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My first report! I figured that I'd go with my most recent flight to commemorate the occasion. I usually post on a Japanese website (flyteam) which typically is lighter on photos than what I've observed here. I promise my future reports will be more photo-heavy!
Despite being Japanese (and flying between the US and Japan several times a year), I've never had the pleasure of flying a domestic flight within Japan. I was keen to find out how it differed from the US experience, even if it was just an hour-long flight.
After 2 unscheduled overnight layovers (thanks, AA) and 5 flights, I was finally on Japanese soil–but I still had 1 flight to go. While I had a semi-lengthy layover, I didn't have enough energy to even contemplate leaving Kansai for the Osaka city center. At that point, I was really glad that I opted out of a KIX-ITM transfer.
Originally I was booked in Class J for this leg (Domestic Business), but of course there was no availability left when I was rebooked to the following day.
My bags were the last ones to come out of the conveyor belt (literally–it was only when I had already gone to the baggage desk and started filing a lost baggage report, when a man emerged out of a door carrying my bags…), and I hauled them on a cart and headed to the domestic check-in desks.
With Kansai serving predominantly INTL flights, it shouldn't have been surprising that the domestic side of the terminal was…sparse. Still, I was rather taken aback.
While I am technically an Executive Platinum member with AA, it's only a 90-day limited status as I pursue my status challenge from United 1K, I'm still unsure whether my oneworld Emerald benefits apply on partner airlines during this trial period. Given that there was literally no line at the check-in desk anyway, I headed to the general lane.
My 2 suitcases and bicycle were given new luggage tags, and I was instructed to head to the oversize check-in area (which seemed to double as the priority screening lane). I still had quite a lot of time left, but I decided to pass security at that point.
Airside review: Round 1
Once airside, I was again surprised at the lack of stores. Near me, there was a pharmacy, and in the distance was a Starbucks and a convenience store. I thought that I would sit down somewhere and relax, but there weren't many comfortable seats with access to an outlet. After sitting on a high chair and catching up on some e-mails, I was bored with several hours yet to go.
Checking the Priority Pass app, I saw that there was an Okonomiyaki restaurant landside that was part of a network–that ought to get me in the Osaka mood!
The security guard manning the exit said that I could leave the secure area, so I headed there for lunch.
Botejyu seemed like a standard Okonomiyaki restaurant, and my Priority Pass membership entitled me to free food and beverages up to 3400 JPY, which seemed generous.
It took them some time to grill everything, but considering I ate two plates for free, I wasn't complaining. A decent proportion of guests seemed to be using Priority Pass.
Airside review: Round 2
Feeling rather bloated, I headed back through security, and this time the gate area was crowded, although there was a delay posted for our flight. The weather had indeed been miserable in Osaka, and there was a PA announcement that the seatbelt sign would be on for an extended time, recommending passengers to head to the restrooms before departure.
After a slight rolling delay, boarding commenced, and went smoothly (apart from myself dropping my phone when stuffing my carryon in the overhead bins)
As promised, the departure was rather bumpy through the clouds, but uneventful afterwards. I was given a complimentary cup of green tea, and I briefly dosed off.
My approach into RWY22 hugged the coast of Tokyo Bay, and offered views of central Tokyo.–look at the Skytree!
I disembarked, and waited for my bags. Rather amusingly, even my boxed bicycle emerged out of the conveyor belt. Several phone calls while at Kansai revealed that none of the delivery providers at Haneda would accept my bicycle for shipping, so I opted for a one-way rental car reservation with Times Car Rental.
For an additional fee, I was able to have the car delivered to the multi-story carpark adjacent to the Terminal, rather than having to take a shuttle.
Despite some congestion on the Wangan route, I was home after a short while.
Honestly, apart from the delay (AND THE FACT THAT I WAS ORIGINALLY BOOKED IN CLASS J) I had no qualms with the flight. Legroom was tight, but then again, it's only an hour. And the view on approach into Haneda out the window was spectacular.
The experience was good enough to convince me to try a flight to Nagoya (rather than bullet train) for an upcoming trip.