Tokyo Haneda to Helsinki – Vantaa via Paris

Hi y’all !

I have been all day writing this very nice story of my trip from Tokyo to Helsinki and about 5 minutes ago when I got it all done and checked that the photos and text were ok and I clicked publish like I always do.. guess what happened?!?! it deleted everything I have been writing for hours now.. Also it did not make a backup of it like it normally does. Why did I have this amazing luck.. I will try to write it as good as I did before. Doing my best to finish it today or if I can’t than I will do it tomorrow.

So let’s start again..

I had to fly back to Finland for few months because of a family matter that I’m having but I will be flying back to Tokyo very soon. Actually I got my flights already for May. Normally I always fly via Paris but this time I will be going to London for 4 hours and than flying to Japan with British airways this time.

My flight was at 01.30am this time, we left to the airport at 9pm so we could be together in the airport a bit before my flight.

We were having our last cigarets in our normal spot in front of my favorite combini.
At Tokyo Haneda, flying back to Helsinki via Paris

I do love Haneda airport because it is so easy to access from Tokyo, no need for some expensive special trains like Narita airport. You can just jump to the Asakusa line and you’ll be in the airport in no time!
At Tokyo Haneda, flying back to Helsinki via Paris

I wish I could always use Haneda airport when flying to or from Tokyo since it is such a good airport compared to Narita.

When we arrived to the metro station of my terminal I truly did get that feeling of ” I’m really leaving my beautiful Japan again” luckily it is only for couple of months but you should already know how crazy I am of Japan.
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As you can see from these two photos that Haneda airport is very comfy and has a beautiful architecture.
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At the checking I was very stressed because of I thought that my luggage was over weight (like always I’m paranoid hah) but I got lucky and the bags were just to the limit!
At Tokyo Haneda, flying back to Helsinki via Paris

Haneda also has this amazing looking old/modern/traditional shopping area that has everything you’d need. It’s not inside the gates so it is a good place to go shopping even if you are not flying, the prices are not that bad when you think of design clothes and such.
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My tickets ! of course window seat as always ! Got a love that JAL (Japan airways) best airliner in the world 😀 Always flying in that economy class, my dream is that someday I could be flying in business class or 1st class!
At Tokyo Haneda, flying back to Helsinki via Paris

While we were waiting for my flights we got a bit hungry so we were searching a good place to eat but most of the food in the airport was a bit overpriced. We did get lucky tho and found this great burger joint that had some different kind of burgers that I’m normally used to so I had to try ’em!
Mt. Fuji hamburger in Haneda airport

As soon as I saw that they had a hamburger called “Mt.Fuji” I had to have it 😀
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that chain also has a place in Roppongi if I’m not mistaken, I have to try it again when I come back.

Big NEWS ! Haneda airport has the best toilet that I have ever tried! cleanest and most modern that I have ever been in! I would consider saying that this is the best public toilet in the world ! (Had to take a quick snap shot after I did my business hehe)
At Tokyo Haneda, flying back to Helsinki via Paris

Haneda airport also has a huge outside observatory where you can see airplanes landing and it even has tables for a picnic 😀 I’m so going there next time to take photos of airplanes landing!
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There is so much to do in Haneda without going through any kind of security checks or passport controls.

This is me sitting alone outside my boarding gate, missing my girl and sad to leave Japan even tho it is only for couple of months. That neck pillow I have is great ! I got it free from the buss company when I went to Aomori 😀
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Time for boarding at 1am, sucked to leave but luckily the wifi there was very good as well so I could facetime with my girl at the same time 😀
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Oh yes !! Would be so wicked to sit in these seats but sadly mine were not them ! Someday…. !
Tokyo to Helsinki via paris

The flight did go pretty well tho ! Now that I have flown with JAL more than twice I can say that it is truly the best airliner in the world

Japan airways JAL
– Best service ( even better if you know japanese)
– most tasty food so far
– snacks were awesome
– beautiful flight attendants
– they make you feel like a king/queen no matter what class you sit in

Little comparison

Finnair
– Rude service
– food is not horrible but it is not good either
– snacks… expensive and blaahhh
– flight attendants are like 40+ easily and they do look older (I’m sure there are exceptions but haven’t seen any so far)
– you are considered and handled as cattle hehe if I can say this bluntly

but yes back to the story.
couple of hick ups on my flight from Tokyo to Paris

1st. I wanted to listen music/watch movies but I could not find my earphones, I was searching them everywhere but just could not find them and when I landed to Paris I checked my back pocket and guess what they were there hehe I felt so stupid but I laughed it off 😀

2nd. Nice french couple who were sitting next to me did not want to get up when I wanted to go to the toilet and so on

Everything else went ok and I landed safely back to Europe.
One thing I got say about the Paris airport, it has the worst Wifi in the world !

