DisneySea is a unique theme park unlike the other Disney theme parks around the world. Walt Disney originally envisioned a nautical counterpart to Disneyland, but it was never built in his lifetime due to problems with Euro Disney. His dream is finally realised in Tokyo as a sister park next to Tokyo Disneyland.
DisneySea is quite different from the other Disney theme parks we have visited. The entrance leads us to a mock set of Italian looking buildings facing a harbour. Overall the look was a cross between Venice and Florence with even a replica of the Ponte Vecchio. Mediterranean Harbor (American spelling) is the entrance “port-of-call” and themed as an Italian port city, with Venetian Gondolas that guests can board and ride.
Other “ports of call” include Old Cape Cod, Port Discovery, Mysterious Island (nestled within Mount Prometheus, the giant volcano that is the park’s centerpiece and most prominent feature), Lost River Delta, Arabian Coast, Mermaid Lagoon and Fortress Expeditions.
Shibuya is a major commercial and retail hub, but also famous for 3 things: Shibuya crossing (the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing), Hachiko the loyal dog, and Shibuya 109 (a fashion mecca for young girls).
Kamakura is a small town popular with tourists because of attractions such as the Hasedera temple located on a hill with great views of the town, the Great Buddha bronze statue and other temples and shrines.
We discovered the Sasuke Inari Shrine by accident while walking around in Kamakura. A set of bright red torii gates lead up a hill into a shrine full of statues of foxes and fox dwellings with families.
Huis Ten Bosch is a gigantic theme park in Sasebo (near Nagasaki) that is intended to be a mini version of Netherlands, including famous buildings such as the Huis Ten Bosch palace, Stadhuis and the Domtoren.
Kurashiki has a preserved canal area that dates back to the Edo Period, when the city served as an important rice distribution center. In fact, “Kurashiki” roughly translates to “town of storehouses” in reference to the rice storehouses.
Chris Tham is a co-founder of Visual Voyager Pty Ltd, the Principal Voigtländer Ambassador for Mainline Photographics and a Workshop Instructor for Mainline Photo Academy.
She brings over 35 years of experience as a photographer to her role, starting with a Yashica rangefinder belonging to her dad, joining the Photography Club in school, and developing her own photos.
More recently, Chris has been taking photos during her travels, and as a result has experienced some of the most interesting places in the world.
Chris focuses on nature, street, and urban architecture subjects in her photography.