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Wed
25
Mar '20

Trip Report: Nagoya To Seattle

We had one last afternoon meal of conveyor belt sushi (see previous post) before I headed to the airport – since I have an early flight, staying at an airport hotel. This time (I’ve done this before), staying at the Centrair Hotel which is directly connected to both the train station and the airport: A […]

Mon
16
Mar '20

Trip Report: Japanese Vending Machines

One of the wonderful things about Japan is their Vending Machine Culture. Years ago, in Tokyo in the red-light district, I saw pornography in a street side vending machine. Nothing as tawdry this trip. Just everything from cigarettes, to beer, coffee, high balls…. Cigarettes — Hot dogs and French fries — Sodas, water, tea — […]

Sun
15
Mar '20

Trip Report: Osaka

So, took a late afternoon Shinkansen from Hiroshima to Osaka. If you were trying to save money, you could shave $25 off if you were willing to transfer three times and have it take 6 hours rather than 2. We took the semi-fast train (more stops, but direct). Unlike last night’s hotel, which was near […]

Sun
15
Mar '20

Trip Report: Hiroshima

With my unexpected extra time in Japan, Julian and I decided to head several hours south to Hiroshima, yes, that Hiroshima. Back on the train go we. And yes, there are little smoking rooms on the train: At the train station in Hiroshima, besides displaying cars… They also had a seating chart of the station […]

Fri
13
Mar '20

Trip Report: Couple Of Days In Nagoya

Change is in the wind. Next stop was supposed to be a hotel near Tokyo Disneyland Sea – until they closed the park, then shortly after, India cancelled eVisas for Japanese citizens. Delhi was the destination after Disney. Change is in the wind, roll with it. My answer? Cancel the Delhi-London section of the trip, […]

Wed
11
Mar '20

Trip Report: Gero, Japan – A Mountain Hot Springs Town

Having had a good night’s sleep in Nagoya – thanks to Julian buying a new guest mattress – in the morning we are off to Gero, which is a town several hours away, up in the mountains. WikiPedia link here. We took the slow (i.e. cheap) train, which took a couple of transfers – but […]

Tue
10
Mar '20

Trip Report: Seattle to Nagoya

The beginning of a 12-day adventure! All packed and ready to go. First, a stop at Duty Free – yes, the limit is THREE bottles going into Japan: Flight is on time… Riding in style – Japan Airlines Business Class to Tokyo’s Narita Airport with a stop in the lounge first… The plane is here… […]