Japan Posts

Hotel Review: Hilton Tokyo Odaiba


Hotel prices in Tokyo aren't exactly cheap, which made using my stash of Hilton HHonors points a natural fit.  We ultimately settled on the Hilton Tokyo Odaiba, located across the Rainbow Bridge from the Tokyo city center, in the suburban area of Odaiba.  50,000 points worth of ...

Japan Airlines 777 First Class from Tokyo Narita to Chicago O'Hare

Another flight in First Class on a top flight Asian carrier, what a nice way to finish up our trip and head home.  Better yet, it was an easy nonstop flight between Narita and Chicago.  We took a train from Tokyo to Narita, and then would drive home from ...
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Sampling Japanese Cuisine in its Native Habitat


This was a short trip to Japan, and we were moving around quite a bit, but that didn't mean we didn't make time for some quality dining.  We initially had three things we absolutely wanted to sample: I wanted Kobe beef and a good bowl of ramen soup, and my wife wanted fancy sushi.  ...
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Flight Review: Skymark Airlines B737 Economy Class, Kobe to Tokyo Haneda


After riding the high-speed Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kobe, for the return trip, we decided to take the quick way and fly home.  At first, I figured this would necessitate heading to nearby Osaka (KIX) to catch a flight from there, but I found out that Japanese low-cost carrier Skymark ...

Japan Airlines First Class Lounge at Tokyo Narita

Made to order sushi, a sake bar, plus free massages are just some of the features of the Japan Airlines First Class Lounge at Narita.  Our trip in Japan was nearly over, but this nice lounge was a good way to relax before the flight back to the States.
 
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Celebrating New Years in Tokyo

New Years seems to be a big holiday in Japan, at least in the sense that many places are closed on the holiday itself.

 
We were staying at the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills, and while the immediate area was pretty slow, we found plenty to do (and mostly eat) a little further ...

Review: The Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills

For our hotel in Tokyo, we stayed at the new Andaz property in the Toranomon district of Minato, Tokyo.  I've heard good things about this property, so I was happy to check it out and experience it on our own.  It definitely met my expectations.
 

The Andaz Tokyo ...
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Traveling around Japan on Shinkansen high speed trains

I've long been intrigued by the Japanese high-speed rail network.  If nothing else, the trains themselves look really futuristic.  This journey was somewhat unplanned, but in the end it worked out much better than the flights we were originally planning on.  I have also written out ...
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A Few Days Exploring Kyoto

We had finally made it to Kyoto, and as much as I remain fascinated by Tokyo, I was excited to visit another place in Japan that is somewhat less hectic than what is the world's most populous city. (At least according to some measures).

a finely manicured zen garden in ...
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The Hyatt Regency in Kyoto, Japan

After our delayed flight into Tokyo, we missed the flight we had originally scheduled to take us from Narita to Osaka, so we took a high speed train directly to Kyoto.  In retrospect, this was probably easier than our original plan which would have required a terminal change, another flight, ...
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Amenity Kit Review: ANA First Class

I was fortunate to fly ANA First Class from Chicago to Tokyo in late 2015.  I'm nearly finished with my trip report, but first I wanted to add a review of the amenity kit I received. For our introductory post and description of the categories, and the 5 point rating scale, please ...

Getaway to Japan for a week

I traveled a lot in 2015; most of it was work travel, but I had some fun personal travel as well.  One of the best trips was to Japan with my wife.  We have wanted to go there for some time, and we finally were able to make it work.  We had some good experiences both while getting to ...
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New Travel Philosophies in the New Year

2015 was my first full year as a father. As mentioned in my recent post reviewing 2015 travel, I spent a lot more time on the road for work and therefore away from my family than I wanted.  Sure, I love to travel, but moderation is best in most things.

Senso-ji Temple, Asakusa, ...
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Trip Report: Air Japan (ANA) Economy Class Review Tokyo to Taipei, Boeing 767

Air Japan is ANA’s regional arm. They operate short and medium haul routes using a fleet of (older) Boeing 767s. Even though this flight was "operated by Air Japan," everything was the same as an ANA flight. All their planes, flight attendants, meals, etc. were all consistent with the ANA ...
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Trip Report: Japan Airlines First Class Tokyo to Los Angeles, Boeing 777-300ER

This Japan Airlines first class flight review is part of my around the world trip using the last of my US Airways Dividend Miles a few months ago. My post on how I booked this trip last year can be found here.
About 30 minutes prior to boarding time, I left the Japan Airlines First Class Lounge ...
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Amenity Kit Review: Japan Airlines Business Class

This Japan Airlines business class kit is from my Tokyo to Los Angeles flight a few months ago. This kit has so much potential but sadly, falls way short in our ratings. For our introductory post and description of the 5 category, 5 point rating scale, click here. 
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Amenity Kit Review: Japan Airlines First Class

Welcome to the first post in our new amenity kit review series! To kick it off, I will be reviewing my all-time favorite first class amenity kit - Japan Airlines first class. This kit earns a near perfect score and is my all-time favorite kit because of the quality of the contents and the ...
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Hotel Review: Hilton Tokyo Shinjuku

The Hilton Tokyo is a beautiful hotel located in the Shinjuku area of downtown Tokyo. Located next to Shinjuku Central Park (and the Park Hyatt Tokyo), the Hilton Tokyo is about a five minute drive from Shinjuku Station. To get to the hotel from the airport, you can take the Airport Limousine bus ...
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United 737 intra-Asia - Mileage Run to Hong Kong

It was a little disappointing to fly a narrowbody Continental Micronesia United 737 between major hubs in Asia, but the timing worked well for my mileage run to Hong Kong.  I flew to Narita on the United 787 from Denver, and had about 2 hours at Narita before continuing to Hong Kong.
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