Also known as Tokyo International Airport, Haneda Airport (東京国際空港 or Tōkyō Kokusai Kūkō in Japanese) is the closest airport to Tokyo's city center, located less than 30 minutes from Tokyo Station by train. Until recently, however, few long-haul flights arrived to or departed from Haneda Airport—the Japanese government awarded the majority of slots to carriers serving Narita Airport, which sits nearly two hours to Haneda's northeast in rural Chiba prefecture. Today, dozens of carriers serve a record number of global destinations from Haneda Airport.
If you're here, you're probably on one of these flights, so continue reading to learn more.
Haneda Airport Code, Location, and Contact Information
Know Before You Go
Haneda Airport is divided into international and domestic sections, which are served by separate public transportation stations. While there is a single international terminal building, two numbered terminals serve domestic flights: Terminal 1, which is the domestic hub of Japan Airlines and Terminal 2, which All Nippon Airways (ANA) uses as its base for Japanese domestic operations. (NOTE: ANA flights to the cities of Fukuoka and Kitakyushu depart from Terminal 1, as of August 2019).
Although a free shuttle bus transports passengers between terminals, you'll need to re-clear security to board a flight that departs from a different terminal. Additionally, if you're arriving from a domestic destination and are boarding an international flight, you will need to clear Japanese customs and immigration within the international terminal building.
Haneda Airport Parking
Although it's unlikely that you, as a tourist, will need to drive in Tokyo, Haneda Airport offers plentiful parking. The largest parking structure is an oval-shaped garage just outside the international terminal building. Although the Haneda Airport garage can accommodate more than 3,000 vehicles, management recommends you reserve a parking spot online. Parking fees vary, but never exceed 2,100 yen per day (about $19) for stays of 24 to 72 hours, or 1,500 yen (about $14) per day beyond that.
Haneda Airport Driving Directions
Haneda Airport is located in Tokyo's Ota ward, across the Tama River from Kanagawa prefecture's Kawasaki city. To reach Haneda Airport from central Tokyo you'll head due south for about 11 miles (18 kilometers), traveling primarily on the Bayshore and Inner Circular Routes of the Metropolitan Expressway. Depending on traffic and where in Tokyo you begin your journey, driving to Haneda Airport can take anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes.
Public Transportation and Taxis to Haneda Airport
Two main public rail routes connect Haneda Airport to central Tokyo. The first is the Tokyo Monorail, which terminates at Hamamatsucho station, where you can connect to the Tokyo Metro and JR (Japan Railways) lines. The second is Keikyu Kuko Line, which runs all the way to Narita Airport, Tokyo's other international airport, stopping along the way in transport hubs like Shinagawa, Shimbashi, and Asakusa. Additionally, you can ride a "limousine bus" to Haneda Airport from several departure points in Tokyo, including Tokyo and Shinjuku Station, as well as Narita Airport.
If you need to take a taxi to Haneda Airport, you can expect to pay around 7,000 yen (about $65) from Tokyo or Haneda, assuming you travel during daylight hours and encounter normal traffic. Tip: If you don't speak Japanese, simply saying "Haneda Kū-kō" will do the trick for a taxi or ride-sharing service to communicate where you need to go.
Where to Eat and Drink at Haneda Airport
Although dining options in the two domestic terminals of Haneda Airport are limited, you'll be spoiled for choice in the international terminal building. In addition to a variety of airside options past immigration and security, the fourth floor of the check-in area (known as "Edo Market") includes more than 44 Japanese, Chinese, and Western eateries, which include the following:
- Ariso (Sushi)
- Katsusen (Tonkatsu fried pork cutlet)
- MOS Burger (Japan's answer to McDonald's)
- Setagaya (Ramen noodle soup)
- Yoshinoya (Gyu-don beef rice bowl)
Haneda Airport is also home to several convenience stores (kombini in Japanese), including 7-11 and Family Mart. Many Japanese travelers pick up bento boxes, onigiri rice balls and other snacks from these shops, as opposed to sitting down for a formal meal.
