For the 2019 April Japan tour a group of 16 people were brought together to participate. On Saturday 6 April 2019, 13 of them were ready at Amsterdam-Schiphol for a direct flight to Tokyo-Narita with KLM. After arrival at Narita (Sunday 7 April already) the normal duties were taken care off; meeting the other participants that had made their way to Tokyo on their own, getting some cash and arrange the rental cars. By pre-arrangement the rental car company had prepared all our stepladders (in storage there) already and we loaded them into the cars along with the luggage. We were ready!
We still had a lot of driving to do today, since we wanted to start at Misawa on Monday morning. That driving took the major part of the afternoon, stopping halfway in Funaoka to visit a famous cherry blossom ‘spot’ (just a week too early to witness full blossom). We ended up at our hotel in Hachinohe by the end of the afternoon. After a good meal we were to get some sleep.