2010-07-17 -- Nagoya to Chintose

Dinner was in the large mall/terminal, at a place called (I think) "Beer Dining Lion". At least, I know it had "beer" in the name, and I know it was at the New Chitose airport, and that's about the only thing Sir Google reports. The place looked like a bad greasy spoon, and we had a heckuva time ordering, but the food was much better than expected. I got a pizza of (now) unknown variety.

The New Chintose Airport is a weird place. Half is standard airport terminal, but then it morphs into standard shopping mall.


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But before we can get to Chintose, we need to argue over weather.



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In preparation for the long(ish) flight to Russia tomorrow, the pilot fired the ground crew and crammed as much fuel in those tanks as possible.



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The New Chitose terminal was eerily empty.



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Why is it called "New" Chitose? Possibly because it is...new! The terminal opened less than four months ago.



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Very surprisingly, the airport is tacked on to a large shopping mall, or maybe the mall is tacked onto the airport. Either way, all of a sudden you walk out of the airport gates -- no, not the terminal, the actual gates to the planes -- and step into a food market. Fish!? They're selling fresh fish fifty feet from the gate to a plane!

We didn't really pass through any security either going from the airport to the hotel or back, but we had a couple of handler guiding us, so maybe we just skipped security. The mall was quite busy with actual shopping, not just idle browsing from stranded passengers.



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