8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Haneda Airport!

8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Haneda Airport!

Until 2010, with the completion of a new runway and International Terminal building, Haneda Airport was principally used for domestic flights. Then, in 2014, the International Terminal was doubled in size, allowing for a greater volume of intercontinental flights during more convenient daytime slots. Haneda’s impressive International Terminal offers easy and quick access to Tokyo, and a wide variety of services and facilities for travelers. Here are a few of its highlights.



 

8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Haneda Airport!

 

1. To and From Tokyo

As one who travels regularly on business in Asia, I prefer to fly from Haneda rather than Narita Airport. For one thing, it’s actually in Tokyo, which Narita isn’t; Haneda is quarter of the distance from central Tokyo as Narita. By Keikyu Railways Airport Line, or the sleek, modern Tokyo Monorail, connecting to the hubs at Shinagawa and Hamamatsucho Stations respectively, visitors can now arrive in downtown Tokyo within 30 minutes. Alternatively, if you have a lot of luggage or are traveling with kids, the more expensive Airport buses can deliver you to various locations in Tokyo in comfort.

 

2. Airport Lounges

8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Haneda Airport! Airport Lounges

In the International Departures Area (4F) there are several very comfortable airline and credit card lounges. Sky Lounge Annexe, for example, offers shower rooms (soap, shampoo and towels etc. provided) as well as drinks and refreshments (lounge access ¥1,030; showers ¥1,030 per 30mins). Check with your credit card company or airline which lounges you can use (some may be free of charge).

 

3. Essential Facilities

8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Haneda Airport! Essential Facilities

Japan is well-known for its high-tech toilets, and the airport restrooms are no exception. Not only that, but regular toilets have wide doorways for wheelchair users and travelers with suitcases. Cubicle doors clearly indicate if there’s a baby seat and nappy changing table inside, while each women’s restroom area has a urinal for small boys! For wheelchair users, passengers with babies or toddlers, the elderly, or anyone with special needs, Multipurpose restrooms equipped with just about any convenience imaginable are available.

 

4. Edo Marketplace

8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Haneda Airport! Edo Marketplace

You can find this quaint reproduction of an Edo period street on the 4th floor of the International Terminal building. It has restaurants serving everything from traditional Japanese fast foods, to kaiseki haute cuisine, as well as a branch of Mos Burger. Or enjoy a green-tea soft ice-cream from Kyo Hayashiya, a sweets seller established in 1753 as a teahouse. And if you’re looking for a last minute souvenir gift, the Edo Marketplace shops sell all manner of made-in-Japan clothing, accessories, cosmetics and regional foods.

 

5. Tokyo Pop Town

Upstairs from Edo Marketplace, on the 5th floor, Tokyo Pop Town presents a more contemporary taste of Tokyo culture. The Starry Café, the world’s first airport planetarium-café, can project over 40 million stars onto its domed ceiling! The Cool Zone has shops selling action figures and pop-science items, while the Hot Zone features a 50 meter slot-car race track as well as shops specializing in anime figures and pop-culture.

 

6. Plane Spotting

All three Haneda terminals have spacious observation decks with camera-friendly wire fences (not chain-link), but the most dramatic views are had from Terminal 2, which includes Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Gate Bridge in the background, as well as a closer view of the runways. The best time to visit the observation deck is around sunset or later to best enjoy the airport atmosphere and the night views of the city in the distance.

 

7. Health & Wellbeing

Haneda Airport offers a variety of services for travelers’ health and wellbeing needs, including massage or aroma therapy at Grand Raffine relaxation salon; medical assistance at the 1st floor Toho University clinic; nurseries for baby and toddler care; and pharmacies both pre- and post-security. There’s even a prayer room in the departure lobby!

 

8. Electronic & Money Services

Several ATMs can be found dotted around the airport, and there are 5 x 24 hour currency exchanges pre- and post-security. Free WiFi is available throughout the airport via the ‘HANEDA-FREE-WIFI’ network. Computer stations with internet access are also available for ¥100/10 min. Mobile device charging is possible at @TIAT stations in the departure area.

 

Conclusion

From its humble beginnings, Haneda Airport has developed into one of the five busiest airports in the world providing foreign visitors with a modern, clean and well organized port of arrival or departure, with a host of exceptional shopping and dining options. So, if you find yourself passing through Haneda International Airport, allow yourself a little more time to enjoy all it has to offer.

 

8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Haneda Airport!

1. To and From Tokyo
2. Airport Lounges
3. Essential Facilities
4. Edo Marketplace
5. Tokyo Pop Town
6. Plane Spotting
7. Health & Wellbeing
8. Electronic & Money Services