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Wintertime Adventure In Hakodate With JAL  
User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 797 posts, RR: 1
Posted (1 year 2 months 2 days ago) and read 8665 times:

T O   H A K O D A T E   W I T H   J A L


B A C K G R O U N D

There's a saying in spanish that roughly translates into "A big talker falls quicker than a one legged man" cae mas pronto un hablador que un cojo. That was me with regards to winter in Hokkaido. After proclaiming my aversion to winter weather and having once sworn never to visit Hokkaido for winter, somehow I ended up visiting northern Japan not once but twice during the winter of 12/13.

How did hatred bloom into love? Well, above all, I'm a pragmatic man; while browsing possibilities for a quick January getaway, I was surprised to find surprisingly low rates for accommodations in Hakodate, a place that had intrigued me for years. For a mere 7000 yen a night I was able to book one of the top hotels in town with buffet breakfast and an "all you can dip" panoramic hot spring bath in the top floor. Once again, for the right price I was more than willing to backtrack on my previously blabbered statements, perhaps I should go into politics?


J O U R N E Y   T O   T O K Y O

A few select images of the journey from LAX to HND on DL 637:


Sunset at LAX


Dusk over Southern California


The view from 1A


Starry night over the Northern Pacific; Orion, Sirius, Rigel, Betelgeuse and Bellatrix all in view


Landfall over Hitachi


Moon reflecting on a lake (Narita Airport in the upper left corner)


Arrival at Haneda


Bus gates, gah !


Keikyu Line to Shinagawa


T O K Y O   T R A N S F E R

The short night in Tokyo was spent in the slightly drab but conveniently located New Otani Inn. The rooms have recently been renovated, however the bathrooms looked a bit tired, the internet wasn't free (unlike most cheaper business hotels) and the metal doors on the rooms really brought the place down a few notches. That said, the place was right in front of Osaki station on the Yamanote Line, which meant easy access to and from Haneda.

When I woke up and opened the window, I was delighted to see gloriously clear skies. Sunny days are usually associated more with summertime, but I've found that wintertime in Japan can mean beautifully crisp and blue skies.

Since my flight to Hakodate would not be departing until 13:45, I decided to make the best out of my stay and go for a short walk around the neighborhood.


Room at the New Otani


A cool 3C this sunny morning


Corporate offices in Osaki Station


Magic hidden in the alleyways


Kanon Temple


Walking along the Meguro River


First signs of spring


Morning commuters


Daienji Temple, source of the great fire of 1772, responsible por burning down a big chunk of old Edo


Gyoninzaka slope in Meguro


Busy Meguro Station

After the nice tour, it was time to head back to the hotel for my bags and head to the airport.


H A N E D A   A I R P O R T   E X P E R I E N C E

Being only one station away from Shinagawa and the Keikyu line, getting to the airport was as easy and effortless as kicking somebody who's bending over to tie their shoelaces.

The Domestic Terminal stop for the Keikyu line is conveniently located halfway between Terminal 1 and 2, so no matter where you are headed, you are only a short walk away.


Arriving at Haneda Terminal 1


Domestic arrivals,and Ueto Aya selling beer


Each wing handles departures for different regions

Check-in with JAL, as usual, took less than 5 minutes and was done with a smile; my request for a left hand side window was also graciously accommodated. JAL can I marry you?


JAL Check-In Lobby


HND Terminal 1 Lobby

With check-in taken care of, and plenty of time to spare, I did what any self respecting a.netter would do and headed to the viewing terrace.


International Terminal and Fuji-San


Beautiful white birds


ANA Jumbos


Doraemon plane, just for you Palmjet !

Would I get my a.netter license revoked if I said I got bored in about 10 minutes? Hee hee. The terrace has some ventilation pipes from the building that were emanating various seductive aromas from the many eateries below, it sure made me hungry.

My inner fatso quickly overpowered any impetus for spotting, so I headed to the basement for a bite to eat, yes, the basement food court at T1 has the best priced landside eateries and a suitable variety.


Handy airport barber shop


Last minute clothes shopping ? Yes, please.

After the meal it was time to head airside, security took like, 2-3 minutes? Seriously, these Japan flights can be tough to report on cause nothing is ever a hassle. One is almost forced to inject some drama by fictitiously reporting on state secrets overheard while eavesdropping in the boarding areas, or a romantic rendez-vous mischievously seen taking place in a catering truck. But I'm just not that kind of person. I may embellish, but fabrications? No sir !

This was actually my first time using Haneda Terminal 1 for a departure; curiously nicknamed as "Big Bird", Japan Airlines has operated domestic flights from here since 1993. Impressions were very positive as the layout is simple, there are plenty of shops and eateries, but most importantly, the views are much better than those at ANA's newer Terminal 2.


JAL flights to Komatsu, Sapporo and Hakodate


JAL 515 for Sapporo pushing back

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User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 797 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 2 days ago) and read 8708 times:

J A L   1 1 6 5   T O   H A K O D A T E

H N D   -   H K D
1 3 : 1 0   -   1 4 : 3 5
2 9   J A N   2 0 1 3

Boarding commenced on time and we were welcomed aboard the 767 with the new JAL colors, the interiors looked very new, in contrast to the JAL 767 I had previously flown from CTS to HND last year. 


JA659J boarding for Hakodate


Everyone seems suited up for frosty Hokkaido


Domestic economy class cabin


JAL Economy Class


Well kept cabin


My two seats for this flight


Good leg room

During boarding, a somewhat short announcement was made in japanese, and afterwards the crew translated it as "the preceding announcement was for japanese passengers only". It didn't sound important, but being excluded made me all the more curious, it made me wonder wether this was the secret drama I had been pining for. I guess I better keep studying japanese.

After a few minutes, and with plenty of seats still empty, boarding was completed and doors were closed for departure.


Taxiing for departure

We taxied to runway 34R where we rocketed into the clear blue skies. The views of central Tokyo were the best I've ever enjoyed. 


