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Sushi, Bullet Trains And A Short Flight On Asiana  
User currently offlineStargold From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 83 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 16235 times:

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This is just a short report that I've decided to write after discovering the photos from the flight. You'll notice that it's more than half a year ago so the details may be a bit sparse, but I hope you enjoy the photos at least!  

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I had been staying in Tokyo for about a week, eating the excellent sushi far too many times and just generally having a look around, enjoying the city. Luckily, Kana - a friend from university - lives there so I was able to save on the hotel expenses, which basically went straight to paying for sushi instead :p

The very best highlight from the trip was going to Tsukiji fish market to a restaurant called Sushi-Dai, a name which should ring a bell in many sushi aficiando's ears. Yes, one of the two very famous restaurants in the Tokyo's main fish market which always have queues of up to 3 hours (I waited 2.5 hours) while all of the others around them are mostly empty. I went along at 10am expecting a late breakfast, and eventually went in around 12:30pm nearly dying of hunger and ready to devour the whole restaurant.


http://www.jhm3.com/flights/sushi1.JPG

It might not look like a huge queue, but there are only 10 places inside!


http://www.jhm3.com/flights/sushi2.JPG

Signage for this very famous restaurant




Watching enviously at the people (for the time being!) eating their sushi inside


Mind you, it was thoroughly worth the wait. Each and every piece of sushi was simply perfect. The fish would have to be still alive in order to be more fresh. And although everyone else eating there was Japanese, I could speak one or two phrases which seemed to amuse the chef - I did know the names of my favourite fish in Japanese so I could ask for those very easily!

The original plan was to take photos of each piece, but I basically got so hungry that I forgot to take any photos until right at the end, when I had two more pieces that I ordered extra on top of their set menu.


http://www.jhm3.com/flights/sushi4.JPG

O-toro and Uni (Fattiest belly of tuna, and Sea-urchin)

I really just died and went to heaven while eating there. And having finished the sushi, I realised I was now spoilt - how on earth will I eat sushi back in England?!

The second best highlight from the trip was fulfilling a long-time ambition to go on the Shinkansen. Not just any old Shinkansen, but the very striking Nozomi Series-500 that mesmerised me when I saw the poster for it for the first time in Osaka, circa 1997.

However, the plan was to stay in Tokyo, since my flight to Korea will be departing from Tokyo too. And it was just a bit too much to go on a day-trip to Osaka when the roundtrip train fare would have costed around the US$250 mark. So, I found a solution - I would just travel to Yokohama which is barely 15 minutes away... for now. I will fulfill the dream properly another time, when I could book an open-jaw between KIX and NRT.

Only it didn't quite turn out how I imagined it. I had forgotten that the train I really wanted to go on was the Nozomi 500 series, not the N700 series. N700 series is the latest one, but it looks a bit strange - like a duck's beak - and I didn't like it the same way as the 500 series. But I forgot the name, so I just booked the N700 without realising it wasn't what I wanted. I was therefore quite surprised when I went up to the platform and saw these:


http://www.jhm3.com/flights/train1.JPG




When the train eventually departed though, I was seriously impressed. The ride comfort was simply amazing. It seriously made me think that Maglev was't such a big deal when you have this sort of quiet and still ride. Practically gliding.

Anyway, it only meant that I had to go to Yokohama again, on my second attemt at finding the Nozomi 500. I got it right the second time, and here are just a few photos:


http://www.jhm3.com/flights/train3.JPG

http://www.jhm3.com/flights/train4.JPG

http://www.jhm3.com/flights/train5.JPG

http://www.jhm3.com/flights/train6.JPG

http://www.jhm3.com/flights/train7.JPG

It looks more like a fighter jet than a train - everyone around me was busy taking photos too. I mean, just look at it. Tell me this is not the coolest train you've ever seen...


http://www.jhm3.com/flights/train8.JPG


I quite liked this photo - makes the two trains look like two bouncers wearing sunglasses or something - do you agree?

The ride quality was not quite as good as the N700 - the noise and the shaking of the cabin was much more noticeable. Still, I finally fulfilled my wish!

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Anyway... onto the flight itself.

