Our 2019 Tokyo Disney Resort trip planning information covers all points of visiting Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. We have now Japan information and Disney ideas & tips like the place to remain, how lengthy to go to, the place to eat, which points of interest to do and whether or not it is best to go to this yr or await the Tokyo 2020 Summer time Olympics subsequent yr. (Final January 1, 2019.)
We spend a ton of time planning our journeys to Japan, and we’ve up to date this virtually neurotically as we study from our travels and analysis. This Tokyo DisneySea and Tokyo Disneyland Guide has been up to date dozens of occasions since we first wrote it, and extra will probably be added over time as sure elements are clarified or expanded. We’re barely obsessed followers of Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea.
For the previous 5 years, we’ve visited Japan a number of occasions per yr, together with a few 2-month stays. We’re Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea Annual Passholders who’ve dined in virtually each restaurant and each lodge at TDR. Most just lately, we visited for the vacation season, experiences you possibly can examine in our Tokyo Disneyland Christmas Journey Report and our Tokyo DisneySea Christmas Journey Report.
For those who’re simply beginning to plan a visit to Japan, there’s quite a bit to think about: climate, crowds, seasonal occasions, and new points of interest that might be opening in 2019 and the subsequent 5 years. We’ve traveled to Japan throughout each season, and do a month-by-month breakdown in our When to Go to Tokyo Disneyland submit.
The vary of climate–from 90 levels and oppressively humid in summer time to frigid and snowy in winter–plus high-quality seasonal leisure means the environment of the parks modifications considerably all year long. As soon as you realize the season you need to go to, seek the advice of Crowd Calendars for Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea to select particular dates with the bottom crowds.
Within the close to time period, Tokyo Disneyland is celebrating its 35th Anniversary now by means of March 25, 2019. This options the daytime parade “Dreaming Up,” the brand new nighttime spectacular “Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland,” plus the “Let’s Party Gras!” and “Hello, New York” stage exhibits. All of those are very pleasurable.
When you’re an enormous fan of Halloween or Christmas, we’d advocate ready till a type of seasons to ‘double dip’ on the Happiest Celebration and different seasonal festivities. It’s also possible to “triple dip” by planning a HalloXmas Journey to Tokyo Disney Resort that coincides with each Halloween and Christmas. That’s our absolute favourite time to go to!
A few of chances are you’ll be considering even additional down the street, and planning a go to for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. That’s a little bit of a double-edged sword. We talk about the professionals and cons of ready till then in our Whether or not to Go to Tokyo Disneyland Close to the 2020 Summer time Olympics publish. There’s so much to consider, and we’d strongly encourage you to learn that earlier than making a choice somehow.
If I have been planning a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Japan and had to decide on between visiting now or the Tokyo 2020 Summer time Olympics, I’d select someday in 2019 or Might 2020 (once we expect the brand new Mega E-Ticket Magnificence and the Beast journey and mini-land to open). Japan is making a concerted effort to extend its tourism, and that’s going to have a extra pronounced impact throughout, and within the aftermath of, the Olympics. I worry that the crowds will put a damper on the first-timer expertise come Summer time 2020 and past.
Prepared to attend a bit longer? The FantaSea Springs enlargement, consisting of latest Frozen, Peter Pan, and Tangled mini-lands (plus a brand new lodge) over at Tokyo DisneySea is slated to open in 2022. Japan’s two Disney parks are set to look dramatically totally different in 5 years than they do in the present day. They’re additionally more likely to have considerably larger attendance, so maybe ready shouldn’t be the most effective plan of action.
When you’ve got the means to go to Japan or can save for it as a once-in-a-lifetime journey, we expect you may be very glad with the choice to go. Whereas there’s no query that worldwide journey is expensive, touring to Japan won’t be fairly as costly as you may assume; you actually ought to crunch the numbers earlier than ruling out the potential of swinging a visit to Japan. For extra recommendations on saving cash, learn our Tokyo Disney Resort on a Price range article to see the right way to convey the journey inside attain.
Talking of which, since we go to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea frequently, we’ve been accused of being biased in the direction of the Japanese parks. That isn’t true in any respect. We’re biased in the direction of excellence. From upkeep to meals high quality to Forged Member friendliness, Tokyo Disney Resort is in a league of its personal. Furthermore, we’ve but to come across anybody who has advised us they regretted visiting Japan. (If you wish to be the primary, be happy to say so within the feedback.)
