Kicking things off in Japan

We had a great trip to Japan a few years ago, and wanted to spend more time in this amazing country.

When were we there
17 days, May 15 – May 31

Where did we go
✈️ Flight from Honolulu to Tokyo
🏨 Park Hyatt Tokyo
We got a crazy good deal to stay at this famous hotel (70% off) so we jumped on it. The rooms are incredible: large, modern, and breathtaking views from the 50th floor. But the location isn’t ideal (not close to a train station) so I wouldn’t stay here again.
🏨 Millennium Mitsui Garden Ginza
We spent half out time in Tokyo at the Park Hyatt, and the other half at this hotel. The room was small but incredibly well designed, probably the best use of space we’ve ever seen. The hotel is right at the Ginza station, which was super convenient. Highly recommend this place.
🚄 Train from Tokyo to Hakone
We decided to do a day trip to Hakone, where there are natural hot springs, on our way to Kyoto.
🏨 Manatee Hakone
Cool little hotel. We had a private hot spring bathtub in our room!
🚄 Bullet train from Hakone to Kyoto
🏡 Airbnb in Kyoto
🚄 Train from Kyoto to Osaka
🏨 Hotel Vista Grande Osaka
Nice hotel right in the middle of all the craziness at Dotonbori.



  • Robot Restaurant
  • Jiro Sushi
  • Ramen, Okonomiyaki
  • French restaurant for Kate’s birthday
  • Day trip to Kamakura


  • Day trip to Nara, where you can see and pet wild deer
  • L’escamoteur, awesome bar we went to twice


  • Osaka Castle
  • Wagyu beef lunch
  • Umeda Tower + Floating garden observatory