What's Up with Sakura & KIX!

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  1. Kalboz
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    Flew JL060 (KIX-LAX) the other day (Saturday April 25 Japan time) after a grueling ~ 12 hour layover! It seems like they built the place in the middle of nowhere and no one showed up either! The huge airport was semi empty during our entire 12 hour layover. Even the trains between the main terminal and the South Wing were going back and forth all empty and we had them all to ourselves! Very limited dining options inside the secure area of KIX. If you are hungry, eat in the terminal landside before going through immigration to gate!

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    Traveling home with wife and two kids after 3-weeks whirlwind tour of SEA and we were exhausted, so we decided to stay at the airport and its Sakura Lounge (in the South Wing near Gate 30) during the 12 hour layover. What a mistake that was!!!

    The Sakura's old carpeted floors were filthy with food crumbs at opening (7 AM)! Really! They did not have time to vacuum the place the night before or per-opening? The floors remained filthy until we left at 4 PM!!! The furniture and ambiance at the lounge is 1980s leftover. The food consisted of curry goup, clam chowder or better defined as potato chowder, rice triangles, steamed rice, tiny "sandwiches" of an unknown stuff ... just crappy food unworthy to be associated with culinary Japan or Japan Airlines. Staff inside the lounge serving the people was very attentive, but the front desk was clueless. For instance, we asked for showers and they said we had to go to the North end of KIX for our free showers. After 20-minutes walk/train ride we reached the said showers which were coin-operated and no attendant present. We contacted the adjacent KIX North Lounge (which looks much nicer and strangely enough caters to OW's partner CX) and were told that we needed $5 equivalent in Japanese Yen in order to operate the shower. No problem expense-wise, but we did not have any local currency. Fail on the part of Sakura Front Desk staff.

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    Note that KIX didn't exist in the 1980s. In the early 1990s, the old Osaka airport was still being used, with its separate international and domestic terminals, in different buildings. I remember flying through there (TPAC on NW conenecting to a domestic JAL flight) during an early March blizzard, but I don't remember the exact year, perhaps about 1995. It was definitely 1993 or later.

    It's sad but I suspect that KIX has been getting less traffic, and less profitable traffic, that what had been originally projected.
     
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    Possibly one of the worst lounge locations at an airport with nonstop service to the US TPAC/TALT. The Sakura lounge there is just too depressing. In fact the entire airport is depressing.
     
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    As most of my long haul travels are sans family I always look forward to interacting with Mr. Roboto more than a human.
     
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