With that, let’s get began with this Tokyo Disney Resort Journey Planning Guide!
Undoubtedly, touring to Japan is outdoors consolation zones and one of many largest issues holding individuals again from visiting. From the lengthy worldwide flight to the prospect of navigating a overseas nation with out talking its native language, a visit to Japan may be overwhelming. That is regular, and there’s completely nothing fallacious with being anxious about touring someplace as a result of it’s outdoors of your consolation zone.
The dangerous information is that Tokyo is an extended flight to a spot the place English is a second language (at greatest). The excellent news is that the Japanese are a few of the universally nicest and most useful individuals on the planet, and that when you perceive the ‘system’ at one Disney theme park, you perceive it in any respect of them, no matter their dominant language. For those who’re staying on property at Tokyo Disney Resort, the most important impediment you face might be getting from the airport to your lodge–and even that isn’t too troublesome.
When it comes to the language barrier, there’s not a lot of 1 in any respect. All indicators are in English (see above), park maps can be found in English, and lots of points of interest have dialogue in English. Even the points of interest which have dialogue solely in Japanese principally convey their message by means of visible means.
Extra importantly, most Forged Members both converse sufficient English to successfully talk with English-speaking friends or can discover somebody that will help you who does. Failing that, a little bit of pantomime will get the job achieved. Verbal communication and pantomime with the primary Forged Member you encounter is all you’ll want.
I can solely consider a handful of occasions on our visits the place the language barrier was any actual type of difficulty, and probably the most confusion was in all probability an try and order beer on draught versus in a bottle. Not precisely an enormous drawback.
For those who’re one to carry lengthy conversations with totally different Forged Members, you’re going to be disenchanted. In the event you’re solely speaking to the extent that you simply need to order lunch and also you don’t thoughts pointing at a menu merchandise, you’ll do exactly nice.
My social expertise are poor and I can barely talk with individuals in English, and I nonetheless do exactly advantageous. Regardless of that, Forged Members in Tokyo are by far the nicest and most useful on the planet, and they’ll do every thing they will to make your expertise constructive, as long as that doesn’t contain breaking guidelines.
If you wish to really feel extra snug earlier than you go to, learn our 101 Nice Ideas for Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea submit, which gives a wealth of random recommendation that may familiarize you with a ton of ‘little things’ (and loads of massive ones) that it is best to find out about Tokyo Disney Resort. Our aim with that publish is to assist first-timers really feel like they’re touring the parks like locals.
The Japanese idea of guidelines is totally different than the US idea of guidelines. Calling them “rules” is perhaps a little bit of a misnomer, as a result of it some instances they’re mere statements or insurance policies. For instance, you could be used to creating substitutions to your meals within the US parks due to a meals allergy or choice.
What’s on the menu is what’s on the menu in Japan, and makes an attempt at substitutions or modifications will sometimes be met with resistance or confusion. Whereas People usually tend to query the “why?” of a rule or coverage right here within the US and take a look at whether or not it actually is sensible given the circumstances (even for those who don’t assume you do that, likelihood is you in all probability do), in Japan, adherence to each rule/coverage/process is universally anticipated, regardless of how arbitrary it might sound.
More often than not, this leads to a extra orderly, satisfying expertise (parks the place there isn’t any line leaping and everybody sits down for the parades!). Typically it does have unintended penalties. We all know some vegetarians who’ve gone to the parks and didn’t have the most effective of occasions as a result of there have been restricted vegetarian choices they usually have been unable to make substitutions as a result of a substitution goes towards established coverage.
In case your travels to Japan take you past Tokyo Disney Resort (and they need to), you will be stepping additional outdoors of your consolation zone. Once more, the identical guidelines concerning the Japanese being extraordinarily courteous and useful apply, and the occasions we’ve struggled a bit, we placed on our ‘confused American’ faces. Invariably, strangers stopped to assist us with out solicitation.
How Many Days?
A part of answering this query requires figuring out how a lot time you’ll be able to spend in Japan. For those who’re touring midway all over the world, hopefully you’re planning on seeing extra than simply the 2 Disney theme parks in Japan. Along with these, we’d additionally strongly advocate spending a very good period of time in Tokyo itself (seek the advice of our Final Tokyo, Japan Metropolis Guide for suggestions there). We’d additionally strongly advocate taking the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto.
