rains wrote:jetsetter wrote:tokyo is connected by subway/JR and Jap taxis are very expensive--unlike in mainland china and taiwan. they must be prepared to commute via public transport, including walking up/down stairs. they will be bored waiting for your 5yo to take those rides at Disney for sure. but accommodating old folks can sit by the side to wait for u to finish queuing or simply take skytrain to maihama station shopping arcade. And, will they want to walk on Mt Fuji?
how abt sapporo instead of tokyo? old folks will enjoy the onsen, the orchards, dairy farms.
to some extent, seoul also needs tourists to commute via subway, else they might be bored with just hanging out in certain shopping districts. not unless they are gg to jeju or busan...
I reckon packaged tours might be more suited for the old folks, what do you think?
I sounded my parents out and it seems my mother is very keen on Japan.
We don't fancy packaged tour as we don't like being trapped at places that tourguides want us to shop at. My parents don't like changing hotels or waking up early either.
I looked at Hokkaido/Sapporo, read up some blogs on such trips and I think I won't like it. I am so sorry but I have to admit I am a shallow person. I don't really like going from one place to another to look at sceneries only.
I was thinking of going to Tokyo area, Hakone, Kyoto and Disneyland, but it seems Kyoto is a few hours away from Tokyo or Narita. I was thinking of leaving Disney to the last few days so that they may explore places nearby on their own by taking train out, or they may rest while we go Disney. I am a little worried when I read in the Tokyo thread that some people feel tired walking about the whole day to explore the place. My parents won't be able to 'walk about the whole day' for sure.
I checked cruises out. O my, they are not cheap either, especially on the days/months that I can make it. Easily hit $3k for 3 or 4 pax for what ... just 3 days to Malaysia?
If you have made up your mind to head to Japan, be sure to equip everyone with good walking shoes. There will be lots of climbing as there is no escalator to their subways. Lots of walking/shopping.