We checked into the Narita Airport Hilton and rode the FREE shuttle ten minutes from the airport. It’s a nice hotel and I had actually booked it with 15,000 Hilton points. The rate changes based on demand, check the Hilton site to see how many points you would need for certain dates. However, I made a mistake. Again, note to self – and others – Japan is a actually a day ahead. I had booked my room for the day before (30th) but we actually arrived on the 31st. The hotel kindly refunded our points but we couldn’t rebook with points. I did have to pay but he gave me a good rate of about $125 which included coupons for breakfast, a drink at the bar and a gym pass. We are a diamond status with Hilton and again, there are good perks with status!
We went directly to the room (it’s a 14-hour time difference from EST) to shower and go to bed. I tried to keep us up little more than we probably should have to get “on the clock”. The room was nice. My daughter had fun with the “Japanese toilet” and giving her bum a little shower. Naturally we awoke very early (5 am – yikes) and tried to get us back to sleep. My daughter was in good spirits so we just got up.
We hit the gym and the staff was kind enough to let her sit there on the computer and watch me workout. One of the downsides in traveling with a small child is that gyms often don’t permit small children. After that we hit the hot tub and pool. The pool is made up of lap lanes but she was able to play around in one of them. You must wear a swim cap in the pool here. Luckily, the staff provided them. I recommend bringing one if you have it, theirs was tight on my head.
We had a great breakfast – huge buffet with all kinds of American breakfast foods, as well as, Asian and international foods. I decided to opt for the more American style as I knew I would get the typical Japanese the next day.