Kyoto is our favourite metropolis on the earth, and a spot that we view as important to a visit to Japan. In our Final Guide to Kyoto, Japan, we provide our “sales pitch” as to why we adore it a lot, and canopy every thing you have to know for planning a go to to that fantastic metropolis. Complete, we’d advocate Disney followers allocate round two-thirds of their journey to the cities of Kyoto and Tokyo.
The opposite a part of answering this query is contingent upon whether or not you’re a Disney fan planning a pilgrimage to the 2 greatest Disney parks on the earth, or a daily individual visiting Japan who stumbled upon this submit by way of Google. If the latter, two days is enough. We’ve got itineraries under for seeing all the highlights in a single day, and this information might be greater than you need or have to find out about Tokyo Disney Resort.
These itineraries cowl every part from the order you must do rides to expertise them effectively, to the place you must eat, and extra. Following these touring plans will allow you to take advantage of your time within the parks and see as a lot as potential in solely 2 days.
When you’re a diehard Disney fan questioning what number of days you must spend at Tokyo Disney Resort…that’s a trick query. No variety of days is sufficient…and that’s solely a half-joke. Tokyo DisneySea is the most effective Disney park on the earth and Tokyo Disneyland can also be close to the highest (second greatest, when you ask me). Consider these parks as “fine moonshine.” You need to sip them slowly sufficient that you’ve a pleasant intoxication, as a result of in the event you drink them in too shortly, you’re more likely to go blind. Or one thing like that.
Hardcore Disney followers nonetheless shouldn’t overdo it, and will purpose to spend not more than one-third of your journey at Tokyo Disney Resort–or a most of four or 5 days, whichever is fewer days. Plan to spend extra of your time at Tokyo DisneySea. Three days at a single theme park might sound extreme in mild of its attraction lineup, however we don’t assume a visit to Tokyo is for the kind of fan who views the parks as a set of rides to “complete” as shortly as potential.
These parks, DisneySea, particularly, are supposed to be slowed down and brought in. One of the best “attraction” at Tokyo DisneySea isn’t an precise attraction that you simply’ll discover on any park map. It’s the sense of place that it has, and that is one thing that you simply’ll need to spend a while savoring.
On the subject of precise points of interest, the strains are lengthy at each parks. These strains truly beginning earlier than the parks open, and visitors operating for FastPasses instantly. Tokyo Disney Resort’s major demographic is Annual Passholders, they usually don’t thoughts ready hours in line for a single attraction as a result of they will all the time come again later to see others.
The third purpose why you’ll want extra time is the sheer variety of exhibits. These aren’t exhibits like Disney’s Hollywood Studios has, most of that are skippable. These are all top quality exhibits, all of that are value seeing. Exhibits alone require a big time dedication, as does timing your day to be sure to’re capable of see all of them.
When to Go to
Selecting the perfect time to go to is crucial facet of planning a go to to Tokyo Disney Resort. We extremely advocate studying our When to Go to Tokyo Disneyland submit, as that covers this important matter in a lot higher element. The whole lot from climate (Tokyo has extremes in each instructions–it may even snow there!) to seasonal occasions to crowds is mentioned in that publish.
When choosing our days to go to Tokyo Disney Resort, the very first thing we think about is what season we need to go to. For subsequent journeys, we needed to see Christmas, Halloween, Easter, and Pirates Summer time. We’ve now visited throughout each season, together with throughout “Anna & Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy.”
Halloween and Christmas are the 2 hottest seasonal occasions at Tokyo Disney Resort, and the parks look superior for each, with numerous particular seasonal leisure. We’ve separate posts on these holidays and different seasonal occasions at Tokyo Disney Resort, so for more information, take a look at the next posts:
With it narrowed right down to which season we needed to see, assume about crowds…
As with climate, Tokyo Disney Resort is a spot of extremes on the subject of crowds. This makes it actually necessary to decide on the least-crowded dates. As soon as we select the time of yr we need to go to (see our ‘When to Visit’ submit above for suggestions), we usually seek the advice of Crowd Calendars for Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea to select particular date ranges inside the season which might be predicted to be frivolously crowded.
