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 Lounge – Fukuoka
Review: All Nippon Airlines (767-300) Business Class – Fukuoka to Okinawa
Review: All Nippon Airlines Business Class Lounge – Fukuoka International Airport
Review: All Nippon Airlines (737-800) Economy Class – Okinawa to Nagoya
Review: All Nippon Airlines (Bombardier 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 Dallas
Arrival: 0550 (+1)
Flight Time: 6hrs 20 min
July 8, 2019
After making it off of the flight from Bangkok, I was thankful to be back in Singapore. While the visit was brief, I have always appreciated the hospitality I have received while visiting. There was a five minute walk to my gate for Tokyo-Haneda Airport. Singapore Airline Lounges’ are top notch and I would have love to visit, but they were not at the top of my to-do list on this day.
I arrived at the gate around 2210 local time. This was approximately 40 minutes before departure, boarding began 10 minutes later. Boarding for Japan was the best part of my trip, not because I was flying in Singapore Airlines 777-300 Business Class again, but because I was on my last segment to Honshu…AKA mainland Japan.
I hustled aboard the airplane as quickly as I could to settle in my business class seat. Before I could make it there, one of the flight attendants welcomed me aboard and pointed me to my seat, 19K. As I rounded the corner, another flight attendant welcomed and walked me to the seat. Singapore Airlines has great service…I am sure that I mentioned it before.
The seat was the same as the previous flight, the older business class set-up. Before I continue, the old business class seat is as spacious as any seat I have ever experienced…even Air China’s First Class Seat. Awaiting at the seat were numerous pillows, slippers, and headphones.
The rest of the seat was the same as before: USB ports, storage, tons of legroom (again), tray table, and entertainment/Inflight entertainment controller.
After settling in, I was offered champagne or juice I went for the champagne. I was so tired that I did not ask what kind of champagne I was offered. It was served with a warm towel.
I was hella tired but I could not help but enjoy this spacious seat. The offset window threw me off but it was made all the better when the Japanese guys next to me ordered beer for everyone in the row. My man knew it was free, so he did it just to make a ruckus…whatever, kanpai! The safety video was then played.
I wanted more leg room so I asked to move to a bulkhead seat. The flight attendant stated that she would grab me after we took off. It was less than 15 minutes after when I was awoken and asked if I still wanted to move. um, yes please. If she had not awaken me, I would have been fried by these lights near the seat.
The bulkhead seat at 15F had far more room. I only hated that it was not a window seat. Service began about 30 minutes after departure. The options were pasta, chicken, and pork. I started with a Singapore Sling then ordered the pork loin.
The meal began with a liver pate salad of some sort, it definitely did not scream “Book The Cook”. I had my choice of bread so I went with the garlic.
The pork and vegetables was served minutes late and was delicious. It was a bit filling, but the meal was too good to pass up. The rest of my tray went untouched because I was not too hungry.
I did make time for the ice cream and cheese plate photo opportunity. The cheese plate had seen better days…for sure. A fruit basket was also offered, but I did not take anything.
After eating, I requested to have the bed prepared. It literally took one minute for the flight attendant to transform it and I slept the rest of the flight. There were about 40 minutes to go before landing, when I was jolted awake by turbulence. The flight attendant asked if I needed anything. I requested noodles to hold me over because I did not know when I would eat on the ground. She stated that they would be brought after the ride smoothed because she did not want me to burn myself…thanks for saving me from me.
The noodles were delicious as always, my son would have loved it. He will be featured on here as he gets older. I was then offered chocolates to finish the trip.
The flight attendants knew I was going to Japan to see my son, so it was a nice touch when they also offered a Singapore Airlines’ teddy bear for him. This was an especially nice touch, which I appreciated. The bear came from the A350, but it did not really matter at all.
The Singapore Airlines’ 777-300 touched down 15 minutes ahead of schedule in Tokyo. It was a fairly smooth landing. I was happy to be back in Japan, especially since I was about to ride the Shinkansen with my son.
The day was long, but it was all worth it. I eventually made my way to Japan to begin the trip in earnest. My son was excited about riding the shinkansen and little did he know, so was I. It was finally time to start the vacation!