2014 Animated Spring Tour
February 25, 2014 at 6:05 pm #2087
To reintroduce myself, my name is Neal, I live in NY (Long Island) am 39 and going on the tour solo (but am looking forward to making 37 new friends).
I am most looking forward to the Fuji Q, Anime Japan and then the general look and feel of things (hoping for cool cherry blossoms).
This will be my first trip off the continent (been to Canada a few times and to a bunch of places in the US) and longest vacation, so am really looking forward to the new experience.
February 25, 2014 at 9:18 pm #2090
I’m Joel. I live in Oregon, and am 36. Huge anime fan for forever. This will be my second time to japan, counting a 2 hour lay over in an airport. So really looking forward to leaving the airport this time.
What can I say I’m most exited about Akihabara!
Any ways I’m looking forward to meeting all of you. I was told John Thomas is my roomate and not sure if that is Jon in the previous post if so send me an e-mail. Or if you are John Thomas go ahead and shoot me an e-mail. Strikestwice@hotmail.com
February 25, 2014 at 9:34 pm #2091
Hello! Nice to start meeting everyone! :)
My name is Ariana, I’m 28, and live in UT. Never been out of the country before, and I’m also traveling solo.
I’m most excited about Fuji Q (roller coasters yeah!), seeing the temples, and bringing home a lot of Japanese snacks! ^_^
February 26, 2014 at 2:16 am #2092
Hi there everyone ^_^
My name is Bonnie, I am 24, from England, UK, and I will be travelling solo. Super nervous – it’s my first time to Japan, as well as my first time abroad alone – but I really hope to make some good friends while out there :)
I’ll be meeting you guys out there, as I’m flying straight from London (damn, that makes me even more nervous!) and feel like I’m at a bit of a disadvantage not flying out with you guys.
I have to be honest; I am most excited about the shopping! *blushes* I really hope to track down a Volks store while in Tokyo, so any fellow BJD fans, let me know and hopefully we can find one together ^_^;
A little disappointed that I can’t go to the Onsens, but hopefully the foot bath portion should still be fun :)
February 27, 2014 at 5:27 pm #2096
So I am not sure why more haven’t joined yet, but in the mean time I am curious what people are doing on the two free days or such?
I am currently thinking about some or all of these:
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (featured in Garden of Words anime)
Harajuku bridge (to see the cosplay)
Mori Tower (for the observation deck)
Umeda sky building (check out the floating garden)
Spa world (maybe a massage)
So what do you think? What are you doing?
February 27, 2014 at 5:33 pm #2097
My ideas for the free day in Tokyo are Universal Studios, Disney Sea, and Joypolis on Odaiba Island. I like my amusement parks, in case you can’t tell. :) I have a friend who went to Joypolis on her tour and she said it was super fun.
February 27, 2014 at 9:35 pm #2098
Hello. My name is George, I am 32 and I’m from Maryland. This will be my second trip to japan.
Bonnie there is a Volks store in Akihabara.
February 28, 2014 at 11:25 am #2099
Well hello everyone!
My name is Autum and I’m 32. I am from the western US and will be joining the tour along side my husband Justin (29). We have been planning this trip for several years and this will be our first time out of the country besides a short trip to Canada a few years ago.
Justin and I are looking forward to several stops on the tour, my husband is a fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s work and is excited to visit the Ghibli Museum. We are also looking forward to the cherry blossoms.
On our free day Justin and I will be traveling down the coastline to visit a couple of scenic beaches. I will be taking a ton of pictures on this trip. I’m hoping for nice warm, clear weather!
* I also like BJD Bonnie and hope to own one some day. I might be joining you and a few others at the foot bath portion of the Onsen as I can be extreamly shy in person…far too shy for the entire experience! ;)
February 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm #2100
Chris from Washington D.C. here. I’m a fan of anime but even bigger fan of japanese music. Have wanted to visit Japan for as long as I can remember, so I am really psyched!
The tour has checked off a lot of places I wanted to go so I haven’t thought too much about my free days. Will try to go to Yoyogi park if I can, otherwise I will be content walking around aimlessly taking pictures.
Looking forward to meeting you all and having some adventures!
March 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm #2108
I am pretty open on free days, I think everyone has a fear of the onesan.
I can’t wait to visit 104.
March 1, 2014 at 10:20 pm #2111
I love that game! :)
March 2, 2014 at 8:59 pm #2112
Is anyone else bring games for the hotels? I’m bringing my Death note mafia set. It’s really fun but takes a lot of players.