Extra essential than the time of yr is the times of the week you go to. Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are least busy Monday by way of Thursday. Friday is the busiest weekday, and weekends are extremely busy. Keep away from weekends it doesn’t matter what time of yr you go to. This can prevent appreciable time in strains.
Should you’re researching a visit, you may need encountered photographs of insane crowds that make you apprehensive about visiting. We expect the crowds in Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea have taken on “urban legend” standing as these photographs unfold.
The truth is that weekends and holidays might be insanely crowded–precisely because the photographs depict. However, low-season days in the midst of the week can really feel extra nice than mid-January at Disneyland. The crowds at these parks fluctuate greater than another Disney parks on the planet, which actually underscores the significance of rigorously selecting days to go to.
The notion of crowds all the time being insane at Tokyo Disneyland is completely inaccurate.
What to Pack
For any Disney journey, the issues on our Distinctive Disney Packing Record might be useful. There’s not likely something particular to Tokyo that you’ll want. No voltage converter is important. Nevertheless, there are some things you may need to pack for the lengthy worldwide flight.
Sarah had hassle sleeping on our first couple of flights to Japan, so she bought these reusable earplugs, this sleep masks, and this fancy inflatable airplane pillow (no matter pillow you get, ensure it’s inflatable–carrying a traditional pillow whereas touring is a problem). Now she swears by all three. I might sleep on a pile of hay throughout a demise metallic live performance, so I don’t use earplugs or a particular pillow.
In case you’re visiting in the course of the summer time, issues like Frogg Togg Chilly Pads may even come in useful, as will moisture wicking clothes as a result of Japan will get actually humid in June, July and August. Seek the advice of our Beating the Summer time Warmth at Disney publish for more information. Within the winter, it’s chilly and may even snow in Japan, so learn our Packing for Disney in Winter submit for recommendations on visiting then.
Outdoors of the summer time, visitors in Tokyo Disney Resort sometimes gown very properly, which is one thing to remember when packing your personal garments. Novelty Disney hats are additionally widespread with these good garments (fairly the distinction), however you’ll need to purchase your novelty hat within the parks.
We might warning towards overpacking. That is very true when you’re doing extra in Japan than simply Tokyo Disney Resort. The rail system in Tokyo is extremely complicated, with a variety of transfers. You’ll do lots of strolling, driving the rail, and so on., and you actually don’t need to be encumbered by extra baggage, particularly throughout rush hour on the trains.
Maybe the perfect recommendation we may give you is to pack mild. Lay out every part you’re planning on taking earlier than you pack it, and decide for those who really want it. Not if it “might come in handy, maybe,” however should you truly will use it. Don’t pack belongings you gained’t use. If you will be staying in a number of resorts throughout your journey to Japan, we extremely advocate packing cubes or compression luggage (I want the cubes) for group. You’ll be able to learn extra of our “carry-on philosophy” and which varieties of luggage we use right here.
Shopping for Park Tickets
There are a number of ticket choices at Tokyo Disney Resort, we talk about them in additional depth in our Cash-Saving Ideas for Tokyo Disneyland Park Tickets submit. In case you are happening weekdays throughout non-holiday season, the simplest choice is just buying your park tickets on the day-of on the ticket cubicles in entrance of Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. These not often have strains, and by doing this, you’re least more likely to have complications. That is what we do the overwhelming majority of the time.
If you wish to save a bit of cash and purchase tickets earlier than leaving residence, we advocate Klook. Not solely are their tickets discounted, nevertheless it’s simpler to navigate than the official (and costlier) Tokyo Disney Resort web site. Sadly, that website doesn’t promote each sort of park ticket, which could possibly be an issue in case you’re doing an extended keep.
In case you are doing an extended keep that features a vacation season or weekends, you may think about buying tickets on-line by way of the Tokyo Disney Resort On-line Reservation & Tickets web site. On the very busiest days of the yr, tickets can promote out. You’ll print these tickets out upon buying them (there’s no digital choice). Don’t fear concerning the warning that they must be printed on A4 measurement paper. Until you’re a critical printing fanatic, you gained’t have that measurement of paper, nor a printer able to dealing with it. The excellent news is: it doesn’t matter.