Haneda Terminal 1


Grounded dreamliners

Click below for takeoff video:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ricardo...16889698/in/set-72157632693517573/


Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge, Odaiba


Central Tokyo


Clear afternoon in Tokyo


Shiodome, Ginza, Marunouchi and the Imperial Palace


Northern Tokyo panorama


Tokyo Disneyland


Looking south towards downtown


Awesome visibility


Looking back towards Haneda


Tokyo and Mt Fuji


Greetings Fuji-San


Heading north


Not a busy flight


JAL Economy seats

Once at cruise altitude, the crew performed the usual beverage service, and true to tradition, I embarked on a decadent binge of consomme soup and green tea, or as much as one can manage with these tiny cups.


Beverage service

Feeling nicely loaded up with sodium and caffeine I proceeded to move about the cabin, snapping a few pics from the other side of the plane.


JA659J


Hirosaki, Japan

Descending over the rugged Aomori meant we had great views through the broken clouds. The dark forest foliage contrasting nicely with the white snow and blue seas.


Somewhere over Aomori Prefecture


Forested hills in Aomori


Almost feet wet

We continued our descent over the cold waters of the Tsugaru Strait and turned left for our final at Hakodate's runway 30.


Speedbreaks


Final approach


We're not in Kansas anymore


Frosty Hokkaido


Welcome to Hakodate

So here I was finally, Hakodate, Japan. We pulled into a rather deserted terminal, our plane being the only big jet on the premises.

The entire arrival procedure would prove to be a little testament as to why I like hanging out in Japan as much as I do. Thanks to the magic of exif data on pictures, it was possible to chronicle the events to prove just how efficient everything was. Allow me to present the evidence:

14:28 Touchdown at HKD

14:32 A leisurely exit from the aircraft, I even stop to take a pic of the lovely 767 that brought us safely from Haneda.


Quick deboarding

14:33 Heading down to baggage claim


Down to baggage claim

14:36 After a brief technical stop in the lavatory, I exit to find my bag already coming down the baggage claim belt.


Hello again bag

14:37 Dump old bagtag in the collection box, check.


Bagtag collection box

14:37 Snap a few pictures of the arrival lobby, and then head to the tourist information counter to enquire about transportation into the city.


Not a busy arrival board

After a brief conversation with the lovely lady at the tourist counter, I exit to find the airport bus ready to depart

14:40 Exactly 12 minutes after touchdown, I'm already headed into town. Excellent timing, particularly so because at no point did I rush through the motions, it was all done at a leisurely pace while enjoying the experience of arriving at a new airport. Awesome, awesome, awesome.


On the bus into town


Let's start planning some fun

Of course, the goodness did not stop there, at 30 minutes after arrival, I was at the hotel lobby, ready to check in, where i was pleasantly surprised to get an upgrade to probably the biggest and nicest room I've ever gotten in Japan.


Hotel Lobby


Great room


O V E R A L L   T H O U G H T S

What a great little flight and experience on JAL to Hakodate. Great views, nice service, and the efficiency of operations made for an effortless and pleasant experience. Combined with the high standard of tourism infrastructure, discovering more of Japan is always a wonderful experience.


User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 797 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 2 days ago) and read 8681 times:

H A K O D A T E   D A Y   1

Despite weather forecasts mentioning blizzards and snow breathing drags, things looked quite benevolent, after a quick rest to fend of the jetlag, it was time to spend some time in the awesome rooftop onsen.

O N S E N   E X P E R I E N C E

It's hard to believe that up until a few years ago, I was completely unaware of how wonderful a nice Japanese style bath was, now I a firm believer that they are the absolute best invention since the thigh-master.

The pictures in the hotel website ( http://www.hotespa.net/hotels/lahakodate/ ) were definitely not deceiving, the rooftop onsen is very elegant, appointed with stone, slate and wood finishes, you can usually tell if the onsen you are in is gonna be nice or iffy from the moment you step into the dressing rooms, here it was all wood, wicker and fabrics. The washing area in the bath had proper wooden stools, and plastic was fortunately nowhere to be seen, . The indoor portion had a hot tub with suspicious yet probably good for you brown water and a view of Hakodateyama; a steam bath, and an awesome dry sauna with a big window overlooking the city, you could even see all the way to the airport, this is probably one of the few places where you can enjoy baking yourself while planespotting, it is only unfortunate that traffic at HKD is sparse.

The outside portion of the spa was equally nice, with the added bonus of being exposed to the elements, it had a few stone pools and a few individual hinoki (japanese cypress) tubs to soak in.

In case you are wondering wether sub-zero temperatures and nakedness are a good combination, you would be correct in thinking it is not an easy matter, but it's just a matter of clenching your fists, biting your lip and opening that door into the bitter cold; the rush of cold air hitting every inch of your skin is quite a rush, and not one that one should dwell in for more than a few seconds, fortunately as soon as walk a few steps and submerge your body in the hot water it's all good, with your blood circulation making sure that your brain doesn't freeze.

It was precisely while enjoying the outdoor spa that we got hit by a pretty nasty bout of snowfall and wind, ahhh nature. It's no wonder why those snow monkeys hang out in the hot springs to escape nasty weather. Despite the strong wind and snowfall, being in the water kept me nice and warm; enjoying the power of elements, the song of seagulls flying by and foghorns from nearby Hakodate bay.

As the entire body relaxes and stress completely melts away, your consciousness seems to float away from your body and merges into the wonderful world around you. I can only speak for myself but the experience is quite powerful and relaxing as can be.

Eventually though, the body can only take so many wrinkles. It was time to dry up and head out to town. Not before enjoying the lovely complimentary hokkaido dairy popsicles at the lounge, what a great way to round out such a relaxing experience.


Lounge


View from the lounge

N I G H T   I N   M O T O M A C H I

Being one of the first ports opened to international trade, Hakodate has plenty of examples of foreign influenced architecture, nowadays these vestiges of the past are a big draw for tourists

The hotel was located quite close to the area containing most of the picturesque spots, so even though it was a cold cold night, I never had to stray too far from the hotel.