March 5, 2014 at 12:43 am #2133
Ooooh, that game sounds fun O:
I’m tempted to bring Gloom or Monty Python Fluxx, but I’m not sure if anyone else will have heard of them ^_^;
March 3, 2014 at 2:14 am #2113
I’m still trying to decide what to do on the free days; I kind of want to check out Tokyo Disney, but I also really, really want to visit one of the Volks stores…
March 3, 2014 at 2:15 am #2114
George – is it the one in the Mandrake(SP) shopping centre? I’ve heard of it from some of the BJD forums; I really, really want to check it out ^__^
March 3, 2014 at 2:16 am #2115
Hi Autum ^__^
Apparently there are several second hand BJD stores; I’m going to be seeing if I can track down a second hand Volks Dream Dynamite while out there ^_^ Do you have any favourite BJD manufacturers?
March 4, 2014 at 10:26 pm #2130
Hello Otakugirl! – I have only scratched the surface of BJD so I don’t have any favorite manufacturers just yet, I have seen some very nice privately made dolls that are as gorgeous as the professionally made dolls. I actually am working on making my own at the moment! They have second-hand stores? Now that would be an awesome store to browse around!
March 5, 2014 at 12:41 am #2132
Apparently there are some second hand BJD stores in and around Akhibara, so I will totally be trying to track those down ^__^
Oh wowie! You’re actually trying to make your own BJD? O: That’s awesome and amazing~! I wish I was that kind of creative. From the looks of some of the BJD stores, there should be plenty of supplies and accessories to help inspire you ^_^
(I’ve even spotted some rent-able photo sets for BJD’s o: So pretty~!)
March 3, 2014 at 1:34 pm #2118
It is the Volks Hobby Tengoku store it is near the train station and arcade Club Sega.
March 3, 2014 at 2:23 pm #2119
Mugen – Ooooh, I shall have to try and check that one out! Thank you ^___^
March 3, 2014 at 2:25 pm #2120
Is anyone else thinking of going to Tokyo Disney on one of the free days? :)
March 4, 2014 at 5:59 pm #2126
I plan to ^-^ I am nervous about going on my own, so if anyone else is, that would be great!
March 5, 2014 at 12:38 am #2131
Hi Nicole ^_^
I was hoping to tag along with others going to Disney as well O: A bit nervous to go by myself, but I really, really want to see how different the Tokyo Disney is ^___^
March 3, 2014 at 4:13 pm #2121
If I recall correctly a bunch of people are going to Tokyo Disneyland and a few are going to Disney Sea. I think we also had some people going to Universal Studios.
I am a bit tempted on Disney Sea but have so far have convinced myself to do other things.
March 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm #2122
My name is Aubrey, I’m 28 and live in Arizona. This will be my first trip to Japan (a long-time dream of mine) and first trip outside the US.
I’m a big fan of Osamu Tezuka’s works, so I’m excited to visit that particular museum. I’m also looking forward to Anime Japan and doing some shopping (hoping to find some art books, figures, etc on my wish list). Of course, just walking around Tokyo and taking in the sights sounds like a good time to me!
As for free time/days, right now I’m thinking of going to Ikebukuro to check out “Otome road” and maybe stop by Shibuya to visit Hachiko. But I also like the sound of visiting a park or just exploring some random neighborhood (though I still don’t think I have a grasp of how big Tokyo is, or its layout, so I’m not sure how much is feasible in a day).
Bonnie, I too like BJDs and would enjoy tracking down a store (I’m sure my dolls would appreciate a souvenir ^_^).
March 4, 2014 at 5:00 am #2123
Neal – what is it you are thinking instead of doing Disney Sea? :) I really hope that some others are going to Disney – I really want to check it out, but I must admit, I’m a little hesitant to try and get there by myself ^_^;
Aubrey – Ooooh, a fellow BJD fan! ^___^ May I ask which dolls you have? o: I’ve only got a Hujoo and Bobobie so far, but I am determined to track down a Volks Dream Dynamite while in Tokyo~! Those lil’ pretties are so hard to find in the UK and US *pouts* Well, from the sounds of things, we should have plenty of luck finding BJD-goodness ^__^
March 4, 2014 at 9:02 pm #2129
For Tokyo my current plan is:
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (featured in Garden of Words anime)
Harajuku bridge (to see the cosplay)
Mori Tower (for the observation deck)
March 6, 2014 at 8:07 pm #2145
Bonnie- I have a Blue Fairy and a Cherish Doll. It does sound like it should be easy enough to find a BJD store, and I too am really interested in what we might find in some of the second hand shops. ^_^
March 4, 2014 at 5:27 pm #2124
Hi! My name is Nicole, I am 27, traveling solo and coming from Toronto Canada. So excited for the trip! I missed the live chat because I was at a convention.
I’ll be going to Tokyo Disney on my free day :)
March 4, 2014 at 5:42 pm #2125
Hi. With the anime convention in the Spring tour, is it okay to cosplay? If it is something simple.