Once you buy tickets on the ticket cubicles, you additionally should specify which day you’ll be visiting every park–for the primary two days of your tickets. After that, your third and 4th days are Park Hopper days. Particular Park Hopper tickets are usually not obtainable for buy, apart from visitors of Tokyo Disneyland Lodge, Disney’s Ambassador Lodge, and Lodge MiraCosta. Even when we now have the choice, we not often Park Hop. There’s a lot to do in every of the parks, they usually often shut on the similar time, so Park Hopping is just not almost as helpful in Japan as it’s within the U.S. parks.
The place to Keep
We now have stayed at 10 totally different lodges in and round Tokyo Disney Resort, plus Airbnb flats. Suffice to say, we’ve numerous expertise at lodges in Japan, and virtually all of it’s constructive. For our ideas on lodge choices, learn our Lodge Evaluations & Rankings at Tokyo Disneyland publish, as that covers the subject in higher depth, and supplies hyperlinks to particular lodge evaluations.
As for an summary, you principally have three choices: off-site, on-site “official,” and on-site Disney. We’ll begin by overlaying the Disney lodges. These are Disney’s Ambassador Lodge, Tokyo Disney Celebration Lodge, Tokyo Disneyland Lodge, and Lodge MiraCosta. They’re all very expensive. If in case you have the cash, think about an evening or two at Lodge MiraCosta or Tokyo Disneyland Lodge. We’ve stayed at each, and they’re two of probably the most unforgettable lodge experiences we’ve ever had.
When you’re approaching them solely from a cost-benefit or worth perspective, it’s troublesome to justify any of the Disney inns. Their massive benefit is location, and that’s largest when it comes to the view out of your room (which could be into the park at each Tokyo Disneyland Lodge and Lodge MiraCosta) and never from entry, because the on-site official lodges are additionally situated on the monorail loop and now have theme park views in some instances.
Is it value probably $200-300/night time extra than the official motels for that view into the park? In all probability not, until cash is not any challenge otherwise you’re viewing this as a as soon as in a lifetime journey.
As for the on-site official resorts, these are motels which are on the monorail loop, and sometimes supply giant, Western lodging, and are reasonably priced given the circumstances. Many examine very favorably to a Walt Disney World Deluxe lodge. Giant, good rooms. Cinderella Citadel or ocean views. Location on the monorail loop. All for $130-180/night time, more often than not. (Costs do spike for these inns sure occasions of yr and on the final minute, so e-book early.)
Lastly, there are the off-site motels, which we don’t advocate. There’s nothing incorrect with plenty of the off-site lodges, however they’re a extra unknown amount with rooms that may sometimes skew in the direction of small, Japanese lodging. Plus, most of the ones closest to Tokyo Disney Resort are overpriced contemplating what they provide.
There’s additionally the factor of attending to and from the parks on public transportation, which is usually a actual problem. Public transportation can also be utilized by enterprise individuals and college students across the similar time you’ll be heading to the parks, making it chaotic.
In the event you should keep off-site as a result of the on-site resorts or full, or since you’re on a decent finances, we extremely advocate doing an Airbnb rental as an alternative…
We now have a publish that discusses our Ideas for Utilizing Airbnb in case you’re unfamiliar with the service. We’ve used it quite a few occasions in Japan, close to Tokyo Disney Resort in addition to in Kyoto and Osaka. We sometimes apply it to Friday and Saturday nights close to Tokyo Disney Resorts, as lodge charges sometimes skyrocket for these nights.
Once we are touring all through Japan however aren’t at Tokyo Disney Resort, we favor Airbnb to reserving lodges as a result of it provides us the choice for a a lot bigger room, often a whole condominium. Japanese lodge rooms (that aren’t Western chains) are typically very small, and utilizing Airbnb is the easiest way to keep away from this difficulty.
Plus, the worth is often cheaper than a lodge room, and Airbnb hosts typically embrace free MiFi so you should use the web on the go. We’ve had some enjoyable experiences staying at distinctive Airbnb places all through Japan, too. (The photograph above is from an Airbnb we rented in Japan that was transformed from a bar downstairs.)
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Even when you go at a less-busy time of yr, we advocate arriving at both park 30 minutes earlier than it opens in your first couple of days. There’ll already be an extended line (or strains) to get inside whenever you get there, so don’t be alarmed. When you get inside, stroll briskly (or run flippantly) in your first FastPass of the day.
