Honeymoon @ Tokyo – Day 1

It was a short honeymoon. We spent one week in Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka). Our favourite part of travelling is the whole cultural experience: food, language, history, etc. It’s important that you and your partner have a honeymoon you’ll both enjoy.

We covered three major cities in Japan this time round – Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo.

I recommend booking your honeymoon at least nine months in advance, to allow your specialist to confirm the places and hotels you would like to include in your itinerary, especially if you will be travelling during peak season. This is the lesson for us. We have made our honeymoon trip last minute, due to my hubby’s busy work schedule. Initially, we planned to visit Mount Fuji. Coincidentally it was a long holiday in Japan during that time, all trains are fully booked and local tours usually not providing any tour package for this period on every year. So if you intend to visit Mount Fuji and don’t like the super extremely crowds, please note that and avoid travelling on the first week of May.

Day 1: Arrival Narita International Airport – Transfer to Hotel Washington, Shinjuku

MH0070, departed at 9:50am from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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Hubby & i were having so much fun on board. 

After 6 hours 52 minutes of flying, we finally arrived in Narita International Airport. We hired a limo to the hotel. Destination from the airport to Shinjuku Washington Hotel is approximately 1 hour 10 minutes (80km).

Due to our last minute trip, plus the long holiday in Japan, most of the hotels are fully booked. We managed to book the Shinjuku Washington Hotel. Thanks to Candy – our all time travel agent in KL.

Shinjuku Washington Hotel is rather a standard modern business-type hotel. The rooms are standard, a bit on the small side, but this is appears to be standard for Japan. The room was comfortable, clean, and the bathroom was well-supplied. I love the Shiseido shampoo and conditioner! The service was good, the staff pleasant and helpful. Free WIFI. There are 4 restaurants to choose from for breakfast but the 3 restaurants we went to always had long lines– not good if you are rushing to catch a tour group.  The 4 restaurants are: Manhattan Table Grill & Dining (Japanese + Western buffet style), Baron Cafe & Bar (American Breakfast), 八吉 (Japanese Meal), Fujita (Japanese + Western buffet style).

The Airport Shuttle Bus and all tour buses stop in front of the Mail Building (not the Annex). As mentioned this is a business hotel, no luxury or big lobby and no swimming pool, because we are outside all day so its fine for us, actually even if there is a swimming pool or gym in the hotel, i don’t think i will have time to enjoy the facilities. But if you like to swim during your vacation, find more expensive hotel such as Hyatt and Hilton are near by and of course the price is double than this hotel.

The hotel location is good, safe and convenient. There is a family mart which opens 24 hours on the ground floor. 15 minute walk to Shinjuku Station, which has numerous subway and railway lines. There is even a long underground passage to the station (useful on a rainy day). Between the hotel and station, there has a lot of restaurants and shops, even along the underground passage. All restaurants and stores are within walking distance, so its fun to walk.

Checkout was rather quick. No hassle. Just swipe and drop your room card.

Shinjuku Washington Hotel
3-2-9 Nishi-Shinjuku,
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo,
Japan 160-8336
Tel :  +81 3 3343-3111
Fax : +81 3 3342-2575

http://shinjuku.washington-hotels.jp/

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