March 5, 2014 at 8:49 am #2134
Hazzard and I plan to use a free day to visit Joypolis for a fun day of unlimited rides.
March 6, 2014 at 1:01 am #2140
Joypolis looks amazing o: The horror and doll themed rides / 3D experiences look so cool~
March 5, 2014 at 7:59 pm #2136
Hi guys, Lanny here. ^_^
Gonna try to respond to all the open questions here.
1. Cosplaying at AnimeJapan: (Moved Nicole’s question here since it’s more appropriate.)
We would recommend against it, but will double check.
2. Tokyo Disney Land and Disney Sea
Only one person mentioned here is going to Disney Land. There are two others going to Disney Sea, but we STRONGLY suggest you go separately from these two for various reasons.
3. Sega Joypolis
This can be done on your free day or on the AnimeJapan day, as it is on Odaiba.
4. Universal Studios
This is located in OSAKA, and can be done on your free day. I’m not sure who’s planning on going except for mention from one person.
5. Meiji Jingu/Harajuku
We are visiting Meji Jingu on the Harajuku day.
GAIZ, THERE’S NOTHING TO FEAR. That naked stuff will get old pretty fast, especially once you discover HOW AWESOME the hot springs are. Trust me, those who feared it the most ended up loving it.
We’ll be bringing some card games. More are welcome.
March 5, 2014 at 8:14 pm #2137
Will the guide book you guys are giving us on the flight have a full list of where we are going? I don’t want to go somewhere on my free day only to find we are going there later (or no have any idea where to go on my free day).
March 6, 2014 at 1:00 am #2139
*waves* Hiya Lanny ^_^
Can you guys give us directions for how to get to Disneyland on the free day? o:
Is puroland easy/possible to get to? Or if not, can you recommend any good Hello Kitty stores during the course of the tour?
Will the group be going to any kitty/bunny/etc cafes/bars at all, or is that just something we are recommended to go to ourselves?
March 5, 2014 at 11:03 pm #2138
Ooohhh something just occurred to me!
I wonder if it would be possible to see the Fushimi Inari Shrine at some point? That is another extreamly cool place I would love to see!
March 6, 2014 at 10:51 am #2141
The maps you sent out are great. Just in case any Attack on titan fans are here, Lotteria a fast food place all around tokyo has attack on titan toys with giant sized burgers.
March 6, 2014 at 11:10 am #2142
1. Yes, the guidebook will have the full and finalized itinerary for the tour. Keep in mind that we may adjust the timing of certain things due to scheduling differences. We do our best to keep to the itinerary, but THINGS HAPPEN~!
2. We ARE visiting the Fushimi Inari Shrine on the Kyoto day.
3. Yes, we can give directions to Tokyo Disneyland. Keep in mind there is Tokyo DisneyLAND and Disney SEA.
4. We might send out requests for the anime cafes, but it’s not something we will be going to as a group overall.
March 6, 2014 at 1:30 pm #2144
Hi everyone! Kris here, 32 year old from Orlando, FL! Just a little about myself, this will be my third time to Japan but the first two times were YEARS ago before I started medical school. ><; I’ve been telling myself I was gonna go back once I finished residency and that day is soon here! Super excited! Definitely looking forward to hitting up a real kaiten sushi spot again!(conveyer belt sushi)
I love collecting various things from my favorite shows so will definitely plan on rummaging through Akihabara @_@. First time I went I checked into my hotel and got into the train straight for Akihabara, just enough time to peruse some shops before they closed down for the day. But oh man, it was overhwelming. Being jet-lagged and a little dehydrated I remember nearly passing out somewhere I think it was the 5th or 6th floor of the Animate Store(Yes, there are THAT many floors!). I’m gonna date myself with this tidbit but one of my favorite finds and still in one of my display cases is an official replica Alchemist’s watch from Full Metal Alchemist. I had to use some rudimentary Japanese to ask them to open the very nice display case to sell it to me, but I was then and now a huge fan of the show and could not leave Japan without it!
To all the first timers on the Tour, congrats! You are finally checking off that visit to our “Holyland” ;)
March 7, 2014 at 2:36 pm #2146
I am one of those flying in the day before we leave to Japan,. As this is my first time in California I am thinking of visiting a park! Who would like to join me? Which park will be the best to visit?
March 7, 2014 at 6:36 pm #2147
I don’t arrive until midnight so not me. I did enjoy the six flags in CA if you like rides otherwise there a ton of choices for attractions.
