So only 2,5 months to go ….. Hong Kong and Japan here I come. And it’s all because of Ueno Sakura Matsuri, the Cherry Blossom Festival. At the age of 76 and a cancer journey be able to go on a trip this ….. and on my own feels just AMAZING!!! To be able to make a dream I had for over 30 years finely come true.
All hotels are booked, one paid for … and so is all flights, except one. The total for my flights came to 8.950SEK/$1. 236/£770/€980. If I had booked the ticket all together at a travel agent the cost had come to around 30.542SEK/$4.220/£2.626/3.343€ – that is a massive saving. I have booked all my flights online with separate airlines.
I’m flying CPH- Hong Kong (1 stop) / Hong Kong – Tokyo / Hiroshima – Tokyo and Tokyo – CPH (1 stop) – the longest flight will from Tokyo back home 12,1 hours including stop over in Helsinki. Great connection and a fantastic price with Finn Air.
From Hong Kong to Tokyo do I fly with HK Express, very cheap and with that comes a downfall….. I was departing just before midnight and land very early morning in Tokyo. Then suddenly they had an earlier departure to arrive at midnight, so I changed my booking for a fee of 300HK$.
From Hiroshima to Tokyo I will be flying ANA Nippon, cheaper than the train .. and I will landed at the airport where my departure will be the following morning. This booking hasn’t been done yet, because with Nippon’s domestic flight is it only possible to book 2,5 months (75 days) in advance.
Regarding 2 hotels (Hong Kong & Kyoto) did I have to rethink a bit … I wanted to stay on the Kowloon side in Hong Kong, but found a fantastic upgrade offer with The Cosmopolitan Hotel – gives me a deluxe stay with airport transport, smart phone, breakfast and plus I can keep my room until 4pm on departure.
My room will have a view over the Happy Valley House Race Ground. No harbor view, but it’s not far to walk down to the waterfront and Star Ferries. This went over my budget, but with airport transportation and breakfast included – it’s a really good deal. I booked directly with the hotel.
Regarding travelling in Japan I have come to the conclusion that I will not travel enough by train to make up for the cost of a rail pass. When I counted on it, I can go first class (green car) on the fastest Shinkansen for less money than a weekly rail pass cost. So that will be me cruising in style at a speed of 300 km/h (185 mph).
In Tokyo I had my eyes on The Hotel Grand Arc Hanzomon with view over the Imperial Palace in Chiyoda (千代田) district, the center of Tokyo and next door neighbor to the British Embassy.
Close to Tokyo Station where I will take the bullet train to Kyoto from. A very popular hotel and it wasn’t easy to get a room there – especial none-smoking. It became cheaper for me to book it with agoda.com, because the breakfast buffet is included in their price. The hotel’s website doesn’t have any meal offers. All paid for.
Kyoto has been a real pain and hard work. I want to stay close to the Gion district and Kamogawa River, the old and beautiful Geisha district, but all the hotels I had eyes on is being full booked that week. So I searched with the headlights on and I found a hotel, Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto – only 5-minute walk from the river.
When I checked hotel booking websites it was sold out everywhere. So I went on the hotels own website and I manage to get a single room with breakfast for 5 nights to a great rate.
The hotel has great reviews and a MASSIVE plus is that they have laundry facilitates on 6th floor for their guests. That is me in the middle of my trip with laundry needed to be done.
Hiroshima I will be staying next to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park at ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima – big double room with breakfast for 5 nights. This I have booked with booking.com – a little better rate than with the hotel’s website.
One of the nights in Hiroshima will I stay overnight on Miyajima Island at Kurayado Iroha, a Ryokan aka Japanese guesthouse – with half board included it will be my most expensive hotel night. There are no restaurants on the island except in the hotels and Ryokans, also booked with bookings.com.
My last night before departure home will I be staying at Hilton Hotel by Narita Airport, 1 night with breakfast and airport shuttle, through booking.com.
Now I have started to look at sights, restaurants, walks, tours, MUSTS and hidden gems.
So 1th of April will I and my TENA pads, in their own suitcase, take off from Copenhagen Airport and the towels will be less for each destination and I will be more “be-richered”. My bank account and feet will suffer most.
“Hope makes the dream a possibility.”
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