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Waking up on Monday morning in a real bed in the hotel near Haneda was a strange experience, as the last week was completely spent either in the sleeping bag or on the tatami. But it was an early wake-up call as usual.
The hotel even included a "Continental breakfast", but looking at some of the dishes I decided to stay with the rice and coffee. As the return flight to Munich was in the afternoon, there was still some to spend at Haneda before taking the shuttle bus to Narita.

The visit to the visitors deck on the JAL side of the airport at sunrise provided a stunning view of the snow-covered Mt. Fuji being illuminated by the first rays of the sun, as well as a view of the whole downtown Tokyo with another chain of snowy mountains in the background. Furthermore the deck offered a good view of the construction of the new International Terminal, which will surely put up a competition for the Narita Airport. After enough 'red' JAL photos I changed to the 'blue' ANA site, though the light at this time of the day is not that good.

The change however was worth it and I was rewarded with a shot of the brand new B767 ANA retro jet as well as the view of the yellow Pokemon jet.

Then it was finally time for bus to Narita, and get on-board my plane back to a cold and hazy Munich, right in time for the Christmas season.

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