A Japanese friend wishes to visit me here in MEL in late Novemeber. I've been trying to find some airliners/routings that would be suitable for her.
The problem is, she lives in Fukushima, a 3 hour(ish) bullet train trip from NRT. So, she needs to be able to fly from NRT after 11 am on the day of departure and arrive before 5 pm in the day of arrive at NRT in order to get home on that day... and avoid an expensive hotel stay overnight.
The best I could come up with was MH from their web site http://www.malaysia-airlines.com/travel/?menu=os :
NRT 10:30 -->KUL 17:05 MH089
KUL 21:20 --> MEL 08:00+1 MH149
MEL 15:40 --> KUL 20:30 MH148
KUL 23:35 --> NRT 07:05+1 MH088
....but the departure time is too early for the first interconnecting Shinkansen/Airport train.
Does anybody else out their have some airliners/routing suggestions? I looks like she might have to take, at great expense, two different airlines each way. Oh, flying via SYD isn't out of the question.
Oh, btw, a very, very useful website with Japanese domestic flight and bullet train timetables is http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~ev7a-ootk/time/etime_01.htm ... Fukushima is on the Tohoku line.