Japan – Tokyo & Nozawa Onsen – 2014

Japan Airlines First Class Review – JL771 Tokyo Narita to Sydney

Oddly, I never got around to publishing this review, despite having it ready to go a couple of months ago. Regardless here goes – my take on the overnight return experience of First Class in Japan Airlines.

JAL are once again offering First Class on their Boeing 777 flights from Sydney from December 2015 onward, so if you can find a seat, I’d thoroughly recommend it.

You can also check out the outbound review of daytime flight from Sydney to Narita here, which is more thorough given the time available to enjoy the experience in daylight.

This review is not so long – in terms of imagery, at least – given my preference for sleep on this 8.5 hour overnight flight. For more on the Japan Airlines First Class experience, definitely read my first review for more. Continue reading…

Japan Airlines Sakura First Class Lounge Review – Tokyo Narita Airport

This is the next instalment from my trip to Japan earlier this year, just a little late in coming!

The return flight was in JAL First Class, and flying in JAL First or as a oneworld Emerald status frequent flyer you have access to the Japan Airlines Sakura First Class Lounge in Tokyo on departure.

While not generally on the list of ‘must-see’ airline lounges globally, my great First Class experience on JAL on the way up from Sydney set the tone and I was keen to see how JAL do their First Class ground experience.
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Andaz Tokyo Hotel Review – 49th floor luxury in a Double Deluxe room at Toranomon Hills

After a few days skiing at Nozawa Onsen, we headed off to Tokyo for a day and a night of the big city before flying on to our respective destinations.

This was the first time we’d both been to Japan and Tokyo, and we were there for just one night. I felt it was essential to get the most out of the time by staying somewhere that would offer something a little bit amazing – despite the cost.

The Andaz fit the bill – with amazing views that were bordering on the ridiculous, and beautiful rooms on the 47th floor and above of a relatively new skyscraper in the Toranomon Hills district. Continue reading…

Japan Airlines First Class Review – JL772 Sydney to Tokyo Narita on 777-300ER

In October last year, a good friend of mine (Hi Greg!) and I decided that it would be a really good idea if we went skiing in Japan for a few days, taking in Tokyo on the way back to Sydney (for me) and on the way to Europe (for him).

A contributing factor was Japan Airlines operating a 777-300ER and opening up award seat availability in First Class on the route for December to March.

The focus of this review is the outbound flight from Sydney to Narita on Boxing Day, which was an amazing experience and got our Japan adventure off to a very authentic start. Continue reading…