Introduction:  Flying to Japan to Ride the Shinkansen

Introduction:  Flying to Japan to Ride the Shinkansen
Review: Japan Airlines (787-900) Premium Economy Class – Dallas to Tokyo
Review: NAA Dayroom – Narita International Airport
Review: Japan Airlines – (787-800) Economy Class – Tokyo to Bangkok
Review: Aloft Hotel – Bangkok
Review: Singapore Airlines (A330) Business Class – Bangkok to Singapore
Review: Singapore Airlines (777-300) Business Class – Singapore to Tokyo
Review: Nozomi Shinkansen – Tokyo to Fukuoka
Review: Hilton Seahawk – Fukuoka
Day Trip to Uminonakamichi Island
Review: All Nippon Airways Business Class Lounge – Fukuoka International Airport
Review: All Nippon Airways (767-300) Business Class – Fukuoka to Okinawa
Review: All Nippon Airways (737-800) Economy Class – Okinawa to Nagoya
Review: All Nippon Airways (Bombadier Dash 8) Economy Class – Nagoya to Tokyo
Review: 9 Hour Capsule Hotel – Narita International Airport
Review: IASS Lounge – Narita International Airport
Review: TEI Lounge – Narita International Airport
Review: Japan Airlines (787-900) Economy Class – Tokyo to Dalla

Hi! Welcome to my next trip report.  This report has been a long time coming, but guess what?  It is finally here.  This trip’s main goal was to ride the shinkansen with my son but I did a little bit extra.  I was able to spend a few days traveling in Thailand and Japan.  Here is the overview of the trip.

I began the trip with a Japan Airlines flight from Dallas to Tokyo.  This was my first time flying aboard the airline.  I was able to secure an upgrade to premium economy on the cheap.  You may or may not have read my post about Japan Airlines a few days ago.

JAL Premium Economy 787-900 Dallas to Tokyo
JAL Premium Economy
JAL Premium Economy 787-900 Dallas to Tokyo
JAL 787-900 Premium Economy Meal

While I was waiting on my connecting flight to Bangkok, I was able to get in a shower at the NAA Dayroom.

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My flight to Bangkok was on a Japan Airlines 787-800 in economy.  The plane was a bit dated but the flight was not that bad.

Japan Airlines 787-800 Tokyo to Bangkok
Japan Airlines 787-800 Economy Seat
Japan Airlines 787-800 Tokyo to Bangkok
Japan Airlines 787-800 Economy Meal

I was able to stay at one of my favorite hotel brands in Thailand, Aloft.  After visiting the Aloft Hotel in Fort Worth, I was hooked.

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There was a bit of an issue with my flight from Thailand to Japan…so much so that they tried to get me to pay $350 USD to change the flight. I ended up flying on Singapore Airlines so I checked out the SilverKris Lounge.

Since I booked the flight on Singapore Airlines, I was able to take my first flight aboard a Singapore Airlines A330 in business class.  The plane was a bit on the older side, but it was cool.

Singapore Airlines A330 Bangkok to Singapore
Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Seat
Singapore Airlines A330 Bangkok to Singapore
Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Dinner

I had a quick connection in Singapore.  The flight to Tokyo was operated by a Singapore Airlines 777-300, which I have experienced before.

Singapore Airlines 777-300 Business Class Singapore to Tokyo

Singapore Airlines 777-300 Business Class Singapore to Tokyo
Singapore Airlines 777-300 Business Class Pork Loin

The highlight of the trip was taking the Nozomi Shinkansen we took from Tokyo to Fukuoka.  I did not know what to expect from the bullet train, but it was a great experience.  My son could not stop looking out of the windows.

Nozomi Shinkansen Tokyo to Fukuoka
Nozomi Shinkansen
Nozomi Shinkansen Tokyo to Fukuoka
Nozomi Shinkansen Reserved Cabin

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I stayed at the Hilton Seahawk in Fukuoka.  The hotel was HUGE.  One of the cool things was that it was next to the SoftBank Hawks stadium.  Unfortunately, I could not get a ticket to see them.

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We were able to take a day trip to Uminonakamichi Island.  It was an amazing place…I could not believe that there was an entire island dedicated to fun.

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My time in Fukuoka was short.  I visited the All Nippon Airways Lounge prior to taking my flight to Okinawa.  The beer machine is the best thing in the world…seriously.

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The flight to Okinawa was operated by an All Nippon Airways 767-300.  I had never flown on a 767, so this was another first.  It did not hurt that this flight was in business class.

All Nippon Airways 767-300 Business Class Throne Seat
All Nippon Airways 767-300 Premier Class Throne Seat

All Nippon Airways 767-300

My flight from Okinawa to Nagoya was on an All Nippon Airways 737-800.  It was another plane variant I had yet to experience.

ANA 737-800 Economy Class
ANA 737-800 Economy Class Seat

ANA 737-800 Economy Class

The flight from Nagoya was operated by a Bombardier Dash 8.  The plane was chill, it gave me a sense of nostalgia, much like my flight on an American Airlines MD-80.

All Nippon Airways Bombardier Dash 8
All Nippon Airways Bombardier Dash 8

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I missed my flight to Los Angeles so I stayed at the 9 Hour Capsule Hotel at Narita.  It was my first time trying out a capsule hotel.

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The next morning, I was able to check out two Priority Pass Lounges at Narita:  IASS and TEI Lounges.  They were both simple, but free drinks are always good.

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My flight home was operated by a Japan Airlines 787-900.  Economy class never felt so good, especially after getting a SSSS pat down leaving Narita.

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Again, welcome to my latest trip report.  It was a long time coming, but it is finally here.  Check back regularly for the rest of the posts about this epic trip to Thailand and Japan.

 

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