Journey through Japan " The Tomei Tank"

Journey through Japan " The Tomei Tank"

Postby RichPittman on Tue 24 Nov 2015, 3:14 pm

Always remember "If you cannot turn tight...you cannot fight!"
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Re: Journey through Japan " The Tomei Tank"

Postby D90Man on Tue 24 Nov 2015, 5:11 pm

Great set - almost too many to appreciate how good they are... :clap: :clap:

I must go back and go somewhere other than Hyakuri and Iruma...might try and pick your brains next year Rich..

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Postby Wissam24 on Tue 24 Nov 2015, 5:29 pm

I'm in love with the helicopters myself. That brown and green camouflage is just pornographic. Superb set, hard to pick a favourite as there's so much exotic goodness going on.
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Postby Airwolfhound on Tue 24 Nov 2015, 5:53 pm

Oh, and indeed, my gosh, these are rather incredibly good :clap: :clap: :clap:

Such a fabulous variety of aircraft, very well done :clap: :clap: :drool:
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Agile, mobile and hostile ;-)
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Re: Journey through Japan " The Tomei Tank"

Postby Arno 01 on Tue 24 Nov 2015, 8:52 pm

Superb set Rich, great first trip.
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Re: Journey through Japan " The Tomei Tank"

Postby Ross Forsyth on Wed 25 Nov 2015, 3:40 am

Great selection of shots Rich,you certainly made the most of your visit...when you going back?
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Re: Journey through Japan " The Tomei Tank"

Postby sovietjet on Wed 25 Nov 2015, 3:31 pm

It's like a never ending post of awesomeness :smile: :smile:
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Re: Journey through Japan " The Tomei Tank"

Postby Peter Hoskin on Thu 26 Nov 2015, 5:55 am

Superb set Rich - thanks for sharing those.
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Postby Talldan76 on Thu 26 Nov 2015, 1:23 pm

Great set...

So many good images, and so many good colour schemes on show.

Why can't we have an air force like that ;-)

Dan
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Postby stranexuk on Thu 26 Nov 2015, 5:38 pm

Very nice set Rich :rock:

Certainly looks like you got the variety you were after but the F15s and Blue F4 do it for me!

How did you get on with the food?!?
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Re: Journey through Japan " The Tomei Tank"

Postby Tommy on Thu 26 Nov 2015, 8:26 pm

Wow. Just wow. :win: :worship:
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Re: Journey through Japan " The Tomei Tank"

Postby Red Dragon on Fri 27 Nov 2015, 1:02 am

Wow, I've never seen so much :heyhey: :heyhey: in my life, this surely must now be "photo thread of the year" I've been invited to Aussie and to the USA in 2017, just the lure of all those JASDF F-4's :love: is calling to me :drool:

In all a FANTASTIC line up of photos, my favourite have to be the first two sunset photos in the first post :clap:
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Re: Journey through Japan " The Tomei Tank"

Postby trend71uk on Fri 27 Nov 2015, 3:23 pm

Great set Rich ! I love that place ! Currently planning another return trip :)
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Postby DOUGHNUT on Sat 28 Nov 2015, 10:45 am

Wish to add my congratulations. Wonderfull set of images. I like many others would like to read details of your route and times taken to travel between bases. Been to Japan before but never cover so many bases. Can I send you a PM ? regards Paul
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Re: Journey through Japan " The Tomei Tank"

Postby RichPittman on Sat 28 Nov 2015, 5:32 pm

Thanks for the kind words everyone

Paul as I started to reply by PM I usually write a summary of the trip but this time I coudnt be bothered as I know alot of the Togs like to keep things secret squirrel!

Any way thanks to the People that did help me along the way.
This Itenary below was kept to with a few alterations as we went


Japan Itenary 2015

credit card - Cash available from 7-11 stores
Red Fuel nozzle unleaded

Sunny/Successful Day keep Moving? Keep it fluid and keep thinking how well we done at each base. May require early start to relocate to another base

If unsuccessful 1st Week. There is option last Week, Wed to Friday to hit Hyakuri, Atsugi and Iruma once more as we stay in Atsugi Wed and Thurs Night as well as Narita Friday Night.

