On June 15, 2017 i flew from Mexico City (MEX) to Tokyo, Japan (NRT). It was a long night flight over the pacific ocean in a modern Boeing 787 of All Nipon Airways (ANA).
The good luck of seating beside two empty seats, the kindness of the cabin crew and the stability of a noiseless plane with smart glass windows, made of the long overseas flight a very comfortable experience.
While booking online, the airline offered me different options for connecting to Hong Kong (HKG) and i opted to have a 12 hours stop in Tokyo.
The flight arrived on time at 06:20. The passage through immigration and customs was relatively fast and easy without luggage. I went to a groceries store in the airport to buy water and a prepaid U-mobile SIM card for having mobile Internet access. Then i took a Narita Line train to Shimbashi station departing from Terminal 1 at 07:22.
Once i arrived, i used Google Maps to walk to the meeting point, despite the A-GPS of my Samsung Galaxy J5 2016 was failing when locating me in wrong places sometimes. It was a little confusing, but the ability of understanding the map and orienting using the position of the sun as reference, helped me to arrive on time at 09:20.
There i found Aki, the tour guide and my only contact in Tokyo, who gifted me a very good experience. For my fortune, i was the only one who booked the tour that day.
We biked to Ginza, Nihonbashi bridge, Old Ningyocho Town, Ryogoku Sumo stadium, Akihabara, Imperial Palace, Tokyo station and Hibiya Park. Once the tour ended, i walked to Shiodome station and took the subway to Hongo-sanchome, where i walked to the Akamon red gate and entered through it to The University of Tokyo. As the last destination, i took the subway to Kuramae and walked to the Sensō-ji ancient buddhist temple.
For catching the next flight on time, i took the subway from Asakusa to Ueno and then a fast Skyliner train to Narita airport.
Despite i bought in Mexico City some healthy snacks for eating in Tokyo, at the end of the active day, i was hungry enough to enjoy eating tempura in TATSU restaurant while waiting for the boarding time of the flight to Hong Kong.
This kind of experiences during long time stops are recommendable despite they have the potential of making you lose the next flight :D