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Sunday Reader Question: When and How Can I Use My Free Chase Hyatt Visa Nights?

March 4, 2012

TPG reader Chris is thinking about getting the Chase Hyatt Visa, and he wrote asking about the best way to go about redeeming the two free nights he got as a sign-up bonus: “I’m booking my honeymoon for this fall in Southeast Asia. Our first stop will be Tokyo for two nights, and we would […]

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Tokyo Day Four: Jetlag Blues, Relaxing at the Park Hyatt and Hanging at the Delta SkyClub at Narita

June 19, 2011

I didn’t think I had that much beer and sake the night before, but the mixture of jetlag and the overall weird sleep schedule had me waking up Wednesday morning feeling pretty hellish. Although my friend had given me secret anti-hangover pills, they just weren’t cutting it and I wanted to sleep all day. This […]

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Tokyo Day Three Part Two – Sushi at 6:30am, Tempura and a Night Out in Shinjuku

June 17, 2011

We had worked up a pretty hefty appetite after 3 hours of roaming the Tsukiji Fish Market, so we decided to get sushi for breakfast – I mean, it’s not going to get any fresher! There is a famous sushi restaurant, Sushi Dai, but our guide recommended we go to a lesser known, but equally […]

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Delta to Tokyo – 777LR BusinessElite Review Los Angeles to Haneda

June 15, 2011

Since my JFK to LAX flight got in almost 45 minutes early, I had time to swing by the LAX SkyClub and pick up a couple 300 Amex point certificates. Before  hitting the lounge, I took a look at the departures screen to check the status of my 1:10am flight to Tokyo Haneda, but was […]

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Tokyo Day Three Part One – Inside Access to Tsukiji Fish Market and Tuna Auction

June 13, 2011

Tsukiji (pronounced skee-jee) Fish Market is the largest fish market in the world and one of Tokyo’s top tourist destinations – especially for sushi lovers. Many of you recommended visiting when I requested Tokyo tips, so it was high on my list of “must do” things.  I was disappointed, however, to find out after I […]

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Tokyo Day Two Part Two – A Tale of Three Very Different Dining Experiences

June 11, 2011

I’ve always heard that Tokyo is a foodie destination, so I was hellbent on trying as many interesting things as I possibly could. That’s why I orchestrated my meals on my second day to hit three distinct specialties: 1) Ultra premium beef 2) Ultra blue-collar grilled innards and 3) Ultra fresh sushi. Luckily I had […]

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Tokyo Day Two Part One – Walking Around Shinjuku and Tokyu Hands

June 8, 2011

After my glorious 10 hours of sleep, I awoke at 6am to an absolutely stunning, sunny day in Tokyo. For breakfast I had the option of going to Girandole or getting room service, but since I had some work to do I opted for the latter. While my meal was comped as part of my […]

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Tokyo Day One Part Two: Shibuya, Park Hyatt Spa and Tokyu Hands

June 7, 2011

Once down Takeshita street, I hung a right on Harajuku street and walked 15 minutes to Shibuya, which is the Herald Square-like area with lots of shops and restaurants. At this point, I had worked up quite an appetite, so I went into the first ramen shop that seemed to be popular with locals. The […]

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