Patch shops

Nyutubaru - end of Runway
Tsuiki (0930 56 2239) wing embroidery next to main gate and petrol station

2nd November Iruma show arrivals Yes
3rd November Iruma show
4th November Hyakuri/kasumigaura
5th November Hyakuri/kasumigaura
6th November Hyakuri/Atsugi/Iruma
7th November Hamamatsu show arrivals
8th November Hamamatsu show
9th November Nyutubaru or Iwakuni /Tsuiki if we stop off early enroute
10th November Nyutubaru/Kanoya
11th November Nyutubaru/Kanoya
12th November Nyutubaru/Kanoya/Tsuiki
13th November Tsuiki or Iwakuni if we cleared up
14th November Iwakuni

16th November Akeno/Gifu
17th November Akeno/Gifu/Komanki
18th November Akeno/Gifu/Komanki OR Iruma/Atsugi/Hyakuri
19TH November Atsugi/Iruma/Hyakuri
20th November Atsugi/Hyakuri/ Shimofusa




Phone

Sunday 1st November Hotel Nikko Narita +81476320032
Monday 2nd November Hotel Heritage Hanno +81429751313
Tuesday 3rd November Hotel Sea Luck Pal Mito + 81 29-241-1486
Wednesday 4th November Hotel President Hotel Mito +81 29-300-1111
Thursday 5th November Hotel President Hotel Mito +81 29-300-1111
Friday 6th November Hotel APA Hamamatsu Minami) + 81534563511
Saturday 7th November Hotel APA Hotel Hamamatsu Eki Minami ) + 81534563511
Sunday 8th November 8th Night No Hotel
Monday 9th November Hotel APA Hotel Miyazaki-ekii +81985205500
Tuesday10th November Hotel APA Hotel Miyazaki-ekii +81985205500
Wednesday 11th November Hotel APA Hotel Miyazaki-ekii +81985205500
Thursday12th November Hotel APA Hotel Fukuoka Yukuhashie +81930252800
Friday 13th November Hotel Miyajima Coral Hotel 3 stars + 81829560555
Saturday 14th November Hotel Higashi Hiroshima Green Morris +81824937070
Sunday15th November Hotel Ace Inn Matsusaka 3 stars +81598252311
Monday16th November Hotel Ace Inn Matsusaka 3 stars +81598252311
Tuesday 17th November Hotel Ace Inn Matsusaka 3 stars +81598252311
Wednesday 18th November Hotel Atsugi Urban Hotel +81462223344
Thursday 19th November Hotel Atsugi Urban Hotel +81462223344
Friday 20th November Hotel Nikko Narita +81476320032








Iruma (RJTJ) 17/35
Hyakuri (RJAH) 03/21
Kasumigaura (RJAK) 06/24
Shimofusa (RJTL) 01/19
Atsugi (RJTA) 01/19
Yaizu/Shizuhama (RJNY) 09/27
Hamamatsu (RJNH) 09/27
Nyutabaru (RJFN) 10/28
Kanoya (RJFY) 08/26
Tsuiki (RJFZ) 07/25 Night flying Monday and Tuesday?
Iwakuni (RJOI) 02/20
Akeno (RJOE) 13/31
Gifu (RJNG) 10/28
Nagoya (RJNA) Komaki 16/34
Omura sh60 base Nagaski ??? +81 957-52-3131 Morning only






Saturday 31st October Travel


Sunday 1st November Arrive Narita 20:00 terminal 1S

Bus Transfer to Hotel Nikko
from Terminal 1, stop number 16, 1st floor
At 20:40 21:00 21:20 21:40 22:00 22:40

1st Night
Get car from Nippon
Hand ticket for car park to hotel staff

Get WIFI ROUTER FROM HOTEL!

Hotel Nikko Narita
286-0106 Chiba, Narita, Tokko 500 , Japan
(Phone: +81476320032)

Monday 2nd November

83 Miles 2 Hours Narita to Iruma

Get Ladders



HOMAC DIY Store less than 1 mile South West of Iruma south end ( 2nd option for ladder)

Keiyo D2 Irumashimofujisawa
188-1 Shimofujisawa
Iruma, Saitama Prefecture 358-0011
Japan
Keiyo D2 Irumashimofujisawa, 188-1 Shimofujisawa, Iruma, Saitama Prefecture 358-0011, Japan
keiyo.co.jp
+81 4-2964-1565



Monday 2nd November 2015
Iruma Air show/Practice/Arrivals
(RJTJ) Runway 17/35

Monday Night Hotel Iruma
Hotel Heritage Hanno
1 single, 1 twin
357-0038 Saitama, Hanno, Naka-cho 11-21, Japan (Phone: +81429751313)
Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not possible) and costs JPY 800 per day. We have parking where named smile park. There is north exit of Hanno station.
It is multi-storey parking space.
Family Mart under the Hotel or 7-11 out the hotel turn right, (same way as trains go)
go up road 150 M then turn left , its there on the right.

