Around the world in Cessna 182

June 20, 2004
Fukuoka, Japan (RJFF) to Tokyo, Japan (RJAA)

I've decided to wait in Fukuoka for the Sun to come out, as the second leg for today took me over the southern part of Japan, and I wanted to see how it looks like. In addition, I was flying by the Mt. Fuji, one of the most famous volcanoes in the world, so I did not want to miss the Kodak moment there.

It turned out I did not have to wait for too long. At 4:15 local time, it started getting lighter, so I took off towards Tokyo. By that time, the rain has stopped, but it was still very windy which made for a very interesting (white knuckle kind of interesting) takeoff. I've set the autopilot to follow the heading of 080 and started climbing slowly towards my target altitude of 13,500 ft. I was not having very good luck with the winds, so this flight really took a long time.

Luckily the weather cleared up by the time I got to Mt. Fuji, so I was able to make few very nice pictures.

It was raining in Tokyo when I got there, but there was not much wind. The new Tokyo international airport is really huge and I had to taxi for a long time. I parked the plane at the gate 47.

Pre flight check at Fukuoka airport


Leaving Fukuoka

Just north of Shikoku island

Mt. Fuji

Over Tokyo

Final approach to Tokyo international
At the gate
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