle. Pretty cool. Not pictured, but there were visits to feed some deers, walked the infamous bamboo trail, and had some ayce Japanese bbq. Lots of walking daily. 🚶🏻♂️🚶🏻♀️
Day 3 and 4 was spent in Sanrio Puroland and Tokyo Disney Sea, then back to Shibuya. Sanrio Puroland was more of a carnival type amusement park. You pay for admission and if you want to ride rides or watch a show, you would have to pay for it again. So, that was a bit much. 👎🏽 Tokyo Disney was okay. I think its similar to Disney world, with multiple theme parks that would require multiple days to cover, which we didn't have. If you're a Disney nut, you would definitely enjoy this place. And oh..you pay for a ticket to the ride the monorail that takes you to each theme park. Kinda annoying but that seemed to be the theme in Japan 🤷🏻♂️
After Korea, we headed to Japan. First day was spent mainly traveling by train to Tokyo, figuring out the subway system, getting lost 😩, frustrated and irritable 😡. Definitely not the easiest of times when traveling with little ones. Checked out Shibuya the following day. The amount of people in the area is just ridiculous. Walking shoulder to shoulder at times, it can be a bit frustrating navigating your way around the area. Found the famous 'Shibuya crossing' and it disappoint with the amount of ppl crossing this famous 'landmark.' Definitely enjoyed this area, surprisingly.
Day 5: continued. Gyeongbokgung palace is pretty huge and the pics don't do it justice. Definitely something to check it out if you ever visit Korea. The National Palace of Museum was cool too. Gave some insight on the history of the Joseon dynasty. I'm a 🤓 when it comes to history so this one was 👍🏽 for me.
Day 3: went to the 'Alive Musuem' mainly for the kids, but it was unexpectedly fun for the adults as well. Afterwards, headed to the Myeongdong shopping district and it was crazy busy. Small alleyways lined up with vendors, restaurants and whatever you can think of. Lots of locals, tourists, legit fakes, and skin care on every corner. Oh and the street foods..🐷🐖
Day 2: Spent the day in the swanky Gangnam district. Very upscale and modern. They had Psy bumpin' by the hand statue, which was cool. The Co-Ex mall is comparable to South Coast Plaza in terms of high end shopping, but this place is probably thrice the size of it. & it has a library. 🤓 Visited the 'K-pop' museum b/c #wheninkorea 🤷🏻♂️ & Tay had a great time with seeing all the BTS stuff 🙄. Annie went to town with all the Korean skin care they had at random stores. & KFC is so good here. #sogood 😋 Spent the rest of the day at the aquarium in the mall. Octanauts themed and its pretty self-explanatory in terms of being an aquarium, but nicer than some of the ones I've been to.
Taking it easy today with some light rain and breezy weather in Seoul. Gives me a chance to upload some pics.. Day 1: Arrived to Incheon airport around 0420 so it was good timing 😄. Took an hr bus ride to get to where we needed to be. Then had to lug our luggage (apparently, not uncommon around here 🤷🏻♂️) to our Airbnb. The 'hanok' is small and cozy, but has the necessities to keep us comfortable. Most of day 1 was exploring our neighborhood and trying to get to Namsan tower. Got turned around a few times (a lot, actually 🙃) but Google maps and bus system here is pretty on point. Note: people are pretty helpful, if asked, and respectful. streets are clean and no trash bins in sight. & Wi-Fi is everywhere. 🤗 lots of coffee vendors and places to eat.