Our trip to Thailand started a bit rough. We were seated in coach class from Atlanta to [Narita] Japan. The moment we got situated in our middle seats [not together obviously], we actually debated getting off the plane and going the next day. This is one good example of why I do not like having set plans/reservations. Because I had bought a plane ticket from Bangkok to Phuket for the next day and booked a hotel using our Starwood points, we decided it was too much hassle to reschedule and suffered through the 12 hour plane ride. To add insult to injury, when we arrived in Japan the [once a day] flight to Bangkok had been canceled! Ugh...so I had to reschedule everything anyway!
One the bright side, we were able to get a hotel close to the airport and with in walking distance to the Park. Our room at the Kikusui Hotel was small but cozy and had a cute little restaurant in the lobby where I enjoyed a big bowl of noodles for dinner. Waiting for us on the bed were two soft cotton kimono robes. We made some tea and looked into what we could explore the next day (our flight was not until 6pm).