OZ1015 / 30 June / HND-GMP / STD 1305 / STA 1525


I had chosen Haneda-Gimpo instead of NRT-ICN because - for this very short flight - it didn't make sense to trek all the way into NRT, catch a flight, then trek all the way into Seoul from ICN which is also a very long way. HND and GMP, however, are both much closer to their respective cities and the airports are also smaller and less congested.

The day started uneventfully and I made my way to the airport on time. I took the subway to Haneda Airport station, then had to take another bus to the International terminal which looked like a war-time temporary airfield building from the 1970s. And that was only a slight exaggeration!

Once inside, though, things looked much more civilised (though absolutely nothing fancy, we're talking down to the absolute basics).


http://www.jhm3.com/flights/oz1015_1.JPG

The very empty check-in area

I was duly checked-in by a polite ANA ground staff, and proceeded to say goodbye to Kana and Mina (her sister) and made my way to the x-ray. Things were going to be pretty boring, I thought - just another flight. But oh no.

You see, I had bought some Japanese noodles and the accompanying soy sauce as a present. I didn't want to put it into the luggage because I was afraid the noodles will all break, so I stuffed it into my hand luggage. When the x-ray lady said "do you have any liquids in your bag?" I suddenly had that very bad feeling of having done something wrong, and realised the two 250ml bottles of soy sauce with the noodles in the very nicely packaged wooden box.

A-ha, but this can be very easily solved, I thought. I would just ask to retrieve my checked bag and put the whole thing into the bag, check it in, job's done. Only it was now too late and they were unable to retrieve my bag anymore, so I had to take the noodles without the soy sauce, or find some way of checking the soy sauce without it breaking (and presumably soaking everyone else's clothes).

Cue much panic and hurry, trying to find suitable packing materials. The lady who proceeded to help me (airport staff) was very helpful and we managed to locate the ANA ground staff to find a shopping bag and lots of bubble wrap. By the time we were done, the finished product could safely be dropped from a great height and it would have been fine. A short flight was no longer going to pose a problem for those precious two bottles of soy sauce (I know, they're only soy sauce, but they completed the package for the noodles and it would look strange without them!)

After all this ordeal, I then went through x-ray again, proceeded upstairs, and plopped myself down in the lounge. No photos from the lounge as I was still, recovering from the traumatic ordeal, but it was basically just a pleasant waiting room with enough sofas but very minimal other amenities. Some drinks (soft and alcoholic) were available, but I wouldn't want to spend much more than an hour in there.

The boarding was called on time at 1235 and I made my way to the gate. Then I went to the aircraft that would be taking us to GMP, the Asiana Airlines A330-300.


http://www.jhm3.com/flights/oz1015_2.JPG

I had flown OZ C before so I was familiar with the seats - they're the angled lie-flat seats with 58 inches of pitch, and pretty decent even for some hours of sleep.


http://www.jhm3.com/flights/oz1015_3.JPG

The seat




I was not in any danger of running out of space...


http://www.jhm3.com/flights/oz1015_5.JPG

Seat controls




Shot across the cabin, showing the seat pitch


http://www.jhm3.com/flights/oz1015_7.JPG

We pushed back on time roughly around 1300, and the airport ground crew were waving us goodbye - normally only seen around Asia I think.


http://www.jhm3.com/flights/oz1015_8.JPG

The ANA B737-700 - looks cute!


http://www.jhm3.com/flights/oz1015_9.JPG

View of the industrial complex near the airport




View of the wing once at full cruising altitude


There was a full meal service on this rather short 2-hour flight. I can no longer remember if there was a beverage service before the meal service, however - unlikely, considering the length of flight.

