Snowboarding in Nagano: Nagoya Marriott Associa

Snowboarding in Nagano: Nagoya Marriott Associa

I chose to spend 2 nights in Nagoya, because I had 2 free nights credit from Marriott after staying at the JW Marriott Surabaya multiple times over the last year. In fact, Marriott still runs this promotion where guests who stay 2 times will get a free night at any category 1-4 Marriott hotels. The [...]

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From Mountains to Beaches – Sheraton Miyako and sights around Osaka

From Mountains to Beaches – Sheraton Miyako and sights around Osaka

As I had a late lunch, I checked out of my hotel slightly later than 4pm and waited for the next shuttle bus from the Westin Nagoya Castle to the Nagoya Station where I will board my next Shinkansen train. Travelling on the Shinkansen between cities in Japan is one of travel's best inventions, and that [...]

From Mountains to Beaches – A Tour of the Toyota Factory

From Mountains to Beaches – A Tour of the Toyota Factory

Visiting the Toyota factory was one of the highlights of my trip to Japan, and one of the reason was because I had just completed my graduate business education and what is better to brush up on the idea of supply chain management by experiencing the factory first-hand. I had obtained directions on how to [...]

From Mountains to Beaches – Westin Nagoya and a meal of Hitsumabushi

From Mountains to Beaches – Westin Nagoya and a meal of Hitsumabushi

Yokohama to Nagoya is about a 2 hour journey by Shinkansen, given that I had taken the high-speed rail in China that was based on the same technology, I was similarly impressed. Taking the Shinkansen is perhaps the next best thing to travelling in First Class, because on the Shinkansen the journey is fast, hassle-free, [...]