For our offsite we were checked into Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel on the main road of Hepburn Springs. The hotel is in an idyllic setting surrounded by natural bushlands.
My fourth trip to Japan took place in the northern hemisphere autumn in October.
The weather was still very pleasant with only a couple of days that were cold and wet while there were also warm days thrown into the mix.
I flew into Narita from Melbourne on a Monday evening and rather than taking the train as I have done in the past I chose to take the limousine bus that would drop me right at my hotel, the ANA InterContinental Tokyo. If I’d taken the train I would have had to change to the Ginza subway line at Ueno and then walk about 500m to the hotel. My guess is that the bus saved me 30 minutes or so.
I like the InterContinental Tokyo hotel. This was my 5th stay at the hotel having stayed here in 2015, 2016, 2017 and at the start of this trip before I headed to Toyama.
This was my second stay at the Crowne Plaza ANA Osaka having stayed here 2 years ago.
The hotel is around 400 metres from Osaka station where you’ll probably arrive from Shin-Osaka station but luckily there’s a shuttle bus that runs half hourly or so between the station and the hotel. I can’t seem to find the shuttle bus on the English website, but there is one.
I’d gotten to the shinkansen platform at Himeji station early for my train to Shin-Kobe so I settled down for a bit of a snack. As I was early I’d planned on jumping on an earlier train. A quick look at Hyperdia told me one would be arriving soon… it did, and for some reason I just sat there, I was probably snacking away – sigh. Anyway, another train arrived soon and I was on my way for the 26 minute train ride to Shin-Kobe.
The Crowne Plaza ANA Kobe is right next door to Shin-Kobe shinkansen station, probably an 8 minute walk if you dawdle. The hotel is also right on top of the Shin-Kobe subway station. I would find out later on that evening that there’s actually an entrance into the hotel from the underground station.