That is coated within the technique guides above, however it’s good to reiterate. When you knock out the primary headliners, you’ll be able to take the ‘sleep in and go late’ strategy, on subsequent days in case you so want–however your first day in every park you need to arrive previous to opening.
We’ve already written in depth attraction guides for each parks, so there’s no level in rehashing these right here. These guides include technique in addition to critiques of the points of interest. There can be only a few points of interest you’ll need to skip in Tokyo DisneySea, maybe extra in Tokyo Disneyland (the place there are extra clones). Listed here are these guides:
Refurbishments are widespread at Tokyo Disney Resort, so ensure you seek the advice of the Momentary Closure Calendar earlier than reserving. It’s good for about 6 months out, so it is probably not of a lot assist. Very similar to the US Disney Parks Weblog, Tokyo has an official Parks Weblog the place information on seasonal happenings and different stuff is posted.
The place to Eat
Eating at Tokyo Disney Resort is a large matter unto itself, and this information is already getting actually lengthy, so this can simply cowl the fundamentals. First, for particular eating places, make sure that to take a look at our Tokyo Disney Resort Restaurant Evaluations. Inside the subsequent few months, we ought to be posting evaluations from each Tokyo Disney Resort restaurant at which we’ve eaten. We’ve eaten at a variety of them, so that ought to assist.
Snacking must be an enormous a part of your journey. The price of this could shortly add up, however it’s an integral a part of the Tokyo expertise. We’ve got posts on Superior Tokyo Disneyland Snacks and Superior Tokyo DisneySea Snacks that you would be able to take a look at to get some concepts.
You’ve in all probability already heard about Tokyo Disney Resort’s loopy popcorn flavors, and whereas we really feel these are over-hyped, they’re undoubtedly value making an attempt so you possibly can type your personal opinion and say you’ve tried them. Popcorn at Tokyo Disney Resort is a type of “when in Rome…” sort issues. Different snacks are a lot better than the popcorn, we expect, and you possibly can probably do all your in-park eating simply by grazing snack carts.
We additionally like stopping for full meals. In our expertise, Tokyo Disneyland is the place to do counter service and Tokyo DisneySea is the place to do desk service (its counter service choices are additionally good, although). Each parks have some actually superb eating places which are experiences in themselves.
The Tokyo parks have a fame for small portion sizes and excessive costs, however we’ve not discovered this to be the case. Parts might be small, however they aren’t all the time. We expect costs are corresponding to the US parks for counter service meals (for comparable portion sizes and high quality), and desk service is cheaper at Tokyo Disney Resort. There’s no tipping (and it’s a strict rule–they gained’t allow you to tip) in Japan, which performs an element within the worth variations.
In case you do plan on doing desk service, know that eating places typically are absolutely booked prematurely. Sadly, the one solution to make eating reservations is thru the Tokyo Disney Resort web site (in Japanese) or by emailing the lodge in case you are staying at a Disney-owned lodge.
As talked about above, substitutions will not be a ‘thing’ in Tokyo, neither is accommodating these with particular dietary wants or preferences. In case you are a vegetarian, eating within the Tokyo parks can be a problem, as there are restricted vegetarian menus. When you have different restrictions or preferences, you could have an much more troublesome time.
Neither of us are vegetarians so we’ve got no first hand expertise on this regard, however we’ve heard tales from others. This isn’t one thing to brush off, considering they’ll accommodate you identical to they do at Walt Disney World. Thankfully, Tokyo Disney Resort has an inventory of eating places that may accommodate visitors with particular dietary wants. Right here it’s for Tokyo Disneyland, and for Tokyo DisneySea. In case you are a vegetarian, the buffets are the best choice, however vegetarian choices at counter service eating places are beginning to turn into extra widespread.
Flights & Transportation
Flights to Tokyo from america are 10+ hours, which is plenty of time within the air. Fortuitously, the bigger planes used for these flights are rather more snug than your regular planes used for home flights. Complimentary in-flight leisure (together with the newest films and tv exhibits) additionally makes issues simpler.
