Kon’nichiwa! I’ve only recently returned from a brief however memorable journey to Japan. I used to be there testing a few of Marriott Lodges’ new motels and resorts.
Full disclosure: Marriott flew me and another journalists over to cowl their information. Right here’s my full report on my LAX to Tokyo flight in American Airways’ enterprise class.
My flight landed on time at Haneda Airport. Haneda is way nearer to downtown Tokyo than Narita (13 miles vs 47). It was a protracted stroll to immigration and the road for international passports was loopy lengthy and maze-like The excellent news is that it moved quick. It took me 25 minutes to clear. The official took fingerprints, a photograph and put a stamp in my passport. FYI: There’s no quick monitor for enterprise class passengers, like at some airports equivalent to Heathrow
Haneda Airport to Resort
Marriott had prearranged a automotive for me to journey from the airport to the lodge. The gap was simply six miles and with out site visitors it took about 9 minutes. I used to be in gentle site visitors, so it took 20 minutes. In response to Rome2Rio, a taxi prices about $45 for that quick distance. On the way in which again to the airport, I took the practice. The Keikyu Airport Line to Haneda Airport takes about 15 minutes and prices 410 yen ($three.66 USD).
Keep away from Tokyo’s Commuter Trains Throughout Rush Hour
Good to Know: Keep away from Tokyo’s commuter trains throughout rush hour (7:30am to 9am) as trains are packed … and I imply, packed! In response to our information, they’ve skilled “pushers” referred to as oshiya. For the reason that trains run at between 200% and 250% capability, the individuals are packed onto the trains like sardines. Our information mentioned the excellent news is that you would be able to sleep standing up. The dangerous information is that in case you have an itch in your nostril, you’ll be able to’t attain to scratch it.
Tokyo Marriott Resort
The primary night time, I stayed within the Tokyo Marriott Resort (room 2005). It’s situated in Shinagawa, which is a enterprise a part of town; it’s proper close to the Shinagawa practice station so it’s handy to leap on trains. It’s a typical Marriott enterprise lodge and it’s been newly renovated. My room had two agency however comfy beds with tender sheets. The rooms have double pane home windows however you’ll be able to nonetheless hear trains beneath, although it’s not too dangerous.
The views from my room have been simply okay however I beloved the lavatory.
Like most good motels in Japan, it comes with a Toto bathroom. Nothing like a heat seat and buttons to do all of the cleansing! Often, I hate showers with half doorways however since this bathe had a protracted drain on the ground subsequent to it, I didn’t need to cope with any puddles after I received out. And it had nice water stress.
The toiletry package was probably the most full I’ve ever seen. It had every thing you may think about or need.
Good to Know: Japan electrical shops can take U.S. model plugs so long as they aren’t three-pronged. Additionally take into account that Japan’s shops are 100 volts not 120. Discover extra data right here.
Kacyo Ginza Restaurant
We had dinner at Kacyo Ginza Restaurant which was a couple of 20-minute drive away. This basic Japanese restaurant has been round since 1927 and is kind of well-known. They’ve photographs of Charlie Chaplin and Walt Disney on the wall. We had a nine-course meal, which you’ll be able to see within the picture above and beneath, is a replica of our particular menu.
My allergic reactions have been actually dangerous so I couldn’t sleep, so I used to be first in line for the lodge’s elaborate breakfast buffet, which opens at 6:30am. If it’s not included in your fee and also you don’t have elite standing, then it’s three,240.00 JPY ($28 USD).
There’s a Membership Room situated on the bottom flooring nevertheless it was nothing particular. Nonetheless, the lodge was nearly to open a brand new bar on the highest flooring (the 26th) and that seemed spectacular.
Click on right here for my journey to the Marriott lodge close to Mt Fuji.
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