First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby CH79 on Thu 30 Apr 2015, 8:48 pm

Hello,

Between the 12th and 18th of April this year Jon Haylock and I visited Japan for the first time. In particular, we visited the Tokyo area which plays host to the airbases Hyakuri, Atsugi and Iruma. All are within a reasonable distance of each other (well, a 3-hour drive anyway).

Having seen many images (mostly from this forum) on Hyakuri we simply had to go get some Phantom! We planned to be at Hyakuri for the week but if weather and time allowed, a trip to Astugi and/or Iruma would be in order.

The images below represent part one of the trip at Hyakuri. Before we left the UK we knew that Monday and Tuesday would be difficult, with heavy rain forecast for each day. This provided different opportunities photographically, but we crossed our fingers for good weather from Wednesday onwards...

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ImageRF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 47-6901, 501 Hikotai by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageRF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 47-6901, 501 Hikotai by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 07-8435, 302 Hikotai by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageF-15J Eagle, 62-8870, 305th Sqn by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageF-15J Eagle, 'when will it end?' by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageF-15J Eagle, 62-8870, 305th Sqn by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 47-6901, 302 Hikotai by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageRF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 57-6907, 501 Hikotai by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageRF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 57-6907, 501 Hikotai by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageKawasaki T-4 26-5688, 06-5630 by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageF-15J Eagle, 42-8831, 305th Sqn by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageU-125A, (BAe.125), 12-3018, Hyakuri Rescue Wing by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageF-15J Eagle, 62-8870, 305th Sqn by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageRF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 57-6912, 501 Hikotai by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageRF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 47-6901, 501 Hikotai by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageKawasaki T-4 by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageRF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 57-6909, 501 Hikotai by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 67-8378, 302 Hikotai by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageTornado Eagle, 32-8060, 305th Sqn by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 67-8378, 302 Hikotai by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 07-8434, 302 Hikotai by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 67-8378, 302 Hikotai by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageU-125A, (BAe.125), 72-3006, Hyakuri Rescue Wing by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
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ImageF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 302 Hikotai by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr
25.
ImageRF-4EJ Kai Phantom II, 47-6901, 501 Hikotai by www.chphotography.co.uk, on Flickr

Thanks to Jon for the company and banter; Ryo (buffalo79/flickr) for all his advice, meeting us at Hyakuri and buying us dinner; Junji Sato of the Japan Spotters Association for booking us in at the Peace Gate; and Steve Cooke for allowing me to borrow his 5DIII as a back-up camera! Finally, thanks to all the guys on here that responded to my questions about Japan making the planning easy going - it all made for a simply awesome trip!

If it's on your mind to go, my advice is stop thinking about it and board that plane :)

If you're interested keep an eye out for part II... much more to come...

Thanks for looking,

Cheers,
Chris
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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby Luke28 on Thu 30 Apr 2015, 8:58 pm

Stunning subjects and photography, love number 8 and 19 but they're all fantastic!!
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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby D90Man on Thu 30 Apr 2015, 9:00 pm

Great set of images - yes, Hyakuri is a wonderful place for photography, even in the worst of conditions as you demonstrated. No 8 does it for me :clap: :clap:

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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby Pringles on Thu 30 Apr 2015, 9:49 pm

Fantastic set, that opening shot is stunning! :clap:
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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby Arno 01 on Thu 30 Apr 2015, 10:02 pm

Very nice Chris, glad it went well, I have my 1st trip scheduled for Q4 this year :yahoo:

Did you get the black toom in the background of no.7?

Looking forward to part 2 :clap:
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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby Sully on Thu 30 Apr 2015, 10:06 pm

Simply stunning and too many fantastic shots to choose from

Thanks for sharing
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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby Wissam24 on Fri 01 May 2015, 7:30 am

I cannot pick a favourite from among these. I'd be here for hours trying to decide.

Having seen these go up on Flickr, seeing them all together blows me away even more.
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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby Tim Holden on Fri 01 May 2015, 7:40 am

Amazing. Love Phantoms. Some great low light photography too.

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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby Airwolfhound on Fri 01 May 2015, 11:21 am

Always a fan of your work, this post is no exception :clap: :clap:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/24874528@N04/

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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby Red Dragon on Fri 01 May 2015, 11:32 am

:clap: Already looking forward to the next selection :clap:
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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby RichPittman on Fri 01 May 2015, 1:21 pm

Nice one Chris, glad it went well. hyakuri with sun and a Southerly wind, fantastic...

Btw my flights are booked :)

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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby SPLAT on Fri 01 May 2015, 2:19 pm

You are the UKAR weather expert ! what with the cold shots at Lakenheath etc.
A great set , especially shot 8 of the recc F4
I do think the weather can make shots more intersting
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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby Roellodder on Sat 02 May 2015, 11:44 am

Have great memories about Hyakuri, Iruma, Iwakuni, Atsugi, Tsuiki, Hofu and so on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Japan is a paradise for airplane spotters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Was there in 1995!!!!!!!!
Great pictures, compliments are in order!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby Stu on Sat 02 May 2015, 2:03 pm

One heck of a selection there :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby Agg on Sat 02 May 2015, 2:13 pm

Fantastic set, one of the best I've seen from Japan :clap:
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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby CH79 on Sat 02 May 2015, 6:31 pm

Many thanks for all the kind comments and views everyone, glad you like them :smile:

Arno 01 - Thanks, unfortunately the Black Phantom eluded us apart from being present on the ramp for the somewhat damp Monday and Tuesday. Having opted for Atsugi on the Friday we learned from my Japanese friend that it flew on this day, lol. Win some you lose some I guess! It has had a series of tech issues I understand but I hope you get better luck and get to see it fly! Be sure to send me a nice pic of it lol.

Rich Pittman - Great news about the flights, you will have a fantastic time no doubt! Its a really nice country, lovely people, great weather (sometimes lol), and the access to most airfields and amount of flying is second to none.

Keep an eye out for Part II.
Cheers, Chris
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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby hazer1 on Sat 02 May 2015, 6:56 pm

WOW! Wonderful set of photos...#8 is just brilliant!! Power of the Phantom! Thanks for sharing!
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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby st24 on Sat 02 May 2015, 6:59 pm

Fabulous selection, the landing RF-4EJ catches my eye, just lovely.. :up:
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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby JoeRuscoe on Sun 03 May 2015, 9:26 am

Love seeing the Phantoms still being used. Great set! :)
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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby sithrity on Sun 03 May 2015, 9:08 pm

Lovely set of shots here, very crisp! Those Phantoms almost look fresh of the production line. :drool:
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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby larky on Mon 04 May 2015, 6:24 am

Fantastic set!!!
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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby Hamster100 on Wed 20 May 2015, 6:21 pm

What and awesome set of photographs. They are all really good, but number 8 is something special. Looks like the trip of a lifetime with some fantastic memories.

Thanks for sharing

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Re: First Visit to Tokyo, Japan - April 2015 - Part I

Postby Melchior on Tue 26 May 2015, 7:01 am

Number 8 is really stunning!
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