Haneda Airport (羽田空港 Haneda Kūkō) (HND IATA), officially known as Tokyo International Airport (東京国際空港 Tōkyō Kokusai Kūkō), in the Tokyo neighborhood of Ota, is the largest and busiest airport in Japan, and the second busiest airport in all Asia despite the majority of flights being domestic. Although Narita Airport has been Tokyo's main international airport since it opened 1978, with Haneda serving primarily as a domestic airport, the Japanese government has been opening Haneda up to more international flights since the opening of the new International Terminal in 2010. Since then, Haneda has won numerous accolades, including having been awarded a 5-star rating by Skytrax since 2014.
Haneda is known for its entertainment districts: Edo Market (an imitation of an ancient Tokyo street with stores and restaurants) and Tokyo Pop Town (a shopping and entertainment district including Japanese-themed stores, a planetarium, slot car racing, flight simulators, and an observation deck). These are located landside, so you can visit them even if you don't have a flight. There is also a replica of the famous Nihonbashi bridge in central Tokyo. The downside is that if you are changing flights, you will have to pass through customs and immigration in order to visit these.
Haneda Airport is located right next to Tokyo Bay in Ota, a suburban ward of Tokyo, and 14 km south of Tokyo Station.
The airport was first constructed in 1931 to serve as Tokyo's first purpose-built civilian airport. It served as Japan's main airport until the construction of Narita Airport was constructed in 1978 to take over Haneda's international traffic. Although Haneda almost exclusively served as a domestic airport from 1978 to 2010, it remained the busiest airport in Asia for much of that period before being overtaken by Beijing in 2009. Since the construction of the new International Terminal and a fourth runway in 2010, the Japanese government has been opening Haneda up to an increasing number of international flights, and is once again serving as one of the main international gateways into Japan.
Haneda has two domestic terminals (known by numbers) and an international terminal.
|Terminal 1 |
For domestic JAL flights, including Skymark and Skynet.
|Terminal 2 |
For domestic ANA and affiliate Air Do flights. From March 2020, this terminal will also handle some international flights.
|International Terminal |
Opened in 2010 along with a new runway. For all international flights. From March 2020, the terminal will be renamed Terminal 3.
As Haneda operates a large number of domestic flights during the day, many international flights used to be restricted to late night or early morning arrivals and departures. While this is still the case for some flights, Japanese aviation authorities are now offering more daytime slots for international routes in an effort to increase tourism, especially as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics approaches. Passengers can now fly into Haneda from such cities as New York, San Francisco, Toronto, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Dubai and Sydney, in addition to many other cities around Asia. In response to the growing number of flights, new immigration and customs facilities will open at Terminal 2 in March 2020, and the International Terminal will be renamed Terminal 3.
The easiest and most scenic way from Haneda to the city is the Tokyo Monorail running to Hamamatsucho for ¥500, from where you can connect to almost anywhere in Tokyo on the JR Yamanote line. The monorail has a station at each of Haneda's three terminals. From the International Terminal, trains reach Hamamatsucho in as little as 14 minutes on the nonstop services; the domestic terminals are about 5 minutes farther down the line. JR East maintains a Travel Service Center for foreigners in the International Terminal (open daily 7:45-18:30) where vouchers can be exchanged for the Japan Rail Pass and JR East Rail Pass, and where JR Kanto Area Passes can be purchased. The Tokyo Monorail is fully covered with any of these passes.
The other alternative is the private Keikyu (京急) line, which has two train stations at Haneda: one for the International Terminal and one serving both Domestic terminals. Keikyu trains run to Shinagawa (15 min, ¥300) and Yokohama (30-35 min via Airport Express [エアポート急行], ¥340). Some Keikyu trains from Haneda continue on to the Toei Asakusa Line, providing one-seat rides to the Ginza district (30-35 min to Higashi-Ginza, ¥460) and Asakusa (40-45 min, ¥520), with some of those even continuing onto the Narita Sky Access Line all the way to Narita Airport (100 min, ¥1680).
JR Passes are not valid on Keikyu Trains. If your final destination is somewhere along the Tokaido Shinkansen (i.e. Odawara, Atami, Shizuoka, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka) then you may want to consider using the Keikyu Line to Shinagawa to pick up the shinkansen, even if you have a Japan Rail Pass. Using the Tokyo Monorail will require you to take an additional train, the Yamanote Line, to either Tokyo station or Shinagawa.
Limousine Buses connect Haneda Airport with Narita Airport (90 minutes, ¥3200) as well as main rail stations and hotels around the city. Most Airport Rapid Express [エアポート快特] trains on the Keikyu Line also run all the way to Narita Airport's terminals; these services are much cheaper than the bus, but buses operate more frequently.
If you need to transfer between Narita and Haneda airports, be sure to give yourself at least 5-6 hours of connection time between your flights so you have ample time to make the transfer.
Normal metered taxis to central Tokyo will cost anywhere from ¥4000 to ¥10000, plus a 20% surcharge between 22:00 and 05:00. An alternative is Kokusai Motorcars' fixed fare service for starting from ¥6100 (¥7200 at night) to most of central Tokyo, including Shinjuku and Shibuya. Uber offers fixed rates to wards in central Tokyo (i.e. ¥7600 to Tokyo Station).
