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Tokyo Day Four: Jetlag Blues, Relaxing at the Park Hyatt and Hanging at the Delta SkyClub at Narita

by on June 19, 2011 · 10 comments

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I didn’t think I had that much beer and sake the night before, but the mixture of jetlag and the overall weird sleep schedule had me waking up Wednesday morning feeling pretty hellish. Although my friend had given me secret anti-hangover pills, they just weren’t cutting it and I wanted to sleep all day. This is a shame, because I woke up to an email from Delta notifying me that my 3:15pm departure was now 6:50pm, which would normally mean that I would have had an entire half day exploring Tokyo. However, I ended up sleeping in, getting room service and taking my time packing up instead of trying to mark off things off my “to-do in Tokyo” list. While I felt guilty at first about “wasting” my last half day in Tokyo, I realized that it doesn’t matter that I pack in everything in this trip, because I’m going to come back again. And again. Annnd again.

I’ve traveled pretty extensively this year and I have a lot of trips coming up, so I’ve actually come to realize that I need to build in down-time and it’s okay to not be on the go every minute of every day – even if I am in a cool, exotic place. I recently met a travel photographer/blogger friend in Vancouver, Jen (mylifesatrip.com), and we talked about the difference of traveling as a lifestyle versus traveling while on a vacation. There is a big difference, though that’s not the point of this blog post.

I ended up asking for a 3pm checkout, which they had no problems granting and when I was on the phone I asked if they could arrange for my Friendly Limo Bus transfer to Narita. Not only did they arrange it and secure my ticket, but they also added it to my bill, so I earned Gold Passport points for the expense (and Amex points because I paid with my Platinum Card, which I use abroad because it has no foreign transaction fees).

After my sushi overload and tempura seafood feast, frankly I was Japanese food-ed out. Plus, I planned to get a Japanese meal on the plane, so I ordered a Caesar salad and French Onion soup to hopefully bring me back to life so I wasn’t out of it for my 13.5 hour trek back to NYC. The meal ended up being about $70 when all was said and done, but it was phenomenal and gave me the energy to get packed, finish up some work and get on my way to Narita for my flight home.

An American lunch, done well in Tokyo

My ride to Narita

The bus was empty and the ride was uneventful since there was no traffic, so we got to there in about an hour and 20 minutes. At one point, I looked down at my carry-on bag and noticed one of my whacky Tokyu Hands purchases (which may or may not be given out to a lucky TPG reader soon) sticking out. I wonder what the security agent would think seeing this go through the scanner?

Tokyu Hands Pregnancy Pelvis model

The Delta terminal was the last stop and the check-in counters were empty when I arrived. There was a sign notifying JFK passengers that the flight was delayed and meal vouchers would be provided. I’m just happy I was notified in advance, so I could hang out in my comfortable abode at the Park Hyatt.

As a Delta Diamond and BusinessElite passenger, I used the SkyPriority check-in lanes and I saw a booklet explaining the features of the Economy Comfort cabin, which is Delta’s new Premium Economy product that launched June 1, 2011. The cost to upgrade NRT-JFK was $160, which I would certainly pay for 4 more inches of legroom and 50% more recline. I got the chance to ride in Economy Comfort for a couple hours of my flight home, so more on that later.

Economy Comfort Upsell Pamphlet

Before going through security, I decided to check out the shops and the plane-watching deck. It was a nice sunny afternoon, so I hung out on the patio for 30 minutes watching the “heavies” take off. Then I purchased some kimonos for my goddaughter and family members and was on my way.

Plane watching deck ... I'm an aviation geek at heart

Delta 747 ready for takeoff

The terminal still seemed empty and I was the only person going through priority security, which was painless. Immigration was also a breeze and once inside the terminal, I passed by the highend shops and headed straight for the SkyClub, which is supposed to be one of the best in the Delta system.

