Haneda Airport 羽田空港
Tokyo's first and busiest airport
One of Tokyo's two major airports and the primary domestic base for Japan's two major airlines, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways, Haneda services the majority of domestic flights to and from the city as well as an increasing handful of international routes.
After a facelift in 2010, Haneda expanded to offer more routes worldwide, increased in-house dining and entertainment options, and added easier transport into the city.
- The plane-themed capsule hotel in Terminal 1
- Watching planes take off and land against the skyline from the fantastic viewing decks
- Sky Ale, Haneda's exclusive craft beer
How to Get There
Reach Haneda Airport by train, monorail, bus or taxi.
By train: Take the JR Yamanote Line to Shinagawa. From there, transfer to the Keikyu Airport Line bound for Haneda Airport. Journeys from Shinagawa can take up to 30 minutes.
By monorail: Departing from Hamamatsucho Station, also on the Yamanote Line, the Tokyo Monorail provides a scenic seaside journey to Haneda Airport. Express services take 13 minutes.
By bus: A number of limousine buses service Haneda Airport from major train stations and hotels in the greater Tokyo area.
By taxi: Various providers offer flat-rate taxi services to and from Haneda Airport. Late-night services and expressway surcharges cost extra.
When planning your journey, be aware that public transport in Tokyo doesn't run 24 hours. The first connections to the airport via the Tokyo Monorail and Keikyu Railways reach the international terminal around 5:15 and 5:30. Early morning buses services from the center of Tokyo and Yokohama start arriving around 4:30. For late-night arrivals, the last trains and buses into the city end just after midnight.
Haneda Airport first opened as Haneda Airfield in 1931, located on what is now the southern end of the airport complex. At this time it served as the chief operating base of Japan Air Transport and handled domestic flights and flights to Taiwan and Korea, which were then both under Japanese rule.
During World War II, the airport was almost exclusively used as a base for military transport services and flight training for the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service. In 1978 it became the main port for almost all of Tokyo's domestic travel as most international flights were relocated to the newly constructed Narita Airport .
In 2010, the airport was expanded, adding a third terminal mainly for international flights. As the 2020 Olympic Games draw closer and the country prepares for an influx of international travelers, a new line to connect Haneda Airport directly to Tokyo Station in approximately 18 minutes is planned.
Airlines at Haneda
The airport is currently serviced by a number of international airlines.
Three major domestic companies use the airport regularly: All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan Airlines (JAL) and the budget Peach Aviation. A number of other low-cost carriers operate domestic flights out of Haneda, making it a cheap option for traveling quickly to the far ends of Japan.
What to do when you're not flying
As the busiest airport in Japan (and one of the top five busiest in the world), Haneda has everything you'd expect from a modern domestic and international airport. Free Wi-Fi, airport lounges, and a variety of dining and shopping options are all at hand.
Unique to Haneda, Edo Alley is a shopping and dining area in the international terminal styled like 19th-century Tokyo. To enhance the effect, Edo Alley is accessed by crossing a replica of Nihonbashi, the historic center point of all roads in Japan. If you're in Terminal 1, look for Haneda's own aviation shrine and pray for a safe flight.
For more modern Japan, visit Tokyo Pop Town, which stocks a wide array of anime, manga, and character merchandise. Or consider renting the futuristic robot tour guide-smartphone hybrid "Robohon" from the Global Wi-Fi counter.
For flights arriving or departing outside of public transport hours, or if you just want to rest up, accommodations are available in each terminal.
Terminal 3 (the international terminal) and Terminal 2 both offer standard hotel accommodations, while Terminal 1 has the plane-themed capsule hotel First Cabin on site for a truly Japanese sleeping experience.
Travelers can stay at one of the accommodation options in and around Otorii and Anamori-Inari stations on the Keikyu Airport Line, many of which offer free shuttle buses for guests.