If you already know your journey dates and haven’t any flexibility as to whenever you journey, we advocate ITA Software program to seek for flights. ITA is one of the simplest ways to seek out the bottom costs on airfare for set dates of journey. Both HND or NRT will work as arrival airports. HND is situated nearer to the town middle, whereas NRT is (barely) nearer to Tokyo Disney Resort, however farther from downtown.
In the event you’re within the preliminary levels of researching your flight, use fare alerts on Airfarewatchdog.com. You possibly can set some parameters for the alerts right here (though not as many as I’d like) and obtain e mail updates once they deem costs to be low.
Airfare costs are all the time altering and are extremely dependent upon metropolis of origin, time of yr, and so on., however with round-trip airfare out of Los Angeles to Tokyo commonly within the <$600 vary, your full airfare package deal ought to value underneath $1,000/individual should you put effort into selecting the best occasions to journey. For those who’re reserving on the final minute or don’t do any work to seek out offers, the sky is the restrict on the higher finish of airfare pricing.
In case you are on the lookout for a solution to get extra bang in your buck, you need to use it so as to add stopovers (Shanghai Disneyland, anybody?) to go to a number of places for the worth of a single airfare. We cowl this in our “How to Visit 3 Disney Destinations on 1 Airfare” publish. It might sound difficult at first, however it’s properly value studying that publish and figuring it out. That submit covers learn how to incorporate Shanghai Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Tokyo Disney Resort right into a single journey.
That covers airfare. Now for utilizing floor transportation in Japan…
Out of all the cities on the planet we’ve visited, Tokyo has by far probably the most difficult transportation community. This could come as no shock, because it’s the world’s largest metropolis. In the event you’re solely going to Tokyo Disney Resort, it’s slightly straightforward. You simply take the Airport Limousine Bus, which you catch outdoors the airport after buying your ticket close to the exit at a desk or the ticketing machine.
It prices ~$25 per grownup every method, and is completely one of the simplest ways to get from the airport to the varied motels round Tokyo Disney Resort. Notice that whereas this bus runs often, its schedule usually stops round 5 p.m. Right here’s the complete schedule to TDR from Narita. So, in case your flight arrives into Tokyo after four p.m., it is best to in all probability take a look at different choices.
In the event you’re getting in actually late, the simplest various is a taxi. These are ready outdoors the airport and straightforward to seek out. The draw back is worth. Our understanding is that the price of a taxi to a Tokyo Disney Resort space lodge from Narita is $200.
The most cost effective various is to make use of public transportation. It’s intimidating at first, as Japan’s public transportation system could be very complicated, however we finally have had no points and it’s a comparatively simple route from the airports to Tokyo Disney Resort. Simply be sure to’re conversant in the route earlier than you go. Tokyo Disney Resort’s website has a chart explaining the steps, nevertheless it’s in all probability simpler to only pull it up on Google Maps.
Getting round Tokyo Disney Resort, you’ll need to take the monorail. It prices cash, nevertheless it’s environment friendly, dependable, and clear. (That each one may sound weird to Walt Disney World followers…particularly the “reliable” half!) There are additionally Resort Cruisers, that are buses, which might be freed from cost. Simply pay the minor charge for the monorail until you’ve got a big celebration. It’s enjoyable and completely value it. Strolling can also be an choice, though it may be convoluted to get to Tokyo DisneySea.
In case you’re going to be utilizing public transportation in Japan past this, having a paper transportation map (they’ve good ones they’ll offer you at airport information desks) is nice as a backup. We all the time use Google Maps as our primary useful resource when navigating Japan (and we’ve had nice success with it), but when web connectivity points come up, a paper map is an effective complement.
Whereas public transportation in Japan doubtless would be the most complicated and stress-inducing facet of your journey, the plus aspect is that it’s handy, environment friendly, and clear. Plus, it’s not too complicated in case you have the right instruments!
There are three good choices for this: renting a SIM card, renting a pocket WiFi/MiFi, or utilizing your service as regular. We just lately switched to T-Cellular and now merely use that as there’s no further cost to make use of our knowledge in Japan. It runs a bit slower, however we’ve discovered it completely usable for normal web shopping.
Renting a SIM card is a superb choice for some individuals, however we actually appreciated the MiFi rental for our journeys previous to switching to T-Cellular. For these unfamiliar with the gadget, it’s principally a pocket WiFi hotspot, offering you with limitless LTE web. MiFi/Pocket WiFi rental is fairly straightforward. You merely select what number of days you need to lease, what number of units, and specify at which airport you’ll need to decide it up. Right here’s a comparatively cheap and dependable choice for MiFi rental.
