Mid-day on this Saturday (24 November 2018) a group of 11 travelers (out of 16) met up at the temporary meeting point at Schiphol airport. Bag drop was a breeze as was security. At the gate 1 other traveler met up with us, flying in from the UK. Our KLM 777 flight departed on time and took us non-stop to Narita.
Arrival to Narita on Sunday 25 November was on-time, the customs formalities went efficient and soon we met up in the arrivals hall with more participants that made the trip on their own to complete our group of 16. Pick up of the 3 rental vans took a while, as rental car agencies always seem to take more time than expected, but all was good. The vans were loaded with our luggage and a stack of stepladders (many with 4Aviation stickers) that were stocked at the rental car premises. As it was Sunday with no planned activities the group decided to hunt for potential wrecks and relics which didn’t yield much of a result. The drive to the hotel took us past Ushiku Daibutsu (a 120m tall Buddha statue) and a local hardware store to stock up on stepladders. We arrived around 16:00 at the hotel for the night. Some us decided to grab dinner that evening, others went straight to bed.