Fukuoka Trip Part 1: Go to Fukuoka with All Nippon Airways (ANA)

ANA 機窓 富士山 アイキャッチ画像

[Introduction]

I traveled to Fukuoka, in mid December. While Fukuoka has an image of gourmet town, it has also tourist spots more than I expected. In this article, I will write about flight to Fukuoka with All Nippon Airways (ANA) as part of Day 1. This was my first time to take a domestic fight that had personal monitors.

[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Fly to Fukuoka with ANA [This article]
* Day 1: Ohori Park and Nakasu
* Day 1: Canal City Hakata (Illumination)
* Day 2: Marinoa City Fukuoka
* Day 2: Fukuoka City Museum and Momochi Seaside Park
* Day 2: Fukuoka Tower (Illumination)
* Day 3: Marine World Uminonakamichi
* Day 3: JR Hakata Station
* Day 3: JR Hakata Station (Illumination)
* Day 4: Dazaifu Tenmangu
* Day 4: Kyushu National Museum
* Day 4: Tenjin (Illumination)
* Day 5: Fukuoka Airport

[Travel Date]
2019.12.12-16

[Main Part]

It has been a while since I posted the previous article about my Korea Seoul trip, and I will start a new series. I visited Fukuoka in mid December.

I have been to Fukuoka a few times on business, but this is my first visit to Fukuoka for leisure. Winter illumination has taken place at several venues and I will watch them. In addition, Fukuoka is famous for its delicious food and I am looking forward to it as well.

Haneda Airport

I started the trip at Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal. As it was just before the Christmas, a decorated Christmas tree was placed.Haneda Airport1

The airport was not so crowded, as it was before the winter break season.Haneda Airport2

As a premium member of All Nippon Airways (ANA), I used “ANA PREMIUM CHECK-IN”, which included exclusive lanes for security check.Haneda Airport ANA PREMIUM CHECK-IN

I bought a light meal for breakfast after passing the security check.""

I had some time before my flight, so I stopped by “ANA LOUNGE”.Haneda Airport ANA Lounge

Meals were not provided in the ANA LOUNGE of the domestic terminal, but instead it was allowed to bring food from outside, so I will have the lunchbox I had bought earlier.""

There was also “Star Wars ANA Kids Lounge” in the ANA Lounge.Haneda Airport ANA Lounge Star Wars

Go to Fukuoka with ANA Flight 241

Now I will move to the boarding gate. My flight is “ANA Flight 241”, which will depart from Handa Airport at 7:20 a.m.Haneda Airport ANA

I got on board and there was “Star Wars Jet” adjacent to my aircraft.Haneda Airport ANA Star Wars Jet

My aircraft (B777-200) was equipped with personal monitors and a safety video with Kabuki actors was aired just like the Shanghai trip in May (see the related article).ANA Kabuki

As far as I remember, this is my first time to take an ANA’s domestic fight that has personal monitors. I heard ANA has introduced such aircrafts since November 2019.

The aircraft took on time.ANA Window view1

Fortunately, I was able to see Mt. Fuji.ANA Window view Mt. Fuji

Fukuoka Airport was located near the urban area, so I was able to catch a sight of the city clearer.ANA Window view2

As you can see, it was a dynamic view.ANA Window view3

The plane landed at Fukuoka Airport. There was a Japan Airlines’ aircraft nearby.ANA Fukuoka Airport

Fukuoka Airport

I passed the boarding bridge and took airplane photos over the window.""

JAL Fukuoka Airport

As I had enough time, I will go around the airport.""

To begin with, I went to the observation deck on the 4th floor.""

Unfortunately, fences got in the way when I took photos.""

A plane of Singapore airlines, which was my favorite airlines, took off.""

While I mainly use a wide-angle lens, I brought a telephoto lens time time.Fukuoka Airport Observation deck

Then, I moved to the restaurant area on the 3rd floor. I visited “Hakata Motsunabe Ooyama” for an early lunch.Hakata Motsunabe Ooyama1

In the restaurant.Hakata Motsunabe Ooyama2

I ordered “Motsunabe”.Hakata Motsunabe Ooyama3

“Motsunabe” is a Japanese hot pot which is made from beef or pork tripe or other offal. Fukuoka is famous for “Motsunabe” as its local dish.Hakata Motsunabe Ooyama4

Move to Hakata Station

Now I will move to Hakata station where I will be staying during this trip.

As Fukuoka Airport was located near the urban area, it takes only two stops from Fukuoka Airport to Hakata station by subway.""

I arrived at Hakata station.""

I will stay at “ANA Crowne Plaza Fukuoka” for this trip.ANA Crowne Plaza Fukuoka1

The reason why I chose “ANA Crowne Plaza Fukuoka” was mainly it was near Hakata station, which I thought was convenient for sightseeing.

As it wwas before the check-in time, I left some of my luggage and started the sightseeing.ANA Crowne Plaza Fukuoka2

[Closing]

That’s it for the article about flight to Fukuoka with All Nippon Airways (ANA) as part of Day 1.

While I had never took flights that had personal monitors so far, I heard both All Nippon Airways (ANA)  and Japan Airlines (JAL) have introduced aircrafts with personal monitors recently. It takes 2-3 hours at most in domestic flights, so basically it’s OK to take ones without personal monitors, but I realized it’s better if aircrafts have personal monitors even in domestic flights 🙂

In the next article, I will write about Ohori Park and Nakasu as part of Day 1.

[Map]

1 Fukuoka Airport
2 Hakata Station
3 ANA Crowne Plaza Fukuoka

[Related Link]
Fukuoka City Gide “YOKA NAVI”
Fukuoka Convention & Visitors Bureau
Haneda Airport
ANA (All Nippon Airways)
Fukuoka Airport
Hakata Motsunabe Ooyama
ANA Crowne Plaza Fukuoka

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