I had a 9-hour adventure in Tokyo and went to Tsukiji fish market, Ginza, Tokyo Station, Imperial Palace and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. A lot of time was wasted on staring at the subway map figuring out how to get from A to B. I'm glad to make it to all these places under such time pressure.
It was then time to check in at Haneda for my flight to Beijing. There was no line for business class check-in, but it must have taken the agent more than 10 minutes to figure out my ticket. She seemed to be unable to find my reservation at first. Luckily I printed out my itinerary from AA.com and provided her with my e-ticket number. After that, it still took her a while to issue me a boarding pass. My multi-segment and multi-carrier itinerary was probably too confusing for computer and human alike.
The Sakura Lounge looked very new, modern and spacious, but I checked in late and spent a lot of time shopping for Japanese snacks at the souvenir shop, so I only had 10 minutes to spend at the lounge. One nice feature of the lounge is lockers for personal belongings. I didn't have to worry about my bags when I went out for food, etc.
Food offering ranges from western soup and salad to Chinese dim sum and Japanese curry. It was already boarding time. I didn't have time for more food.
JL25, Boeing 767-300ER
Skyrecliner, not as comfortable as Sky Suite, but much more comfortable and spacious than first class seats in the US. Slippers could be found in the seat pocket, while amenity items such as eye mask, ear plugs and toothbrush were handed out by flight attendants in a basket.
Rice crackers, natto (fermented soybean) and my favorite kiwi juice
I always choose Japanese meal on JAL. Very nice presentation.
JAL Sakura lounge
Tokyo - HND
Beijing - PEK
Yet another great experience with Japan Airlines. Seat was comfortable enough for a 4-hour short haul flight. Flight attendants were courteous and efficient. Food was tasty - I could be biased because Japanese food is my favorite. Check-in took a while, but my complex itinerary was to blame. I will definitely fly JAL again.
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