How to Spend Your Haneda Airport Layover
Haneda Airport is relatively close to central Tokyo, so assuming you're adventurous (and have a minimum of six hours to spare so you don't miss your flights), a few attractions are a short train ride from the airport include:
- East Gardens of the Tokyo Imperial Palace (Tokyo Station)
- teamLAB Borderless Digital Art Museum (Odaiba)
- Kabukicho bar district (Shinjuku)
- Shibakoen (Hamamatsucho)
- Shibuya Scramble pedestrian crossing (Shibuya)
Additionally, the "Edo Village" dining area also includes some free Japanese cultural exhibitions, which rotate throughout the year. Furthermore, if you're interested in exploring Ota Ward just outside the airport, the official Ota City tourism board has recommended a few local itineraries.
Haneda Airport Lounges
ANA and JAL, Haneda Airport's hub carriers, offer business and first class lounges (the ANA Lounge and ANA Suites Lounge; and the Business Class and First Class wings of the Sakura Lounge, respectively), as well as premium lounges for each carrier inside their domestic terminals. Other lounges at Haneda Airport include:
- Cathay Pacific Lounge (International Terminal)
- TIAT Sky Lounge (International Terminal)
- Domestic Airport Lounges (Six lounges—three in Terminal 1; three in Terminal 2)
Make sure to verify lounge access prior to Haneda Airport in order to avoid disappointment. Generally speaking, business or first class and Gold status passengers traveling on Star Alliance airlines can access ANA's lounges; you'll need to be traveling in business or first class on Oneworld carriers, or hold Oneworld Emerald or Sapphire status in order to enter JAL-managed lounges at Haneda Airport.
Wi-Fi and Charging Stations at Haneda Airport
Haneda Airport offers free Wi-Fi to all passengers. Theoretically, your phone should connect to the network automatically, and a window to enter your email address and agree to the airport's terms and conditions should pop up. If it doesn't, connect to the "Haneda Airport Free Wi-Fi" network and point your browsers to "Wifi-Cloud.jp."
Charging stations are available at every gate in the international terminal building and at many of the gates in Terminals 1 or 2. If you can't find an available charging terminal (conveniently, Japan uses American-style plugs), visit an information desk to inquire about where you can find one nearby.
Haneda Airport Tips and Facts
- International flights in Japan board 30 minutes prior to departure; for domestic flights it's just 15 minutes. Make sure you leave enough time to get through security and immigration, assuming at least 15 minutes for each.
- Not all ATMs at Haneda Airport (or in Japan in general) accept foreign cards. However, all ATMs inside 7-Eleven stores do, so visit one of the 7-Eleven stores (or standalone, 7-Eleven branded ATMs) inside the Haneda Airport international building to withdraw Japanese yen. Japan is a surprisingly cash-centric society, despite of how technologically advanced it is, so it's a good idea to withdraw enough cash to have at least 5,000 yen (about $47 as of August 2019) per day of your trip.
- Foreign currency exchange is regulated by the Japanese government, so money changers airside and land-side at Haneda Airport should offer the same rate you get in the city. Note that depending upon which company you choose, you might need to fill out some paperwork in order to complete your exchange.
- Taking off and landing at Haneda Airport takes you over the center of Tokyo—and, for some departures, iconic Mt. Fuji as well. Snag a window seat on your flight, and keep your phone or camera handy so you can use it even before the seatbelt sign is turned off.
- If you have purchased a Japan Rail Pass for use in Japan, you can redeem your "Exchange Order" at the JR Pass Office on the second floor, just outside the entrance to the Tokyo Monorail.
- Vendors selling Japanese SIM cards and mobile Wi-Fi units are set up just outside of customs at Haneda Airport. Note that while you can purchase SIM cards with increasingly generous data allowances, foreigners cannot have a Japanese phone number as of August 2019.
- Increasingly, airlines are selling connecting international itineraries that have you arrive at Haneda and depart from Narita, or vice-versa. If your itinerary is one of these, ensure you have a minimum of four hours between flights, as the bus or train journey between the airports is around two hours minimum.