Japan, one step closer

My trip to Japan is booked and paid for! Never has my credit card seen such a big hit in one day, as I paid for Steve and myself1 £1100 for the flights and £850 for the hotels between us.

We’ll be flying out with Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow on April 10th. As we’re only staying for a week we decided to splash out and go for upper class four-star hotels, so we’ll be staying in the Cerulean Tower hotel in Tokyo and Ana hotel in Kyoto (thanks to Trip Advisor for that one), taking the bullet train to get between to two.

We were originally going to go in the Autumn, but due to the lack of discount air fares and us being cheap, we got some tickets on the Virgin Atlantic sale for the Easter season and didn’t look back.

No itinerary so far, but will eventually plan one to make the most out of the short week. Unfortunately we’re not there during any Sumo wrestling season, but should be able to see some amature matches which are apparently more fun.

I just bought a ultra wide angle Nikon 12-24mm zoom lens to compliment the normal 18-70mm zoom and the 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens to take with me, along with my D80. Add a 50mm f/1.8 low light lens to the mix and it’s a pretty good, if slightly bulky, travel photography kit. Ideally I’d have a 18-200mm VR and 70-300mm VR instead but as I’ve spent all my money on this trip that’s highly unlikely. All I’m really missing is a flash, which I may indulge myself to one in Japan and exploit the strong pound.

I also discovered that my 30GB iPod with the iPod Camera Adaptor (which seems to be discontinued) works with my D80, so I can use the 30GB hard drive as permanent storage once my 4GB of SD cards get full. That’ll save me from bringing my laptop, although I am tempted so I can view and edit the photos when I’m there


  1. He has paid me back though, the old cocker. I’m not actually paying for his holiday!
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