Skymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1787 times:
Myself and another a.net photographer are planning a trip to Japan in early June. We will do the obvious places (Tokyo - Narita and Haneda, Osaka - Itami and Kansai, Nagoya, maybe Sapporo) but:
Does anyone have any other recommendations as to any other good places to go?
Most importantly, we are particularly keen on catching pictures of the dwindling number of YS-11s still flying in Japan. Is there a particular city where the YS-11s tend to gravitate or are based - somewhere where we would see more YS-11s than anywhere else?
Any recommendations on travelling around Japan? I'm aware JL and NH do airpasses at reasonable prices, so is it better to use these, or the trains?
Any other words of wisdom for someone who's not been to Japan before?
Ejazz From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2002, 702 posts, RR: 36 Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1763 times:
I'd have to recommend Fukuoka for its viewing area and the regular YS-11s that, for a little while longer, continue to operate there. The airport also has the advantage of being very near the city which besides being convenient also provides more choice of accommodation.
Jan Mogren From Sweden, joined Dec 2000, 2043 posts, RR: 52 Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1708 times:
In Japan I've been to NRT, HND, KOJ, TNE, KUM, FUK, TAK, CTS, ITM, KIX, OKJ and KKX. Nowhere did I see more YS-11's than Kagoshima, but almost all were JAC of course, since it is their base. Your best bet is probably checking JP for operators and see where their base is.
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SHJ From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 35 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1676 times:
I was there last October and managed to fly from Kagoshima to Fukuoka on a JAC YS-11. Their home base is Kagoshima where there is an open air viewing deck the full length of the terminal.
At the time of my visit three of the fleet of YS-11s were parked near the hangar withdrawn from service, five or six others were still in use. They are replacing them with the Dash 8-400 with the first example doing crew training flights.
Skymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1616 times:
Thank you gentlement... All input much appreciated - looks like Kagoshima needs to be put on the list. Now, if only Japan Air Commuter's website had an English version, I might be able to work out exactly where the YS-11s go and when!
1stspotter From Netherlands, joined Jun 1999, 507 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1497 times:
My website has a tripreport on Japan. Been to Tokyo Narita and Haneda, Nagoya and Osaka Itami and Kansai.
Itami had one YS11 flight when I was there in November. I am not sure if you still can see YS11's there, as JAC is operating the new Dash8-400 to Itami.
Haneda has some YS11 of the Japanese Flightinspection I believe.
Nagoya has a military airbase on the other side of the airport. When you are lucky you might see a military YS11.
Skymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1497 times:
Thanks for that. I know your website and have already read that item very carefully. Thanks for all the input you give on the subject of spotting, as its much appreciated. I'll be sure to drop you a line and update things for you after we get back.