Japan

The Best Of Okinawa in 10 Photos

The Best Of Okinawa in 10 Photos

These are the best okinawa photos from my trip in September 2017.

Driving Around Mario Kart Style in Japan: Fun or Not Fun?

Driving Around Mario Kart Style in Japan: Fun or Not Fun?

While in Osaka, I ended up going on the Mario Kart Osaka tour.  I picked up an International Driver’s Permit just to do this tour. It did come in handy though since [I needed to rent a car for a week in Okinawa].  The short […]

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).