You guys are probably sick of all my cherry blossom pics by now but I had to share these ones too! As we were chatting about highlights from the trip, both David and I agreed that this day was in top three for sure. These are from a day we spent at Inokashira Park. When we first walked up we didn’t see any blossoms and thought we were too early but we were still excited because there was a really pretty shrine. We walked around the shrine and the park grounds and finally started to see blossoms! Then bammmm there they were. Endless blossoms lining a lake with swans to rent. I knew I wanted to ride one even though apparently people in Japan have some superstitions about it! So we rented our swans and rode around! It was GORGEOUS! The kids had so much fun seeing the ducks and paddling the boats. Atticus and I got stuck in a blossom branch and had to try to break free which you may have seen on insta stories lol.
Afterwards we got some snacks and bubbles and went to this area where they had tarps laid out for people to take shoes off and come picnic on! We ate lunch and snacked then walked over to the zoo area. This was really fun because the kids got to hold guinea pigs which was sooo fun for them! Atticus was all about it. Rosie held one too and loved it but mostly just liked to look 🙂
After the zoo we were deciding between a couple activities and decided to head down to Sanrio Puroland! This is a mini amusement park with lots of cuteness and best of all – HELLO KITTY! We got there a little late and some of the cafes had closed but we got some of the character food (so darling right?!) and got to ride the Hello Kitty ride. And of course I grabbed a stuffed animal for Rosie but discovered after we left that it was actually a stuffed tissue box holder?!?! Haha so random. I was like, what is this big hole in the middle? Oh no big deal just for tissues. HA. Maybe I should read labels. Oh wait, I don’t know Japanese.
By the end of this Atticus was pantless and Rosie was shirtless because we got all sorts of messy eating treats and exploring in there. If you find yourself in Tokyo I would definitely go especially if you are a Hello Kitty fan!! Just make sure you arrive early because the character cafes that serve cute hello kitty sandwiches and lots of other fun stuff, closes at around 3:30pm if I remember correctly and the park closes at 5pm. We arrived just as most the cafes were closing but the food court was still open.
The other fun part about going there was on the way there the subway was PINK! Everything down to the tickets and subway car were pink. It was amazing!!! And the station closest to Sanrio Puroland has Hello Kitty on all of the subway signs, clocks, elevators — basically everywhere. Japan totally lived up to the cuteness factor that I had anticipated and dreamed of experiencing for years!!!! Ah!