Tuesday 3rd November

Iruma Air Show (RJTJ)

Taking the Seibu to Chichibu railway line from Hanno.
Please read Rail document.

Hanno to Inariyama-koen 4 stops 1st train 05:21?
Stop 26 Stop 22
If Landing from the south, go to the northern most part as i can get taxi photos as the land.
Re locate as the Day goes on

Iruma Air Festival in 2015 of the main program <flight exhibition>
9: 33~9: 50 YS-11FC, U-125
10: 05~10: 25 T-4
10: 40~11: 00 CH-47J, UH-60J
11: 10~11: 35 C-1, U-4 (drop of the Ground Self-Defense Force paratroopers)
13:05 to 14:20 Blue Impulse
14: 35~14: 50 F-15J, F-2 homing

Tuesday Night Hotel in Mito

Iruma to Mito 102 miles 2 hours 30

Hotel Sealuck Pal Mito
600-60 ,Nakagumi, Kasahara-cho, Mito, Ibaraki, Japan 310-0852
Phone + 81 29-241-1486
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).

Mos Burger, 1 mile South of hotel
+81 29-305-5577

Definitely booked in on the 3rd November for late arrival from Iruma show
Cream Building with green japanese writing on the top, car park out front...

Nearest 7-11 to Hotel 2.7km phone +81 29-244-7314

7-11 near Hyakuri North end on the way from Hotel Phone +81 299-52-1676
4.6KM to Peace Gate entrance



Wednesday 4th November
Hyakuri Airbase

Travel 35 minutes, 24km with a toll from Hotel to Peace Gate.
See Hyakuri base info for all Hyakuri information and phone numbers etc




Kasumigaura (RJAK) Runway 06/24
AH-1S, OH-1, UH-,1J, OH-6D, CH-47J/JA,
UH-60JA, AH-64DJP Overhaul


7 11 near Kasumigaura +81 29-822-5559 3.7 km to the North of Airfield



Wednesday Night Hotel Mito

President Hotel Mito
310-0803, Mito
Jonan 2-2-2 310-0803
+81 29-300-1111
Reddish Building
Public parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not possible) and costs JPY 500 per day.
7-11 close by.



Thursday 5th November

Hyakuri F4, RF4, F-15, UH60, U125
Kasumigaura AH-1S, OH-1, UH-,1J, OH-6D, CH-47J/JA, UH-60JA, AH-64DJP

President Hotel Mito
310-0803, Mito
Jonan 2-2-2 310-0803
+81 29-300-1111
Reddish Building
Public parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not possible) and costs JPY 500 per day.
7-11 very close

Friday 6th November

Hyakuri F4, RF4, F-15, UH60, U125
Kasumigaura AH-1S, OH-1, UH-,1J, OH-6D, CH-47J/JA, UH-60JA, AH64DJ

Shimofusa (RJTL) Runway 01/19 North/South
P3

Atsugi (RJTA) Runway 01/19 North/South

POSSIBLE carrier Air wing?
P-3C SH-60J SH-60K USH-60K P-3C UP-3C XP-1
LC-90 YS-11M YS-11M-A (K)C-130R in 2014

(ShinMeiwa Det. crew change !)?

Hotel to Atsugi 161KM 2 HOUR 30MIN
Atsugi to Hamamatsu Hotel 218 KM 3 hours

Friday Night Hotel


APA Hotel Hamamatsu Eki Minami (Formerly Hamamatsu Sago Inn)
+ 81534563511
Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs JPY 800 per day.
7 11 near Hamamatsu Air BASE WITHIN 2 km South side +81 53-479-0070


1 single 1 twin for 2 Nights Friday and Saturday




Saturday 7th November

Hamamatsu Airshow Arrivals

Holding time is scheduled from 12 o'clock of November 7 (Saturday) until 16:00. In the event, in addition to Blue Impulse, U-125A, UH-60J, prior training flight by T-4 is done,

