2018 was undoubtedly the best trip I made to Japan, but several problems happened, today I will report 2 disasters related to flights that happened to me.
Since I planned my trip to Japan, one of my goals was Sapporo in Hokkaido, luckily I was able to buy a ticket from Nagoya to Osaka for 10,000 yen (370 reais).
The big problem happened at the end of this trip, when on the way to the airport on the train, a signal fell on the train line. Those signs that are close to the station.
This caused the train to be stopped for 2:00, they also did not want to let anyone get off the train. I could have avoided this problem if my friend hadn't taken the wrong train on the way to the station.
While the train was stopped, I had no idea it would take so long, so I decided to check in online, to make the situation worse. So never check in online.
Finally when I got off the train, it was about an hour before the plane left. The bus was not able to arrive on time, not least because we missed another train that was going to the bus station while I was wondering what to do.
Arriving at the airport after 1 hour of the flight took place, the airline Air Asian was unable to do anything. We tried to book another trip to Nagoya or Osaka, because from Nagoya we intended to go straight to Osaka with Shinkansen which costs about 5,000 yen.
We looked at JAL and the ticket cost about 47,000 to Osaka, then we tried to turn to cheaper airlines like Peach and Jetstar, but they were all sold out. Then we went to the ANA counter where I told my friend, it must be more expensive than JAL.
There was a huge queue and I was discouraged and prepared to spend half an hour in line and hear that the price was over 40,000 yen. And there was nothing else, getting there the price of the flight to Osaka Itami was 47,000 yen.
For some miraculous reason, the woman at the ticket window asked if we were under 24 and made a discount where the ticket was 15,000. As we were going to save 5,000 shinkansen, we ended up losing this ticket causing a loss of 10,000 yen due to JR.
Could JR have repaid the delay? We don't know, but the same thing happened to my friend and JR's guards just apologized. There is a delay certificate that they give to present on the spot as at the counter of the missed flight, but as we checked in it was useless.
Missing an international plane in Japan
The second chance, or luck depending on the point of view, happened when it was time to return to Brazil. Since the beginning of the trip I was stuck with the 15th that I thought I should take my plane on the 15th at night. I didn't realize it was 12:30 am, and I showed up the other day after my flight left.
That's when I discovered that travel insurance is of no use. Even in the insurance contract (Assistent Card) affirming my return home, they did not want to help. Stay away from the phone machines, they swallowed 1000 yen and didn't solve anything.
If you need to make international calls to resolve these issues, use Skype. The women at the information desk were patient and tried to help as much as possible. I waited until 9:30 at night for the Emirates counter to open to try to reschedule my flight.
Unfortunately they did not want to do this, they sent me to call or speak to the travel agency, because my reservation had a flight from another Brazilian company. The fine and tariff for rescheduling the flight was around 600 reais.
After that lost day, I went to sleep at my friend Rodrigo Coelho's house, has a great YouTube channel and is very good people. The next day I went through another struggle, trying to extend my visa.
Unfortunately I had reached my weekly withdrawal limit and my credit card limit. I was unable to pay the 4,000 yen to extend the visa, in desperation I ended up getting 2,000 yen from a sister of my religion who was with a shopping cart in front of Immigration.
After losing the day in this immigration I was able to extend the visa for 15 days, even presenting only an online reservation for any flight I chose at the time. Unfortunately I was unable to present the real reservation, because the 15th is a public holiday in Brazil and my friends in Brazil were unable to call emirates.
Both at the Airport and on Immigration Day I didn't have any money, I might have gone hungry, but a friend from Sapporo sent me several codes on the Line that could be exchanged for a set at Mos Burguer.
Now I will have a loss of almost 4,000 reais just to reschedule my ticket. Fortunately I can still enjoy 15 more days in Japan, I hope to recover this loss with content that I will generate for you when I arrive from Japan.
If anyone is in the Tokyo region by the 27th, I will be here and we can do something together. Sorry for not formatting the article well, but I wrote it through the Ipad, and there may be some errors. When I get home I will reissue it.