Ready for the snowy weather !


Japanese temple in Motomachi


Slippery slope


Foreign influence in architecture


Russian orthodox church


Old Public Hall


Motoi Zaka Slope


Old British Consulate


Tramway tracks


Snowy pier


Bear building

Hakodate is quite short on big Japanese chains, the place doesn't even have a Mosburger or Freshness Burger, crazy eh? But they have Lucky Pierrot. Its decor was described eloquently by a reviewer on tripadvisor as if "A circus had barfed all over a Mosburger", I can only agree…


Looks inviting in this cold snowy night eh? Especially with that clown


Chinese chicken burger, very good


More fatty goodness, it was cold outside ok? I needed insultaing blubber


Sort of kinky : )


User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 797 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 months 2 days ago) and read 8680 times:

H A K O D A T E   D A Y   2


Morning view


Beautiful winter sun

Day 2 starts off with a lovely buffet breakfast, it was somewhat intimidating though, as it was very fish heavy and many dishes had no english translation, I'll admit that I mostly stuck to safe stuff ! But still managed to try out some seafood here and there, have to say it was quite good.


Rice and pickles, eggs and meatballs, grilled veggies and potatoes, squid and shrimp

While I had originally planned on heading out to the wilderness of Lake Onuma, the threat of more blizzards that day made me decide to stay closer to civilization.

Funnily enough, despite the forecasted snowy weather, it was anything but, really, had it not been for the snow, one would have thought it was a summer day.


Octopus sewer cover


Trams are the way to get around


Inside the tram


The road to Cape Tachimachi


Snowpants!


Those two were much better prepared than I was


Blue skies and snow


Not a bad place to rest


Looking towards Hakodate


Clear cool waters


Cape Tachimachi and the Tsugaru Strait


Deep blue sea


Hakodate from Hakodateyama


It's fun to walk in here


Quiet streets


Careful, you don't want one of those to poke your eye out


Not the typical image of Japan


Alleyways and the sea


Foreigner cemetery


Koryuji Temple


Back to Motomachi


Climbing up for a view of the bay


Motomachi Park


Busy Port


Russian Orthodox Church


Streets can be slippery, as I found out.


Sacrilicious!


Fort Goryokaku


I disapprove of frosty weather


In the middle of Fort Goryokaku


Goryokaku Tower, where you can get a bird's eye view of the star shaped fort


Tasty fried pork for lunch

What a wonderful day in Hakodate, I would certainly recommend the place. And after a long day of sightseeing, it was perfect to relax once more in the awesome rooftop onsen. The weather was much better this time, and I thoroughly enjoyed the views of the setting sun tinging the white mountains with a beautiful pink hue, all while relaxing in one of the cedar tubs; such relaxation, such a view, felt like a boss ! Whenever I'm stressed out now I just close my eyes and go back to that gorgeous sunset.


User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 797 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 2 days ago) and read 8658 times:

H A K O D A T E   D A Y   3

The next day, I was very excited to start off with full day of flying and sightseeing ahead. While I had originally envisioned simply flying to Haneda and from there to LAX, I thought it would be interesting to start the journey home from Fukuoka instead, and that of course would mean one extra domestic flight, hurrah !

Getting to Hakodate airport was just as easy as getting into town, as the bus stop was right on the corner of the hotel.


Airport bus stop


Bus is here


Curbside at the airport

Hakodate airport is pretty small and functional, like most Japanese airports. I go there a bit early for my flight and was checked in by a very nice lady who was in good spirits.


Check-in Lobby, JAL side


Check-in Lobby, ANA side


Security check point

After check in, I had plenty of time before departure, so I headed upstairs to the very nice observation area. Unlike Sapporo New-Chitose, this deck apparently does stay open during wintertime; but of course, the downside is that there's virtually no traffic.


HKD Viewing Terrace


No doubt of where you are


Commuter flights for Sapporo-Okadama flights


Air DO for Haneda


Hakodateyama and Cape Tachimachi from across the bay


Departure board


User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 797 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 months 2 days ago) and read 8652 times:

J A L   1 1 6 2   T O   T O K Y O - H A N E D A

H K D   -   H N D
09 : 3 0   -   1 0 : 5 5
31   J A N   2 0 1 3

Security seems to get crowded at times, but nothing too serious. After spotting I queued up and was through formalities within 5 minutes. The airside area at Hakodate is actually pretty sparse. Not much to do here, but fortunately there's wi-fi so you can at least catch up on things.


Gate 5 at Hakodate


The airside area is quite small


I love it how the sign proudly says 日本航空 (Japan Airlines) and not english equivalents like ANA nowadays


Air DO flight headed to Haneda half an hour before us

In due time, or 737 arrived from Haneda, and ground crew prepared it for the quick turnaround back to Tokyo.

Our 737 was in the old arc of the sun colors, but the interior seemed to be in pretty good shape.


JA325J arriving from Haneda


Well kept interior in our 737-800


Last rows, where the best views are to be had

I ended up having an entire row for myself, and during boarding I had fun looking at the baggage being loaded below me, lots of baggage seemed to be heading on to connecting flights, which makes sense as most domestic Japanese flights start and end in Tokyo.


Bags headed everywhere

We departed on time and enjoyed great views of Hakodate as we took off. Once inflight, service proceeded in the usual JAL fashion.


The first ANA arrival from Haneda coming in


Sexy winglet


Turning into active runway


Blastoff


HKD never seems too busy


You can see downtown Hakodate, Goryokaku Tower and part of Goryokaku Fort


Panoramic view


Motomachi area closeup


Hakodateyama and Cape Tachimachi, we were there seeing that day's JL 1162 from there a 24 hours ago


Goodbye for now Hokkaido


Pretty clouds


Almost over Honshu


Beverage service

Weather was quite good, which meant great views throughout the flight.


