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Japan Journal 2008

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A March 2008 trip to Japan by Cat19

Dinner in our Kyoto ryokan Photo, Japan, Asia More Photos
Quote: Last March I travelled from my (then) home in Bermuda to Japan for a two week break. This journal covers places I stayed, places I visited and practical matters such as getting around and eating and drinking.

Getting there and around

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Bullet train Photo, Japan, Asia
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I travelled to Japan from my current home in Bermuda via New York, the flight from New York is about 14 hours and I paid for it with air miles. I chose to fly to and from Tokyo (Narita airport), however it is also possible to fly to Osaka (Kansai) which is about 350 miles away and convenient for Kyoto, the old capital and in my view a must see destination in any Japan trip. It is also fairly common to fly into one airport and out of another.Narita Airport is about 80km from the centre of Tokyo and taxis are very expensive, it would easily cost £150 in a taxi so the best advice is to take the train or an airport bus into the city. I am not sure how much this cost as uncharacteristically ...Read More

Japan

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Attraction | "Oversight of Japan - a Thoroughly Modern Country"

Tokyo Photo, Japan, Asia
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I had established some years ago that when I went to Japan, the best time would be Spring or Autumn. The summer can get hot, humid and wet and the winter is a bit too cold for my liking on holiday. We had great weather in March, it was warmer that we expected in fact, averaging about 15c and we had rainfall on two out of fourteen days. Those days were a total wash out though, it can rain for a long time and seemed heavier than typical rain in UK. My trip started in Tokyo and I used the famous bullet train to travel around the country, selecting a few stop offs along the way and then returning to Tokyo for the final few nights.Tokyo~~~~We started and ended in Tok...Read More

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Eating and Drinking in Japan

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Dinner in our Kyoto ryokan Photo, Japan, Asia
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Unlike say London, which has a very international restaurant scene, I found that the cuisine on offer in Japan was predominantly Japanese. We saw a relatively small number of non-Japanese places to eat and those we did see tended to be fast food joints. I would hasten to add that we enjoy and were more than happy to stick with Japanese food, but this was our observation.Our guidebook informed us that there were thousands of places to eat in the main centres of Tokyo and Kyoto and I am sure this is true. Nevertheless we did experiences some difficulties. Firstly, many places are quite small, with some seats along a bar and perhaps a few tables elsewhere, this meant there tended to be qu...Read More

Mandarin Oriental

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Hotel | "A Good Start"

Mandarin Oriental  Photo, Tokyo, Japan
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I have been interested in trying the Mandarin Oriental chain for a while. As we had already decided that Japan was going to be a holiday of indulgence, the Tokyo Mandarin seemed a good place to try the brand. After our flight from New York, we travelled into the city by train arriving at "Tokyo Station". I believe most people would arrive here as it is a very expensive taxi ride from the airport and the hotel private transfer was a whopping £250 each way. The hotel is located near the station but not really walking distance with big luggage. Upon arrival we were greeted by a bellman who took charge of the luggage whilst an assistant escorted us to reception on the 38th floor. Check in...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 26, 2009

Mandarin Oriental
2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi
Tokyo
+81 (3) 3270 8800

Tamahan

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Hotel | "Traditional Japanese Lodgings"

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Kyoto was the third stop on my tour of Japan. I imagined that the city would represent old Japan and indeed the style of architecture, number of temples and shrines and the common sight of geisha girls going about their daily business, reinforced my preconception. It was therefore fitting that we would try the traditional Japanese style accommodation, the ryokan, for the first time in Kyoto.Although we wanted traditional, the holiday was something of an indulgence for us, so we were not going for budget. We therefore contemplated our options in the luxury end of the ryokan market and finally decided on the Tamahan. We made out booking through www.japaneseguesthouses.com , who were also...Read More

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Tamahan
477 Gion, Shimogawara-cho
Kyoto, Japan
81(75)561-3188

Park Hyatt Tokyo

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Hotel | "Lost in Pretension"

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My recent holiday to Japan included six nights in Tokyo, four at the beginning and two at the end. We had saved money by booking flights with air miles and it just seemed that time of year to splurge on five star accommodation. We decided to book different hotels for the nights at the beginning and end of the holiday, partly so we could plan our sight seeing more efficiently but mainly just for the variety.The Park Hyatt hotel is probably most famous for being the hotel of choice in the "Lost in Translation" film. It looked very stylish and fashionable in the film and I must admit that is the main reason I chose it.The hotel is based in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo, which is one ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 25, 2009

Park Hyatt Tokyo
3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku
Tokyo, Japan 163-1055
81-3-5322-1234