Where to See Stunning Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo and Osaka

In Japan, there’s a special word meant just for celebrating nature’s gorgeous display of pink and white cherry blossoms each spring — hanami, which translates to “flower viewing” and means enjoying the beauty of the cherry blossoms. I didn’t really get what all the fuss was about, but after experiencing the glory of the blossoms in full bloom, I…

Dramatic Drone Shots Over Tokyo

If you’ve ever been to Tokyo, you know how busy a city it can be. But it’s amazing to see how different — and calm — everything is when you view it from above. We traveled to Japan earlier this year at the height of cherry blossom season, which is a beautiful time to visit. Check out the video…

2020 Olympics Attendees Will Use Robots, Driverless Cars and Translation Tech in Tokyo

Now that the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro have officially ended, it’s time to look ahead to Tokyo 2020 — Japan is a nation known for its technological innovations, and the city’s Olympic games are sure to uphold that reputation. Olympics organizers are already planning several major tech projects that will surely wow the audience….

Inside Tokyo’s Bizarre Robot Restaurant

What’s the quirkiest place you’ve ever been to? Take that, multiply it by 1,000 and you’ll get Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant, a whimsical dinner theater where you can watch bikini-clad warriors save the world from invading alien robots — plus performances by Japanese singers, go-go dancers, Taiko drummers and Samurai along with a few other characters. Note that…

Long Layover? Take a Free City Tour at One of These Airports

TPG Contributor Lori Zaino highlights seven airports where you can take advantage of complimentary city tours, a special perk offered by airlines for passengers with especially long layovers. Because who wants to sit around in the airport all day anyway? Have you ever been dreading a flight because of a long connection? These seven airports…

Inside the “Lost in Translation” Hotel: Park Hyatt Tokyo

While many movie buffs will recognize the Park Hyatt Tokyo as being Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson’s stomping ground in the 2003 award-winning film “Lost in Translation,” that wasn’t the only reason I wanted to stay there. The Category 7 Park Hyatt Tokyo is one of the city’s best Hyatt properties, plus I’m a Hyatt…

Tokyo’s Haneda Airport is Getting More US Flights

Anyone who’s been to Tokyo knows that Haneda Airport (HND) is much closer to downtown than Narita International Airport (NRT). Despite the slot restrictions currently in place at HND, airlines have been gradually increasing the number of intercontinental flights it serves. While cities like Los Angeles (LAX) and San Fransisco (SFO) on the west coast already…

Deal Alert: US to Tokyo from $587 Round-Trip

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz and Priceline, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take…

Join Me as I Film TPGtv in Tokyo and Osaka

Japan is one of my favorite countries — it’s been about 18 months since my last trip, so I’m excited to be heading back this week to work on some exciting new content for TPGtv with my film crew. One of the things I’ve learned from the first season of TPGtv is that we need to share more points and miles…

Deal Alert: US to Tokyo from $435 Round-Trip

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage…