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Business Trip to Hong Kong

We arrived in Hong Kong for a tourism convention, but travel from Hong Kong Airport to WanChai by car was impossible due to the road being closed.            
So, after purchasing tickets on KLOOK we jumped on the Hong Kong Airport Express, a 24-minute ride to Hong Kong Station.

From the airport to the train without even needing to visit a service desk! It was so convenient.

We were also able to use KLOOK to purchase a SIM card at the same time. Even though the Airport Express had Wifi, we decided to get the SIM before leaving the airport.

The free shuttle bus from Hong Kong Station also makes it easy for those staying in surrounding hotels.

The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre also had a convenient bus stop. (However, the road was closed on the day of the event so I traveled using MRT.)

On the day of the convention, I saw that my app of choice on business trips, KLOOK, was setting up an extravagant booth.

In the past, they didn’t use much Japanese, but recently the amount of information in Japanese has been increasing with the number of Japanese users.

The merits:
-Official tickets (especially those from the airport) are often cheaper
-You can gain user points
-The number of countries where you can use it continue to increase
-They offer quick support if you experience purchasing problems

On the last day the roads were re-opened and we were able to catch the bus back to Hong Kong Station.

We were able to check-in at the station without even needing to go to the airport.

They also stored our luggage, so we could walk around the area bag free. It was all incredibly convenient.

I tried the egg tart from the popular “泰昌餅家 Tai Cheong Bakery,” 

and bought a drink from “茶狼 Cha long.”

Like Japan, there are a lot of establishments in Hong Kong that are cash only. For visitors to Japan who prefer using a card, I can relate to the difficulties of having to carry cash.

Japan is trying to transition to a cashless society, I wonder what the future holds.

This trip to Hong Kong coincided with the many demonstrations going on there. It was heartbreaking to hear about the many young people caught up in these events. My heartfelt thoughts go out to those who have been injured and who have passed away due to the current political situation.

Vegetarian Dinner at this Japanese Ryokan

The Hotel Kamogawakan, with its ocean views, is a popular accommodation for international travelers.

Recently renovated, the rooms are new and beautifully designed.
For more information see below.

Enjoy a delectable evening meal. Unlike hotels, ryokan often offer course meals.
It would be difficult to find such great quality at a similar price when eating out.
Japanese Cuisine, known as "Washoku," is recognized worldwide as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Washoku is based on the basics of "one soup and three vegetables," which is said to give the ideal balance of nutrients.
The skilled use of "Umami," a flavor category distinct for its savoriness, allows for delicious cooking without the use of animals fats. This type of diet can help to burn fat and lead to a longer life.
Among the already healthy Washoku menu, there is also a vegetarian menu.
More than anything, it is the skill of these Japanese culinary experts who craft the wide menu selection.
Lodging with vegetarian and vegan options can still be difficult to find.
Here we offer both a variety of options and lodging to match your needs.
*No nutritional specialist available
*Due to the nature of restaurant meal preparation and possible cross-contamination, meals may contain traces of animal products.

Thailand Travel Fair Exhibition

This year at the Visit Japan F.I.T. Travel Fair 2017, we had a booth, LOVE CHIBA, on display as we highlighted Chiba tourism.

This time we traveled to Bangkok after promoting the Tokun and Nabedana Breweries as well as Chiba Sake at Sakelism in Taiwan, which made for quite a long business trip.

Not able to overcome the language barrier even with the taxi, we reserved a shuttle bus. A comparatively high price, but it is hard to compare with the ease of mind that it gave us. From Suvarnabhumi International Airport to the hotel, it cost us about 6000 JPY.

After a long trip, it was nice to find that the hotel room had its own mini kitchen. The low price and spaciousness of the room was also great. They even had a paid laundry area.

Here was our accommodations.
Baan K Managed By Bliston

We then had the 3 day travel fair. Last year there were 600 thousand attendees, and this year many people came to see as well. Since Siam Paragon is on par with other high-class facilities, there were many affluent Thai people who have spent a lot of money in Japan. The average salary has also grown to be on level with Japan. (Results from our survey)

Thanks to the help of the staff, we were also able to try many delicious foods.

Restaurants mainly spoke in English, and were friendly. Not to mention cheap!

There also seemed to be many American and European tourists.

We now look forward to next year February in Thailand. Next time we will headto Chiang Mai for business discussions. Chiang Mai, here we come!