Mt Chokai in Yamagata/Akita prefecture


Mt Chokai


Northbound traffic


Tohoku landscape


Frosty scenes


Shirane-zawa, close to Fukushima


Somewhere in Tohoku


Lake Inawashiro


Koriyama City in Fukushima


Descending into the Tokyo area


Chiba City


Another clear winter day in the Tokyo area


Industrial zones in Boso


Vectored far away from Haneda


Deep in the Boso Peninsula


Landscape closeup

Now, it is time to mention my little experiment for this flight, as I have reported on before, Japan can be quite surprising as check-in cutoff times are so much shorter than what were are used to in North America. I was once put on a flight that was departing less than 20 minutes after check in.

When checking schedules from Haneda to Fukuoka, I noticed a flight departing 15 minutes after my arrival from Hakodate. And I wondered, hmmm, if we get there ever so slightly ahead of schedule, maybe I can make that flight to Fukuoka ! What's the hurry you ask? Well, not much, just curious, and it would give me extra time in Fukuoka to sightsee.

We approached an amazingly clear Tokyo area. Weather had not changed much since leaving here 2 days ago. It seems winter is the time of year best for clear days in Tokyo.

Of course, the clarity meant I could tell exactly where we were flying. And noticed we were being vectored way down south into the Boso Peninsula for a long final into HND. This was not good for my plans, although it was quite scenic.


Tokyo Bay Tunnel entrance


Traffic departing HND


Overflying the new runway


Air DO 737 we saw at Hakodate


JAL Terminal


T R A N S F E R   A T   T O K Y O - H A N E D A

We ended up docking into the gate a few minutes before departure time, which meant I still had some hopes. I checked departure monitors first thing off the gate and realized my flight was a bit of a hike away. No matter… I dashed as fast as I could. And got to the departure gate about 18 or 17 minutes before departure; I politely asked the operating agent if I could get on the flight; she was quite friendly and apologetic, gave me a great "Aww, isn't that cute you wanna get on a closed flight" look and smile, but mentioned wisely that I should try the next one instead, ha ! Yes yes, I was asking for that, but it can't hurt to try and ask right?


The one that got away...

I headed to the connection counter and was promptly put on the next flight to Fukuoka, and given a window seat to boot   Happy times indeed.


That sexy 777 shall prove a suitable replacement though, especially with a window seat

Haneda Airport Terminal 1 really isn't a bad place to spend an extra hour, or even two or more. there's wifi, plenty of places to eat, and great views of the runway, unlike the nice but lousy for views Terminal 2.

I spent the extra time I had enjoying the views, taking pics and catching up on things back home. And of course checking to make sure the route back home looked good and delay free. Had there been any glitch along the route, at that point I could still change plans and elect to fly nonstop through Haneda to LAX. As everything looked OK for my route through FUK and HNL, I decided to go ahead with my plan.


User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 797 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 months 2 days ago) and read 8639 times:

J A L   3 1 5   T O   F U K U O K A

H N D   -   F U K
12 : 1 0   -   14 : 1 0
31   J A N   2 0 1 3


JAL 315 to Fukuoka, I love JL's sequential flight numbers for "important" flights


JA8982, my 777 to Fukuoka, Fuji is also faintly seen behind the international terminal


Gate 11 at Haneda

Boarding time for the flight to Fukuoka came along, and I was welcomed inside my very first ever JAL 777 flight.


Hurrah for Tokyo 2020 ! But ugh, I dunno how they're gonna deal with the muggy Tokyo summer


3-4-3 domestic configuration, luxurious ! But it does look nice at least


That last row is all mine


View from the back

Cabin impressions were very much consistent with all of my other JAL flights, cabin was clean and modern, and staff was friendly.

As I made my way through the cabin I realized that I was seated all the way to the back of the 777, and quite a nice seat I must add, nobody in the row, nobody behind me, and I had a great view of the wing and even the horizontal stabilizer.

Being all the way back made for being in a very nice picture taking spot. Both of the cabin and the outside.


Boarding scenes

We pushed back on time (surprised?) and departed to Japan's southwest metropolis, Fukuoka !


International Terminal, Fuji has since disappeared into the haze


Looking towards downtown Tokyo

During taxi, the early wake up got to me and I comfortably dozed off, being in the furthermost seat on the plane made me think of being on the back row of the car…

i did become more alert before takeoff, as I knew we would be treated to awesome views upon our departure from Tokyo, I was not mistaken.


After takeoff from our departure runway


180 degree turn after takeoff


Changing to 270 degree turn


Aerial view of Haneda


Central Tokyo, and jetblast


Tokyo Area, Imperial Palace Garden, Shinjuku Gyoen, Yoyogi Park all in view


Great legroom


Cabin during service


Some flying pig cartoon

The flight to Fukuoka was wonderfully scenic, given the location of my seat and the lovely weather, along with nice service from the crew, it made for a pleasant flight.

There was a middle aged couple in the row in front of me, and it was nice to them also enjoying the views and comment on landmarks throughout the flight. I find it somewhat disheartening when there's awe inspiring views of natural wonders like the Alps unfolding outside, and the person in front is too busy reading Cosmo's "His Butt: What the Size, Shape, and Pinchability of Those Sweet Cheeks Reveal About His True Self" to notice. Really, jaw dropping views are unfolding and you're too busy reading smut to care ? Ugh !


Central Alps


Lake Biwa


Descending over Kyushu

Unfortunately, we did not approach Fukuoka the scenic way, which involves overflying downtown at 2000 feet and then swooping 180 degrees for landing, the hazy weather only added to the disappointment.


Nice secluded beaches


Fukuoka Tower and Momochi Beach in view


Landing at Fukuoka


Fukuoka Terminal 1


Pulling into Fukuoka Terminal 2


Deplaning

As I was deplaning, I was taking pictures of the cabin; once I was all the way to the front, there was a crewmember and I thought it a good idea to ask her if I could take a picture of the cabin. She apparently misunderstood and asked if I wanted her picture. She went into pose mode and I thought it would have been incredibly rude to say that I wanted a clean shot of the cabin, besides, she made the picture a lot more interesting. Thanks to JAL and its many great employees who make flying so much more enjoyable.