Here is the menu:

Western


Appetizer
Smoked Salmon with Seasonal Salad

Main Course
Beef Tenderloin Steak
Served with Red Wine Sauce
Accompanied by Asparagus, Carrot and Potato

or

Seafood Festival
Steamed Seabream and Sauteed Shrimp
Served with Black Vinegar Sauce
Accompanied by Mushroom, Pumpkin and Yam

Dessert
Seasonal Fresh Fruits

Delicate Flavor of "Bae-Sujunggwa"

Coffee & Tea



Korean


Mixing and Harmonising
A Famous Korean Cuisine "Bi-Bim-Bab"

Steamed rice, Various kinds of vegetables and minced beef
Accompanied by Hot Pepper Paste, Sesame Oil, Assorted Side Dishes and Soup

Dessert
Seasonal Fresh Fruits

Delicate Flavor of "Bae-Sujunggwa"

Coffee & Tea


There was also a very comprehensive beverage/wine list consisting of:

Champagne
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve

White Wines
Gewurztraminer Herrenweg de Turckheim 2004
HESS Monterey Chardonnay 2006

Red Wines
Chateau Bel-Orme Tronquoy-de-Lalande 2000
Givry 1er cru, Cellier aux Moines 2004
Artesa Elements 2003

Dessert Wines
Blandy's 10 Years Old Malmsey Madeira
Port Sandeman 20 Years Old Porto

and other spirits, liquers, beers, non-alcoholic beverages, coffee (including espresso/cappuccino/cafe latte) and tea.


http://www.jhm3.com/flights/oz1015_11.JPG

The table with the table cloth


http://www.jhm3.com/flights/oz1015_12.JPG

You can never go wrong with bibimbap!

The bibimbap was really good as always, and light enough that you don't feel like you've eaten a large animal at the end of the meal. The rest of this short flight was spent mostly listening to music and just watching the world go by, and before long it was time for landing.




Somewhere in Korea near the end of our flight - a very generic scenery


We landed a little early and actually arrived at our gate by 1510.

http://www.jhm3.com/flights/oz1015_15.JPG

I hadn't been to Gimpo at all ever since Incheon opened its doors in 2002, so it was something of a trip down memory lane to see it again. I don't think I'll miss it much, though... My bags were one of the first batch to come out, and I was on my way to the airport bus in no time at all.


All in all, it was a nice, (save for the soy sauce saga) uneventful short flight. OZ obviously tries hard on this highly competitive route where KE, JL, OZ and NH all compete for the large volume of business and leisure traffic between Seoul and Tokyo. I was quite impressed by how much they managed to fit into this short flight.

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Check out my other trip reports on A-Net:
A Lucky Trip On SQ's 777-300ER In First Class
Three Flights In One Day (LHR-ARN-LHR-NRT, ANA First Class)

[Edited 2009-02-01 13:22:28]

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User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2460 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 16196 times:



Quoting Stargold (Thread starter):
O-toro and Uni (Fattiest belly of tuna, and Sea-urchin)

Yummy.

Quoting Stargold (Thread starter):
You can never go wrong with bibimbap!

It looks delicious.  yummy 

Nice report! It makes me kinda hungry....

Perhaps a stupid question. Do you have to be able to speak Japanese to go around in Japan?



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User currently offlinePHLstudent From United States of America, joined May 2006, 498 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 16178 times:

Asiana is not seen a lot of this trip report forum, it's nice to see a report featuring them. The food looks so good. Thank you for posting this, I'm leaving for Taipei on Wednesday and flying Asiana C out of LAX, this gets me even more excited for the trip!

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8535 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 16101 times:
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Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing.

OZ actually look pretty decent on this flight, food looks nice, I think....

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4268 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 16083 times:

Hi,

thanks for this nice report! Quite rare to see a HND-GMP flight covered in this section. JL used to operate the B743 until not too long ago on this sector, but now mainly changed to B744.
I like the pictures of the Shinkansen trains, at the moment I see one passing below my window roughly every 10 minutes here, when they arrive and depart from/to the South of Japan out of Tokyo. These machines are amazing!
Picture quality is very good, as well the food on OZ. I kinda like the cabin setting and overall service you described. Although, HND needs to build a more modern international terminal very soon, but I expect this will be implemented with the opening of their 4th 'D' runway, when also more international flights will start to operate to this airport.

Bye,
Eric



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5163 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 17 hours ago) and read 16066 times:

Hi, Stargold,

nice and interesting story.

I like your train pics, both machines looks like really impressive.

And also that Sushi thing, not bad.