2015 exhibition flight program>
8: 30~ T-4 opening
8:45 time ~ T-7 maneuver
9:15 Around ~ F-4 maneuver
9:30 Around ~ F-2 maneuver
9:45 Around 10: 05 time E-767 coastal over-flight
10:10 time F-15J maneuver
10:30 Around ~ UH-60J, U-125A rescue exhibition
11:00 before ~ T-4 number machine coastal over-flight-maneuver
13:10 Around ~ Blue Impulse

<Ground exhibition models> 9:00 to 15:00
And aircraft: T-4 (Blue Impulse), F-15J, F-2A, T-7, E-767, E-2C, UH-60J, T-400, U-4, CH-47, UH-60 , AH-64D, AH-1S, P-1

Saturday Night

APA Hotel Hamamatsu Eki Minami (Formerly Hamamatsu Sago Inn)
+ 81534563511
Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs JPY 800 per day.
7 11 near Hamamatsu Air BASE WITHIN 2 km South side +81 53-479-0070

Sunday 8th November

Hamamatsu Air Show

No Hotel

Monday
( Check Iwakuni weather) , are they on Southerly wind? is this a better bet than the Friday?
Would leave 6 hours to hotel for Monday Night
Iwakuni Sun Rise Sun Set 06:38 17:11 7 Hours 33 from Hamamatsu

Travel to Tsuiki or Nyatuburu remember to set sat nav for iwakuni area to make ure we get on correct road to go around the island . need to be on the road asap after Hamatsu, maybe leave early if weather bad? or check ahead to see what weather doing monday am. Iwakuni on southerly wind? Monday am?

10 Hours 500 Mile or 14 hours 750 mile

7 11 near Motorway exit +81 983-43-3339 Nyutubaru
or second option 7 11 near Nyutabaru 5 .3 km to the East +81 983-33-5166

3RD option South of Base
7 11 Best for coming out of Miyazki towards Nyutubaru +81 985-74-3319



Monday 9th November

Mon night

APA Hotel Miyazaki-eki Tachibana-dori 3 stars
880-0805 Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Tachibana-dori Higashi 3-4-4, Japan
(Phone: +81985205500)
Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not possible) and charges are applicable.
7 11 Best for coming out of Miyazki towards Nyutubaru +81 985-74-3319




Nyatarbu Phone Number +81 983-35-1121
F-15 aggressors, F4 and T4



Nyutabaru Airbase is situated north from the city of Miyazaki, near Shintomi. If you enter the town by the Miyazaki expressway you will find the coastal road, the Hitosuba toll road which takes you to the north. The Hitosuba will converge into road number 10 and immediately after that you should turn into road number 14. This will lead you to road 219. After a few kilometers you can turn right to the 44 which will bring you to the base.

The whole base is packed with aircraft. Two squadrons of Eagles and one squadron with Phantoms are based here as well as support aircraft like Blackhawks and Mu-2's. What also makes this base very special is the presence of the Hiko Kyodotai, the Aggressor unit of the Japanese Air Force. This unit has 7 F-15DJ two-seat aircraft and one F-15J single seater. Special feature is that all eight of them are painted in a different, striking, color scheme.

Tuesday 10th November

Kanoya


Tues Night

APA Hotel Miyazaki-eki Tachibana-dori 3 stars
880-0805 Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Tachibana-dori Higashi 3-4-4, Japan
(Phone: +81985205500)
Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not possible) and charges are applicable.
7 11 Best for coming out of Miyazki towards Nyutubaru +81 985-74-3319




Nyutabaru or Kanoya
Kanoya 7 11 coming to the base from the North +81 994-43-1680 4 KM from base
South of base real close to South Runway and heli pads +81 994-43-9500



Wednesday 11th November

Wednesday Night

APA Hotel Miyazaki-eki Tachibana-dori 3 stars
880-0805 Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Tachibana-dori Higashi 3-4-4, Japan
(Phone: +81985205500)
Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not possible) and charges are applicable.
7 11 Best for coming out of Miyazki towards Nyutubaru +81 985-74-3319

Nyutubaru or Kanoya or Tsuiki



Thursday 12th November

Patch shop Tsuiki (0930 56 2239) wing embroidery next to main gate and petrol station

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=63780

Thursday Night

Hotel APA Hotel Fukuoka Yukuhashi Ekimae +81930252800

7 11 if heading back to Tsuiki +81 930-25-8841
We are based out of Tsuiki area at Fukuoka so we can check weather for Iwakuni Fri and Sat
Early departure from Tsuiki Friday AM if its Iwakuni 3 hour drive

(Ideal scenario Nyutubaru, Kanoya,Nyutubaru, Tsuiki, Iwakuni Iwakuni)
If behind on Week drop Friday at Iwakuni and fit in what ever needed.