Lovely JAL Crew

What a great pair of flights that was, they both left me feeling great, it also felt nice being back in Fukuoka after more than 2 years.


Welcome to Fukuoka

Once in the terminal it was time to head into town and enjoy Fantastic Fukuoka !


User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 797 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 2 days ago) and read 8629 times:

F A N T A S T I C   F U K U O K A

I had been to Fukuoka before, but this time around I enjoyed it a lot more, while of course, Hakodate was charming, I am unused to harsh weather; where I live, we just take good weather for granted. Going from 0C degrees in Hakodate to 16C in Fukuoka was a very welcome change, I could finally put away my heavy jacket !

What can I say about Fukuoka? It's so darned pleasant, it seems to combine elements of a typical Japanese metropolis in a relaxed seaside setting, with a manmade beach (nice nonetheless) downtown, plenty of museums and cafes, and even a lively street food scene at night. All of that mixed together in a compact package makes for a great city to visit. Even though I only spent a few hours I enjoyed the little tour a lot.


Fukuoka Airport - Arrival Lobby


Riding the subway into town


Heading to the beach


Fukuoka Tower and Gandharva


Momochi Seaside Park


A world away from Hakodate


A few people enjoying the sun


Momochi Beach


A most welcome sight after being in Hokkaido 2 days


Tourists enjoying the sights


Some weird art in front of the Public Library and City Musem


Early blooming plum tree


Kego Shrine in Tenjin


Underground shopping


A taste of France in Fukuoka


Very interesting step garden on the side of this building


The seductive allure of doughnuts


Fukuoka Asian Art Museum


Tiny shrine with advanced plum blossoms

Heading into and out of town is very easy thanks to the convenient airport subway line, it takes you from the main train station to the airport in less than 10 minutes. Isn't that just awesome?


See that frequency? Hard to beat


Back to the airport


Domestic Terminal


Fukuoka Airport

As there was a bit of spare time before the flight to HNL, I checked out the great viewing terrace on the domestic side for some lovely evening views. FUK is quite the busy airport, and the compact layout only adds to the busy effect.


Viewing terrace


Action !


Busy evening at FUK

After a few shots at the terrace, I headed down to the curbside to catch the free shuttle bus to the international terminal.


Long line for the shuttle bus


Temperature is still quite nice


Curbside at FUK

F U K U O K A   I N T E R N A T I O N A L   T E R M I N A L

The ride to the international terminal was a bit longer than I had expected, taking about 15 minutes and making a couple of stops along the way.


Arrivals level at FUK


Long lines due to cancellation of a China-bound flight

Impressions of the International Terminal at FUK were positive, the building looks quite new and spacious but somewhat empty. Only crowds in the check-in area were at the counters for China Eastern since they had cancelled a PVG flight if I recall correctly.

I headed straight for the DL counters where I was quickly checked in by a very friendly Starflyer agent (in full Delta uniform). The flight was pretty open and I was given a choice of seats, the only window available was 1A, however 1B was occupied, I was once again a very bad a-netter and decided on a middle row of 2 seats instead. I was quite tired by now and thought it was best to have some space to stretch out. Besides, being a night flight mostly over water, there's not much in the way of views.


The Delta widget is back in Fukuoka


Delta Check-In at FUK


Terminal is not too crowded landside


Arrivals and Departures

The International Terminal at FUK also has a small observation deck, views however aren't too impressive. The domestic side is much nicer.


N186DN at Fukuoka

Once airside, the airport seemed a lot more crowded, there were a few Korea bound departures and seats were scarce in some gate areas. As I had some time to spare, I headed to the Korean Air Lounge to chill out for a bit.


Gate areas at FUK


Crowded terminal with various Korea bound departures

The entrance to the lounge was a bit inconspicuous, which really was a good preview to what was behind the door.


Is that a broom closet?


KAL Lounge at FUK

The lounge was pretty small, with only a couple of small seating areas and a bar with some snacks and a self service bar. Still, it was better than waiting it out at the terminal.

After browsing around for a bit and a couple of drinks, it was time to head out to the gate area again, which was less crowded by now.

D E L T A   5 9 8   T O   H O N O L U L U


Gate 54 for Honolulu


Honolulu bound passengers

Boarding started 50 minutes before departure time, so I had plenty of time to settle in and relax.

I've covered DL before so I won't go into much detail, I'll just include a couple of picture highlights from the trip back home.


Another American visitor


First leg of the journey back home


My last flight with the old Business Elite cradle seats


Rats, an aisle seat !


Flying east very fast


After a long long day, this GT tasted so good


Japanese Meal, first course


Main course, chicken rolls in juzu sauce


N186DN after arrival from FUK and before taking me to LAX, same plane FUK-LAX service, how cool is that?

C L O S I N G   T H O U G H T S

What can I say? That was one very fun trip. Hakodate definitely fit the bill for what I was looking for, a nice relaxing getaway in a scenic yet comfortable setting. Once again JAL was rock solid and I can't really complain about anything.

I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I've enjoyed putting this all together, and if you have any question or comment about any part of the journey, please feel free to do so.

Happy Travels
Ricardo


User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (1 year 2 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8468 times:

Hi Ricardo

Thanks a lot for posting this excellent trip report. I greatly enjoyed reading it. The pictures you took really are absolutely stunning, really beautiful.

Japan is one of my favourite countries to visit. It's just so easy to get around and the people are all so friendly and polite. I've visited Fukuoka before but I haven't been to Hakodate yet. Just out of curiosity. What made you choose Hakodate?

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinejoacocifuentes From Argentina, joined Sep 2012, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 2 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8464 times:

Espectacular viaje! I see you enojoyed Japan the most. I'm sure it is an amazing place to visit. JAL looks doing well as always-

Greetings, Joaquin


User currently offlineardian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 544 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8296 times:

Great trip report with stunning photos! Excellent job and thank you for sharing it with us!

