PB&J Adventures: Tokyo Day 1

Welcome back to our PB&J Japan adventures! In this post I'll be recapping day 1 of our travels. I'll have a separate post with all our favorite tips and tricks for whenever we're in Japan, so watch out for that in the near future.

Day 1:
The kick off to our Japan 2017 travels can best be described as a mish-mash of a Friday/Saturday travel time warp, an afternoon arrival in Tokyo and a cute fueled shopping binge at the Disney Store. All while being up for almost 24hrs straight. Curious? Read on for more!

Up, Up and Away
Let's start a the beginning. We started our day on a Friday departing from home in San Francisco (Bay Areaaaa!). For those who have wondered about travel time between the U.S and Japan, you're looking at a long flight. From the west coast it's about 11 hours. We left SFO at 11am our time and arrived in Tokyo/Haneda airport at 3pm Saturday the following day. Now that's some magical time travel, all thanks to that international time change.
Our PB&J "hope & hearts" mascot, Peanut 2.0 ready for take-off!
After 11hrs... Hello, Tokyo!
A clear view of Mt. Fuji greeted us from the plane.

Konichiwa, Tokyo
Once arriving in Tokyo, we booked it through customs, grabbed our luggage, exchanged currency, and were on our way to our hotel. Since we arrived mid afternoon, we had a good chunk of the evening left to wander around our favorite city.

After freshening up, we headed straight for Shibuya. Home to the famous Shibuya Crossing aka the world's busiest pedestrian crossing, the Hachiko statue, and of course, the cutest Disney Store in the world!
Beautiful chaos at the world's busiest intersection. It's truly a sigh to behold!
The cutest little Hachiko bus crossing the famous Shibuya intersection! 



Shibuyaaaaaa!
Shibuya is always a must visit whenever we're in Tokyo. The area just feels so alive, more so at night with everything lit up and all of the hustle and bustle of locals and tourists alike. There's so many good food spots, shopping and fun in the area! We're suckers for the unique conveyor belt sushi joint Uobei and the oh so good, Zanmai in the area. I'll recap more of my favorite spots in a separate post, soon.


Hope & Hearts around Shibuya, Tokyo

Ramen Noms!
For our first meal in Tokyo, we opted for ramen. This is PB's ultimate/favorite food so we searched TableLog, Japan's version of our American Yelp, and found a little restaurant that featured a yummy seafood broth ramen. Full off ramen, the notorious jet lag cloud started to hover above us as we clocked in at almost a full day without sleep. Side note, anyone else here not able to sleep on planes? PB can KO on a plane like a champ, but I can never get more than 2 hours of sleep on a flight. So we headed to one last stop before calling it a night...

Disney Merch Heaven
Our last stop for day 1 in Tokyo lead us to somewhere magical, the Disney Store in Shibuya! This store is literally the cutest Disney Store that you'll step foot in. As you walk up, you're greeted by a giant Disney castle facade and as you walk in you're transported into Disney merchandise heaven.



This Disney Store is a sight to behold and honestly, justifies an entire post of it's own, I'll take a closer  look at all the Disney goodness this store holds in my next post.
Too much cuteness at the Disney Store!

Good night, Day 1
After a shopping binge at the Disney Store, we finally called it a night after an exhausting day of travel and adventures around our first day in Tokyo. On the way back to our hotel we stumbled upon a Pokemon spot! PB and I never got into PokemonGo, but if you do play or are into Pokemon, they're ALL OVER Tokyo!


At this point we had been up for about 24hrs since our departure from SF to our fun and adventures around Tokyo. This was an excellent way to try to beat that time change jet lag and try to get a good night's sleep for Day 2 fun! I'll give you a hint at what day 2 held in three words: Food, Cute & SHOPPING!

Thank you for reading along, everyone! Stay tuned for my next post, a closer look into the magic that is the Shibuya Disney Store 💜



8 comments

  1. When I was watching your Instagram stories in Tokyo, I turned to my boyfriend and said that that intersection puts anything in New York City to shame lol It looks so chaotic! But everything over there looks so cute and magical. I'm so excited for your next post about the Disney Store. I wish the stores over here would step their game up like they do!

    -Katie

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    1. Shibuya Crossing is so insane! And yes! For some reason, everything really is cuter in Japan. I wish I took more photos of all the little signs and stuff, everything has their own little cute mascot or illustration to go along with it. Totally agree about the Japan Disney Store merch though, I wish the US stores would do more crossovers! Thank you so much for reading and following along on all of our adventures!

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  2. I can't sleep on planes either. I can never get comfortable enough to sleep. I always feel worried and anxious and can't wait to land. I wish the disney stores In the U.S. had the cuteness of Tokyo. Lol

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    1. Yes to the plane insomnia! I've tried everything, from staying up the night before, dramamine, soothing music, lol... nothing ever works! It doesn't help either to look over and PB is sound asleep, haha. I totally agree, I wish the US Disney Stores would do more collaborations with the Asia Disney Stores, all the merch there is too cute :)

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  3. I am going to have to visit this Disney Store for sure! How cute is the Peter Pan and Toy Story bits! The food looks amazing.

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    1. Yes! This Disney Store is a MUST for any Disney fan! It's amazing.

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  4. That Disney store looks incredible! How adorable is the Peter Pan and Toy Story areas?!?!

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  5. This is such a cute Disney Store! The themed areas are just so incredible!

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