Greetings,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineStargold From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 16 hours ago) and read 16019 times:

Thank you for the unexpectedly large number of replies in a short time!

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 1):
Nice report! It makes me kinda hungry....

Perhaps a stupid question. Do you have to be able to speak Japanese to go around in Japan?

I'm hugry again too!!

As for speaking Japanese, it's not an absolute must. But it does help break the ice if you know a few basic phrases. Also, another handy tip is to write down what you want to say if the listener seems to have problems understanding - they seem to find it easier to read rather than listen quite often.

Quoting PHLstudent (Reply 2):
I'm leaving for Taipei on Wednesday and flying Asiana C out of LAX, this gets me even more excited for the trip!

OZ on longhaul is even better - the meal is very good, the wine list is very decent and the service should be exemplary. Big grin

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 3):
OZ actually look pretty decent on this flight, food looks nice, I think....

Indeed, OZ is actually a very high quality operation, especially in C. They're not as flash as airlines like SQ and CX, but they have a feeling of down-to-earth about them.

People told horror stories of the ancient seats in F and J for a while, but all longhaul equipment has now been renovated with new products so all aspects of the flight is now up to date. With very competitive fares too, normally.

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 4):
I like the pictures of the Shinkansen trains, at the moment I see one passing below my window roughly every 10 minutes here, when they arrive and depart from/to the South of Japan out of Tokyo.

Lucky you!! I love looking at these amazing machines. Next time I'm in Japan, I'm definitely going on one all the way from Osaka to Tokyo!

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 4):
Although, HND needs to build a more modern international terminal very soon, but I expect this will be implemented with the opening of their 4th 'D' runway, when also more international flights will start to operate to this airport.

The int'l terminal was really disappointing - I really thought I had gone back in time by 30 years! The domestic terminals looked very decent so I just hope they do a decent job with the new int'l terminal, whenever that may be!


User currently offlineStargold From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 16 hours ago) and read 15917 times:

Some videos from the flight:

Take-off from HND
Landing into GMP


User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5855 posts, RR: 40
Reply 8, posted (5 years 7 months 14 hours ago) and read 15699 times:



Quoting Stargold (Thread starter):
The very best highlight from the trip was going to Tsukiji fish market to a restaurant called Sushi-Dai

Daiwa Sushi is the place you refer to, best place in the world.



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User currently offlineAllrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2057 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 12 hours ago) and read 15550 times:



Quoting Stargold (Thread starter):
Anyway, it only meant that I had to go to Yokohama again, on my second attemt at finding the Nozomi 500. I got it right the second time, and here are just a few photos:

It looks more like a fighter jet than a train - everyone around me was busy taking photos too. I mean, just look at it. Tell me this is not the coolest train you've ever seen...

For those of you who, like me, usually travel in Japan with a JR Pass the good news is that you will be able to catch the 500 series (Nozomi runs are excluded) as according to Wikipedia five of the nine sets have replaced the oldest Shinkansens on the Kodama runs. The bad news is that they will operate at a maximum of 285 km/h, rather than 300km/h.
Wikipedia

I've caught a 500 series Okayama to Shin-Osaka and it's pretty cool to see display show 300km/h, though it was only brief. Not quite the same as 431km/h on the Shanghai maglev, though!



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User currently offlineLHboyatDTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 7 months 7 hours ago) and read 15161 times:

The pictures more than made up for the lack of detail, but the story about the soy sauce was rather funny and did show how customer service is more commonly shown in Asia.

I am likely to make it to Japan in a few years, and have recently thought of the idea of making a trip to Korea a little weekend kind of ordeal. Would you consider it worth it? Is there anything worth doing or seeing there?


User currently offlineStargold From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 14960 times:



Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
I like your train pics, both machines looks like really impressive.

And also that Sushi thing, not bad.

Thanks for your kind comments  Smile

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 8):
Daiwa Sushi is the place you refer to, best place in the world.

Actually, Daiwa Sushi is the other one of the two that people commonly call best in Tsukiji Market. You can just about see the signage on the first photo, it's on the upper left corner and has some people queueing infront as well. As far as I know, there isn't any meaningful difference in quality between the two, and anyway it would have been a bit ridiculous to spend another 2h queueing for Daiwa just to compare!

