Seattle To Tokyo 

PIN Seattle To Tokyo 

Long-distance air travel is one of the greatest feats of the 20th century. Commercial aviation has afforded us the luxury to fly between two cities 5000 miles apart. While this should be an experience we all treasure, the novelty seems to have worn off. Many people find long-distance travel stressful and anxiety-inducing. More often than not, logistics and lack of sleep dampen the excitement of jumping on a plane in one country and touching down in the next. A wonder that was so sought after during the golden ages of travel seems to have become a stressor in the 21st century. How then do you make this as stress-free as possible? 

Japan is 16 hours ahead of Seattle, 5000 miles apart and a ten-hour flight. To make this journey as easy as possible it is really worth making a few essential plans before embarking on your long-distance flight. Here are a few tips to make this journey one to remember. 

At the airport

Before arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, it is necessary that you book parking for the duration of your travel. This is a requirement for those driving to the airport and can be booked prior to departure, which will save the hassle of finding parking on arrival. Sea Tac airport parking gives guaranteed parking close to the airport, thus saving travelers time and anxiety. Similarly, on your return from Japan, you will not need to worry about finding your car since you know you will have transportation straight to your door. 

Once you have parked, make your way to the departures area of SEA airport. You should arrive here 3 hours before departure to give yourself the gift of time. Next be prepared for the TSA checkpoints in the airport, for example, remove all electronics before you get into the queue. SEA-TAC is a very busy airport so advanced planning can be helpful. 

Jet Lag

Once you are onboard you can sit back and enjoy the journey. However, there are a few things to bear in mind to help your jet lag before you fly. Starting out sleep-deprived can make it worse, so make sure you are well rested before you travel. Similarly, when onboard taking melatonin supplements can help you get enough sleep on the flight.  Take one to reset since travelling over a number of time zones can disrupt your circadian rhythms.  On arrival, make sure you spend time in daylight, this will help you get over jet lag—daylight is a major factor in modulatory regulation. Finally, hydration is key. 

On arrival 

When you arrive at Haneda International Airport make sure you have your hotel booked beforehand. Similarly, have access to the address—written in both English and Japanese.  It can be very disorientating arriving somewhere where you do not speak the language. Alongside this, have a few recommendations of places to eat in Tokyo as soon as you arrive. This way you can enjoy your arrival in the city while getting your bearings of the place.