Japan Posts

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. 
Japan Airlines ...
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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 ...

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.

United to Japan on the 787 - Mileage Run to Hong Kong

After finding a pretty good fare, I took what was basically a mileage run to Hong Kong.  I was excited to be able to route this via Denver, so I could get on the 787 Dreamliner to Tokyo Narita.  It wouldn't be my first 787 flight, but it would be my first time flying on United's version, ...

DL, AA cut seats to Japan, NK grows in Minneapolis + more: Rohan on Routes

Depreciation of Japanese yen takes toll on US carriers
Both American and Delta have announced capacity reductions within the last week on two of their US - Japan routes. Last week, American announced a seasonal reduction on its Chicago O'Hare - Tokyo route from daily to 5 weekly effective ...

A Park View King at the Park Hyatt Tokyo - The Journey the Destination

The next stop on my trip was a return to Tokyo.  This time, I decided to splurge on one of my most anticipated hotels ever.  Like many people, ever since seeing Lost in Translation, I wanted to visit the Park Hyatt Tokyo for myself.  Despite my attempts to keep this whole trip ...

Exploring Tokyo-Tsukiji Market and beyond - The Journey the Destination

Japan, and in particular Tokyo has long been a place that has intrigued me.  I have been to Japan several times, but other than one 22 hour layover, on those other trips I did not leave Narita (and one unplanned stop at Haneda...).  I was excited to finally have the chance to spend a ...

Peninsula Tokyo - Another Perfect Stay? (RTW - Part 14)

Overview: A strong in-city business hotel
Strengths: Service, location, rooms
Drawbacks: Lobby configuration?  (very minor point)
After some helpful debate within FT’s Luxury Hotel forum between the Tokyo Peninsula, Four Seasons Marunouchi and the new Palace ...