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Four months ago I returned from a 2.5 week trip throughout South East Asia (trip report upcoming). I loved the trip so much that I knew I wanted to see more in Asia, even before the Cathay Pacific 777 touched down in the US. I have a ‘book now and figure it out later’ mentality when it comes to travel, so before I even made it back to my apartment in Chicago, I had two award tickets booked on Japan Airlines to Tokyo.
I have been doing a lot of other traveling lately (here, here and here), so the trip planning for Japan has gone on the back burner. Fast forward to today when the Japan Rail Passes and Lonely Planet book have both arrived. This is my indication that it is time to start planning as we head out in less than two weeks.
I am excited to try out Japan Airlines for the first time and also to see what Hyatt and Starwood properties offer for the 8 night journey. Secretly, I am very excited to see what the Platinum/Diamond breakfast spreads are at these high end Asian hotels. If they are half as nice as what I experienced in Southeast Asia, I will be ecstatic. I still have this image imprinted in my mind of eating a ridiculous breakfast each morning at the St Regis Bangkok overlooking the polo grounds and thinking this can’t be real.
Here’s to hoping this trip brings more ‘this can’t be real’ moments. Trip report to follow.
Any tips or recommendations out there for a first time visitor to Japan?
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