[Official] Community Fly-In Friday: Jidai Matsuri (時代祭)

We will be hosting an Official Fly-in alongside a group of community members (you!) on Twitch. This is an open event, free to all who would like to fly along with us and available to pilots of all skill levels. The goal is to have a great time, explore new locations of the world, and make new friends. This event is open to pilots on both the PC and Xbox platforms.

Hosted by @SeedyL3205, @Pieter2427, @simtom2, and @FactualGull1036
When: Friday, October 20 @ 1800Z for two hours.
Where: The Official Twitch Channel of MSFS

There will also be a Discord event channel open for those who want to voice chat with other members of the community.

Please see below for details on the upcoming Fly-In Event:


One of the most important events in Japanese :jp: history is the Meiji Restoration of 1868. It was during this period that Japan experienced very rapid industrialization and modernization. Also during this period, the Emperor relocated Japan’s capital city from Kyoto – which had been the capital for more than 1,000 years – to Edo, which was then renamed to Tokyo (meaning “Eastern Capital”).

As part of this move, thousands of government officials left Kyoto behind, diminishing the city’s economy and prestige. In 1895, to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto (formerly known as Heian-kyō), the local government proposed an annual festival and celebration of different eras of Kyoto’s history. This festival is known as Jidai Matsuri (時代祭) or the “Festival of the Ages” and occurs every year on October 22. Celebrations include a grand parade featuring over 2,000 people dressed in historic costumes representing different eras of Kyoto’s history. Nearly 130 years after it was first celebrated, Jidai Matsuri remains a major cultural event in Kyoto to this day.

For Fly-In Friday this week, our flight will see us fly over Kyoto and visit several other Japanese cities in the Kansai region including Kobe, Osaka, and Nara. Our full stop landing will be at Nagoya, a city that is closely linked to Japan’s aviation industry.

Pilots on PC can download the .pln file here:
2023-10-20 Kyoto.PLN (4.3 KB)

We will be starting at RJOI. Please load your aircraft 10 minutes prior to take off and taxi over to the runway in preparation for departure.


Recommended aircraft: Cirrus SR22, Beechcraft Bonanza, Diamond DA62, or any other plane of your choice that can maintain a cruising speed of 150 knots or greater.


Please adhere to the following settings so you can see everyone / be seen by everyone.

Variable Setting
Server SE Asia
Multiplayer All Players
Live traffic As preferred
Weather Few Clouds
Time of Day Daytime

It is advised in this flight to turn off both aircraft collisions and terrain collisions. If you do crash, you can use “slew” mode to join the pack. If the pack will be too scattered before the first stop, we will use slew on a defined point to regroup.


To communicate with others, a voice channel on the "Official Microsoft Flight Simulator Discord” at https://discord.gg/msfs will be available to join.


This is meant to be a fun and informal flight. Everybody is welcome, no matter the amount of experience.


Enjoyed the flight, when I took the time to fly around the world in MSFS I wanted to do a tour of Japan although I was also torn between that and just wanting to get back home.

It truly didn’t disappoint, I don’t know much Japanese history but I do remember the Fukushima disaster back in 2011, as well as Hiroshima… Of course, I don’t know if we were any closer to Hiroshima besides flying over the airport.
Speaking of Hiroshima, going in the fictional sense of course. Wasn’t that what created Godzilla? Perhaps I was mistaken. and they didn’t give that radioactive blast a name.

Anyways, sorry to take things off-topic. Here’s my flight:

Hello Good Friday’s Flight everybody. We will enjoy the Japanese trip. Thank you.

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Iwakuni MCAS to Nagoya

Flight Type: VFR
Cruising Altitude: 11500.000

Departure Name: Iwakuni MCAS
Departure ID: RJOI
Departure GPS: 34.145000, 132.246944
Departure Position (RWY): 2

Destination Name: Nagoya
Destination ID: RJNA
Destination GPS: 35.255000, 136.924444

| Waypoint No.   | Waypoint ID        | Waypoint Type   |   Latitude |   Longitude | Rwy/Gate/Parking   |
| Departure      | RJOI               | Airport         |  34.145000 |  132.246944 | 2                  |
| WP 1           | Itsukushima-Shrine | User            |  34.296297 |  132.319328 |                    |
| WP 2           | Custom             | User            |  34.391872 |  132.483964 |                    |
| WP 3           | Hiroshima          | Airport         |  34.436111 |  132.919444 |                    |
| WP 4           | Okayama            | Airport         |  34.756944 |  133.855278 |                    |
| WP 5           | Himeji-Castle      | User            |  34.838967 |  134.692911 |                    |
| WP 6           | Kobe-Tower         | User            |  34.682611 |  135.186769 |                    |
| WP 7           | Osaka Intl         | Airport         |  34.784444 |  135.439167 |                    |
| WP 8           | Custom             | User            |  34.683497 |  135.835647 |                    |
| WP 9           | Custom             | User            |  34.967219 |  135.772781 |                    |
| WP 10          | Custom             | User            |  35.023992 |  135.762681 |                    |
| Destination    | RJNA               | Airport         |  35.255000 |  136.924444 |                    |
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Thanks for the ride^w flight :slight_smile:


Unfortunately I crashed just before the end of the flight (the notorious Bonanza doctor killer :upside_down_face: )so I could not screenshot a group photo at the final airport this time.