Sunday, 1 November 2015

Getting There : Narita, Haneda & Kansai

For our 2015 trip, our plan was to visit Osaka and Kyoto and for me to run in Tango Ultramarathon in Kyotango.

Initially, we looked at direct flights to Kansai Airport and had wanted to book our flights with Air Asia X.

Then, there was an ANA promo in May for tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo at only RM787++ as ANA had started their direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Narita starting in September 2015.

Although the plan was to visit Osaka and Kyoto for this year's trip, we compared the flight tickets for MAS and Air Asia X and decided to have fun and try ANA for the first time although we had to make a connecting flight and head to Haneda Airport to get to Kansai Airport.

The fares we paid for our ANA tickets weren't that much different from what we would've paid for a direct flight with Air Asia (with all the add-ons) and we get to fly in a full service carrier this time! Another plus, the connecting flight from Haneda Airport to Kansai Airport  was inclusive in the RM787++ fares we paid.

It may be a tad troublesome for some, with all the travelling from Narita to Haneda to catch the plane to Kansai but we figured that it would be fun and nice to have some time in Tokyo too. And we did!

On our return flight, we managed to slot in some shopping sessions in Tokyo before flying back to Kuala Lumpur.

Son managed to buy the Lego that he wanted.

I bought a pair of running shoes, totally unplanned. ;)

We bought all the souvenirs and snacks in Ameyoko.

And we even managed to meet a couple of friends in Shinjuku who were heading to Kawaguchiko as they were participating in Ultra Trail Mount Fuji that weekend.
We took the morning flight and this was our breakfast of choice. ^^
While Hubby and Son enjoyed all the in-flight entertainment, I tried to do some reading but turned out I mostly slept the whole journey.

I was still recovering from a flu and was still coughing badly and I was actually worried that I might cause others to be uncomfortable about my coughing.

I was sure thankful we chose to fly with ANA because a nice cabin crew would always come and check whether I need candies or hot drinks when I started coughing. Really appreciate her gesture.

Just imagine how much I had to pay for the hot drinks if we were to fly with Air Asia. Haha

I have to say, it sure wasn't fun travelling when one isn't feeling well.

And add to that, I had an ultramarathon to run in just a few days time! But luckily, I survived. ^^
Love the snacks ANA provides too.

By the way, do you know that ANA collaborated with Brahim's to come up with their Halal certified menu for flights from Kuala Lumpur?

Even their snacks and organic tea are Halal-certified.
We arrived to a gloomy, rainy Tokyo and as we took more time than expected at Narita, we didn't have much time to wander around before our flight from Haneda to Kansai so we decided to hop on the train and head straight to Haneda.

We had a few hours at Haneda so we wandered around and had a nice udon dinner at an udon shop.

It think it was just 530yen (or something) for our bowl of udon which was very affordable.

We arrived Kansai Airport the same day, at around 10.00pm and bought tickets on the Limited Express Rapi:t to get to Namba where we would spend the night in a capsule hotel before heading to Kyoto the next morning.
The limited express Rapi:t train.

A nice, smooth journey to Namba and then off we went, finding our capsule hotel.


  1. Thank you for the pics.
    If that's their on flight meal, definitely gonna fly ANA! :)

  2. Wah menarik. nk cuba naik ANA jugaklah nanti

    1. Jom jom. Promo fare ada lagi kan? Altho dah naik sikit.

  3. Oh, that looks lovely food! I think ANA goes on my list of airlines I'm going to try!

  4. if the ticket price doesn't differs much, I would have also chose to hop on an ANA rather than AA or worse still MARS..

    have got reasons to go to another place.. and with an extra place out of the original plan, sure got more fun!! eg: your unplanned purchase of another pair of shoes~~


    1. Right?

      And the flight is part of our travel experience too, so if it's not too much a difference, why not? :)

  5. Haaaa seeeee stay away from Lina's blog and i will miss out on ALOT of her blogs. Lotsa catching up to do eh ..hi Lina & family, greetings all the way from Siem Reap. ANA sounds like a great airline to use if i make plans to go to've tried JAL before too right? yea if you compare the costs of using Air Asia, ANA is worth it and its a full service carrier. Im gathering alot of tip here from you hehehehe

  6. You really got a very good deal for RM787++. I couldn;t believe that ANA had such promo, you lucky gal! I have never flown ANA but have slept in their fabulous ANA hotels.
    Just days ago, I came to know that there were people who really landed at Narita and hopped onto planes at Haneda! Crazy lah the distance and I would be stressed with grey hairs!

    I love that train. I have become like you with fetish for Japanese trains.

    1. The current promo of RM1000+ is still quite good.


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