We advocate renting one MiFi per individual in your group, so you possibly can talk for those who separate. If you’ll not–beneath any circumstances–separate, simply get one MiFi. A single MiFi can deal with a number of telephones on it concurrently. We extremely advocate renting prematurely of your journey. Should you wait till you arrive and easily decide one up from the outlets on the airport or at a comfort retailer, costs are greater and knowledge is usually restricted.
Whereas the web can typically be spotty in Tokyo DisneySea, the MiFi general is admittedly dependable. We’ve used it frequently for iMessage and Fb Messenger App for speaking with each other, e mail, Dropbox, and even importing to YouTube. Most significantly, having the MiFi gave us the power to make use of Google Maps on our telephones for public transportation, and this was an enormous lifesaver.
There isn’t any publicly-available WiFi web at Tokyo Disney Resort. Free public WiFi is rare in Japan. (Against this, it’s quite common in Hong Kong, should you’re going to each.)
Cash/Credit score Playing cards
Tokyo Disney Resort (and most Japanese retailers) accepts normal US magnetic strip bank cards, or chipped bank cards. Chipped playing cards aren’t required. With the parks, Tokyo Disney Resort accepts Visa, Mastercard, and American Categorical. (In the event you’re making an attempt to pre-book one thing on-line, you’ll want a bank card issued in Japan or a Mastercard. Even then, it may be a painful course of.)
You should use an American bank card anyplace on the Resort, aside from small outside merchandising carts (to my information, simply the soda and ice cream ones–stands promoting something extra settle for bank cards). Simply be sure that your bank card fees no overseas transaction charges.
For those who want an ATM, there are two at Tokyo Disney Resort that settle for American Visa debit playing cards. One is within the basement of Ikspiari close to the meals courtroom, and the opposite is within the foyer of the Tokyo Bay Maihama Lodge Membership Resort (pictured above). In the event you’re staying at one of many official inns on the monorail loop, the second location goes to be much more handy to you.
You do not want to hold money at Tokyo Disney Resort, however in the event you anticipate needing money, get it earlier than you arrive at Tokyo Disney Resort–until you’ve gotten a Visa debit card.
This half looks like widespread sense…however Tokyo Disney Resort accepts Japanese Yen, not the US Greenback.
For common journey recommendation to Japan, we’ve one other weblog: TravelCaffeine.com, the place we share our non-Disney experiences. Final yr we did a two-month keep in Japan, which you’ll be able to examine in our Brickers’ Fall & Winter Japan Journey Report.
When you’re in Japan, we extremely advocate that you simply journey past Tokyo and Tokyo Disney Resort. We’ve written extensively about our favourite metropolis on the earth: Kyoto, Japan on TravelCaffeine. Kyoto has one thing for everybody, and presents lots when it comes to Japanese tradition and historical past. As talked about above, our Final Guide to Kyoto, Japan additionally supplies a wealth of planning info.
In the event you’re additionally visiting the Hong Kong or Shanghai parks, make certain to seek the advice of our Hong Kong Disneyland Journey Planning Guide and our Shanghai Disneyland Journey Planning Guide. There’s much more you’ll have to know for these visits!
There are loads of hyperlinks to different assets on this submit; you may as well browse our Tokyo Disneyland posts and Tokyo DisneySea posts to learn extra. Think about this Tokyo Disneyland Trip Planning Guide a leaping off level–it’s good to seek the advice of quite a lot of sources as opinions differ.
There’s much more we might embrace on this information, however that is already the longest submit on the weblog thus far, so let’s reduce it off there. We will certainly add to this based mostly on widespread questions, and I’m very happy to supply help and recommendation within the feedback when you’ve got questions. Need to see extra pictures or examine Tokyo Disney Resort in agonizing element? Take a look at our Tokyo Disney Resort Journey Report from our very first go to to Japan.
I do know this simply begins to scratch the floor of planning for a visit to Tokyo Disney Resort. When you have further questions, please depart them within the feedback. When you’ve been to Tokyo Disney Resort and have ideas of your personal, please add them within the feedback–I’d simply borrow them for the information itself!