Sunday, July 8, 2012

Welcome to the Land of the Rising Sun: Japan

Day 1: LANDING IN JAPAN - Review of Hotel Villa Fontaine Roppongi, Tokyo - Expedia Office Meet.

Landing in Japan from India

It was unusually exhilarating as my Jet aircraft took off from Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai. I reminisced the time when I had sat in an air plane for the very first time in my life... it was a feeling very similar to that time that I'd experienced... only this time, it was more due to the destination that I was headed to.

View from airplane, Mumbai
Goodbye, Mumbai

I grabbed my window seat and watched all those iconic buildings, all the dramatic chaos of my city gradually shrink and eventually faint in the distance.

Miles high up in the air, it felt like having entered a world different altogether. With a thick dense fluffy cloud cover enveloping our airplane, I forgot all the petty disturbances, all the tensions and anxieties drained in our lives and drew myself towards the beautifully assorted colors of sublime nature.

Cloud cover from airplane - Mumbai

As the dial of my watch kept ticking, the distance kept attenuating and we kept getting closer to our destination.

Flight status of Mumbai - Japan via Bangkok
Jet Screen in the flight to Japan via Bangkok

The next day early morning, Japan Airlines (connecting flight to Japan from Bangkok) saw me peeping out of my glass pane in awe... the entire landscape had been sprinkled with diverse hues of oranges, blues and whites.

Beautiful hues from aeroplane
Beautiful cloud shots from aeroplane
Sunrise in the Land of the Rising Sun

Waking up in the Land of the Rising Sun with this magical sight... ah, there couldn't have been a better start to my journey, I mused! I felt blessed!

Sunrise in Japan from aeroplane
A new day had begun...

Sunrise in Japan as seen from aeroplane
Looking through this veil, Japan looked every inch the beautiful bride blushing.

The aircrew directed us to fasten our seat belts and to switch off all our electronic equipments as the flight prepared for landing. The flight came to a halt and I stood at the air plane aisle... a bit uneasy, getting ready to disembark with my passport in hand.

As I stared at the people around me, I felt a strong wave of sensation. The sensation slowly grew through my body and left me supercharged with a new energy and vigor. It was a moment that cannot be taken away from me. It was emotional to land foot on an alien land for the first time... Yet, it felt home... Strange...

Fast facts on Japan:

Language: Japanese

Currency: Japanese Yen (JPY)

Time Zone: UTC/GMT +9 (IST + 3.5)

International Dial Code: +81

Best Season to Visit: Even though my visiting season was end of Spring (early June) and starting rains, not one of the best times to visit the country, fortunately I was blessed with a very good weather and an even wonderful company.

But tourists generally prefer to visit Tokyo in the spring or the fall season when the colors in nature are in full flourish. The climate in Tokyo from March to May is especially inviting, with temperatures hovering around 15 deg. cel. to 23 deg. cel. or more. The plum and cherry blossoms are not to be missed in the spring months, while the maples and autumn shades are equally impressive between late September and November.

Travel Tip: If you are planning to visit the country anywhere around end of May, start of June or later, do not forget to carry an umbrella with you as the weather at those times is highly fickle.

Previous Posts from the Japan Trip -

1. Planning for Japan: Visa, Flight Bookings, Hotel Reservations, etc.


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66 comments:

  1. have a great time in Japan... enjoy to the fullest... and let us know the have and have not of the chowemein country :D

    Weakest LINK

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  2. Marvelous captures from the plane, Arti! What gorgeous skies!! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  3. reading your post...i reminisce the pot pourri of feelings that I(or any fellow traveler) go through on a travel...be it in India or abroad!!

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  4. @Arti Just read your post on your Japan yatra.Thanks for sharing Beautiful photographs.Great description.Thank you and waiting for more...Take care.Have a nice week.

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  5. Nice one.Looking forward to more posts on Japan and places you visited.The pics are good

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  6. Hi,Arti!
    Your travel started with such beautiful skies. It must be an exciting time for you and your father!

    RedRose

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  7. Read throught your post, made me remember the first experience of flying.

    Amazing clouds arti..

    Wait for the next story :)

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  8. the pastel colors of the sky are superb - simply breathtaking really. you couldn't have had a more beautiful view. I hope you're having the time of your life! happy week to you Arti.

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  9. Looking forward to more from your wonderful trip.

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  10. That was beautifully narrated! Gorgeous pictures too!

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  11. Oooh Loved it Arti, as alwyas! ..the pics, the narration, the information...and it was long awaited too:) Thanks a lot:)

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  12. Ah! So it has started and started well. Waiting for the next.

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  13. first of all congrads on ur winning and grabbing the chance of flying to japan..:)
    the pics are very refreshing...

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  14. Beautiful account. The skies are beautiful too.

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  15. Those are some great shots!

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  16. I know that feeling you get when you are about to land in the place you are visiting....:) Nice shots :) Did you manage to learn any Japanese words?

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  17. Nice. The cloud photos from the flight were too good. I always thought they won't come too well.

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  18. i am loving your series on Japan, Arti. it's like we are with you as you travel.

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  19. My dream prize for the Expedia comp was the Japan trip. Alas I was not to win but now I shall follow your adventures. Congrats and enjoy.