User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3269 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8123 times:

Great report Ricardo! I'm soooo looking forward to my 12 days in Japan next month. Can't wait! I'm still undecided on my itinerary, although Hakodate did feature as a possible location (mainly as I'm hoping it's not as hot as down south). It looks like you had a great time. Sun, snow and sea, perfct combo, especially with an onsen, cozy hotel room, and plenty of fried Japanese food.

Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
International Terminal and Fuji-San

Super photos - lovely and clear

Quoting SR117 (Reply 1):

During boarding, a somewhat short announcement was made in japanese, and afterwards the crew translated it as "the preceding announcement was for japanese passengers only".

Ha, reminds of the BA annoucement on my LGW-DBV flight "The following annoucement is for the benefit of our Croatian speaking passengers". They wanted to make sure us English speakers weren't missing any vital (or sensitive) information.

Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
N186DN after arrival from FUK and before taking me to LAX, same plane FUK-LAX service, how cool is that?

Pretty cool, but again, you loose a.netter points as you should always hope for a new reg! Shame it wasn't as non-stop.



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User currently offlinecytz_pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 2 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7824 times:

Wow, I just needed to say how much I enjoyed your photos, you really captured your trip amazingly. Thank you for posting them!!!

-Chris


User currently offlinetriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 743 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 2 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7667 times:
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Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
the views are much better than those at ANA's newer Terminal 2.

Actually I preferred the views from Terminal 2. There was a good view of downtown Tokyo and Chiba. But I loved both terminals at HND. I would often go there on my day off, taking the Tobu Isesaki Line/Hibiya Line, JR Yamanote Line and Monorail. I would always go to both terminals and enjoy the view. It was a very peaceful place for me. I only flew out of HND a few times domestically, to ITM/KIX and CTS. With the new International Terminal open, I have used JL/NH/TG flying between HND and BKK. And with AA flying to JFK, I have taken that flight. You really get a great view at 6AM flying out of HND.

I never got to visit Hokkaido during the winter, so your pictures gave a nice feel for it. I loved the pics of Tokyo and flying out of HND, although when I tried to watch your video, flickr said it was private.

Your pictures brought back many pleasant memories of my time in Japan. The Japanese airports and airlines and so efficient and they make it so easy. It's a little more chaotic in Thailand. Leave your winter clothes at home, because you won't need them here!



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User currently offlinechristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 941 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (1 year 2 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7532 times:

What an amazing and well-documented journey! Have just put a new destination on my must-visit list!


Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (1 year 2 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7311 times:

Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
Once again, for the right price I was more than willing to backtrack on my previously blabbered statements, perhaps I should go into politics?

Ha! You should.

Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
New Otani Inn

You know what is the first thing that comes to mind when I hear or read the word "Otani"? I think of Sofia, Bulgaria. For many years the New Otani hotel was one of the fanciest western hotels in Sofia (even back in the commie days). It now operates under a different name (it was bought by Kempinski). I stayed there last November and I'm booked to stay again for a night this summer. Anyway, it's funny that "Otani" makes me think of Bulgaria and not Japan.

Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
the internet wasn't free (unlike most cheaper business hotels)

Isn't it funny that the fancier (and more expensive) the hotel the less it offers for free? I stay at Hiltons, Marriotts, and Hyatts and there is no free wifi, no free breakfast and no free in-room safe, yet I stay at some cheap ass Travelodge motel in the middle of nowhere and all of the above are offered to me for no charge.

Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
responsible por burning

Gotta love hybrid talk.

Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
the place doesn't even have a Mosburger or Freshness Burger, crazy eh?
Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
Looks inviting in this cold snowy night eh?

Wait, are you Canadian? I thought you were from Mexico...

Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
I disapprove of frosty weather

But you approve of "anti-frost ear protection bands"? Interesting.

Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
Air DO flight headed to Haneda half an hour before us

By the way, given all the time you've spent in Japan (and Hokkaido in particular) have you ever flown with Air DO?

Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
She apparently misunderstood and asked if I wanted her picture.

It's funny how this seems to happen all the time. I've lost track of how many TRs I've read where the author would describe exactly what you did. And it's always on an Asian carrier. Gotta be a cultural thing, if not just a linguistic misunderstanding.

Great report by the way. Stunning photos (both the aerial ones and from the ground). I can't believe that you got to see sakuras (or sakura-like) blooms even in the dead of winter yet I've been to Japan twice in the Spring and I didn't see any. FUK looks pretty awesome. Gotta consider it in the future. Your photos from Hakodate made me miss Hokkaido. I wish I could go back there as often as you do.

Thanks for the nice read!

Stojan



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User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 797 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (1 year 2 months 1 day ago) and read 7063 times:

Thanks for the comments guys!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 8):
Thanks a lot for posting this excellent trip report. I greatly enjoyed reading it. The pictures you took really are absolutely stunning, really beautiful.

Japan is one of my favourite countries to visit. It's just so easy to get around and the people are all so friendly and polite. I've visited Fukuoka before but I haven't been to Hakodate yet. Just out of curiosity. What made you choose Hakodate?

Hello William, glad you enjoyed it.

Why did I pick Hakodate, well I'm always looking for places that are "easy" to visit, in the sense that they are compact, have things to see within the city and nearby, have nice scenery, etc.

Hakodate had intrigued me ever since I started flying transpacific around 2005 as it always showed up in the moving maps. I also have a thing for the Japanese Treaty ports, as well as other parts of Asia where the "East" first met the "West", I find these places interesting. I've been to Yokohama, Nagasaki, Kobe and Osaka, but had not been to Hakodate, one of the original two ports that opened after the Convention of Kanagawa.

So, we have the ease of visit, the allure of another treaty port AND an awesome hotel with onsen for an unbeatable price, it was a no brainer   Just for kicks I was checking prices in the same place now in summertime and they're up to around 30,000-40,000 yen, a huge difference, and I'm sure it's a lot more crowded. Winter seems like the time to go if you want the city to yourself, although of course, the things you can do are more limited.