If done Iwakuni on the Monday, cancel this hotel and book elsewhere? so we can visit Nyutbaru,kanoya or Omura , plan somewhere to stay between Miyazki and Omura? if doing Omura


Friday 13th November

tsuiki or Iwakuni (RJOI) Runway 02/20 US1A, US2, EP3, OP3, UP3, U36, MH53, EH101
USMC KC130 F-18


Spotting Conditions

Only North end accessible, Wind really needs to be from the South so they are landing Runway 20

The old runway was replaced by a new parallel runway 1 km more to the east. Over portions of the old runway new building en platforms were constructed to enlarge the base capacity (2008-2012).
USN CAW-5 at Atsugi and a Marines KC-130sqn from Futenma will move to Iwakuni ... apparently photo opportunities have not improved since 2008.

That NE corner is base property, access is not a right. It is sometimes closed. There is a sign with a long list of rules in English and Japanese in the NE corner - facing you as you drive in before turning to park. Originally it said "no photography above the fences", next time I was there it said "no photography".

Last time we were also moved away from the crash gate on the west side. On previous visits the locals used to congregate right by it, now they kept back away long the access road. No idea if that was a legacy because of the protests which occurred when the Ospreys were delivered there, or if that is now permanent.


Friday Night

Hotel Miyajima Coral Hotel 3 stars + 81829560555
20 km from Iwakuni, if finished with Iwakuni Friday, sight see Hiroshima on the Saturday if not back track to Iwakuni 40min drive.
hotel nice by sea.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not need
7 11 accross from Hotel +81 829-56-0417

kintai wood bridge worth seeing not far from Iwakuni base +81 827-29-5116
art museum near to Momijidani Park ( trees in colur) +81 827-41-0506




Saturday 14th November

Iwakuni (EJOI) US1A, US2, EP3, OP3, UP3, U36, MH53, EH101


Sat Night Hotel Higashi Hiroshima Green Hotel Morris +81824937070
7 11 near Hotel +81 82-422-4721
park your car onsite. The cost per day to park is 540 jpy/yen.

kintai wood bridge worth seeing not far from Iwakuni base +81 827-29-5116
art museum near to Momijidani Park ( trees in colur) +81 827-41-0506


Sunday 15th November

Kyoto blossom?

Sun Night

Ace Inn Matsusaka 3 stars
515-0017 Mie, Matsuzaka, Kyomachi 516-1, Japan (Phone: +81598252311)
Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not possible) and charges may be applicable.
Public parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not possible) and costs JPY 400 per day.


Monday 16th November

Akeno (RJOE) Runway 13/31

+81 596-37-0111

AH-1S, OH-1, UH-1J, OH-6D, UH-60JA, AH-64DJP, TH-480
OH-1 CH-47J/JA

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=65099


Address

Akeno Air Field, Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan

Akeno Air Field (ICAO: RJOE) is a military aerodrome of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. It is located 3.2 NM (5.9 km; 3.7 mi) northwest[1] of Ise in the Mie Prefecture, Japan







Mon Night

Ace Inn Matsusaka 3 stars
515-0017 Mie, Matsuzaka, Kyomachi 516-1, Japan (Phone: +81598252311)
Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not possible) and charges may be applicable.
Public parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not possible) and costs JPY 400 per day.


Tuesday 17th November
RJNA Komaki


Tuesday Night

Ace Inn Matsusaka 3 stars
515-0017 Mie, Matsuzaka, Kyomachi 516-1, Japan (Phone: +81598252311)
Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not possible) and charges may be applicable.
Public parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not possible) and costs JPY 400 per day.