My flight from Paris to Helsinki was delayed for hours and hours which was awesome … awesome… heh not
(my flights are the delayed ones of course)
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I was sitting in front of my boarding gate watching the empty space where the airplane should be for hours
Tokyo to Helsinki via paris

I had my macbook pro ready with movies so I watched couple and before I noticed the airplane was there!
Tokyo to Helsinki via paris

At this point I truly realized that oh my god I’m seriously flying back to Finland. So happy that I knew it was only for couple of months.
Tokyo to Helsinki via paris

At the airplane I did not want to think of anything so I was watching walking dead from my ipad and eating a crappy week old bread that smelled funny
Tokyo to Helsinki via paris
Tokyo to Helsinki via paris

Was missing my girl a lot at this point as well but I had photos of her a lot that kept me happy. Long distance can be horrible but these days the technology is amazing with the skypes,facetimes and what not.
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When I landed I got my luggage quickly and ran to the buss so I could get “home” fast.
Tokyo to Helsinki via paris

It was not fun writing this two times no less.. going through sad memories but like I said I got my flights back to the promised land!
Also my girl is coming to Finland for a week or two before I fly to Japan so I can be her guide around this place!

Last week I was working in a winter sport event called “Lahti ski games” as an Attaché for the team of Japan, I’ll tell you more about it in the next post and show you some photos as well!

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Helsinki,Finland to Tokyo,Japan

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Good Morning to you all from the Land of the rising sun !
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I made it here after a loong flight! Let’s start the story on 13th of October, I did not sleep the past night since I had to go to the airport buss at 3am, I was very tired already at this point of my journey and it hasn’t even fully started yet.

About 4.25 am I arrived to Helsinki-Vantaa terminal 2 and went to check-in, this time I had no problem with my luggages, they did weigh somewhat  a lot 1st bag was 19kilos and the second one was 17,5kg plus my backpack which was about 14kg. Carrying them was  really not that difficult since I been going to the gym a lot and after I got to Japan and to the house my shoulders were killing me but we are not there yet.
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— Yes I am !!! 😀
In the check-in they gave me only 1 ticket and that was of course from Helsinki to Paris and she tolled me that I have to get the other ticket in Paris, which of course was a bit difficult since I only had 1 hour 20minutes transfer time so she tolled me to go straight to the gate of my flight and go in with my passport and not get the boarding pass since there was no time.
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—Was watching all the anime I was saving for months for this day
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—Broken ipad2 at the airport 😦
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—Finally the time of my flight came and the journey got started !

My flight from Helsinki to Paris went well, first thing the captain said was ” I’m sorry to inform you that we have to wait about 20minutes before we fly but seems like we have good wind today so we will be in time” of course I was more worried. Got a good seat almost in front of the airplane well right next to business class so I could get off the airplane fast.  I had couple of annoying Finnish models sitting next to me who were going to a fashion show in Paris, was very nice to listen them giggling and talking loud for over 2 hours… and my headache started.

When I was arriving to Paris I got ready to run off the airplane to catch my next flight, I met two other Finnish people who were going to the same terminal as I was and they were in a hurry too to catch their flight to Miami so we all ran together. We got to the terminal in good time and I even had time to go to JAL (Japan Airlines) desk to get my boarding pass, soon as I got it I ran through Terminal 2E to the security check and of course there was a long line! At this point I had about 40 mins left until my flight was leaving. I had some problems in the security check so I had to remove my shoes and put my bag through the scanner couple of times and remove my iPad ,iPod and iPhone, I must have looked like crazy apple supporter since I had my macbook pro there as well.

Finally I got through the checks and I noticed that I don’t have to take that train like last time so I still had some time to spare so I walked around a bit after I found my gate and took some photos. At this point of my journey I was so TIRED!!! I haven’t slept at all.
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— Next to my gate
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—Was in such a hurry in this point 😀
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— Now all was okay and I made it!
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— Walking to the airplane.

In JAL airplane the safety videos are so cute !!
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The food in the flight was so delicious !! To be honest the best food compared to all the other airlines I have flown !Helsinki to Japan via Paris
Flight from Paris to Tokyo went great ! I have to give a big hand for JAL and their catering, their food was actually very tasty and of course I was eating with chopsticks and ordering everything in Japanese. I met some nice people at the airplane as well, BUT I did not get more then maybe 2 hours of sleep total in this long 12 hour flight so you can imagine how tired I was.

After arriving to Haneda airport in Tokyo I was very relieved that all went well, now the only worry I had was for my luggage that did they make it or not to Japan since the short change time in Paris and also that if my camera lenses were okay. After the visa/passport check in Haneda I got my luggage and of course my luck they had a special drug search going on so I had to open my bags but since I am not carrying 50 kilos of cocaine on me I was okay.
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I was walking out from the arrivals hall to the doors of Haneda and there was my girlfriend waiting for me, it had been long 4 months so was great to see her !

My neck was hurting, I had a headache, I was Super tired, I was very excited to be back home in Japan.

after we got to the house I took my medicine and we went to eat in a Family restaurant called Gasto and after I got full I was much better !

Let My life in Tokyo begin again !! ( I promise to blog a lot and take photos much more !! )

I was awake about 62 hours if my counting is right WOW no wonder I was a bit sick yesterday.

But now we are going to Ikea to get me some pillows and then to akihabara, and Izakaya ! today I’ll get drunk !!