Quoting joacocifuentes (Reply 9):

Espectacular viaje! I see you enojoyed Japan the most. I'm sure it is an amazing place to visit. JAL looks doing well as always-

Greetings, Joaquin

Gracias Joaquin ; ) I always enjoy Japan a lot, never fails to hit the spot.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):

Great report Ricardo! I'm soooo looking forward to my 12 days in Japan next month. Can't wait! I'm still undecided on my itinerary, although Hakodate did feature as a possible location (mainly as I'm hoping it's not as hot as down south). It looks like you had a great time. Sun, snow and sea, perfct combo, especially with an onsen, cozy hotel room, and plenty of fried Japanese food.

Hey Garbiel, thanks for stopping by and reading.

Awesome, 12 days eh, but yes, right in the middle of the hot season, I've done some sightseeing in July and August and it is most unbearable. Does a Hokkaido tour not tickle your fancy? You have Asahikawa with nearby Daisetsuzan Park which is at it's best in July/August, Biei and Furano are also nearby; then of course you've got Sapporo which is always fun, Otaru; and of course, Hakodate. Oh and those Reshiri and Rebun islands look cool too. Lots of places to see in a small island and you would be spared the worst of the muggy summer weather.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Ha, reminds of the BA annoucement on my LGW-DBV flight "The following annoucement is for the benefit of our Croatian speaking passengers". They wanted to make sure us English speakers weren't missing any vital (or sensitive) information.

Yes yes, what if they're saying something nasty behind your back? They have to give some reassurance.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Pretty cool, but again, you loose a.netter points as you should always hope for a new reg! Shame it wasn't as non-stop.

I'm an awful a.netter, I like flying on the same plane twice, it feels like meeting an old friend. I wish there was a FUK-Mainland USA nonstop flight again, it's a very relaxed place.

Quoting cytz_pilot (Reply 12):

Wow, I just needed to say how much I enjoyed your photos, you really captured your trip amazingly. Thank you for posting them!!!

Glad you enjoyed them ! I only included a few but there's a lot more in my flickr account, feel free to browse around.

Quoting triple7man (Reply 13):

I never got to visit Hokkaido during the winter, so your pictures gave a nice feel for it. I loved the pics of Tokyo and flying out of HND, although when I tried to watch your video, flickr said it was private.

Your pictures brought back many pleasant memories of my time in Japan. The Japanese airports and airlines and so efficient and they make it so easy. It's a little more chaotic in Thailand. Leave your winter clothes at home, because you won't need them here!

Thanks a lot triple7man, and my apologies for the video, I made a mistake when uploading it but it's fixed now.

Ahh yes, the winter clothes would not be welcome in Bangkok, funny that you remind me of Thailand, there was a very big group of Thai tourists staying at the hotel in Hakodate.

Quoting christao17 (Reply 14):
What an amazing and well-documented journey! Have just put a new destination on my must-visit list!

Hey Christao17 ! Thanks for the very kind words   Yes you must visit and when you do, hope to hear your take on it.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 15):
Ha! You should.

Hey Stojan, I just might, I just might ! But then the press would have no trouble finding skeletons (and more) in my closet and my career would go down in flames quite quickly.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 15):
I stayed there last November and I'm booked to stay again for a night this summer. Anyway, it's funny that "Otani" makes me think of Bulgaria and not Japan.

Those Otanis are everywhere, they had one in LA and another in Honolulu if I recall correctly.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 15):
Isn't it funny that the fancier (and more expensive) the hotel the less it offers for free? I stay at Hiltons, Marriotts, and Hyatts and there is no free wifi, no free breakfast and no free in-room safe, yet I stay at some cheap ass Travelodge motel in the middle of nowhere and all of the above are offered to me for no charge.

What, no free safe anymore? What are these hotels thinking? Plus let's not forget that you "have" to tip for basic room cleaning duties now. What ever happened to paying a price and expecting full service?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 15):
Gotta love hybrid talk.
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 15):
Wait, are you Canadian? I thought you were from Mexico...

Stojan, can I hire you as my editor? I swear, I write these things up and check them for these kinds of boo boos, but, it's like I'm back in high school doing a calculus test. I get to about 95% satisfaction with what I've written up, I start getting ants in my pants and just turn the damn thing in. And low and behold, there's always an overlooked horror here and there.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 15):
But you approve of "anti-frost ear protection bands"? Interesting.

It is not vanity ! Pure necessity, I do not want frostbite on my ears ; )

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 15):
By the way, given all the time you've spent in Japan (and Hokkaido in particular) have you ever flown with Air DO?

I've tried, but they won't accept my scavenger (standby) tickets as I can only get JL and NH coded ones. Even if the flight is an NH/Air DO codeshare they won't accept the NH ticket. It's unfortunate as I really want to try their onion soup.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 15):
Great report by the way. Stunning photos (both the aerial ones and from the ground). I can't believe that you got to see sakuras (or sakura-like) blooms even in the dead of winter yet I've been to Japan twice in the Spring and I didn't see any. FUK looks pretty awesome. Gotta consider it in the future. Your photos from Hakodate made me miss Hokkaido. I wish I could go back there as often as you do.

Thanks as always for stopping by Stojan, BTW, those blooms are plum blossoms I believe, they usually show up a month or more before sakura. It's amazing that there's always some sort of thing blooming in Japan year round. Up until early December you still have the autumn color front advancing, the Gingko trees don't reach their peak in Tokyo up until December, and in late January as you can see, you already have some early flowing plum blossoms. It is also my understanding that sakura in Okinawa blooms in January. Ok, enough botany talk from me.

Thanks again guys !

Ricardo


User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (1 year 2 months 9 hours ago) and read 6826 times:

Wow! Very cool!

I always love trip reports that make me feel like I was there with the writer!

I've only transited NRT on Delta and have always wanted to experience Japanese aviation!

I LOVED the old school departure boards.....and the announcement in English that the previous announcement in Japanese was only for the Japanese were truly bizarre! Perhaps it was about you....as in "Please be kind to the foreigner and do not stare or mention how bad he smells...."
LOL

Kinda like how Japanese translators sometimes don't bother translating jokes but simply say in Japanese "Our host has made a small joke...please smile and laugh politely!"


