I flew business class from JFK Airport in New York to New Chitose Airport via Tokyo Narita on the way to Japan, and I flew direct from Tokyo Haneda to JFK on the way back.   ANA has been the World’s 5-Star Airline since 2013 and you feel it every step of the way — from the comfortable, very private seating to the incredibly helpful staff.

The experience was a total joy, from start to finish.  From the celebratory glass of champagne at takeoff to the surprise of an extra fruit plate after they noticed how much I liked the first one, I felt so well looked after with ANA. With Experience Class™ ANA is focused on the overall experience celebrating the destination and journey, no matter where you sit. And when you’re flying long-haul from the States to Asia, having a good flight can make such a big difference in your overall travel experience.

The food ANA served in business class is the best airline food I have ever eaten. There are four-course menus from which to choose, one Japanese and one international. The Japanese menu included some truly impressive salmon.

Most impressive? On the way back, I went door to door from my hotel in Shinjuku to my apartment in Manhattan in LESS THAN SEVENTEEN HOURS. I still can’t believe how fast it was. That includes an hourlong commute each way and two hours at the airport; the flight itself only took 12.5 hours.

One reason is that Haneda Airport is much closer to Tokyo than Narita Airport. While Haneda typically services domestic flights, some of ANA’s international flights depart from there as well, including a flight to New York.

Knowing that Tokyo is in such close reach — seriously, seventeen hours, door to door! — makes me all the more eager to plan my next trip to Japan with ANA. I’ve got my eye on Kyushu for next time!