ANA Suite Class – Flight from Tokyo to San Francisco

2017 Apr 10

  • Price: 110000 miles (or about USD 9000)
  • Aircraft: Boeing 777-300 ER
  • Seat: Window/Aisle
  • Time: 9 hours and 25 minutes



Boarding & Seat

There was a separate line at the gate and a separate entrance to the aircraft.

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There were only 8 seats in the first class (or suite class) section. Each seat was huge with tons of storage space. The space under the foot stool fit my full carry-on sized backpack with room to spare. The seat (or suite) did not look pretty but it was very practical and private.

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The seat even had a dedicated guide!

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I later received the “turn down service” and the flight attendant arranged the seat into the bed while I changed into pajamas in the restroom. The mattress pad was very comfortable, and the blanket was also great. The “bed” felt really spacious.

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Soon after taking my seat the flight attendants came by and offered a glass of champagne and opened all the plastic packaging (slippers, pajamas, etc.) for me. It was honestly quite overwhelming to have someone unwrap things for me while I was sitting down.

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Meal service started about 20 minutes after take off. Of course, it started with hot towels.

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I was given a restaurant-quality menu.

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I asked for the Japanese cuisine and a glass of KRUG, a very expensive champagne which I would never buy myself. It did taste great.

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Amuse bouche soon arrived and it looked beautiful.

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Going clockwise from the left:

  • Crab meat and shrimp salad rolled with smoked cuttlefish – I usually don’t like cuttlefish but this one tasted pretty fresh and high quality.
  • Sea bass brandade – Very refreshing and slightly citrusy.
  • Mixed parmesan cheese and dried sour cherries rolled with soft-dried beef – The cheese was good. It tasted very rich.
  • Loquat-like jellied foie-gras mousse


Then I got a glass of sake. Ichinokura junmai daiginjo kura no hana was the full name and it was amazing! One of the best I had had. It tasted very clean and slightly sweet. I could definitely taste the “alcohol” but it didn’t have the typical chemical smell of flavour. It tasted slightly nutty as well.

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The flight attendant noticed my empty glass later and filled it twice more.


A white cloth was spread on the table and the main meal service started.

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  • Fried Japanese glass shrimp – It was very umami! It was on the soft side and a little crispy.
  • Marinated field mustard in kombu kelp-based sauce (greens on the bottom) – Refreshing. It tasted similarly to Korean namul.
  • Lotus root in sweet vinegar sauce – The texture was nice.
  • Asparagus with beef
  • Some tofu dish
  • Salt-grilled young sweetfish – Terrifying! I was confused and didn’t know how to eat it. I had couple bites around the back. It tasted umami but I didn’t really eat that much.


Owan; steamd greenling, simmered bamboo shoot and mugwort fishcake – The broth was good, rich yet clean. The fish didn’t taste that fresh though.

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Otsukuri; seared bonito – The smell was unique. Maybe slightly fermented. The ponzu sauce was refreshing.

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The chief flight attendant noticed my empty glass (again) and asked if I wanted to try a different one. I asked for Miyakanbai junami ginjo. I was actually going to ask so I was surprised that she almost read my mind! She even left the bottle on my table for photos.

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This one tasted fruity and light. It was more refreshing and slightly spicy.


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  • Nimono; simmered bamboo shoot and sea bream roe in soy-based sauce (top right) – The bamboo shoots tasted very nutty! The roe was sweet and umami and tasted a bit like meatballs.
  • Kobachi; Dressed firefly squid and clam with sansho miso sauce (top left) – Very fresh, better than the one I had in ryokan.
  • Shusai; Grilled tile fish with botargo – Umami, flaky, and fresh. It was so soft thought it was steamed.


Sakura dessert – Ice cream tasted like cotton candy!

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Sencha – It was very umami, but not as much as gyokuro. Still tasted great.

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I also got yuzu tea in the middle of the flight and it was delicious. It was mostly mild green tea with subtle citrusy yuzu flavour.

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Breakfast was served about 90 minutes before landing. Salted kumbu kelp was very salty. Shrimp dish wasn’t fresh and the shrimp flavour was also very strong. Overall it felt like a fancy authentic breakfast, similar to the one I had in Kameoka.

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At the seat when I boarded there was a pair of slippers, pajamas, and a light jacket.

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I’m 5′ 4″ so the pajamas were too large for me. The fabric also built static electricity easily.

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The flight attendant came by with a tray filled with amenities so I picked a few up. I actually kept them without using them I can’t really say anything about their quality.

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There were also more amenities inside the restroom.

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Of course there was an amenity kit. My friend who tried the moisturizer/toner said the quality was good. The amenity case from Samsonite actually was much more practical than the one from United and I think I will use it as a carrying case for electronics.

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The service I received during this flight was amazing. The flight attendants were personable, friendly, and I got the impression that they genuinely wanted my flight to be a great one. For service alone I would not hesitate to fly ANA agin.

The seat was amazing, the amenities were thoughtful, and the drinks were some of the best I had had. I didn’t enjoy the food as much but they tasted authentic.

Is all this worth the extra miles or money? To be honest I would rather fly more in business rather than fewer in first class. But I loved the experience! I read that many airlines are phasing out first class so I wanted to try at least once, and I’m glad I did.


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