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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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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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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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Why Transit Through Tokyo's Narita Airport Summer? Free Stuff, That's Why.

Where: Japan
June 30, 2014 at 9:16 AM | by | Comments (0)

Let's face it; some airports are absolutely better than others when it comes to making the most of layover time, whether that means awesome eateries, the best retail diversions, or just plain comfy seating. One such airport that routinely kills it when it comes to transit fun is Singapore's Changi, but now Tokyo's Narita is eager to steal some of that thunder with a scheme similar to that of Changi's transit vouchers.

While the program isn't as cool as Changi's, Narita will offer international travelers free vouchers to redeem for complimentary items or discounts at selected restaurants and vendors throughout Terminals 1 and 2. A quick and easy stop at the tourist info desks in the Arrivals area can score you tidbits like a 5-10% discount, or free drinks, or other goodies at any of the 36 pre-security restaurants and shower rooms.

The program begins July 1, 2014 and runs through March 31, 2015.

[Photo: neighborhoods.org]

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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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New Airline Alert: Asia Atlantic Airlines

Where: Thailand
August 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you've made it through all of the alliteration in that title, we are excited to bring the news of a new airline based in Thailand. The fresh-faced carrier is a mixture of Thai and Japanese travel companies and will bring a 'New Dynamic Force' in chartered tour groups between the two countries.

Capitalizing on the country's leisure market, the airline will be based in Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport and flying their two Boeing 767s from the Thai capital to Tokyo Narita and Osaka. Each of the planes will be equipped with both the cushy seats of business class and the cheaper seats of economy.

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Time to Book Your Ticket and Pick a Seat on United's First 787 Flights

May 29, 2012 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s already a few Boeing 787 Dreamliners doing their thing high in the sky around the globe, but unfortunately still with no carriers from the nifty fifty...yet. That’s about to change sooner rather than later as United prepares for the arrival of their very first 787. Unfortunately the new airplane scent isn’t exactly going to be around for your summer vacation, but it does look like it won’t be too much longer.

They’re pretty excited over the arrival of the new airplane, as UA has already loaded in the seat map and started selling tickets for the very first 787 flights. If all goes according to plan—and that’s a big if—the factory fresh 787s will start flying between Denver and Tokyo-Narita beginning on March 31, 2013. We looked at some sample dates to get on one of the first flights, and you’re looking at around $1,750 or so—in coach—for about a week of Tokyo travel.

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Tokyo's Going to Build Another Airport Terminal. Hey, Why Not?

Where: Tokyo, Japan
April 11, 2012 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

This hasn’t really caught on here at home, but overseas it seems that airports are seriously considering building airport terminals fully dedicated to budget and low-cost carriers. We already heard about the plan to do so over in Singapore, and, now it sounds like Tokyo-Narita is the latest to jump on the budget terminal bandwagon.

Airport officials see the writing on the wall, as new cheap flights are scheduled to do their thing to and from the metropolis thanks to carriers like Jetstar Japan and AirAsia Japan. All the bulldozers and construction crews will start doing their thing sooner than later at NRT as the plan Is to get things up and running by around 2015 or so.

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2012 is Totally Japan's Year...for Aviation

Where: Japan
January 3, 2012 at 11:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

2011 wasn't a banner year for Japan, not to mention for any industry in the country. We saw the ripple effects of natural disasters throughout the aviation world with the Japanese earthquake and resulting tsunami topping the list. What can be more indicative of Japanese pride, but to quickly rebuild stronger and better? Fortunately for us, airlines are towards the top of the progress.

· Peachy Keen
Last year we talked about the introduction of ANA's budget carrier based out of Osaka, Peach. With only 3 destinations, the airline will draw business passengers, eventually moving into the leisure market. Flights are taking off in March and tickets are already to purchase.

Happy Peach Fares have no baggage allowance or advanced seat selection but are quite affordable at around $175 return to Sapporo. If you need the sweet little perks, cough up about $75 more. Happy Peach Plus fares allow you to pick where you park yourself on the plane and some space in the belly for your luggage. With a bright purple livery and cabin, Peach is on our short list!

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