Japan - August Trip

August 25, 2016

Today we embark on a 10 day trip to Japan. What prompted this trip was an opportunity to fly home using points in the fabulous Etihad Apartments. More about that later. So building around this flight we decided to travel to parts of Japan we have yet to explore: Sapporo and Nagoya.

And we begin.

We are flying United to Newark (EWR) from Toronto this morning. Making a connection to San Francisco (SFO) and then onto Haneda (HND). Thanks to our hard work last year we had upgrade certificates which allowed us to upgrade to Business Class. The fare we booked guaranteed us Business seat on the long SFO - HND flight but time will tell if we get upgraded from EWR to SFO. Currently there is one seat available and Brad is first on the list.

Change of Flights

It has been a busy morning. We were originally connecting through EWR to get to SFO. The flight that was to take us to EWR was delayed and we wouldn't have made the connection. So we are now about to board an Air Canada flight that will still get us to San Francisco in ample time to make our flight. Thankfully we are flying carry on only, but unfortunately we are don't have much room to buy stuff in Japan. We may have to buy another bag. 

August 25, 2016 11:45 EST

San Francisco Layover

We made it to San Francisco on the direct flight from Toronto. We actually arrived around the same time as if we had gone our original routing. We were delayed getting out of Toronto. I had to listen to the old fart next to me looking out of the window and swearing while waiting for the mechanical issues to be cleared up. Just so you all know, middle seat gets priority of the arm rests, the window seat gets the space by the window and the aisle gets the aisle. We were in the exit row and I was in the middle seat. We are now in the lounge enjoying cheese cubes and all the diet coke we can drink.

August 25, 2016 19:39 EST

Up up and away.

Currently sitting on United 875 in business class on a 787. Thanks upgrade certificates! We just had our warm nuts and a cocktail. Waiting for dinner (shirt rib) while watching Money Monster. 

When I'm in business class I'm always sad the flight has to come to an end. Plus, being on the Dreamliner is even more fun. This flight is 9:45, not long enough in my opinion. I was impressed that the one window button shade all three of the windows. It is the small things that amuse me the most. 

August 26, 2016 00:10 EST

Arrived in Tokyo

We have arrived in Tokyo safe and sound. An easy flight with a great crew. We are now on the subway heading to our hotel using the wifi on the subway. Welcome to the future (if you live in Toronto).  

We are staying at the Prince Shinagawa hotel for th night then heading to the Shinkansen tomorrow to head to Nagoya. 

August 26, 2016 10:01 EST

Arrived in Nagoya

We had an always wonderous trip on the Shinkansen this morning to Nagoya, the third biggest city in Japan. We are staying at the Marriott with amazing views of the city. Now off to explore... and maybe catch some Pokemon. 

August 26, 2016 22:47 EST

You know you are in Japan when a lady leaves the elevator and politely presses the "door close" button as she exits to speed up your ride. 

August 27, 2016 12:28 EST

First day in Nagoya

We had a great day in Nagoya today. We first enjoyed our included breakfast... okay it wasn't that great but it was free. It was also the first time I have seen sweet bagels: chocolate and peach/honey bagels. Will this be the new trend? (And yes I know there are apple/cinnamon and blueberry already)

We then headed to the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology. Did you know they started as a textile factory? So the first pavilion was various looms and cotton history. It would have been boring but they demo'd various looms as you walked around. It was actually fascinating. 

The second pavilion was dedicated to the auto industry that took shape after the massive Tokyo earthquake. 

I learned so much about cars, I actually understand how things like a clutch and transmission work. They had working examples so you could see inside how each mechanism worked. Again, this part was made so much more interesting due to the working demos. I'll put some images and videos in the Flickr album at the bottom. 

After a lengthy nap we went out for Japanese fried chicken. Now it is time for sleep. 

August 27, 2016 13:04 EST


Japan August 2016

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