Early Planning: Hong Kong and Tokyo for Thanksgiving

Early Planning: Hong Kong and Tokyo for Thanksgiving

Sarah and I have been traveling together quite a bit lately. In the last year, we’ve been to Kentucky, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and several other places, but we haven’t yet left the country together.  That’ll change this Thanksgiving when we head to Hong Kong and Japan.

Since one of the goals of this blog is to help others get the most value out of their travel, I’m going to document our planning and decision making process here over the next few weeks. First, let’s go over what we plan to do and when.

The Itinerary

Park Hyatt Tokyo (source)

We’ll start out with a two-day visit to Hong Kong. Then we’ll fly to Tokyo, where we’ll spend five days split between greater Tokyo and the Tokyo Disneyland Resort.  I’ll talk more about our flight and hotel choices in a later blog post, but here is the overall plan:

Wednesday, November 21st (my birthday)

  • United Flight 869
    • departs SFO at 1:25 PM PST
    • arrives in HKG on November 22nd at 8:05 PM HKT

Thursday, November 22nd (Thanksgiving)

Friday, November 23rd

  • Explore Hong Kong

Saturday, November 24th

  • Check out of Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui
  • United Flight 78
    • departs HKG at 10:30 AM HKT
    • arrives in NRT at 3:40 PM JST
  • Meet two friends at the airport (arriving on United Flight 837, also landing at 3:40 PM JST)
  • Check in to Park Hyatt Tokyo

Sunday, November 25th

  • Explore Tokyo

Tokyo Disneyland

Monday, November 26th

Tuesday, November 27th

Wednesday, November 28th

  • Visit Tokyo DisneySea or Tokyo Disneyland
  • Check out of Hilton Tokyo Bay
  • United Flight 838
    • departs NRT at 5:10 PM JST
    • arrives in SFO at 9:10 AM PST

We have a lot more details to work out (like what to do during our “explore” days), but we have plenty of time to figure that out.  In the meantime, over my next few blog posts I’ll share the reasoning behind our choices so far — including how I picked our flights, and how we’re maximizing the value of the dollars we’re spending on this adventure.

There’s also an open question around whether or not dim sum will suffice for Thanksgiving dinner. When we told Sarah’s mother about the trip, her first question was, “Where will you find turkey?”

Photo source: Hong Kong photo provided by eGuide Travel.