I have been excited about this flight since I booked this flight through AAdvantage in April 2015. I've been literally looking at my itinerary and previewing the menu every other day until the day of departure. I was excited to be flying JAL again - it had been 10+ years since I flew with them twice a year when I was in college. I was also excited to try their award-winning Sky Suite.
My flight from LAX arrived at Terminal 2. I had to exit the secure area to take the AirTrain to the International Terminal.
I checked in again at the JAL counter to get my boarding pass. The agent offered to re-tag my bag all the way to TPE, so that I wouldn't need to take my bag out and recheck it at HKG. She had to walk to airside to retrieve my bag and tag it, which was really great service.
The black and white JAL boarding pass - no more colored ones I had 10+ years ago.
JAL has its own lounge at SFO, but was near capacity when I visited. I didn't feel comfortable taking pictures there with so many people around.
I tried to find a better spot to take a picture of the plane, but this was the best I could find.
My seat - 8K. Headphones, pillow, blanket and slippers were waiting for me on the seat.
JAL 777-300ER business class features a 2-3-2 configuration, but is designed to provide aisle access for every seat.
TUMI amenity kit. I'm still at the stage of collecting amenity kits and usually keep them unopened, which kind of defeats their purpose.
Since it was a late night flight, only a snack set of sushi and egg tofu was offered after take-off, which was a little disappointing. It tasted good, but not great. As a sushi lover, I just had to order a second set. Also, I fell in love with the JAL signature kiwi juice when I flew with them 10+ years ago. Good to know they still offer it.
The seat in flat bed mode. Mattress is available for extra sleeping comfort. The screen provides privacy from neighbor. I had a very good sleep on the bed.
Midnight snacks - steamed rice with chicken and egg threads in Japanese green tea, Häagen-Dazs ice-cream, and my favorite kiwi juice.
Oshibori and grape juice upon wake up
Japanese breakfast with nine seasonal colorful delicacies in Kobachi bowls. This is my all time favorite in-flight meal. Fruit plate and ice-cream were extra orders. They barely fit on my table.
There were several flights arriving around the same time. Immigration took almost 30 minutes. After that, Tokyo was just a short 30 minute train ride from Haneda Airport.
My 9-hour adventure in Tokyo began with sushi at the Tsukiji fish market.
JAL Sakura lounge
San Francisco - SFO
Tokyo - HND
I have been really excited about this flight since the day I booked it. 11 hours were just too short to enjoy this flight. Lounge was crowded, but I didn't spend much time there. In-flight service was great, as expected from a Japanese carrier. Lack of full dinner after take-off was a little disappointing, but I guess most passengers prefer to get in bed as soon as possible. Seats aren't too wide, but are very private (with privacy screen up) and comfortable in all positions - upright, lounging or sleeping. Immigration was longer than expected, but the airport itself was just a short train ride to Tokyo. I had about nine hours to explore the city before my next flight to PEK.
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