March 8, 2014 at 9:13 pm #2148
Konbanwa, I’m Helen. I live in Los Angeles and this will be my first time going to Japan. i’m going with my sister and a friend. We actually were considering going to the Travel Pop Japan Spring Tour a few years ago but for various reasons decided not to go, which in the end was a good thing since the Tsunami happened during that trip. I found out about this tour company when i went to the the Anime Expo in Los Angeles last year.
Anyways, for free days we’re still figuring that out. I do want to go to Disneyland if its not too hard to get to and just take a photo in front (don’t need to go in) then do other touristy things. They’re are a few things my friend would like to get. My sister is still researching the places on the maps that Lanny sent.
We’re super excited about the trip and meeting everyone.
March 9, 2014 at 10:33 am #2149
Mostly for the free day and in case I get lost, I wanted to find a map program that does not require an internet connection. While you can save google maps for offline viewing it seems a bit iffy and not as good as I hoped.
I tried two in the free and pay versions:
City Maps 2go and MapsWithMe.
Both had good (and free) maps of Japan with lots of location info and detail.
Overall I would suggest maps with me as you can set pushpins in multiple places on a map and really see where you are going. I tried it yesterday with the GPS on and it worked really well.
If you get either one be sure to download your chosen maps before the trip.
Also if anyone has a better suggestion or suggestions for other aps or items that might be cool to have, I would love to hear about it.
March 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm #2178
I also bought the MapsWithMe app, and what’s really nice is that you can import the Google Map/.kml files that Lanny sent out so that the pins automatically show up in your bookmarks (you just need to send the files to your phone or click the “KML” link on the webpage itself).
The other app I downloaded was MetrO (it’s free) which gives you the public transport route from point A to B. It doesn’t have the greatest interface but it does give an estimate on transport time and where to transfer trains. And while it’s comforting to know that the Yamanote line in Tokyo loops around I still find those metro maps to be intimidating (especially if I decide to stray off the path a bit).
March 10, 2014 at 9:49 pm #2179
Thanks for mentioning MapsWithMe; we’ve been working on a re-work of the maps with the new Google Maps interface, but we’ve been pretty swamped lately (sorry ;_;). But yes, if you have a viewer for the KMLs, that’s a great option.
Also: remember, everyone is getting a guidebook with shopping maps included.
March 9, 2014 at 11:36 am #2150
Oooooh, have any of my fellow horror lovers heard of Alcatraz ER restaurant? I really, really want to check it out ^_^
March 11, 2014 at 5:41 pm #2180
Hello Everyone! I’m Christina, 22 (I feel so young!), from VA. I’ll be traveling with a friend of mine, Adam. I’ve been out of the US twice, and this will be my second trip to Japan (and my first tour-group outing).
I’m a big fan of anime (as I’m sure we all are), mostly the stuff from the 90’s. My favorite anime’s include: Detective Conan, Trigun, and Steins;gate.
I’m looking forward to everything! Seeing the sights, buying all the things, and eating the food!
For the free days (or maybe even nights as I heard most of our plans end fairly early), I was thinking about visiting Artnia (the Square Enix café/bar), doing some Karaoke, visiting a few Hard Rock Cafe’s (for some pins!), and seeing the Doraemon movie (I really wanted to see the Conan movie, but it won’t be out yet :( ).
I have a few (decent-sized) tattoos, so I guess I won’t be going to the Onsen… :( But I went to one on my first trip, so it’s not upsetting enough to kill my excitement!
I can’t wait to meet you all, I just know we’re going to have a blast on this trip!
March 12, 2014 at 1:40 pm #2183
Welcome! We will have lots of fun.
We have talked about visiting the Square Enix Cafe, It’s something we all want to visit and the guilds already are making plans.
March 15, 2014 at 6:15 pm #2203
I didn’t think about the cafe!! I would love to check it out! I just don’t know if there will be enough time. How far away is it from our hotel?
March 12, 2014 at 11:13 am #2181
I’m not going on this trip, but I just wanted to jump in and comment on Onsen. I went to one on the Japan Holiday Tour this past year. I was nervous too. But seriously, once you see that everyone else is naked and doesn’t care, you totally don’t even care. Seriously. And I’m usually self conscious about my body. It’s super relaxing and feels amazing. Everyone should do it.
March 16, 2014 at 6:59 am #2204
Not long to go now o: So excited ^_^
March 16, 2014 at 4:11 pm #2205
February 25, 2014 at 8:55 pm #2088
HYllo Neal. Are you ready to visit candy mountain?
My name is Jon, I am 26, I live in Co and going Solo as well.
I am most looking forward to Fuji Q (Oddly the the haunted house is my first stop) and it has been my dream to visit a jar temple since I was five.
This is my first major solo trip and second time out off of the continent. I have also asked Pacset enough questions they might leave me in LA by “accident”
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