Review: Korean Air 747-8 Prestige Suite ICN-SFO

  1. Introduction
  2. Review: United 787-8 Dreamliner BusinessFirst SFO-KIX
  3. Review: Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
  4. Highlights from Osaka
  5. Highlights from Kyoto
  6. Review: Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji
  7. Review: Hyatt Regency Tokyo
  8. Highlights from Tokyo
  9. Review: Korean Air A330-200 Prestige Class NRT-ICN

Korean Air 23

  • ICN – SFO
  • Depart: Oct 11, 2016 5:33pm
  • Arrive: Oct 11, 2016 11:02am
  • Duration: 9hrs, 29mins
  • Seats: 18A, 18B (Prestige Suites)

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Review: Korean Air A330-200 Prestige Class NRT-ICN

  1. Introduction
  2. Review: United 787-8 Dreamliner BusinessFirst SFO-KIX
  3. Review: Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
  4. Highlights from Osaka
  5. Highlights from Kyoto
  6. Review: Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji
  7. Review: Hyatt Regency Tokyo
  8. Highlights from Tokyo

Our adventure in Japan was coming to an end. I was excited to get home via Korean Air’s business class. Google Maps told us it would take about an hour to drive to Tokyo Narita Airport. We weren’t sure what the security situation would be like, so we left our hotel around 9am for our 12:45pm flight.

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Highlights from Tokyo

  1. Introduction
  2. Review: United 787-8 Dreamliner BusinessFirst SFO-KIX
  3. Review: Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
  4. Highlights from Osaka
  5. Highlights from Kyoto
  6. Review: Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji
  7. Review: Hyatt Regency Tokyo

Tokyo was the last leg of our trip and the most overwhelming city I’ve ever visited. After seven days in Japan, I was pretty tired. If I were to plan this trip again, I would do it in reverse: Tokyo – Kyoto – Osaka, front-loading the days that require the most mental and physical energy at the beginning of the trip. A lesson I’ve learned for my future trips!

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My IHG Accelerate Q2 2017 Offer

IHG has published their Q2 Accelerate offer, valid for stays between May 15 and August 31, 2017. This could be useful for upcoming summer travel. Click here to access your IHG Accelerate Q2 2017 offer. Read More

Drive-By: The Amazing Delta Sky Club @ Seattle-Tacoma Airport

I spent the weekend in Seattle and ended up flying back to SF on Delta. Since United has a huge presence at SFO, I rarely fly Delta and have little knowledge of the airline’s offerings.

As I was headed to the airport, I remembered that Amex Platinum cardholders have access to Delta SkyClubs when flying on a Delta ticket. My flight was out of gate A2, which made the SkyClub next to gate A1 very conveniently located. Read More

Review: Hyatt Regency Tokyo

  1. Introduction
  2. Review: United 787-8 Dreamliner BusinessFirst SFO-KIX
  3. Review: Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
  4. Highlights from Osaka
  5. Highlights from Kyoto
  6. Review: Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji

Booking

I booked four nights here using my Citi Prestige so I could utilize the fourth night free benefit. I called the Citi concierge and provided by corporate code and my Hyatt account number and they booked the hotel for me. Overall, the total cost was $1301.38 before the fourth night free rebate of $283 which posted to my account two months after our stay.

Getting There

After our stay in Kyoto, we took a quick cab from our Ryokan to Kyoto Station. At Kyoto Station, we purchased two Shinkansen tickets from a kiosk for $129 each. We also stopped at one of the many convenience stores in the station to grab lunch and snacks for the train ride. Read More