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The eagle has landed !

Posted on : 29-04-2010 | By : Nathan | In : Travelogue

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I am finally here ! Japan has occupied the #1 spot on my “places to visit” for about the last 10 years & I finally made it.

It took a total of 27.5 hours of travel time since leaving my house to get to my final destination here at the ANA Hotel in Kyoto Japan. The hotel is super-plush, and the internet is included, so that is a huge plus. I think I will skip the $50.00 morning breakfast buffet though !  I did not get to see many sites on either of the trains we took to get here though, as it was only light for a few hours after I met up with Derek.

We decided to go out for a late dinner after checking in, but not much was open that late. We decided to go to a place that reminded me of a Japanese waffle house, open 24/7 serving popular Japanese dishes instead of waffles. It was affordable & tasty. and I got to order from a push button machine LOL.

We then ventured out to find a place to get a few beers. However, much to our dismay, it did not appear that any of the bars allowed “gaijins” (foreigners). We asked around and finally found an “American Dart Bar” which allowed us to come in and partake. We had a good time throwing darts and drinking a few beers. We crashed around 3:30 am after making it back to the hotel via taxi.

Hopefully we can find a few more “gaijin-friendly” bars. We are heading to check out the Kyoto Imperial Palace and Castle, as well as other cultural sites today. Should be a good time, so check back for more pics and updates.

Check the gallery for some new pics !

Tokyo, here I come !

Posted on : 27-04-2010 | By : Nathan | In : Travelogue

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tokyo tripThis is my 1st post in years, so I may be a little rusty. I am heading to Japan for a total of 11 days.  Japan has been #1 on my list of places to visit, so this is literally a dream come true.  I will be spending 4 days in Kyoto and about a week in Tokyo. I am really interested in the ancient cultural side of things, as well as all of the cutting edge futuristic side as well. Some  activities include:

- Cultural districts & temples
- Sumo match (already have tickets)
- Climb Mt. Fuji
- Visit the Sony store
- Tokyo-Disney
- The world-famous fish market

I will make sure to upload images and make posts as often as possible. Be sure to leave comments if you visit the site, just to let me know you stopped by. This should be a pretty good trip, and while I will be working, I am going to try and enjoy myself.

My buddy Derek (who is stationed in Japan) is going to be accompanying me on the trip. Actually, he pretty much set everything up, so I guess I am actually his side-kick. He organized the hotels, trains, sumo, and everything. I just had to use some frequent-flyer miles and get over there ! He even gave me a little “mission” package with a pre-programmed cell-phone, yen, tickets, and everything I need once I step off the plane. Thanks Derek, for putting all this together!

Well, I’ve gotta to pack, the plane leaves in 18 hours ;)