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Award Booking Strategies: Using United Miles from OKA to NGS

Award Booking Strategies: Using United Miles from OKA to NGS

While in Okinawa, I quickly put together a rough idea for a cross-Japan train trip using the JR rail.  First, I’d need to acquire a JR Pass so the trip could be more affordable. Next, I had to get from Okinawa to Nagasaki and concluded […]

Using Hotel Points: The Hyatt Regency Naha

Using Hotel Points: The Hyatt Regency Naha

Staying at the Hyatt Regency Naha using 6k hotel points and $75USD per night.  This was a great option due to the location and redemption value.

Using Hotel Points: ANA Crowne Plaza Okinawa

Using Hotel Points: ANA Crowne Plaza Okinawa

There happened to be an IHG Accelerate bonus promotion at the time of my booking.  One of my offers was to redeem a cash and points booking with any IHG hotel and I’d get a big bonus.  I ended up being able to book the […]

Japanese Culture Shock: The Post Office

Japanese Culture Shock: The Post Office

It’s very rare for me to experience Japanese culture shock. I’ve been to Japan a lot, but have only been to a Japanese post office a handful of times.  Mostly to mail a postcard or a package which is pretty straightforward. But when I tried […]

Travel Hacks: How To Buy the Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) In Japan

Travel Hacks: How To Buy the Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) In Japan

You’re not supposed to be able to buy the JR Pass while in Japan, but there is a way!

Okinawa Foodie: Ufuya, The 100+ Year Old Okinawan Restaurant

Okinawa Foodie: Ufuya, The 100+ Year Old Okinawan Restaurant

If you’re doing a tour of Okinawa and feel like getting a homestyle meal in a super authentic Japanese old style house, Ufuya is the restaurant for you!

Okinawa Foodie: Fresh Fish from First Makishi Public Market

Okinawa Foodie: Fresh Fish from First Makishi Public Market

Just down the road from the main drag in Naha, is a public market where you can get pretty good deals on most things.  You can also get the freshest fist if you want to overpay for food.

Okinawa Tourist Guide: ROUND1 Stadium Okinawa

Okinawa Tourist Guide: ROUND1 Stadium Okinawa

As you know, Okinawa is known for the three S’s: Shoppin’, swimmin’, and som’ arcades.  The best arcade around is ROUND1 Stadium (not to be confused with just “ROUND1”).

Okinawa Tourist Guide: American Village

Okinawa Tourist Guide: American Village

The Okinawa American Village is a collection of malls, shops, restaurants, bars, video games, the beach and everything you think America is about (yup, there’s Budweiser).

Okinawa Tourist Guide: Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Okinawa Tourist Guide: Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

The Okinawa Aquarium is massive. But maybe that’s because I haven’t been to an aquarium in a long time. It’s several times bigger than the Pineapple Park and 100 times more interesting.