11-hour non-stop LAX-NRT
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September 24th, 2009 – by: hellokiel
International flights never seem to get any easier. Instead of flying one of the dreaded US carriers like Northworst however, I went with Korean Air which made the trek a little more bearable. Highlights from the flight include being spoken to in a mix of three languages, Korean, Japanese, and English, as well as the in-seat group stretching exercises. It was funny to see hands and arms stretching in unison over the tops of the seats.
I arrived at Narita in the afternoon Thursday and was glad to be back on the ground.
Another hour and a half into the city brought me to my first destination that I'm sure every foreigner on a budget has traveled to: Sakura Hotel in Hatagaya. The room was about walk-in closet size with a breath-taking view of the staircase in the next building, but it was perfect for one night.
A hot shower brought the end to my first night in Tokyo, a little before 9pm. I was dead tired but glad to know that, even after two years, the city had not changed; vending machines and convenience stores are on every corner, neon lights and vertical signs cover the buildings, and the crowds of Japanese people rush around in their silent, mysterious ways.
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