Sorry for another belated review! This review covers the return leg of my short getaway to Shikoku Island of Japan, by ANA domestic premium class. This was a very short flight which the flying time was only about 52 min, but ANA still provided a delicate in-flight meal and this was the very first time i tried fugu (Japanese pufferfish)!
Tokushima Airport is easily accessible from JR Tokushima Station by bus. The fare is 440 yen (US $4). The airport is basically a domestic-only airport mainly serves flights to Tokyo and Fukuoka. However recently Cathay Dragon is operating a seasonal flight from Hong Kong to Tokushima, which is the only international route using Tokushima Airport.
After a day of walk and discovery in the Tokushima City (a quiet and beautiful city, I'll cover more in the tourism bonus), I jumped onto the airport bus from JR Tokushima Station at about 5.10 pm.
Tokushima Airport Terminal is small and compact. Once you stepped into the terminal are JAL and ANA counters. Convenient stores, souvenir shops are restaurants are also there.
A corner in the terminal is reserved for handling Cathay Dragon flight to Hong Kong. Basically this airport has no immigration facilities so everything was set up on a temporary basis.
A lovely observation deck is located on the 2/F
You can see this is not a busy airport. Usually there is no aircraft in sight.
airport lounge vortis
Although this is a small airport, there is a simple paid lounge for a cup of drink and charging your devices. Lounge access is available for most credit cards (gold card or above) that issued in Japan. If you want to get in but you don't have any card issued in Japan, you can still get in by paying 1,000 yen (US$9.1) for two hours, though I don't think it worth.
Non-alcoholic drink, including soft drinks, tea, coffee, chocolate are complimentary. You have to pay if you really need some alcohol, 200~300 yen for a can of beer.
They are all complimentary, just press the button and they will be poured into a paper cup.
Newspaper and magazines, all in Japanese though
anA286 TOKUSHIMA - TOKYO HANEDA
In Japan, domestic flight number is marked by the 3-letter ICAO code, such as ANA / JAL rather than NH / JL
The shop next to the waiting area was selling 'Sweet Potato Sable', which is used for the snack of JAL domestic first class. Who say you can't have the snack of JAL domestic first before an ANA domestic premium class flight?
The aircraft , B737-800 (JA59AN) was just arrived from Haneda. B737-800s are heavily used on Japan domestic flights.
The seat was the old product without electric recliner. Premium class was full and all seats were occupied, so I had to be the first to board in order to take as many photos as I could.
Recliner buttons (analog of course)
Actually the flight was just about 50 min, I didn't have much time to enjoy the recliner, so the climax went to the meal. The flight time was so short, once airborne meal services was started. I was given two boxes, miso soup and drink.
This was a fugu meal (Japanese pufferfish) and this was the first time I try fugu! The meal was under the supervision of a famous fugu restaurant Shunpanro, in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
The meal looks so amazing and lovely. This was exceed what I expected for such a short flight (52 min, and you have to subtract the time for reaching the cruising level and pre-landing check!)
Everyone had to finish the meal in rush as we're now over the Tokyo Bay.
Stepped out from the aircraft at 7.58 pm.
That's all for the flight, but please stay with me and scroll down to the tourism bonus, I'd like to introduce Tokushima, a small city on Shikoku Island that is not well-known!
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Tokushima is a city located on Shikoku Island, with population around 220,000. Tokushima is well-known for its Awaodori (Awa Dance) in Japan. Although not much to do in the city, but the city is so quiet and beautiful that it is very suitable for a walk and relaxing yourself. I took local train from Kochi to Tokushima on the previous night. The train was decorated with beautiful illumination.
I recommend Mt. Bizan located not far from the city center. The view is so amazing and easily accessible by ropeway.
Reached the top of Mt. Bizan
Anime shop and cafe on the top of Mt. Bizan
Observation deck, free admission
This is what Awa Dance looks like
Park in the city looks so calm
Tokushima - TKS
Tokyo - HND
It was a short but definitely amazing flight. Who would expect such much for a short flight below an hour? The hard product was a bit outdated but that's not an important factor for a short flight. I didn't mention in-flight wifi above, but this flight provided free wifi and the speed was OK. ANA always provides very consistent services on both their domestic and international flights.
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