|For the final phase of our trip, Dad and I packed our bags and headed for Toyohashi where we would catch the shinkansen train. After a bit of waiting, we boarded the shinkansen and headed to Tokyo. The trip seemed to take a little longer since this shinkansen stopped at more locations than other trains I had taken. Still, Dad didn't seem to mind as we passed by a lot of interesting landscapes and he even got some videos of Mt. Fuji.
Around three hours later, Dad and I arrived in Ikebukuro where our hotel was located. We dropped off our bags and then headed to Ueno to see Ueno Park. Dad described it as the Central Park of Tokyo. It's a nice little spot off the beaten path with several museums, a zoo, and some statues. As we traveled around, we came across the National Museum of Western Art. We only had a half hour to see the museum, but we decided to go in anyway.
The two of us were only able to see the main exhibit and not the special exhibit on Hubert Robert, but the main exhibit had a pretty nice selection. We didn't spend a lot of time on each painting, but there were definitely some good pictures inside. Dad also enjoyed taking pictures of the statues that were outside the museum.
Once we were done at the museum, we headed to the Tokyo Tower. The two of us had a bit of a walk before we could make it to the Tokyo Tower. When we finally got up there, Dad took a lot of videos and pictures of the view. The two of us got our picture taken for us in the Tower and then we decided to head back downstairs. We celebrated the end of the day with a scoop of Baskin Robbins ice cream and then we went back to the hotel to get some sleep.
The next day we went to Tokyo Disneyland for Dad's last full day in Japan. The park was still decorated with Easter decorations when we arrived and was littered with Disney characters shaped as Easter eggs. Since it was a weekday, the lines weren't so huge and we were able to get on a lot more rides then I did the last time. We enjoyed all the rides we tried, except for the Monsters Inc ride, which ironically took the longest to get into. I think Dad's favorite ride might have been driving around in the race cars that had the steering wheel on the right side of the car since it was such an odd experience for him.
The best part of the day had to be the parade in the afternoon. Tons of floats, dancers, and Disney characters were performing for the Easter parade. It was an absolutely amazing show! Dad said he that the performers had to be in fantastic shape to keep up the show because they were dancing around for a long time.
Once Dad and I got tired, we decided to leave the park and head back to Ikebukuro. We had a nice dinner at an Italian restaurant and then decided to turn in for the night. The next morning, we got up early and headed to Narita airport. We had a nice lunch of Japanese curry before I had to leave to catch my train. I said goodbye to Dad, who told me he'd had a really wonderful trip. I was really glad Dad came to Japan for a visit and I hope he might make another one before I decide to go back to Seattle.
I'd also like to wish my Dad a Happy Father's Day today! I hope he's having a good one.
Also, Dad took a really nice video of the parade during our trip to Disneyland, but it's too big to fit on this site. I'm going to try to upload it to YouTube instead. My username is kahemingway88. I hope you enjoy it!