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New York's Next New A380 Arrival May Be Turning Japanese

Where: Japan
April 18, 2014 at 8:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

The very first A380s will be arriving soon aboard a carrier in Japan, as Skymark Airlines is getting ready to take some of these big birds high into the skies. The very first test flights sporting their livery and look just took off, and it will be later this year when the planes will be first packed, or not so packed, with people.

Things will be a little different for these planes when Skymark Airlines climbs into the cockpit, and we’re not talking about their plans for the uniforms of their flight attendants. These A380s won’t have any traditional economy seats at all. The carrier plans to load the double-decker with premium economy and business class seats only, so get ready to stretch those legs.

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ANA Hopes Free Stuff Will Help You Forget Their Boeing 747s

Where: Japan
March 31, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Well, it's been a good run. Today marks the end of Boeing 747 service on Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA). The double-decker Queen of the Skies first took to the skies for ANA in 1976, flying Tokyo-Sapporo and Tokyo-Fukuoka.

ANA flew 47 of the jumbos, and its 38-year career ended with a domestic flight from Naha to Tokyo-Haneda. That final aircraft will now make its funeral flight to the recyclers.

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Japanese Flight Attendants Don Minidresses to Welcome a Mega Plane

Where: Japan
March 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Japan's third-largest airline, Skymark, is raising eyebrows this month after raising hems for flight attendants. A newer, shorter uniform is supposed to celebrate the launch of A330-300 flights from Tokyo-Haneda.

The miniskirt outfit are mod 1960s-inspired, and feature a form-fitting royal blue dress accented with a bright yellow neckscarf and a stylish wedge cap. No doubt they will turn heads when walking through any airport, but that's just the issue. The uniforms are facing opposition and criticism as they seem to sexualize Skymark flight attendants more than allow them to do their jobs in a professional manner (don't ask for help lifting your bag into the overhead bins!).

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A Quick Peek Inside Japan Airlines' Newest Business Class Cabin

Where: Japan
March 13, 2014 at 12:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, Japan Airlines launched their new business class cabin, but it's only just now beginning to take to the skies. And while we always get pretty excited for flat-bed seats, we're even more excited to announce these newly outfitted birds are bringing their bells and whistles to US routes.

Japan Airlines seeks to tick all the boxes for travelers hoping to cross the Pacific in comfort. The seats are aubergine-hued, lie-flat, with dual mode mattresses, large entertainment systems, direct aisle access for each, and lots of nooks and crannies to store your stuff.

A roaming Jaunted associate got lucky and scored the new cabin on a recent flight from Chicago-O'Hare to Tokyo-Narita; he was left quite impressed with the entire seat and comfort of the cabin. He only took a few photos, but here they are.

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2014's Peak Dates for Cherry Blossom Viewing in Japan

Where: Yokohama, Japan
March 12, 2014 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

The other day, we were going on and on about the lovely cherry blossoms set to show up very soon in Washington, DC, and today we still have the blooms of spring on our minds. However, this time we’re going across the globe to check out on the cherry trees that call Japan home.

Plenty of the trees that now dot Uncle Sam’s backyard originally came from Japan, so it’s not surprising that the country really knows how to do the spring thing. There’s even a word for checking out the blooms and the blossoms; Hanami is the Japanese word to specifically describe this act.

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Crazy Japanese High-Speed Train Amenity: Footbaths!

Where: Japan
March 10, 2014 at 4:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Have you ever been on a high-speed train and, out of nowhere, felt the urge to dip your feet into a nice warm bath while you watch scenery wizz by the window? Most likely your answer is "no," but now you can do just that, thanks to Japan Rail's introduction of luxury foot-baths on their trains this July.

To start, the JR East services will sport the luxury foot-baths for the high season of summer travel. Passengers on the Tokyo to Shin-Aomori route and other cities northeast of the capital will be able to relax while soaking their feet in a traditional bath.

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Watch the Ninja-filled Safety Video of Japanese Airline Starflyer

Where: Japan
November 5, 2013 at 8:39 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we brought you the latest safety video from Virgin America, but they aren't the only ones having a little fun. This week, the Japanese are injecting some humor into a safety video; the airline StarFlyer has created a clever safety vid involving ninjas.

