The whole trip took more than 43 hours which included a stop in New York and in Tokyo.
To be honest, waiting at JFK airport was probably one of the worst travelling experience. It is almost impossible to sleep in this place with the constant crowd. The only moment it gets more quiet is between 1 am and 6 am. There are eight terminals connected by an airtrain which comes every 5 minutes. In my case, I waited 16 hours at the Terminal 8. You can find a food court on the second floor: McDonalds, Dunkin’ Donuts and other kind of food, but it closes at night for cleaning. Can we just not talk about the bathrooms? Finally, don’t expect much from customer service. Some employees are very helpful and patient while most of them just don’t seem to care.
Narita airport was a whole other experience compared to New York. And I highly recommend to travel with Japan airline. The food, the flight attendants and the whole service was flawless. Arrived at the airport, I found a sleeping area with beds. All the design and architecture is very modern, minimalist and clean. You will also walk pass some small shops with pricey items, but not-so-expensive snacks and drinks.
A few advice for next time:
- Never book a flight with a layover of 16 hours and more. Especially if you can’t afford a hotel room.
- Try to stay with the same airline throughout the whole trip because you will probably need to check-in your luggage again and again
- Always have emergency money (VISA or cash) you will need it for sure.
- Bring airport-friendly snacks and a warm blanket