I wanted to make a post going through the flight process and the landing at Narita airport in Japan. I’m hoping that this post will help those planning to travel since it can be quite stressful. Luckily for us we didn’t have any missed flights and everything was on time. I feel like the biggest stress relief is getting to the airport early especially if you are taking an international flight. Once we got to the Los Angeles Airport and got checked into our flight everything was smooth sailing from there.
Our flight for us was on May 22nd. We were set for our flight with Singapore Airlines to take off around 3:30pm. Our flight would land in Narita on May 23rd at 7:30 in the evening. Our flight was around 11 and a half hours long. I would say one of the hardest parts of the flight process is being comfortable on the plane. We had basic economy seats and it can get quite uncomfortable if you don’t make sure to get up now and then and move around. Singapore airlines flight was very comfortable and the staff was very friendly. For the comfort factor I can definitely say it’s much more comfortable than most domestic flights. But, as said above it can get painful if you don’t move around. Sitting for 11 hours plus is a long time to not be moving your body. There were TV’s for each seat with free movies, music, and games to keep you entertained. You also got two meals on the flight as well. For us you were able to pick between a Japanese meal or an American meal.
With all this in mind it was quite easy to stay entertained during the flight. I found the hardest thing is trying to sleep. I had a middle seat on the flight which didn’t bother me but, I think it’s since we didn’t sleep the evening before I was slightly nervous and excited that I was unable to really sleep during the actual flight.
After the long flight we finally landed and were able to get off the plane. It felt amazing to finally walk around and stretch. When first getting to the Nartia airport you have a long walk to go through before you get into the check in process to be allowed into Japan. You have to fill out paperwork if you brought food from the United States with you and you also have to fill out some extra paperwork before getting in line and meeting with an agent to look at your documents. Once checked you get a stamp in your passport book allowing you in the country for x amount of days. The amount of days depend on the stay of your trip. It’s similar to a short term visa. In our case we were technically allowed to be in the country longer than our trip was however, maybe this was incase there were flight changes etc. After getting through the check in process you can go out and go to the subways to get tickets to begin your next destination to your next location. This is also where you can pick up any sim cards that you may have purchased for your trip to be able to use your phone as well as pocket wifi, and your JR rail passes. This is all stuff that needs to be done at the airport before leaving if you chose to get these items. After we picked up these items we were lucky enough to be able to get tickets for our hour train ride at the same time as getting our JR passes.
For us we were heading to Setagaya to go to our AirBnb for the night. Around now it was 8:30 at night and we still had an hour plus train ride to get to our next stop. We only had about ten minutes to get to the platform to meet our train on time so we booked it down and got on. We were on the train for about an hour and then we switched to another line before getting into Setagaya for the evening. I believe this second train ride was around 30 minutes. In the end we ended up getting to our Airbnb around midnight and settled in for the evening. Overall I feel like we had a pretty smooth flight and check in process when getting into Japan. We were also lucky to have not experienced jet lag on the way there since we stayed up and slept through the night when we arrived.
I’m excited to share more about our trip to Japan so stay tuned for more posts soon!