Saturday, July 12, 2014

Tokyo files: Traveling with a toddler

Since May this year, we have veered away from malls on weekends because we haven't seen much the outside world.

Tokyo is a huge city to explore, and may I add I soooo love this city. Since 2004, I have managed to explore the non-touristy spots and even became so familiar with their metro. At some point, due to reading too many Murakami books, it felt so lonely in the midst of the noise and maddening crowd. 

Now that I have been exploring the city with a toddler and T, we prefer to go at places that are safe and child-friendly. Meaning, not in Akihabara, little (shabby) areas of Ueno or Shinjuku. Anywhere with a nearby mall is a plus. Most malls in Japan have clean baby rooms for diaper change and all. 
Sunday in Ginza. Best day to conquer the open streets. Department stores here are old and well-preserved except that their toilets are tiny making diaper change challenging.
Tokyo station has always been the starting point of exploration. Well, it connects to most lines and it is the last stop of JR Keiyo line (our line). It takes about 45 minutes to travel from Inage Kaigan stn to Tokyo stn. We love walking around here because the streets wide, not much cars pass by. 
Taken at the grounds of Tokyo Midtown. Amber loves parks but she's such an insect magnet lately (as most kids), so we don't let her spend too much time outdoors. It came to a point her left foot got swollen due to an insect bite!? As an instant reflex for kids her age, itchiness needs itching, LOL! 
Dean & Delucca Lime Mint drink. 
Amber's OOTD: H&M dress and Vans slip-ons
No Smoking signs are prevalent on the sidewalks of Tokyo.

Now that days are long, hot and humid, there's no way we will frequently travel to the city. The neighborhood Chiba wonders and malls will do for now; anything and anywhere that takes my mind off work. 

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