There's no singing, dancing, or rhyming, but there are ninja-related tips on how to keep yourself safe and sound when flying on any of the airline's sleek black planes.

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How Virtual Penguins are Leading the Way to Tokyo's Sunshine Aquarium

Where: Tokyo, Japan
October 23, 2013 at 3:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

As is well known and widely acknowledged, Japan is a land of crazy. The plain assertion doesn't really require any proof, but if it did there are entire websites devoted to the insanity that pervades the Land of the Rising Sun. Even their zoos and aquariums are batshit, allowing you to do everything from shake hands with otters to watch Santa Claus play with dolphins.

Somewhere in between shaking otters hands and Santa Claud on a dolphin, there's this very cute bit of travel advertising from Japan's Sunshine Aquarium. The tourist attraction is kind of a hike from the nearest station, and aquarium officials wanted to make sure people could find it. The solution? An augmented reality app where penguins guide tourists along the right path. Because Japan, of course.

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Why We're Already Super Psyched for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan

Where: Tokyo, Japan
September 9, 2013 at 4:33 PM | by | Comments (0)


In the famously busy "Shibuya Scramble" intersection

So you may have already heard that Tokyo beat out both Madrid and Istanbul in its bid to host the XXXII Olympics in 2020. Granted that's still quite some time away, but a seven-year advance notice means plenty of time to come to love Japan if you don't already.

Save Friday, 24 July – Sunday 9 August 2020 to your iCal for the actual Olympic Games, and get psyched along with us as we brainstorm what the 2020 Olympics will mean for an already awesome metropolis:

· The cutest Olympic mascots yet!
London's "Wenlock and Mandeville" mascots were disappointing, not to mention vaguely sperm-y, and Sochi's look like long-lost Disney rough drafts. Beijing's 2008 Olympic mascots came closest to the concept of cute, but surely Tokyo in 2020 will make us forget all about decades of creepy characters. Kawaii!

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New Airline Alert: Welcome Vanilla Air to the Asia Budget Airspace

Where: Japan
August 20, 2013 at 12:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

It hasn't even been two years yet since Japan saw its first low-cost airline plying the skies, for it was November 2011 that premium carrier ANA launched their budget offshoot, Peach.

Peach may have been the first, but they sure weren't the last LCC to make a base in Japan, as Kuala Lumpur-headquartered Air Asia threw their hat into the ring with a joint venture with ANA, named Air Asia Japan. Now, in a fun twist in the always dynamic airline industry, Air Asia Japan will flip over to complete ANA control and be renamed and rebranded as Vanilla Air.

Why that name, in particular? According to the airline's president Tomonori Ishii, "Vanilla Air" was chosen because vanilla "...is popular and loved by everyone in the world" and "it is a very cute name." So too is the name "Peach," but thus far there are no plans to merge Vanilla and Peach, now both budget carriers under the wings of ANA.

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Travel Contest Alert: Take a Delta Plane to a Japanese Train

Where: Japan
August 7, 2013 at 4:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's hump day and, thus, time for a little extra motivation for the rest of the week. Dreaming about a trip around Japan should do the trick, and luckily National Geographic just launched a contest to not only fly one person and a guest to Japan on Delta, but also to send them out on a Japan Rail trip with a train pass.

There's no essay or video required to enter, just your details. Click here to enter.

Grand prize is the trip for two, which includes airfare, train tickets, hotels in both Tokyo and Kyoto, and a city tour of Tokyo. Good luck!

[Photo: megawheel360]

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Cheap Flights from Hawaii to Tokyo is One Goal of AirAsia Japan

Where: Japan
August 6, 2013 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s some moving and shaking in the world of low cost carriers this week, as AirAsia Japan is going under the knife for a little bit of work. They’ll still be around to whisk you off to here and there and, depending on where you want to go, their new destinations may even be more appealing than their former spots.

All Nippon Airways—ANA to their friends—are getting ready to try something new with AirAsia Japan. The new focus will be on warm and sunny destinations, as the carrier wants to do a little more travel to resort and leisure locations. Spots like Guam and Hawaii have been mentioned, but that's just the beginning of the possibilities.

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