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Only Good News as Another Airline Announces Collaboration with Hello Kitty

Where: Japan
September 9, 2014 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Stop the presses for important breaking news. Hello Kitty is collaborating with yet another Asian airline and, for the first time, the partnership is all about featuring the cartoon girl-cat in her signature colors of pink, purple and white.

This week, Peach , the low-cost airline based at Osaka's Kansai Airport and a subsidiary of ANA, showed off the newest addition to their merchandise.

The “Revoltech Hello Kitty Peach" figurine costs 2,300 JPY ($21.65 USD) plus tax and may be found on sale at Peach's online shop, within Peach's own airside brick-and-mortar store at Osaka-Kansai Airport Terminal 2, and in select toy shop locations (see Facebook).

Peach wants you to play with this toy, instead of just look at it on a shelf. It even includes accessories:

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How Japanese Airline Lounges Always Pour Perfect Beers

Where: Japan
September 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

Airline lounges are more than just comfy sofas, free wifi, and delicious food. Many lounges (mostly outside the United States) pull out all the stops when it comes to amenities for the relaxation of their frequent flyers, including in the beverage department.

Recent stops in both Japan Airline's Sakura Lounge at Tokyo-Narita and ANA's International lounge at Tokyo-Haneda had us decompressing in a thoughtful and welcoming space with plenty options for fill our bellies and imbibing at the self-pour bar. While there isn't a bartender to mix your drink for you, there is a unique server in the form of a special beer machine placed just next to the vodka, gin and whiskey.

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Duty-Free for You and Me: What to Buy at Tokyo's Narita Airport

Where: Narita, Japan
September 3, 2014 at 11:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's easy to whisk through the international terminal passing by the perfumes, bottles of cheap liquor and massive Toblerones on the way to your gate and there are even a few airport where we'd recommend skipping the buys altogether. This is not the case at Tokyo's Narita, which stands out as a supreme airport for shopping.

We already know that Japan has some of the coolest foods to bring home to your friends as souvenirs, and Narita is home to a wealth of duty-free shops selling cakes and candies boxed so primly and perfectly that it's less a question of "should I buy it" and more "how many should I buy?"

Here are a couple of this year's best and quickest buys at Narita:

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Why the Tokyo Skytree is Totally Worth the $20 Ticket

Where: Tokyo, Japan
August 28, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Listen in, because we have the scoop on Tokyo's newest tourist attraction. Tokyo Skytree may already be two years old but, in the grand scheme of things for Tokyo, it's still the hottest attraction for both locals and tourists to enjoy a birds-eye view of the planet's largest capital.

This addition to the expansive skyline serves a purpose higher than being a popular selfie spot; it's also a broadcast tower and the holder of the title of "World's Tallest Tower." Located on the east side of the Sumida River in a neighborhood that went by the name of Musashi, the Skytree revived the district and is now drawing tourists to discover beyond the usual centers of Harajuku and Ginza.

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Even More In-Flight Ice Cream from Japan Airlines

Where: Japan
August 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we might have screamed for ice cream a little too soon, because we just found another airline serving up the frozen goodness in the sky. Add Japan Airlines to the list of carriers taking their in-flight ice cream pretty seriously.

We already told you about the yummy main meal on Japan Airlines, so it makes sense to highlight the a la carte Dean & Deluca Madagascar vanilla cup offered as a midnight snack on our long flight over the Pacific between Tokyo and Chicago.

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Top 10 Tips for a First-Time Visit to Tokyo

Where: Tokyo, Japan
August 22, 2014 at 1:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tokyo consistently tops the lists of "must-visit" metropoli for tourism, and the first-time visit is one you're not likely to forget.

It just so happens that this Jaunted contributor recently had the experience of landing in Tokyo for the first time, and learning all the little bits of etiquette and excellence which makes Tokyo so desirable and so influential for travelers. Coming off this beginner's journey, here are our top 10 tips for first-timers to Tokyo:

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Surprisingly Yummy Airline Meals: The Kobachi Bowls of JAL

Where: Japan
August 20, 2014 at 10:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

We have all had a terrible meal on a flight before. In fact, we have shown you some of the sadder trays slid in front of us. With this new series of amazing airline meals, we can revel in the airline culinary delights and give kudos to the airlines that got it right.

