We left San Francisco early Tuesday evening and arrived in Tokyo late Wednesday night. After an overnight stay at the hotel at Haneda Airport, we flew to Okinawa to visit family. No place, from a high-end hotel to local restaurants to a casino, had matches. The visit was great as we enjoyed the grandchildren’s favorite spots -- the bird park and the aquarium. We all enjoyed Shuri Castle and, of course, donuts with dad day at our granddaughter’s kindergarten class. We were one of two sets of grandparents who were visiting on donut day.
Heading back to Tokyo, we stayed at the JAL City Hotel Haneda for three nights. The room was extremely small -- emphasis on the extremely -- but the price was excellent and it was convenient to the terrific subway system. Saved a lot of money not taking cabs. Our first day we had lunch at the Imperial Hotel followed by a visit to the Imperial Gardens. Dinner followed at the Palace Hotel Tokyo. After dinner, next to the hotel, we came across a small park with fountains and lights. A pleasant stop on our way back to our hotel. The next day, our only rainy day of the entire trip, we had afternoon tea at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, known for the movie “Lost in Translation.” Even with clouds, it was still a fantastic view from 41 stories high.
Very early Friday morning, we left for San Francisco and arrived late Thursday afternoon. Our motel, the Millwood Inn in Millbrae on the peninsula, had matches and great rooms. These were our last matchbooks for the trip but we did thoroughly enjoy the coast around Half Moon Bay the next day before flying home.