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Magnus Maas 
Joined in February 2015
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Posted 26 December 2015 - 11:42 CET

This one goes out to all our Japanese friends here:

I will be in Japan this February and would love to do some spotting. I dont care too much about special traffic, its more the interesting positions, backgrounds, etc. that I love. What do you think, what are the most interesting airports to do some spotting in Japan? I plan to travel from Tokyo with some detours south via Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima to Nagasaki and/or Kagoshima, however nothing is fix yet and I am open for any suggestions!

Thank you for any hint!

Best regards and greetings from Germany,


Seiji Chiba 

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Joined in July 2012
Posts: 14
Posted 27 December 2015 - 04:59 CET

Hi, Magnus Maas,

Welcome to Japan.

If your entry airport will be Narita (NRT/RJAA), you can enjoy spotting at the viewing deck, but I think you may not be satisfied side shots because it seems you prefer unique views. If you are going to rent a car, I can recommend various points outside the airport.

I shot some photos yesterday at Osaka international airport (RJOO/ITM), and uploaded two shots to the this morning. I shot them at Itami Sky park, which you can use a local bus from the airport.

I can tell you more in detail if you point my past photos uploaded to the



Magnus Maas 
Joined in February 2015
Posts: 3
Posted 27 December 2015 - 13:31 CET

Dear Seiji,

thanks for your recommendation! I felt the same about Narita too, getting around there without a car (I am 20 years old, so I think I wont be able to rent a car in Japan) will be pretty hard. Thought about going to ITM as well, there are some truly amazing shots from this airport and I like the angels with the houses and advertising signs in the background. Thought about HND too because I feel like getting around there by public transport might be easier than at NRT.

These are the obvious options though where lots of awesome pictures are uploaded frequently. I was wondering more about the "hidden gems", smaller regional airports which aren't that well known in Europe. For example I recently found some amazing shots from Toyama, which I would definitly love to visit but it is far off my planned route sadly.

Thanks for your aid,


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