Thinking about Japan

Old Nov 19th, 2012, 06:21 AM
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Craig, that's great to hear. Japan is really a wonderful country to visit, and you will find it very different from the other countries in Asia you've been to.
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Old Nov 19th, 2012, 06:34 AM
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I've taken that AC flight, and it's one of the best options from the Northeast when there's no non-stop. Not much chance for two travelers to chat during the flight, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

On the return flight, you might consider trying to fly from Itama (Osaka's main airport, code is ITM). ANA has a flight to Narita at 8.00am that connects to their Dulles flight. If you're in Kyoto at the end of your trip, that's the only way you'd be able to stay in the Kyoto area on your last night.
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Old Nov 19th, 2012, 07:13 AM
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I flew economy from Newark to Tokyo Narita on United nonstop when we went to Japan last year. It was on a Boeing 777-200, with a 3-3-3 configuration. The plane was only about 60% full so we were able to get a row of three seats to ourselves for two people. The seats were comfortable enough, with personal on-demand entertainment. The food was decent too. If you're looking for a direct flight, this may be the way to go. We'll be taking this same flight again when we go to Singapore and Sri Lanka in March.
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Old Nov 19th, 2012, 08:38 AM
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tripplanner - it's a stressful 3-hour to drive to Newark Airport from the Hartford area. It's much easier for us to fly from our local airport 25 minutes away. We don't mind the 2 hour layover. Parking at Bradley is cheaper, too.
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Old Nov 19th, 2012, 08:55 AM
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Below is a domestic destination map for ANA from NRT. You should be able to add a segment that connects with your AC flight. Those domestic flights are not hard to get, IME, on awards.

https://www.ana.co.jp/wws/japan/e/lo...ap/narita.html

There certainly will be connections to both Osaka (ITM) and Komatsu (KMQ), if not now then a week from now. October 22nd is more than 330 days out from Nov 19, isn't it?
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Old Nov 19th, 2012, 10:19 AM
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mrwunrfl - I'm not that far along yet where I've thought about a specific itinerary but I imagine it will be easy enough to add the flight, if I need to.

You are right, October 22nd is 337 days away. Don't know how I was able to book the BDL-YYZ-NRT flight, unless United's policy has changed...
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Old Nov 19th, 2012, 02:55 PM
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Craig, I just got back from a 4 day trip to Japan. Much as I like developing countries, it is always such a joy to travel in Japan. It's just so incredibly easy, yet still completely foreign. The food and the shopping are fabulous, too.
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