Tag: Japan

JAL First Class: The best flight I have ever taken

After another wonderful stay at the Tokyo Hilton, our trip home had to commence. @Macpsych and I had said our goodbyes at the hotel, as he was flying home via Seoul Icheon and Helsinki, as part of his mileage run to collect enough BA tier points to remain gold. (I have done a spreadsheet 😉). ...

Cathay Pacific: Hong Kong to Tokyo

My second flight on my trip to Tokyo was with Cathay Pacific on the CX526, a 17 year old A330-300. Being a OneWorld frequent flyer, I had redeemed 30K Avios to book a business class flight to Tokyo Narita. This was my second time flying Cathay and again, the service was good. Unlike the Virgin ...

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And my journey to Japan, part one….

My journey to rendevou with @macpsych started at Heathrow.  I left home just before the rush hour started, getting to Heathrow in good time about 2 1/2 hrs before departure. Virgin check-in was a breeze (Also as AirPrtr had collected the heavy suitcase the night before) and soon I was off to the special door which ...

2019: Prepping for a year of travel!

As I approach the end of one year, it's the perfect time to look ahead and see what 2019 has in store for me. The short answer is: lots more travel! Between my various work trips and holidays, 2019 will be spent on the move, but nearly always to places I love visiting. So far, ...

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I’m on the beach

It's one of those damp, grey and chilly Sunday afternoons where my mind wanders to travels past - and future. I dreamt last night that I was back on the beach in Sitges. It was another beautiful summer's day and I was just wandering down the shoreline, ankle-deep in the water. The sun was incredibly ...

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Booking a mileage run…to Tokyo!

In just 66 days, I'll be flying off on my next holiday to Japan. But unlike previous visits, I'll be taking quite a circuitous route to get there... Yes, it's another mileage run. I need the BA miles to keep my Gold status, so the idea here is to book a series of flights to ...

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Adjusting to life after holidays

So I'm back. And as predicted, Japan was an absolute blast. It never fails to delight as a holiday destination and I think this break was the best yet! I'll share my adventures from Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Tokyo in a lot more detail over the coming weeks, but for now a few thoughts on adjusting ...

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Holidays beckon…

Right. My bags are packed and I've just one more working day to get through. Then I'm off to Japan for a couple of weeks! If I'm totally honest, I'm never short of holidays. Travel is my one true vice, and @TheFrankFlyer and I take several breaks and longer holidays every year. I know I'm ...

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An afternoon wander through Asakusa

Even though we've been before (a couple of times!), we took one of our afternoons in Tokyo last week to have a wander around Asakusa. It's definitely a neighbourhood of two halves: a very touristy side and a more authentic side. I think we saw both. We'd spent the morning wandering around Ueno Park in ...

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Our week in Tokyo: Champagne and sushi

So I’m back from my week in Tokyo and I’m missing it already. We had such an amazing time, despite the freezing cold weather and the snow. It was our first time in Tokyo in the winter, so that was to be expected - and we packed accordingly! As we’ve been to Tokyo so many times ...