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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 […]

ANA Economy Flight: Okinawa to Nagasaki for 5k United Miles

ANA Economy Flight: Okinawa to Nagasaki for 5k United Miles

After booking my flight from [Okinawa to Nagasaki using frequent flyer miles], I was ready to take my 90-minute direct flight. If you’re leaving Okinawa, get to the airport early! The airport is small and doesn’t have many gates so the lines are long and […]

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: 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: 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: Orion Happy Park

Okinawa Tourist Guide: Orion Happy Park

When in Okinawa, you’ll notice that most places that serve beer, is going to serve Orion beer.  Draft choices are limited to that. It was rare to see Kirin or Sapporo. As a beer connoisseur (very polite version of saying alcoholic), I thought I’d take […]

Okinawa Foodie: Japanese Black Curry from 食堂ぬーじボンボンZ

Okinawa Foodie: Japanese Black Curry from 食堂ぬーじボンボンZ

Japanese black curry from食堂ぬーじボンボンZ (translation: Cafeteria Inuji Bonbon Z) was tasty, but finding the place and ordering was a lot more fun.