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  20. lovely pictures .. cant wait to read the series

    i thought u will put a foto of Welcome Japan .. after the good bye mumbai ..


    Bikram's

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  21. Beautiful photos of the first ays of sun.

    www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.com

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  22. What a beautiful sunrise to welcome you on your visit to Japan!

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  23. I was in Tokyo in early June 2008 and was told that monsoon season there begins in late June, so I was lucky! The weather was beautiful when I was there.

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  24. Gorgeous photos, Arti !

    The beauty above the clouds is always so good to see. :)
    Looking fwd to more of Japan.
    Please learn a few words too.

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  25. Those were some breathtaking pics you took from the aircraft!! Beautiful hues makes the heart soar...:)))Great shots and a nice travelogue!!
    Waiting for more....

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  26. I loved the pictures and thanks again for sharing this one...:)

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  27. Lovely pictures, and write up.
    thanks for sharing.

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  28. Beautiful pictures..waiting for the more stories of Japan.

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  29. I think I know how you were thrilled with all the new experiences from taking off to landing. I’m also happy with the rosy color prelude. Nice shots taken from the flying airplane!

    Yoko

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  30. Superb pictures,this is double bonus-sunrise in the land of the rising sun.

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  31. Wow! I totally loved this Arthi Di! :) I'm adding another item on my wishlist now...Visiting Japan!!!!! :D

    Thanks for the awesome info! :)

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  32. great start. have been looking forward to this, arti.

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  33. You know about Japan better than me in a way. When I look Jspan from a plane it's just like your photo. I am looking forward your next blog about Japan.

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  34. Wonderful sky shots! Can't wait to see your photos of Japan.

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  35. Have a blast and click more pictures :)

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  36. Ahh! Such a beautiful account of your initial experiences in an alien land. Loved the pictures too. I could feel the emotion in every word. :)

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  37. I am unable to decide photos are more beautiful or the words. Eager to know more and more about Japan from you Arti..:)

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  38. hi there Arti! I felt your excitement as I read your words and looked at the awesome view with you...your first sight of the Land of the Rising Sun was indeed magical! May you have a happy week :-)

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  39. Have a great time in Japan. I hope you'll post a lot of photos :-)

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  40. It's going to be fun to read your travel posts as always -- and I am always happy to know I'm not the only person in the whole world who loves to gaze at the sky from a plane window -- and take pictures -- and marvel! (I hope I never become too jaded to care..some people seem to just be so bored with the whole thing!)....

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  41. मेरा जूता है जापानी.....

    ले गई दिल गुडिया जापान की.....

    आपकी यात्रा में ये गाने आपको भी याद आये होंगें.

    अच्छी लगी आपकी यह पोस्ट,सुन्दर फोटोज के साथ

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  42. My favorite friend Arti
    What a wonderful presentation!
    You have an amazing narrative way!
    Wonderful pictures of the sky and very interesting trip to Japan!
    It's life journey!
    I'm delighted for you!
    lot of kisses

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  43. Very interesting! Looking forward to read your experience in Japan

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  44. lovely post arti....
    nice clicks..

    buy and read some manga books...my son is advising :-)

    anu

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  45. please post more about what you saw and what you ate and if you had trouble language wise.

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  46. @ Megha
    Will cover all that in the coming posts!

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  47. Oh I'm so excited for you. Enjoying your travels already, I long to hear more about your adventures.

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  48. Awesome Arti. Very happy for you.
    Your photos are marvelous. Have a nice time. Enjoy.

    Pardon my late arrival and for missing many of your earlier posts. Will read them all. :)

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  49. Looking forward to other posts..
    BTW, Congratulations Arti (belated though..) Glad you were the one selected blogger..!

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  50. Achei seu blog na blogosfera.
    E adoreii!

    Já estou te seguindo..
    Me visite tbm
    http://lidiepaulo.blogspot.com.br

    Beijocas
    Ótima Noite \º/

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  51. Will wait for the details of the trip to unfold on your blog.

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  52. Great start. Gorgeous pictures. Waiting for the travelogue unfold in your unique style, Arti!

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  53. You are so lucky to be in this wonderful and beautiful country! The shortest stay for me was the changing of planes at the airport in Narita. Have a wonderful time and stay!

    Thanks for all your nice comments Arti. I hope to be back blogging full time.

    P.S. I have first cousins in Japan, and hopefully could spend Spring time visiting.

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  54. waiting for other posts on Japan..

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  55. Peeping through the window and seeing the miniscule version of the city is such an exciting thing...

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  56. I really hate to travel by air but once on board love to look at the clouds.Nice post Arti:)

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  57. Nice pics from the Airplane.. Also your tips will be quite handy and is similar to climate here in Mumbai :) Whatever the condition outside in the second half of the year, it is always advisable to carry an umbrella :D

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  58. great post indeed...pics reminded me of the days when i flew to Germany once...i was in the same mood as you were while taking snaps while in air !

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  59. This post touched me in more than one way. The very first pic brought back all those memories of my first trip abroad. Lovely pics from the plane.

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  60. As I read your post I could match the experience I had when I first sat in an airplane, its always fascinating to travel by a plane and see the world from top, you'd been so lucky to enter the land of rising sun at the time of sunrise. Enjoying your journey :)

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