Friday, September 15, 2017

All Nippon Airways (ANA) from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo

 I always thought that flying to Japan can be very costly and the better option would be to travel with budget airlines. This time, I prove it wrong because for my recent trip to Tokyo in mid-August 2017, I have chosen All Nippon Airways (ANA) instead of budget airlines. The return tickets cost RM1,596 as compared to other airlines (including budget airlines) ranging from RM1,900 - RM2,400 for economy seat.
ANA allows up to two free baggage check-in per passenger with maximum weight of 23KG each. This is more than enough for a week trip, including shopping for lots of stuffs to bring home. Other than that, the seats are comfortable, spacious, and in-flight entertainment. 
There is no shade on the window. It turn dim automatically.
The meal was okay (depending on individual taste and preferences) but the beverage menu is awesome.
Snacks!
Will I want to fly with ANA again? The answer is definitely yes. By the way, for some of their route, there is this Star Wars-themed aircraft!

Hotel Monterey Hanzomon (Tokyo, Japan)

Ranked #17 out of 75 hotels in Ryokan, Chiyoda on Tripadvisor, this hotel is worth to consider when visiting Tokyo. It is located near (walking distance) to the Imperial Palace and easily accessible via subway, and convenient to and from the two airport in Tokyo (Narita and Haneda). I managed to book this hotel from Expedia.com for only RM250 per night. Here are the pictures:
The hotel main entrance
Unique designed lift
Inside the lift
Walkway to the room...
Coming into the room, it is clean and comfortable, although it is quite small
Medium size bed, just nice for 2 but best for 1 person...
Standard hotel room accessories with 2 bottles of complimentary mineral water daily.
This is interesting. The pillow is quite comfortable and I think it is with some treatment function as per this description card. Maybe someone can translate this to English.
The bathroom is the best in this room, nice interior design and clean. Good water pressure for shower and a bath tub (for a small room in the city center of Tokyo with reasonable price, it is a bonus)
View from the room, nothing great but at least there is a window.
The Hanzomon subway station exit #5 is just opposite the main entrance of the hotel. This exit is with lift, easy to access with luggage.
Overall, this is a great hotel to stay in Tokyo. There must be a reason to be ranked 17th in Tripadvisor. I bet it is very expensive during the Sakura blossom in Spring because of its walking distance to Imperial Palace.