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Hotel Review: Hilton Tokyo Shinjuku

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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 ...

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United 737 intra-Asia - Mileage Run to Hong Kong

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

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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

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

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Touring the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

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Sixty seven years ago, on August 6, 1945, the world was changed forever, as an atomic bomb was dropped above Hiroshima Japan. At 8:15 in the morning, the B-29 named Enola Gay flew over Hiroshima dropping its only payload, a single bomb known as Little Boy. It detonated about 2000 ...

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Tokyo and Seoul: Part 7 - Conclusion

Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – AA 167 JFK-NRT 777 Purportedly First Class; Narita Express Part 3 – Visiting Tokyo in 1970: Hotel Okura Part 4 – NH 1161 HND-GMP 777 Economy: Wow!  So this is what they have back here? Part 5 – Hotel on a Hill: Grand Hyatt Seoul Part 6 – KE 85 ICN-JFK ...

Tokyo and Seoul: Part 3 – Visiting Tokyo in 1970: Hotel Okura

Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – AA 167 JFK-NRT 777 Purportedly First Class; Narita Express Part 3 – Visiting Tokyo in 1970: Hotel Okura Part 4 – NH 1161 HND-GMP 777 Economy: Wow!  So this is what they have back here? Part 5 – Hotel on a Hill: Grand Hyatt Seoul Part 6 – KE 85 ...

Part 1 – Introduction: Tokyo and Seoul: A short Asian roadshow

Part 1 – Introduction Part 2 – AA 167 JFK-NRT 777 Purportedly First Class; Narita Express Part 3 – Visiting Tokyo in 1970: Hotel Okura Part 4 – NH 1161 HND-GMP 777 Economy: Wow!  So this is what they have back here? Part 5 – Hotel on a Hill: Grand Hyatt Seoul Part 6 – KE 85 ICN-JFK ...

The Time to Visit Japan is Now

I had a wonderful, albeit brief, stay in Japan and feel the obligation to provide the following observation:

Above all else, my trip to Japan demonstrated that the media shamelessly blows stories out of proportion. Remember all the talk about the store shelves being empty after the ...

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American Airlines Expands 5 Star Service

(Updated October 2011)

American has expanded where it offers Five Star service to nine domestic cities and five overseas.  The mystery surrounding Five Star is now gone, and almost of the details of the service, including how to book, are published on AA.com.

The service is not ...

Trip to Japan Postponed – I’m Coming Home!

When disaster struck Japan, I waivered over whether to take my planned trip to Tokyo next week. Despite dire warnings of radiation contamination, empty shelves at grocery stores, and rolling blackouts, I determined that media reports were overblown (to some extent they were and continue to be) ...

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My Japan Dilemma - To Go or Not to Go?

To be clear, compared to what the Japanese people are going through right now, my dilemma is quite unsubstantial, but because this is my travel blog, I trust you won't find it in poor taste to speculate about my upcoming travel plans.

A week from Tuesday I am scheduled to fly from Los ...

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