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The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko - Marriott Bonvoy (long 16x9) On July 15, 2020 The Ritz-Carlton has opened a new luxury hotel in Nikko, Japan.  It is the brand’s first property to feature a natural hot spring (both indoor and open-air baths).                       Located in the Northern Kanto region of Japan, The Ritz-Carlton Nikko is two-and-a-half hours north of Tokyo. It is...

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Day1: Mar 14 (Thu)  Departure from Honolulu We checked in at the ANA counter.   Everyone was on time and it was a smooth check-in. Our 8 hr 10 min flight was on time!   Lunch was served 1hr 30 min after departure.  We had a choice of Seafood Tempura or Chicken Curry. Sandwich and yogurt was served 2 hrs prior to landing in Narita airport. Day2: Mar 15 (Fri) Arrival Narita airport & Naha Airport Upon arrival in Narita airport, we...

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Day1:  Jan 17, 2019 Departure from Honolulu We checked in at the Philippine Airlines counter, which had a dedicated line for our group.  The airline provided us with a “gold line” at TSA, which made our inspection so much faster. The flight (PR#101) was 10hr45min nonstop to Manila. We were served with two hot main meals and a snack with a choice of pork barbecue or kung pao chicken and pancit & pork or beef lasagna. We enjoyed our...

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The first Luxury Collection hotel to open in Tokyo is an exquisitely designed hideaway in the upscale Kioicho district, a premier address steeped in the history of the Tokugawas and just minutes on foot from the vibrant entertainments of Akasaka. The 250-room Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho occupies the top seven floors of a 36-story tower, offering iconic city views from every angle along with exquisitely curated artwork. The...

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If you’re interested in going to Japan, or you’ve been numerous times, chances are that you’re familiar with what a Ryokan is. On the other hand, you’re probably also aware that Ryokan have beautiful, but limited facilities in comparison to hotels. Both Ryokans and hotels in Japan allow you to live in the lap of luxury, but which one is right for you? For many of us, such as me, it’s both! There are things to consider for your next...

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It happens to us all; you’re sure you saw that landmark before, then you look around and everything begins looking the same. You look up and around trying to get your ground, because you realize your spatial perception is all wrong. Even with maps and GPS, it can be disorienting to look around and realize you’re not sure where you are anymore.  Nobody likes getting lost or the disorientation, anxiety, and stress it puts on us. When...

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