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Have flown JQ only once to Japan (from Gold Coast) but am a fairly regular user of QF J to Tokyo. The JQ experience was more than fine, I think there is more room than QF PE, which is tight. Found it comfortable, crew lovely. The front row doesn’t have a seat reclining into your face which can be a plus. The most basic JQ Business fare often doesn’t include lounge access though. Save your money for Tokyo!
Haneda is much closer to central Tokyo than Narita - there is a monorail into all of Haneda’s terminals - but in the end there’s not much in it as the rail system is so organised and easy. Despite being further out, the Narita express only takes about an hour to rocket into central Tokyo. Japanese trains are immaculate and absolutely on time. It’s surprisingly easy to navigate the mainline and metro rail systems.
As Brett77 noted Tokyo can be freaking expensive - we usually stay in Ginza which I love but it ain’t cheap - but Japan is a special experience. I am sure you won’t be disappointed. One tip - Tokyo buildings can be very narrow, so you need to check signs at building entrances for restaurants and bars. Often there is a small restaurant on each floor in a tall building. You can’t see them from the street, we have found some great (and not so expensive) eateries tucked away on the 7th or 8th floors.
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Another option is to travel on a one way train ticket to Osaka and catch a LCC back to Tokyo (think Jetstar Japan or Peach) -- this would work especially well if your Osaka travel was at the end of your time in Japan, you travel light, and you connect to your flight back home at Narita. Bought in advance, tickets on LCCs are like to be way cheaper than the equivalent journey on the bullet train.
Personally, I'm not that keen on Osaka -- why not get off the train in Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan? It's in the same region as Osaka, but IMO has a lot more to offer.
In addition to the JR pass, there are many other rail 'deals' for foreign travellers, and it might be worth your while researching what's available, for example, local deals in Osaka, Tokyo and Kyoto.
If you don't opt for the JR Pass, you might consider the Keisei Skyliner for travel between Narita and Tokyo, depending on where you stay. It's an express service that terminates in Ueno, conveniently near the JR Yamanote Line station, and also offers subway connections, from memory. It's cheaper than the JR service, and Keisei offer lots of deals.
As for the choice you mention between QF PE and JQ Business, I would probably take JQ, notwithstanding my own so-so experience. Don't expect much and you won't be disappointed.
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