New Gateway to Tokyo
New York City, New York - August 17, 2010: While the wave of foreign travelers to Tokyo surges, the Japanese capital opens a new gateway that is actually located in the city: Tokyo International Airport. Known as Haneda Airport, this gateway had been the largest international airport in the country until the current largest international gateway Narita Airport was built in 1978. After having become a domestic-oriented service airport, Haneda Airport regains some slots for international flights, when the brand-new fourth runway is completed and officially opened on October 21, 2010.
Airport in the City
This new opening is the expansion of Haneda’s capacity and function to long-haul international flights during low-traffic hours in early morning and late night. And the airport is located actually within Tokyo, and it only takes 13 minutes by train to get on the Yamanote Line, Tokyo’s main loop.
Get into the City
The largest change will be the distance to central Tokyo: Public transportation system from Haneda is as competitive as Narita, but the proximity to the city center is definitely a big advantage.
Train: Tokyo Monorail runs every 3 to 5 minutes, and the platform is connected by the elevator going down to departure and arrival floors. The monorail’s city station is Hamamatsu-cho, one of the stops on Tokyo’s main train loop Yamanote Line.
Keikyu Line also serves right into the Haneda’s new international terminal building. The platform is in the basement of the terminal building, and the elevator takes you to both arrival and departure floors from the station level. Keikyu Line connects the airport to Shinagawa station on Yamanote Line.
Thanks to the proximity from the city center, ground transportation such as the airport bus and taxi rides are also convenient if you have a handful of luggage. Tokyo’s several taxi companies are resetting a new flat rate around 6,000 yen (approximately $68) to major destinations in city center such as Shinjuku and Shibuya, which is 20 to 30% less than the average rate for the same distance.
The new terminal will be more than the terminal to pass through. Structural innovation is everywhere, including floor to ceiling glass window that brings in a lot of natural light and chic yet functional bathrooms. On the rooftop of the 5-story terminal building is the observation deck with 270 degree panorama of the runways. Shopping will be a large entertainment in the terminal: The Edo style (the old Tokyo style) shopping façade has retro-style café, well-known ramen restaurants and more. Among the futuristic pop culture arcade is a unique planetarium café that entertains customers with magnificent space shows of 40 million stars.
Most tenants, particularly food courts and lounges, set generous business hours and relaxation facilities such as showers and nap rooms for the terminal’s 24/7 operation.
Easier Connection to Beyond Tokyo
Flights to Haneda Airport also expedite the connections to domestic flights for those who travel beyond Tokyo: Haneda is Japan’s largest domestic aviation hub, and flying into Haneda makes it much easier to connect to domestic flights. Japan’s other regional attractions such as gorgeous ski country Hokkaido and tropical beach destination Okinawa, become much more accessible through the new service at Haneda Airport.
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