If you arrive on a late flight or need to catch an early flight, beware that there are no trains between 23:59 and 05:00 on either the monorail or the Keikyu line. Some limousine buses do operate after midnight, but such trips incur an additional "night surcharge".
Free shuttle buses run every 6 minutes between 05:00 and 24:00, connecting the International terminal with both Domestic terminals (outside security). Passengers transferring between the Domestic and International Terminals can also ride for free on the train or monorail by presenting a passport and connecting ticket to the information counter at the respective train or monorail stations.
International to Domestic connectionsEdit
If you are connecting from an international flight to a same-day domestic flight on ANA or Japan Airlines, you have the option of proceeding to the domestic connection counter inside the International Terminal after clearing immigration and customs. Once you re-check luggage and clear security, a shuttle bus will transport you from the International Terminal to the secure area of Domestic Terminal 1 or Domestic Terminal 2.
Domestic to International connections, on the other hand, require exiting the Domestic Terminals to take the shuttle bus, train or monorail to the International Terminal. However, your luggage will automatically be transferred to your next flight if it has been checked through to your next destination, and you do not need to do it yourself.
Unlike Narita Airport, Haneda does not have curfew hours, and the International Terminal operates 24 hours a day. However, most shops, with the exception of the duty free shops in the International Terminal, are closed between 00:00 and 06:30. The domestic terminals, on the other hand, do not operate for 24 hours and are only open from 05:00 to 00:00.
- Japan Airlines operates a lounge for first, business and premium economy class passengers in the International Terminal, with a separate section exclusively for first class passengers, and two lounges for domestic first class passengers in Terminal 1. The former is also accessible to passengers travelling in first and business class on other OneWorld airlines, while all three lounges are accessible to passengers with OneWorld Sapphire or Emerald status travelling on OneWorld flights regardless of travel class.
- All Nippon Airways operates two lounges for first, business and premium economy class passengers in the International Terminal, with separate sections exclusively for first class passengers in both lounges, and two lounges for domestic premium class passengers in Terminal 2. The former is also accessible to passengers travelling in first and business class on other Star Alliance airlines, while all four lounges are accessible to passengers with Star Alliance Gold status travelling on Star Alliance flights regardless of travel class. The international lounges feature a buffet spread of hot food that includes their signature Japanese chicken curry rice, as well as a noodle bar where you can order ramen and udon/soba dishes.
- Cathay Pacific operates a lounge for first and business class passengers in the International Terminal. Also accessible to passengers travelling in first and business class on other OneWorld airlines, as well as passengers with OneWorld Sapphire or Emerald status travelling on OneWorld flights regardless of travel class.
- The Sky Lounge and Sky Lounge Annex in the International Terminal are accessible to people with certain premium Japanese credit cards, as well as to paying guests.
- The TIAT Lounge and TIAT Lounge Annex in the International Terminal is used by airlines not in OneWorld or Star Alliance for their premium passengers and elite frequent flyer members, as well as by people with certain premium Japanese credit cards.
- Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 both have independent lounges branded as Airport Lounge, which are accessible to paying guests and people with certain premium Japanese credit cards.
Eat and drinkEdit
The International Terminal has a good selection of restaurants and gift shops land side of the airport as well as an outside observation deck. Air side are a number of high cost fashion brand shops as well as typical duty-free shops and basic cafes and restaurants.
Unlike in many other countries, most of the shops in Japanese airports are located landside, and Haneda is no exception. That said, there are also the usual duty free shops airside in the International Terminal.
If you are having an extended stopover Tokyo, you can opt to leave one of your suitcases at one of the luggage storage counters for up to two weeks. These are located in the departure hall (3F) and arrival hall (2F) of the International Terminal, on B1F of Terminal 1 and B1F of Terminal 2.
Haneda also has baggage delivery services, in which you can send your luggage to your hotel and vice-versa. Keep in mind that the Ta-Q-Bin delivery service to the airport takes at least 2 days. You can also use the service to ship your bags between Narita and Haneda airports, provided your stopover is at least 2 days long.
There are three hotels located within the airport grounds; two full service hotels and one budget hotel.
- 1 Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu, 3-4-2,Haneda Airport, ☏ . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. The hotel is directly connected to Domestic Terminal 2 (ANA). From ¥16,000.
- 2 Royal Park Hotel The Haneda, 2-6-5, Haneda Airport, ☏ . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:00. The hotel is directly connected to the International Terminal Building, making it a convenient option for late-night arrivals. Note that some rooms are located in the secure part of the terminal and are designed for departing/transiting passengers only, so be mindful of this when booking. From ¥15,600.
- 3 First Cabin Haneda Terminal 1, 3-3-2, Haneda Airport, ☏ . Check-in: 19:00, check-out: 10:00. A budget hotel located on the first floor of Terminal 1 whose concept is a cross between a capsule hotel and an aircraft first class cabin. Rooms can be booked either on a per night or per hour basis. From ¥6,000 per night or ¥1,000 per hour.
Outside Airport GroundsEdit
- 4 328 Hostel & Lounge, 3-2-8, Haneda, ☏ . Check-in: 18:00, check-out: 10:00. This hostel contains dormitory rooms with bunk beds. Single travelers share a room with other people of the same gender, while two travelers can use a private dorm room. From Haneda Airport, take a Keikyu train marked as a local (普通) or Airport Express (エアポート急行) to Anamori-Inari Station and walk south for about 500 meters. ¥3,280 single, ¥7,600 double.