It is hard to believe that it has been a few years since I did the Shikoku 88 Temples pilgrimage. I have decided the time is right to do it for the fourth time. A time to reflect on my next stage of life I am entering (retirement) and to enjoy the beautiful spring sakura (cherry blossoms).
Shikoku in the spring presents it challenges, as I am finding out many places to stay are full already, since it is a popular time of year to do the ohenro pilgrimage.
So, I am looking at trying to decide the places I want to stay ahead of time and see if they are available.
Shikoku here I come. I am ready for a change and to have the opportunity to reflect on things.
I checked out of the hotel and made my way to Haneda airport. When I arrived I purchased a bento lunch box at the 711 at the airport.
I went up to the observation deck and enjoyed it while watching the planes land and take off.
While I waited to check it it was interesting to watch some Japanese sword fighting that was being filmed. Not sure what they were practicing for. I tried to take a couple photos. Since I was early it was interesting to watch them samurai practicing.
Haneda is a hugh airport and enjoy being able to go outside on the observation deck and relax.
On the way to the observation deck they have a flight simulator you can try.
There was an interesting wall where for 500 yen you could buy a small wooden plaque and write a message and add it to the wall.
So, I will publish this last post of my November, 2017 blog, another truly amazing trip.
There was a display board with models of airlines that fly into Haneda. Here is the one for Air Canada.