We offer this recommendation: On your next international flight, sample the traditional menu of the nation you're flying to or from since it's not only a great way to get a feel for the cuisine, but to spark excitement or fond memories of the trip. After a Japan Airlines flight from Narita to Chicago, our recommendation comes even stronger.

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Traveling to Tokyo? Try the Donuts.

Where: Tokyo, Japan
August 18, 2014 at 4:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

From crullers and jam-filled, to cake and long johns, there's little doubt that Japan has a bit of a crush on donuts.

If donuts are your 'thing', then a quick stop to Mister Donut should be on your itinerary. This bakery chain actually hails from our own shores, but has practically become a cult icon in Japan. If you're unfamiliar with the brand, know that it's similar to a Dunkin Donuts, but one step up. Basically, after you grab a tray and tongs, you choose from any number of glazed, sugared or iced donuts and pay at the counters. Don't forget a a coffee!

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Believe It or Not, There is a Japanese SIM Card Rental with Unlimited Data

Where: Tokyo, Japan
August 18, 2014 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Confession: we're extremely heavy users of data on our smartphones, since those phones connect us to social media, work, maps, and pretty much everything else while on foreign soil. We're not ones to "power down" on a trip, unless the destination is completely off the grid. Thus, one of our largest concerns is being smacked with a ridiculously large international data roaming bill upon return home.

To prevent against big bills, we search for SIM card packages offering unlimited data usage, and recently had a great experience with one in Japan, a country with such advanced cell phone technology that it can be challenging to use anything but the latest handset. And, unfortunately, Japan doesn't make it easy for foreigners to purchase a SIM card; one must be rented.

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Inside the Amenity Kit: Japan Airlines' Basket of Goodies

Where: Japan
August 13, 2014 at 2:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

We come across some downright awesome airline amenity kits in our travels, and the surprises of each zippered pouch can often make or break comfort on a premium flight. With this in mind, here's to our new series: Inside the Amenity Kit, wherein we unzip, unwrap, and expose the loot inside:

Since we're usually greeted by a clever little pouch of airline branded goodies on long-haul flights in business class, you can probably understand our surprise when, on a recent Japan Airlines flight, the flight attendant didn't deliver a kit but rather walked through the cabin with a basket of selections.

Shortly after take-off, cabin crew arrived with this variety of pre-packaged toothbrushes, eye-masks, hydration masks, earplugs and a refreshing eye towel. We decided to grab one of each for the long flight from Tokyo-Narita to Chicago-O'Hare.

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How to Hop the Nozomi Shinkansen Bullet Train from Tokyo to Kyoto

August 6, 2014 at 3:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Train travel can bring a very different perspective compared to flying, and when it’s the high-speed variety in a country as intriguing as Japan, it’s definitely not just about getting from A to B. We recently took this gleaming white Shinkansen between the capital Tokyo and former imperial capital Kyoto, a two and a half hour journey that zipped by at 190 mph (300 km/h).

Seen here at Tokyo Station, the passengers queueing so neatly is no coincidence. The lanes you see on the platform indicate exactly where you are meant to stand for which door, but somehow we believe in unfailingly organized and polite Japan things wouldn't turn into a stampede even without them.

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Skymark Airlines Says 'Sayonara' to Superjumbo Hopes and Dreams

Where: Japan
August 5, 2014 at 10:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

We don’t talk too much about Skymark Airlines, but you may recognize the name—or at least the look of the airline—from recent news that they'd be outfitting their flight attendants in miniskirts. This week’s news has nothing to do with the carrier’s up in the air uniforms, but it has everything to do with their plans for some planes.

The airline was all hot and heavy over an order for a few new airplanes from the folks over at Airbus, and these included some of those super jumbo jets known as the A380. Well it looks like the Skymark checking account is a little short, and now Skymark Airlines is taking back their promise to order these Airbus A380s, which may mean their facing a penalty from the airplane manufacturer.

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