Trip Report: Japan 2015 (Part 3) St. Regis Osaka


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Japan (Part 1) Introduction- A Babymoon…….Sakura Style!?
Japan (Part 2) Japan Airlines First Class Chicago O’Hare to Tokyo Narita
Japan (Part 3) St. Regis Osaka
Japan (Part 4) Around Kyoto
Japan (Part 5) Around Nara
Japan (Part 6) Andaz Tokyo
Japan (Part 7) Around Tokyo
Japan (Part 8) Conrad Tokyo
Japan (Part 9) Fujigoko Sakura viewing (Beautiful full bloom cherry blossoms)
Japan (Part 10) Westin Tokyo
Japan (Part 11) Japan Airlines First Class Lounge
Japan (Part 12) Japan Airlines First Class Tokyo Narita to Chicago O’Hare
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St. Regis Osaka

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Myself outside the St. Regis Osaka entrance

My wife and I arrived late on Monday night after a long travel day so we were delighted when we finally arrived at the St. Regis Osaka.  We were greeted on the ground level after exiting our taxi by the doormen.  They offered to assist with our bags and welcomed us to the St. Regis.  The actual lobby was up on the 12th floor so we took the elevator just past the bell station and arrived on the lobby level.

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St. Regis Osaka exterior and front entrance

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Checkin desks at St. Regis Osaka 

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Lobby level seating at St. Regis Osaka

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Lobby seating at the St. Regis Osaka

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St. Regis Osaka lobby seating

We were checked in by a gentleman at the front desk.  He informed us that Continue reading

Trip Report: Japan 2015 (Part 2) Japan Airlines First Class Chicago O’Hare to Tokyo Narita


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Japan (Part 1) Introduction- A Babymoon…….Sakura Style!?
Japan (Part 2) Japan Airlines First Class Chicago O’Hare to Tokyo Narita
Japan (Part 3) St. Regis Osaka
Japan (Part 4) Around Kyoto
Japan (Part 5) Around Nara
Japan (Part 6) Andaz Tokyo
Japan (Part 7) Around Tokyo
Japan (Part 8) Conrad Tokyo
Japan (Part 9) Fujigoko Sakura viewing (Beautiful full bloom cherry blossoms)
Japan (Part 10) Westin Tokyo
Japan (Part 11) Japan Airlines First Class Lounge
Japan (Part 12) Japan Airlines First Class Tokyo Narita to Chicago O’Hare
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Japan Airlines First Class Chicago O’Hare to Tokyo Narita

We arrived at O’Hare thinking JAL checkin was at terminal five but we would be mistaken. After looking around and realizing the JAL counter was nowhere to be found.  I asked at  the information counter what terminal is Japan Airlines located in and the counter rep replied terminal three.  We quickly boarded the tram to hop over to T3.

Checkin was a bit strange as we ended up checking in at the economy class counter.  There was just one general line feeding to the different counter agents but not corresponding to the class of service it seems.  We were given our boarding passes after handing over our passports for inspection. We were invited to use AA’s Flagship Lounge prior to boarding by the checkin agent.  We then walked over to security, waited 2-3 minutes in the first class security line and were in and out with no problems.

Towards the end of the terminal is the AA Flagship lounge which was nice enough and helped pass the time for our JAL F flight. The lounge was too crowded for my liking and thus I did not snap pictures and will not review the lounge.

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Bag tags locked and loaded

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All set for boarding

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Our bird to Tokyo

I wanted to be first to board so Continue reading

Trip Report: Japan 2015 (Part 1) Introduction- A Babymoon…. Sakura Style!?


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Japan (Part 1) Introduction- A Babymoon…….Sakura Style!?
Japan (Part 2) Japan Airlines First Class Chicago O’Hare to Tokyo Narita
Japan (Part 3) St. Regis Osaka
Japan (Part 4) Around Kyoto
Japan (Part 5) Around Nara
Japan (Part 6) Andaz Tokyo
Japan (Part 7) Around Tokyo
Japan (Part 8) Conrad Tokyo
Japan (Part 9) Fujigoko Sakura viewing (Beautiful full bloom cherry blossoms)
Japan (Part 10) Westin Tokyo
Japan (Part 11) Japan Airlines First Class Lounge
Japan (Part 12) Japan Airlines First Class Tokyo Narita to Chicago O’Hare
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Introduction- A Babymoon……Sakura Style!?

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My wife and I with Chuerito Pagoda, Mt. Fuji and cherry blossoms in the background

When one thinks “babymoon” one’s thoughts typically run to a nice relaxing beach destination. One where mom-to-be doesn’t have to do much besides lay around and take dips in the pool and sips on mocktails.  In fact the anti-babymoon might be Japan.  One of the most densely populated countries with Tokyo having the largest population in the world.  Japan is generally hectic and “go, go, go”, so not your typical baby moon destination.   Alas I must admit that this wasn’t originally booked to as a babymoon.  I had booked this trip out about 7-8 months back in August 2014 which was before my wife got pregnant.  We took a trip to Australia in Jan 2015 and a trip to Japan was now on the books.  Then in November we found out we were expecting our first child together.  My wife’s doctor said both trips were fine and since the baby isn’t due until later in the summer were cleared to take the trips! Thus a babymoon is born (actually two baby moons if you include Australia months earlier).

This trip is to be our Continue reading