My Tokyo Guide
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Updated: April 2, 2018
Tour a real Japan Airlines hangar and learn about the history of aviation. Visit shops and restaurants in the style of old-time Japan. See one of the best views of Tokyo while planes take off into the night.
Take the Tokyo Monorail from Hamamatsu-cho Station to Shin-Seibijo Station
Shin-Seibijo Station is the ninth stop on the Tokyo Monorail, between the international and domestic terminals, and is only accessible on local trains. Be sure not to board an express train at Hamamatsucho, and do not get off at Seibijo Station, another station with a similar name.
Leave via the only exit at Shin-Seibijo Station. Walk up the stairs and turn right at the top. You’ll see the building on your right.
The tour of the JAL factory is 100 minutes long and is comprised of an opening lecture on aviation and the history of Japan Airlines, 20 minutes of free time in the Exhibition Area, and a tour of two airport hangars where you can get a close-up look of current planes. Highlights of the museum include exhibitions of old uniforms and aircraft technology, a mock cockpit with buttons and controls to play with, and the chance to see the special gold seat once used by the emperor.
Return to Shin-Seibijo Station and hop back on the monorail. Get off just one stop away at Haneda Airport International Terminal Station.
The fourth floor of the international terminal has a treat in store for visitors. Edo Ko-Ji is an area that harkens back to the years between 17th and 19th century Japan, when Tokyo first flourished as the center of the nation’s government and economy. Visit shops offering unique locally-made souvenirs, from ceramics to woodblock prints. Dine at one of the many restaurants serving both local specialties and international cuisine.
Take the Tokyo Monorail three stops away to Haneda Airport Terminal 2, the domestic terminal. On the fifth floor is a grand observation deck overlooking the airport and beyond. The view here is truly special, as you can see Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree, Rainbow Bridge, and Tokyo Gate Bridge all in the same panorama. Catch the sunset and watch the stars come out over Tokyo. Here is a perfect place to end your aviation-themed day.