BOOKED: Trip to Bangkok and Tokyo

I have been planning a return trip to Japan for the better part of a year. Each time I tried to lock in dates, something came up. As luck would have it, a few days opened on my schedule so I booked a trip to Japan and Thailand next month (go big or go home, right?). The trip will be less than a week, which is my standard trip to any part of the world.

On this upcoming trip, I will try Japan Airlines’ (JAL) economy product on the 787-900, 787-800, and 777-200. I do not expect there to be much difference but I will review them just the same. This will be my first time flying with JAL so I am more than giddy. I booked the multi-city itinerary (DFW-BKK-NRT-DFW) for approx. $1,300 USD, which is a great price.

JAL 787-900
JAL 787-900 Courtesy of World Airline News
JAL 787-800
JAL 787-800 Courtesy of JAL
JAL 777-200
JAL 777-200 Courtesy of JAL

The first stop on the trip is Bangkok. I do not have a long time on the ground so I booked the relatively cheap Aloft Bangkok for less than $90/night. The Aloft brand has quickly become one of my favorites since I visited the Aloft Fort Worth Downtown.

Aloft Hotel Bangkok

Next, I head to Tokyo where I will stay one night at the Sheraton Miyako Tokyo. The room priced at $200/night. While $200 is a bit much, other branded hotels are going for much more.

Sheraton Miyako Tokyo

The next day, I will be taking the Shinkansen (bullet train) Nozomi from Tokyo to Osaka. My son is fond of anything train related, but the bullet trains are his favorite. When he asked me to come to Tokyo to ride the Shinkansen with him, I hopped (flew???) at the chance. The bullet trains operate at speeds well over 150 miles per hour. This makes the trip to Osaka about two and a half hours.

Shinkansen Nozomi
Shinkansen Nozomi

As I stated earlier, I will be doing a lot of flying. This means I should have time to check out more than a few Priority Pass lounges. Bangkok International has numerous lounges. I will be flying out of Terminal F so I will check those first.

Priority Pass Lounge Bangkok

At Narita, I am flying in/out of Terminal 2 so I will hit those lounges first then try to visit others.

Priority Pass Lounge Tokyo Narita

Final Word

This trip to Asia should be fun, as it will allow me to experiences some firsts: 1) flying with JAL, 2) visiting Thailand, and 3) experience a shinkansen. Most importantly, I get to experience some of it with my son. Thank you always for reading the blog, please check back for trip updates.

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