Quoting Allrite (Reply 9):
I've caught a 500 series Okayama to Shin-Osaka and it's pretty cool to see display show 300km/h, though it was only brief. Not quite the same as 431km/h on the Shanghai maglev, though!

You mean like this?



That was indeed very cool, but it is such a short ride that it seemed quite gimmicky, somehow. Spend half the journey accelerating and half the journey decelerating. I think it would be much cooler to go on the Shinkansen for 2h30m instead :p N700, here I come!

Quoting LHboyatDTW (Reply 10):
The pictures more than made up for the lack of detail, but the story about the soy sauce was rather funny and did show how customer service is more commonly shown in Asia.

I am likely to make it to Japan in a few years, and have recently thought of the idea of making a trip to Korea a little weekend kind of ordeal. Would you consider it worth it? Is there anything worth doing or seeing there?

I also have a feeling that, had I made the same soy sauce mistake in Europe or in the US, they would have thrown out the two bottles before you can even say "bubble wrap"! I was very thankful for the helpfulness of the x-ray attendants, not normally known for their kindness of their heart!

Korea is an interesting place but very much depends on what you like to do. If you enjoy Korean food, then definitely worthwhile. If you enjoy the cultural sights then again, good for a few days of looking at heritage sights etc. But if you are just wanting to "live the atmosphere" by walking around, eating, shopping, looking at a few cool places etc, then it's really very similar to Tokyo in many ways.


User currently offlineHenkybaby From Netherlands, joined May 2008, 593 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (5 years 7 months 3 hours ago) and read 14854 times:

Nice TR. Almost a shame you did not do more pics inside the bullet train. I will be in Tokyo in May, currently only scheduled for 2 days but maybe I should take a little longer and ride the bullet train up and down the country....


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User currently offlineJA801A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (5 years 7 months 1 hour ago) and read 14769 times:

Nice trip report! Thanks for sharing.  Smile

And that sushi looks delicious!  yummy 


User currently offlineStargold From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 7 months ago) and read 14664 times:



Quoting Henkybaby (Reply 12):
Nice TR. Almost a shame you did not do more pics inside the bullet train. I will be in Tokyo in May, currently only scheduled for 2 days but maybe I should take a little longer and ride the bullet train up and down the country....

I did actually take more pictures inside the train but didn't think it would be that interesting...



N700 attendant waiting for departure




N700 Green Car (1st Class)




N700 Green Car (1st Class)




500-series (the fighter jet lookalike) Standard Car




500-series Standard Car - a very decent seat pitch!

I would definitely recommend at least one decent length journey on the Nozomi - an open jaw between KIX and NRT is a good way of doing it, I think.

Quoting JA801A (Reply 13):
Nice trip report! Thanks for sharing.

Thank you for your kind comments!


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8535 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 14600 times:
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I'm not really into trains, but these look pretty cool inside, quite impressive!

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 14536 times:

Hola Stargold!

Thanks for this interesting TR.

I have heard about those restaurants you mention....

Quoting Stargold (Thread starter):
The very best highlight from the trip was going to Tsukiji fish market to a restaurant called Sushi-Dai, a name which should ring a bell in many sushi aficionado's ears. Yes, one of the two very famous restaurants in the Tokyo's main fish market

Now that you showed me the pictures I know where to go when visiting Japan.

Those trains....

Quoting Stargold (Thread starter):
it looks a bit strange - like a duck's beak -

must be cousins with the ones RENFE, Spanish railways, use in Spain on some high speed links. They are nicknamed 'patos' (ducks) because of a similar configuration on the first carriage. Quite fun, they reach as well 300km/h and should be able to reach 350 km/h in the near future.

Salut!

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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6758 posts, RR: 77
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 14477 times:

Hi Stargold,

very enjoyable report, always nice to read something about Japan. These new bullet trains are awesome - they look very futuristic. I preferred to fly all the time during my last stay in Japan, but I really have to ride on the Shinkansen next time.

