a The Transit Lounge: Tokyo Night Cruising

Back in the Day: I had a quarter life crisis, headed to Osaka, Japan for the unknown–only to discover that a passport plane ride are not necessarily a ticket to escape. Some Years Later: Settled back in Oz, the man of my dreams ended up in Tokyo for work–which is how a passport and plane ride showed me home is where the heart is. And Now: Well as luck would have it, we are about to embark on Japan Mark 3, with a baby in tow and another on the way...

Monday, May 17

Tokyo Night Cruising

Last night, Ben and I cruised above Tokyo, with Helicopter Night Cruising. Lucky us, Ben won 2 tickets in a competition at work. We opted for the "Diamond Course", which left from Minatomirai Heliport near Maihama Station, and took us on a 20 minute, breath-taking flight over this vast, neon capital. The helicopter itself was a comfortable 8-seater and the pilot spoke both Japanese and English. In fact all of the staff spoke great English and the 10-minute safety video we had to watch before boarding included English subtitles to tell us to stay away from the blades...

The best part was picking out and identifying what we saw below us before the pilot actually told us. We saw Disneyland, Akihabara, Tokyo Dome, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Roppongi, Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge and...our very own apartment, which was a nice surprise. You could see it very clearly because Ben had left all the lights on...joke.

I haven't attempted to edit any photos yet, so here they are RAW.

The edge of Tokyo Bay, with Kasai Rinkai Koen Ferris Wheel in the back ground, and Disneyland in the foreground.


Tokyo Dome, lined with electric blue lights.

Sumida River (I think!).

Back at the heliport.

It was amazing, and a great opportunity for me to test out my Canon Eos 550D. As I am very new to this camera, I didn't dare change the settings once we were up and away, so all pics shown above were taken RAW with the following settings: ISO: 6400, aperture: f/3.5, shutter speed: 1/15.

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