A few more photos from the flight:

First sighting of the Japanese coast (near Niigata)

view from the plane: First sighting of Japan (the coast at Niigata)

view from the plane: First sighting of Japan (coastal city near Niigata - or is it Niigata?)

A lot of people tend to associate Japan with skyscrapers. However, about 80% of the land-mass is mountainous (that’s mini-mountainous on the whole). Here’s a couple of shots of what I consider to be ‘typical Japan’.

view from the plane: Typical Japan

view from the plane: Typical Japan

And finally, Japan from ground level: the lake in front of our apartment.

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