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 18, posted (1 year 2 months 2 hours ago) and read 6689 times:

I am most impressed with the quality of photos. What is that small little nifty camera you are using? I am on a prowl for a new camera, actually.

Thanks for the report, in fact I really appreciate the non-aviation portions of it as well.

Happy travels...

Cheers
Ryan



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User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 797 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (1 year 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 6636 times:

Quoting Burj (Reply 17):
Wow! Very cool!

I always love trip reports that make me feel like I was there with the writer!

I've only transited NRT on Delta and have always wanted to experience Japanese aviation!

Thanks Burj, and glad that you felt that way ; ) It's a shame we can't bottle feelings or the elements for others to experience, but pictures and words help a bit.

Hope you can try some domestic Japan flying, it really is a breath of fresh air.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 18):

I am most impressed with the quality of photos. What is that small little nifty camera you are using? I am on a prowl for a new camera, actually.

Thanks for the report, in fact I really appreciate the non-aviation portions of it as well.

Greetings Ryan!! Thanks for the kind words.

I am a self confessed camera whore, previously had a big DSLR and a smaller camera for more couvert missions. But whenever I used the smaller camera I somehow felt short changed.

So I sold all of my equipment and purchased a Micro 4/3 camera instead. Smaller than the DSLR, quieter and more discrete.

Picked the Olympus OMD-EM5 and the Voigtlander 17.5mm 0.95 aperture lens (equivalent to 35mm). The lens is manual but I haven't found this to be too much of a handicap, and the payoff is more precise focus. The 0.95 aperture is very handy for low light situations. Overall I am very pleased with the decision. Also have the kit 12-50mm lens as it is weather sealed and useful in certain situations. Feel free to send me a PM if you have any more questions !

Ricardo


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1268 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (1 year 2 months ago) and read 6600 times:
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Even though I've come to the end of the report, I am going to "meander" and go over each detail again....WOW!! What amazing photos, and this is one of those reports, where you can momentarily forget it's a trip report where the destination overtakes the flights. Always nice to see pics of the destination and you did more than just provide pics, each pic is a work of art, great angles, lighting. Seriously as others above have echoed, beautiful pics....Glad you didn't ask that JL FA to move away to get the rows of seats instead lol

This brings me to the next point, DSLRs...I've been a point and shoot person and getting used to having to make all these adjustments with my new DSLR is a bit of a pain, which of course when mastered bring beautiful pics, but I have a long way to go....I had an Olympus point and shoot for years....I still believe Olympus makes great cameras, except for the other zoom lens point and shoot I had where unfortunately only the zoom feature was good. So much DSLR info out there, but of course practice makes perfect.


User currently offlinenishan From Brazil, joined Feb 2008, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 2 months ago) and read 6588 times:

AWESOME !! AWESOME !!! AWESOME !!!

User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6568 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6387 times:

Hi Ricardo !

Thanks for another AMAZING report with amazing pictures !

Very nice to go to Hakodate in the winter time and the pictures from there with the snow make it look amazing. I was in Tokyo about 18 months ago and left on New Year's Eve and that was a bit cold for me......so I can imagine it must have been colder up north in Hakodate.

Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
Would I get my a.netter license revoked if I said I got bored in about 10 minutes? Hee hee.

Almost.....I can spend hours there without getting bored.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 1):
Domestic economy class cabin

It looks like nothing has changed from when I had my only flight so far with JAL in Sep97. The decor and colors look exactly the same and it still looks very nice.

I really need to explore more of Japan than Tokyo and I did spend a night in Fukuoka in September 1997 and it seemed like a nice city to visit. I should go back or perhaps try Kagoshima?

Thanks again for an amazing report with amazing pictures! I can't wait for your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4755 posts, RR: 26
Reply 23, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6323 times:

Quoting SR117 (Reply 19):
I am a self confessed camera whore, previously had a big DSLR and a smaller camera for more couvert missions. But whenever I used the smaller camera I somehow felt short changed.

So I sold all of my equipment and purchased a Micro 4/3 camera instead. Smaller than the DSLR, quieter and more discrete.

Picked the Olympus OMD-EM5 and the Voigtlander 17.5mm 0.95 aperture lens (equivalent to 35mm). The lens is manual but I haven't found this to be too much of a handicap, and the payoff is more precise focus. The 0.95 aperture is very handy for low light situations. Overall I am very pleased with the decision. Also have the kit 12-50mm lens as it is weather sealed and useful in certain situations. Feel free to send me a PM if you have any more questions !

Err hello... Fellow camera whore! I will go take a look at this camera you mentioned. Sony has one of a similar range so it will be a decision to make between those two.



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 24, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 6151 times:
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Great report, Ricardo. Amazing photos throughout your whole stay. I'd love to visit Japan; it's definitely on a short list for me!

Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
14:37 Dump old bagtag in the collection box, check.

Wow, never seen this before. Interesting!

Matthew


25 Post contains images SR117 : Hey flightsimboy, ahh yes, I was once a flight sim boy myself... but I digress. Thanks for the kind words, glad you enjoyed the destination and the f
26 EddieDude : Ricardo, an awesome report as always. It is brilliant! The more I read your reports, the more I want to visit Japan. I really hope I can do it soon. I
27 Post contains images palmjet : Hey R What an amazing report! I am so glad to see you're back reporting again - and bringing us such gorgeous pictures from the Land of the Rising Sun
28 Post contains images Woody1974 : Spectacular report. Incredible detail, and thank you for taking the time to walk us through each pic. Please travel again soon so I can come with you
29 SR117 : Sorry for the delay guys, been an interesting couple of weeks. Hey Eddie, I really gotta visit Mexico City again one of these days :P Haven't been the
30 britjap : Hi Ricardo, Very nice report here with so much detail. Nice to see you enjoyed yourself in Hakodate. I am very close to finally getting around to post
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