Gifu C-1/C-1FTB (X)C-2 F-2A/B F-4EJ/EJ Kai F-15J/DJ T-4 T-7

On this Air Base is the Air Development and Test Squadron of the Japanese Self-Defense Force. Also this the home of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Aeroplane division.
Gifu is located on top of hill and there are not many places where you can take good photo's. The best places are at ends of the runway and then about 100 meters in the field.
Most of the time there is not a lot flying going on, but now that there are testing the two new airplanes, the P-1 maritime patrol aircraft and the C-2 transport aircraft, there is the possibility for more flying.

RJNG 岐阜基地


Wednesday 18th November

Akeno, Gifu, Komaki Hamamastu, Atsugi

Wed Night

Atsugi Urban Hotel 3 stars
243-0018 Kanagawa
Atsugi
Naka 3-14-14
+81462223344
Private parking is possible on site (reservation is needed) and costs JPY 1080 per day.
car parking is booked with hotel

Thursday 19th November

spare Day Atsugi, Iruma, Shimofusa, Hyakuri?


Thursday Night

Atsugi Urban Hotel 3 stars
243-0018 Kanagawa
Atsugi
Naka 3-14-14
+81462223344
Private parking is possible on site (reservation is needed) and costs JPY 1080 per day.
car parking is booked with hotel

Friday 20th November

Atsugi

ATIS / 246.8
TWR / 123.10 126.20 236.80 340.20 360.20
APP/RDR / 118.30 120.70 123.80 261.40 270.60 317.85 367.00
DEP / 122.10 363.80
GND / 141.20 299.70
GCA / 125.30 128.70 134.10 139.55 258.60 270.80 285.80 291.50

Carrier Air Wing returned 21st November 2014
(ShinMeiwa Det. crew change !)?

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=64120


Friday night

Hotel Nikko Narita 4 stars
286-0106 Chiba, Narita, Tokko 500 , Japan (Phone: +81476320032)

drop off Car
post WIFI router in hotel or *Post boxes are located in front of passenger security screening in the departure lobby on the 4th floor and in the arrival lobby on the 1st floor.


Saturday 21st November

Home


http://airheadsfly.com/2013/11/11/japan/


ETC Card for toll roads

1. Always insert your ETC card all the way into the slot and remember the expiration date!

Securely insert your ETC card into the vehicle onboard device. Be sure to remember your ETC card expiration date.
If you forget to insert your ETC card or allow it to expire, the tollgate bar will not operate and you will have to stop the car.
2. Check which lanes allow ETC!

Before entering, check which lanes allow payment by ETC.
Be aware of ETC lane directions, signals, and signs as you proceed through the tollgate.
How to Pay the Expressway Toll
3. Do not exceed 20 km/h when entering the lane!

Enter at less than 20 km/hour and drive slowly through the ETC lane.
The ETC system requires that you enter at less than 20 km/hour and drive slowly through the ETC lane.
Carelessly entering the wrong lane or forgetting to insert your card can result in unforeseen delays such as preventing the tollgates from opening and closing and blocking the cars behind you. Therefore, to ensure the safety of yourself and others, please always reduce speed to less than 20 km/hour and drive slowly through the ETC lane.
4. Maintain a safe distance between vehicles!

Always maintain a safe vehicle distance when in the ETC lane
5. Be sure to check the roadside display monitor and the position of the ETC bar!

Drive slowly through the ETC lane and always check the roadside display monitor and the position of the ETC bar as you go through the lane.
6. You can also use the ETC lane at Exit tollgates.
What to do if the ETC bar does not open

Entrance
1. An attendant speaks to the driver through the intercom.
2. A toll pass ticket is issued, which you take from the green automatic ticket machine.
3. You cannot travel through the ETC lane at the exit.
Enter a general lane and hand your toll pass ticket and ETC card to the tollgate attendant.
Exit
1. An attendant speaks to the driver through the intercom. Please turn on your hazard lights and wait.
2. An attendant comes to the car. Please follow the attendant’s instructions.
3. Hand your ETC card to the tollgate attendant. The attendant will calculate your toll.
The attendant will ask you at what time and at which tollgate you entered the expressway.
Caution! Even if the tollgate bar does not open, never move your vehicle backwards.
Japan’s cherry blossoms are famous the world over, but the fall foliage in Kyoto is perhaps even more beautiful. Here’s our guide on how to see the Autumn Colors in Kyoto at it’s best.