SkyPriority check-in

And that it certainly was. It’s a sprawling lounge with great views of the runway. The furniture was new and similar to the LAX SkyClub and the food and beverage offerings were nicer than what I’m used to at JFK. For food there was: Sushi with Burdock & Egg Sheet, Congee, Chinese Egg Soup, Bean Starch Salad, chips/pretzels, chocolate cake and danish. Beverages were plentiful – from Asahi and Sapporo on tap (with frosted beer glasses), wine, alcohol, sake and soda fountain. I really like the self-serve nature of the lounge and I wish all others were like it.

Entrance

Sitting area

Food station

Chilled beer glasses.. nice touch

The famous Sapporo and Asahi beer machine

Red wines

Sake

Munchies

Congee fixins

Liquor selection, though I was in no state to partake

Seating area on the other side of the lounge

Great view of a Delta 747 from my seat in the lounge. Even though they aren't the most modern aircraft, they are so iconic

The lounge experience was great – it wasn’t crowded, the wifi was strong and the food offerings were decent. Stay tuned for the in-flight report for my NRT-JFK flight, where I got to sit in Economy Comfort and in BusinessElite on the upper deck.

Full disclosure: My flights and hotels were comped by Delta and Hyatt respectively but all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

This is one installment in my series on my trip to Tokyo. You can find my past posts on the trip below, including:

My Trip to TokyoMy Initial Thoughts on Tokyo

Tokyo Day One Part One – Arrival at Haneda, Meiji Shrine, and Harajuku

Tokyo Day One Part Two – Shibuya, Park Hyatt Spa and Tokyo Hands

Tokyo Day Two Part One – Walking Around Shinjuku and Tokyo Hands

Tokyo Day Two Part Two – A Tale of Three Very Different Dining Experiences

Day Three Part One - Inside Access to Tsukiji Fish Market and Tuna Auction

Tokyo Day Three Part Two – Sushi at 6:30am, Tempura and a Night Out in Shinjuku

Tokyo Day Four – Jetlag Blues, Relaxing at the Park Hyatt and Hanging at the Delta SkyClub at Narita

Delta to Tokyo – 757 BusinessElite Review – JFK to LAX

Delta to Tokyo 777LR BusinessElite Review LAX to Haneda

Delta to Tokyo – 747 Upper Deck BusinessElite and Economy Comfort Review Narita to JFK

Park Hyatt Tokyo Review

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  • clara

    Caesar salad for a hangover meal? Come on TPG! Try an egg and cheese or a burger next time, will ya? It’s the universal cure!

  • The Points Guy

    Lol! Cut me some slack- it’s not like the Park Hyatt menu had a diner food section! But to be honest, I have no idea where the Caesar salad idea came from but it sounded like a good idea at the time.

  • Bluedog

    You have one of the best blogs. I love the quality photos you post especially if you click on them to enlarge. I would love to see them in a larger format without clicking on them but I understand you’re probably under some contraints. Thanks again for your great posts!

  • BR

    Caesar salad and french onion soup are delicious…..but for $70? You’re a high roller.

  • The Points Guy

    @bluedog- thanks for the feedback- I’ll look into that

    @br agree that it was overpriced, but isn’t that par for the course with room service? At least I got hyatt and Amex points for it :-)

  • http://brianherbert.com Brian Herbert

    I was just at the NRT SkyClub the other day and it was interesting to notice some of the damage from the earthquake that hasn’t been repaired in the SkyClub yet. It doesn’t really have a negative impact on the SkyClub but it’s an eerie reminder of the May 11th earthquake. Videos from the SkyClub during the earthquake are on CNN’s iReport: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-569591

  • The Points Guy

    Interesting- I didn’t notice anything, though I also wasn’t on the lookout. Crazy video!

  • rich (arizona)

    What is the story with flight delays and the time you actually need to be at the airport? I thought you were still suppose to arrive at the normal time in case the airline changed the time back to the original time. Is the situation different for domestic vs. international flights?

    Fortunately I haven’t had that issue in quite a while but I’m curious as to the answer.

  • The Points Guy

    @Rich- The safest bet is to go to the airport and wait, though I knew the incoming aircraft was delayed and I had the email from Delta stating the delay so I wasn’t worried. I also didn’t really have to be back for anything important, so if I did end up missing it, I would have been fine flying the next day.

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