Originally Posted by FriedToast
I've never had any airline request me to check in my notebook. Ever. I've flown ANA and JAL both. Nothing different in Japan in regards to checking in baggage vs any other airport I've ever been to. Been in and out of Japan several different times at several different airports on a few different airlines in the past 9 yrs and've never had an issue like that. As for customs- that sounds about right. They ask if you're claiming anything; you say, "No," and into the country you come. Nice story. But not true in entirety. COMPLETELY empathize with you having to deal w/ the Narita to Haneda bus. I hate it, too. Rode it myself not too long ago. PITA! BUT, not everyone has to do this. Just because your flight connected out of Haneda doesn't mean that everyone else's will, too. Depends on how you book your flight. I could've booked straight to Narita and bypassed Haneda altogether, but it would've cost an extra $150. So the thing is, you need to pay attention to your tickets a bit more. I've spent the night at airports, too, so I'm not oblivious to your situation- just saying that a little more attentiveness on your part probably would've gotten you from Point A to Point B w/o the airport stay-over. They're generally pretty good about time-allowances between flights. They understand the Haneda-Narita bus problem all too well, I'm sure. 仕方が無い。今度頑張ってね！
I knew that I had to take the bus before I got there, but it was booked so that the only bus I could take was at 5:30, my plane arrived around 4:45, and the next flight took off at 7. By the time I got on the bus, the bus left, and traveled to the other airport, found my ticket check (E-tickets), waited in line, ect ect, it was 7:10 and I was too late. And, my apologies for the misinformation. I assumed the international airport was only
an international airport and didn't fly mainland flights. That is what I was told. Edit: Also, I don't know how many airlines operate, but I flew American Airlines from the states, and JAL when I got here: I've never flown before my trip to Japan, so I was a bit uneasy. I'm... a big guy. 6'4 350 or so. I flew an RJ45 from Cincinnati to Chicago and it wasn't a big deal. I got on a 777 in Chicago and the stewardess directed everyone from my ROW (yes, row
) in seating and they gave me the entire center row for the 14 hour flight. I got off of the plane and got back on the other in Hiroshima, and oddly enough, they did the exact same thing. I had the entire row from Tokyo to Hiroshima. Five seats to stretch out in, ahhhh. So, If other airlines aren't as accommodating maybe check out AA?