Sentō-gosho Garden, Kyoto
While the cherry blossoms at their peak are almost excessively lovely, even tawdry in their obvious appeal, the fall foliage is a more restrained beauty that grows on you the more you look at it. And, while catching the cherries in peak blossom takes incredible luck (because they only peak for a few days a year), the fall foliage lasts up to two months.
When Is The Fall Foliage In Kyoto?
The leaves start changing in Kyoto sometime in October. The peak of fall foliage usually comes in mid-November, and you can usually see colors on the trees until mid-December. Thus, in an average year, the foliage season in Kyoto lasts from 15 October to 15 December, with a peak around 15 November.
Keep in mind that you can travel a bit in or near Kyoto to find good colors if you miss the peak in the center of the city. If you arrive too early, you can head up into the Kitayama Mountains to find trees that are already wearing their fall colors. Likewise, if you come too late, you can head to the south, to Uji, or even Nara, to see trees at their peak color.
Sentō-gosho Garden, Kyoto
The Best Places In Kyoto To See Fall Foliage
Kyoto is awash with good foliage spots. Almost every temple, shrine and garden has a few maple trees and other colorful trees scattered about. But, if you want to see some really eye-scorching color, it pays to head to one of Kyoto’s famed fall foliage spots – just don’t think that you’ll have it to yourself, as the Japanese love the fall foliage as much as they love the cherry blossoms (go early on a weekday morning to avoid the crowds).
Tofuku-ji Temple: The ravine on the north side of the compound here, spanned by three different bridges, is carpeted with maples that turn bright crimson in November. The view from the Hojo Garden here is superb in autumn.
Nanzen-ji Temple: The bright maples near the San-mon gate look beautiful above a carpet of moss.Ginkaku-ji Temple: This is one of Kyoto’s most beautiful gardens and there are plenty of maples here.
Honen-in Temple: The sight of the moss-covered thatched-roof gate here surrounded by crimson maple trees is one of Kyoto’s most iconic fall sights.
Takao: The mountain village of Takao has been one of Kyoto’s most famous foliage destinations for years and with good reason: the mountainsides are festooned with maples.
Okochi-Sanso Villa: This is one of Kyoto’s best gardens and it’s particularly lovely in autumn.
Sentō-gosho Garden, Kyoto
Places In Kyoto To See Fall Foliage Away From The Crowds
If you’d like to enjoy the colors without the crowds, try one of these spots:
Shinyodo Temple: The grounds of this superb temple contain several huge maple trees, as well as some fine gingko trees that turn bright yellow in October and November. Sure, some people come here, but not nearly as many as visit the nearby big-name temples.The Kyoto Gyoen (Imperial Palace Park): This place is huge, so no matter how many people show up to enjoy the colors, it won’t feel crowded.
Kurama-dera Temple: You can enjoy the fall colors from the train as you approach the mountain village of Kurama. Once there, you can walk through lovely forests to reach the mountainside temple. The colors here are usually lovely.
Daitoku-ji: The subtemples here have some wonderful maple trees within their walls and som of them do special openings to coincide with foliage season.
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Re: Journey through Japan " The Tomei Tank"

Postby RickIngham on Mon 14 Dec 2015, 9:26 pm

Glad the trip went well Rich and a pleasure to view your comprehensive report. Amazing variety too.
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Re: Journey through Japan " The Tomei Tank"

Postby Stagger2 on Tue 15 Dec 2015, 4:57 am

What a fantastic haul of images from many locations. My personal favourite is missing, the US1A or US2 Shin Maywa, but the rest make up for that!
Another quality trip with meticulous planning & execution following-on from the US. tour. Clear evidence that you could do worse than be a 'PRAT'....'Pittmans Radical Aviation Tours', It has a ring to it?
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Re: Journey through Japan " The Tomei Tank"

Postby Wrexham Mackem on Tue 15 Dec 2015, 8:17 pm

That's a mega post! some tremendous stuff here - is there a force that appeals more to the photographer than the JASDF? lovely.

Some really useful gen there too, thanks for posting. As if I'll ever get to use it!

(At least I can say I've seen the 125's - I've even seen one of them do a pairs display with a Mosquito - but it was in 'green' at the the time)
its time to kick the tyres and light the fires
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Re: Journey through Japan " The Tomei Tank"

Postby IanH on Tue 15 Dec 2015, 9:46 pm

A memorable set of images Rich. Pleased it all went so well. I'm sure you'll return one day. Btw Ian
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