Trip Report: You Dropped a Zero (To Japan with United): Intercontinental ANA Tokyo

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St. Regis Osaka
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After we landed in Japan, we spent one night at the Narita Excel Tokyu (that’s not a typo!), before taking the bus, and then the train, into the city.



We were to stay for one night in Tokyo, then head down south to Osaka to stay at the St. Regis Osaka. For our one night in the capital, we booked ourselves into the Intercontinental ANA Tokyo using a Intercontinental Ambassador free night certificate.


The hotel was conveniently located right down the station from the subway station, from where you could get anywhere in the city.

The lobby was large and spacious, with some sort of big water feature by the escalator.




We were given a room was a street view, which looked slightly dreary in the day, but awesome at night.


The room was big, though not huge. We had two beds and a sofa, which was nice.

One of the great things about the hotel was that it was right by a market and a mall. In the mall, there was a Starbucks, which we sat in while we waited for our room to be ready. There was also a store next to the Starbucks, where you could buy sushi, fish, fruit, and perplexingly named Japanese pastries, i.e. Japanese pastries.

When we arrived in our room, we were given some fruit on a platter as well as some water.

In order to stay awake, we decided to make our way over to the nearby Shinjuku Gardens, the Central Park of Tokyo. Though it was two in the afternoon local time, we were completely exhausted. However, we managed to make the short subway trip to the Shinjuku Gardens and found it to be beautiful in cherry blossom season.


When we got back from the gardens, we got some actually high quality burgers from a restaurant in the station and had dinner. I was asleep quickly after that.

In the morning, we left fairly early to catch the bullet train to Osaka.

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