For my return flights home to Washington, DC, I intentionally booked a twenty-two hour layover in Tokyo between my inbound flight on Air China from Shanghai and my final leg in ANA First Class to Washington-Dulles. Why, you ask?
Because I freakin’ love Tokyo. And my buddy had never been.
That, my friends is an opportunity to maximize my routing on this award.
I’d been to Tokyo before on a previous globetrotting adventure, so I was pretty familiar with certain areas in the city — mainly Shinjuku since I stayed at the Park Hyatt Toyko last time. Since I knew Shinjuku well, I figured that would be the best place to stay this time around — we could hit some highlights and be done with it. I was looking for a Hyatt property, and the Hyatt Regency Tokyo fit the bill nicely, as it is a few blocks from the Shinjuku Station and was reasonably priced.