Test Ride to Osaka Airport
Up Close and Personal a Boeing 737 lands at Osaka Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 27mm — 1/2000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Up Close and Personal
a Boeing 737 lands at Osaka Itami Airport (伊丹空港)

I haven't done much cycling this winter, so I've become slow and lazy and fat, but I'm hoping to kickstart a recovery by heading next week to warmer climates, to Okinawa (the southernmost prefecture of Japan), to spend a few days riding with Jason Eisenmenger. Jason was up in Kyoto earlier in the month (seen here), but a cold kept me from joining him for any rides.

If I were to bring my bicycle on an international flight, I'd have to get a special built-like-a-tank hard case that the disassembled bike could fit in. It's a huge hassle, but at least then the bike would arrive undamaged.

But for a domestic Japan flight, where everyone who touches your luggage along the way is Japanese raised with a sense of basic manners and consideration, I can just put the whole bike into a light zippered bag that I pull out of my pocket, and hand that over to the airline. So that's what I'll do. I'll bring on the trip only what I can carry in a backpack, ride to the airport, hop on the plane, and when I arrive, ride from the airport to Jason's house.

So, I made a test ride to the airport, to check out the route and the timing. The most-direct route is about 47km (29mi) of city riding, so instead I took a longer route (61km / 38mi) so I could enjoy some mountains...

Heading out of Kyoto taken at 30 kph (19 mph) -- Bus stop -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/1600 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading out of Kyoto
taken at 30 kph (19 mph)
80 Minutes Later Finally hitting the mountains -- Kameoka, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/1600 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
80 Minutes Later
Finally hitting the mountains
Curvy -- Kameoka, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Curvy
No Snow there was snow here when I came by a month go, on this long ride -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/6400 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
No Snow
there was snow here when I came by a month go, on this long ride
Arriving at the Airport Hello Kitty will guide you Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Arriving at the Airport
Hello Kitty will guide you
Itami Airport (伊丹空港)
My Stop -- Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Ikeda, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/4000 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
My Stop

I took about two hours forty mostly-leisurely minutes to make the trip.

I got off the bike right outside the entrance, walked in, and immediately found a couple of Japan Airlines staff, and asked a few questions about how to handle the bike for check-in.

Surprised that there are enough cyclists to warrent such a sign. “ Those with bicycles please dismount ” (but why does the sign show someone with a jackhammer ?) -- Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/60 sec, f/1.7, ISO 250 — map & image datanearby photos
Surprised
that there are enough cyclists to warrent such a sign.
Those with bicycles please dismount
(but why does the sign show someone with a jackhammer?)

I'll carry everything for the trip in a backpack, including fresh wipes, street clothes, and street shoes, all of which I'll use to transform from a stinky lycra-wearing cyclist to a normal hopefully-non-stinky airline passenger....

Where I'll Transform -- Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/125 sec, f/1.7, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Where I'll Transform

After having scoped out a place to get cleaned up and change, I was done at the airport, so thought I'd take a spin around its edge.

Artwork at a tiny park at the north end -- Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Itami, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 35mm — 1/640 sec, f/5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Artwork
at a tiny park at the north end
Little Viewing Platform -- Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Itami, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Little Viewing Platform
Pretty Far Away upon takeoff they're quite high before they get this far -- Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Itami, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Pretty Far Away
upon takeoff they're quite high before they get this far

Continuing on to the side of the airport property opposite the terminal, I was hoping to ride through the lovely airplane-viewing park they've made there, as seen seven years ago in Itami Sky Park, Next to Osaka Airport, but it turns out that bicycles are not allowed. )-:

Denied -- Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Itami, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/125 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Denied
Closest that I Got the back of the raised berm of the park -- Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Itami, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Closest that I Got
the back of the raised berm of the park
Room with a View -- Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Room with a View
Just Outside The Southern Edge perfectly in line with the runway -- Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 28mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Just Outside The Southern Edge
perfectly in line with the runway

There's a dirt road running across near the start of the runway, and landing planes pass very closely overhead. In the photo above, with the runway out of frame to the left and a large ditch to the right, the concrete construction and bridge are in line with the center of the runway, and are part of the landing-lights system.

On Final Approach -- Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 75mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
On Final Approach
Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 27mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 27mm — 1/2000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 70mm — 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Having gotten all sweaty on the mountain ride there, I quickly got chilly just standing around outside, so I moved away after the first plane to the side a bit, for the next one:

Small Plane about to pass directly above the people -- Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 35mm — 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Small Plane
about to pass directly above the people
Not Much of a Road trying to complete the loop around the airport -- Itami Airport (伊丹空港) -- Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Not Much of a Road
trying to complete the loop around the airport

Once I got back to the airport, I headed home on the most-direct (but least fun) city route, which is what I'll take on my return from Okinawa so that I can get home before dark.

Fish-Hat Tobidashikun I didn't see many on this ride at all -- Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Fish-Hat Tobidashikun
I didn't see many on this ride at all
No Fish Hat -- Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 33mm — 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
No Fish Hat
Convenience-Store Snack -- ローレルハイツ茨木総持寺1号棟 -- Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2018 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
Panasonic LX100 at an effective 24mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Convenience-Store Snack

Today I washed the bike and prepared my luggage. I leave on Monday.

Continued here...


All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

Have a great trip!

Rick
Kenmore, WA

— comment by Rick Hancock on February 24th, 2018 at 7:27am JST (8 months, 19 days ago) comment permalink

Hi Jeff,

The image with the runway lights really shows great depth with the lights down far away. Is this LX10o your favorite camera for all shoots, or just for travel shoots?

Enjoy your trip, what an adventure to just take the bike.

-suran

I feel constrained by the LX100, but its size makes it convenient for cycling, so that’s what I normally use when cycling. —Jeffrey

— comment by Suran on February 24th, 2018 at 4:23pm JST (8 months, 19 days ago) comment permalink

Nice pictures. I just went to Itami airport in Nov. last year. I was fascinated by the power of air planes kicking off the ground. I like your selection for your snack… ^^

— comment by TS on February 25th, 2018 at 4:03am JST (8 months, 18 days ago) comment permalink
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