Japan 2015/early 2016!


I actually took this photo, I know get me! Very arty.

My next trip abroad will be probably the last time I go to Japan for pleasure (my arm can be twisted though!) since it’ll be my third time there. Hopefully after the PhD as a post doc I can get a grant to live there for 4-6 months, so fingers crossed for that.

Late last year British Airways had a short promotion running mid to late December, two business return tickets to Tokyo from Heathrow for £2014, thats £1006 per person! Putting that into perspective the same flights normally costs between £5000-6000 each!! Around £700 coach class normally. So I’m kicking myself for missing the offer, I would have gone between Christmas and New Year or just over. Speaking to BA they are considering repeating the same offer again this year so that is the time I’ll be hopefully going this year.

The main reason why I want to go back is to stay in a hotel I have longed to stay in. The Park Hyatt Tokyo, made famous by my joint favourite film Lost in Translation.


I was luck enough to visit the New York Bar in the Park Hyatt Tokyo last time I was in Tokyo in 2011 on one of the top floors. See photo below, kinda answers why I want to stay there, its simply luxurious. The views of Tokyo at night and Mt Fuji at sunset/sunrise make it even more special too.

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The irony being that the two times I have visited Japan, I have yet to see Mt Fuji! Taking the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) from Tokyo-Kyoto early morning was too foggy, and too dark on the way back.

So there is Mt Fuji then there is the snow monkeys! You can join a one day tour from Tokyo travelling to see the snow monkeys and a few temples. Nearly saw them last time but there is a reason why you don’t do everything.. gives you a reason to go back!



I could, and I will in future posts go on and on about how great Japan is and will post some guides/to do posts.

I will leave you with this though, many people say I’m lucky to go to Japan and that they have always wanted to go. To them I say just book it! Don’t worry about the costs once you are there, it isn’t as bad as you think.. if you know what to do 😉 Japan is a wonderful amazing and completely different experience than alot of places, so go visit!

For anyone that reads this and is tempted to go, what things would you like to know?



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Doctoral Candidate in Robotics. Random posts about travel, research and stuff!
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