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The Dilemma in Narita

Day 31: Narita

rain 17 °C






1) 別の飛行をスイッチをする (23900円ぐらい)
2) 別の航空券を買う (159000円ぐらい)
3) 成田空港で荷物を残して、ホンコンへ行く。シアトルに帰る前に飛行機の乗り継ぎが成田空港だ。その時に荷物をピックアップして。(プライスがしらない)。



We’re finally leaving NIPPON! Our last time carries all these things by ourselves! Last time running around the train station like hobos... I mean, henros!

But of course, two henros cannot leave Nippon so easily. I have to thank Kayak the website for selling such "WONDERFUL" flight arrangements and made us almost have a heart attack before boarding! We ordered a two tickets going from US to Japan, then from Japan to Hong Kong, and back to US. However, going to HK from Japan, we had to stop in Vietnam for layover, even though it’s actually closer just going directly to Hong Kong. We will arrive in Vietnam at 5pm and stay overnight until the plane to HK arrives at 9am. Now this is where the problem lies.

Since we’re staying overnight at Vietnam, they cannot send our luggage directly to HK and we will have to pick them up in Vietnam. In order to go to the luggage area, we have to get visas for Vietnam. For Vietnam, you must apply for their visas BEFOREHAND. Since we thought about staying in the Vietnam airport overnight, we didn’t think we would need a visa. So we’re going to arrive at Hong Kong safely. It’s the fact that OUR LUGGAGE WILL BE STUCK IN VIETNAM! That’s what you get with cheap airfare tickets.

So we were stuck in Narita airport with the flight attendants. We arrived extra early, so we would have time to spare, right? WONG... I mean WRONG! One hour led to two hour and then to three. We were standing in the check-in area for three hours and no updates. The flight attendants made calls to the Vietnam ambassador, but he wasn’t available. We came down to a couple of options:

1) Switch into another flight with minimum cost (additional $500 for two)
2) Buy new airplane tickets to Hong Kong (additional $2000 for two)
3) Leave our stuff in Narita airport while we’re in HK and pick them back up after we return to Narita airport for layover (price unknown).

Since option one was the cheapest and easiest, the flight attendants made many arrangements, calls, and approvals. We only had 10 minutes until our original flight, so now, we’re stuck here in Narita. Right when we were finally done with our trip in Japan, nothing is going right. Is this really the last goodbye gift that Daishi-san gave us? While munching on our last loaf of Japanese bread in the check-in station, a miracle happened.

The flight attendant came and got us into a new flight that goes directly to Hong Kong… FOR FREE! And we arrive to HK a whole day earlier! We thanked all the flight attendants who have helped us! However, we only had 30 minutes left until it boarded, so we quickly passed the pesky security and rushed to the gate.

Nothing was possible if it weren't for our lovely flight attendants!

We’re finally heading out!

1) Look at the flight conditions BEFORE you buy your plane tickets, especially if they were cheap.
2) Cheap tickets aren't always the best options.
3) Darumas in Japanese airports aren't too expensive!
4) Airplane food in from Japanese flights are VERY tasty!

Posted by thewongway 11:02 Archived in Japan Tagged tokyo narita henro

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