Quoting Stargold (Thread starter):
I had been staying in Tokyo for about a week, eating the excellent sushi far too many times and just generally having a look around, enjoying the city.

Too many times...is that possible?  Wink

Quoting Stargold (Thread starter):
The very best highlight from the trip was going to Tsukiji fish market to a restaurant called Sushi-Dai,

I have to keep that in mind.

Quoting Stargold (Thread starter):
I took the subway to Haneda Airport station, then had to take another bus to the International terminal which looked like a war-time temporary airfield building from the 1970s. And that was only a slight exaggeration!

The international terminal hasn't been a priority at HND for a long time...


PH



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User currently offlineStargold From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 13374 times:



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 15):
I'm not really into trains, but these look pretty cool inside, quite impressive!

They are! And if the trains in UK ran one tenth as efficiently as those, no-one will be complaining!

I think there was a period of "horrific delays" in the Shinkansen trains where things got so bad that station managers were all out in full force, doing 90-degree apologetic bows. The average delay for each train was said to be roughly 1.5 minutes. :p

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 16):
Those trains must be cousins with the ones RENFE, Spanish railways, use in Spain on some high speed links. They are nicknamed 'patos' (ducks) because of a similar configuration on the first carriage. Quite fun, they reach as well 300km/h and should be able to reach 350 km/h in the near future.

Actually, although they look very similar, they're not quite cousins (unless there was some design collaboration between the two) - the Japanese units are obviously made in Japan, whereas (according to Wikipedia) the AVE trains are Alstom, Bombardier or Siemens. Still, would love to go on the Spanish one as well! I read that the new AVE service to BCN has resulted in a huge drop in air traffic.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
Too many times...is that possible?  Wink

Well yes, when your wallet tells you so!  Sad

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
I have to keep that in mind.

If you find Sushi-Dai (the one with the signage on the photo), the other famous one is also next to it about 5 doors down - you know it's the other one because these two are the only ones that ever have queues.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 17):
The international terminal hasn't been a priority at HND for a long time...

Ugh... It's just such a journey back in time - seriously by a good 30 years! Especially the exterior. I was very shocked when I saw it for the first time...


User currently offlineSeemyseems From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2009, 967 posts, RR: 7
Reply 19, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 11480 times:



Quoting Stargold (Thread starter):
I really just died and went to heaven while eating there. And having finished the sushi, I realised I was now spoilt - how on earth will I eat sushi back in England?!

You'd be surprised by the amount of sushi bars there is, one opened here in Chester recently... but it will never be as good as Shinjuku!



seemyseems
User currently offlineLinglesou From Australia, joined Apr 2009, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 11272 times:

Wow man, you really like sushi eh!?  Big grin

Great report, really enjoyed and you made me want sushi (currently sitting in a maccas getting free wireless so no good food in sight!  Smile )

Quoting Stargold (Thread starter):

Somewhere in Korea near the end of our flight - a very generic scenery

...yet typical of modern Asia...this could be anywhere from Malaysia, Thailand to China!

Quoting Stargold (Thread starter):
N700 Green Car (1st Class)

First thing which struck me about this photo is how much it looks like MKs old A340 economy class! Anyone else see this?

Cheers, again, fantastic report and pictures.

L'inglesou



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User currently offlineStargold From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 4 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 10043 times:



Quoting Seemyseems (Reply 19):
You'd be surprised by the amount of sushi bars there is, one opened here in Chester recently... but it will never be as good as Shinjuku!

Haha, well of course I know a lot of the good ones in London but the quality is usually a definite step down. There is one small place in London that I feel approaches the quality of the Japanese places, but generally it's pretty grim in terms of quality!

Quoting Linglesou (Reply 20):
Great report, really enjoyed and you made me want sushi (currently sitting in a maccas getting free wireless so no good food in sight! )

Glad you enjoyed it  Smile I would not want to be looking at the pictures of the sushi while sitting in a McD Big grin the contrast may be too much to handle.

Side point: I was in Tokyo again recently and had sushi, but not at Tsukiji market. Although the quality was still excellent and relatively cheap, Sushi-dai remains right at the top in terms of my all-time favourite sushi experiences (not surprisingly!)


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