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Guide to Haneda Airport and Surroundings
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2023 latest edition! Guide to Haneda Airport and Surroundings
Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport) is one of the world’s gateways to Japan. In 2023, Haneda achieved international acclaim, ranked first of all airports in the World’s Cleanest Airports for eight straight years, and second in Best Airports in Asia. Many travelers may be touching down here for the first time in three or four years, and will no doubt be astonished at how it has changed. The area has transformed not only inside the airport, but also outside as massive complexes have appeared. Let’s look at the “now” of this dynamic area.On the 4th floor of the international terminal (Terminal 3) is a shopping and dining area called Edo Koji (Edo Lane), designed to recreate the atmosphere of bygone days when Tokyo was known as “Edo.” Newly renovated this March, the area holds more than 20 restaurants unique to Japan including Edomae sushi, yakitori, and oden restaurants. In the latest reopening, hot topics were the famous sukiyaki restaurant “Ningyocho Imahan,” “SPAGHETTERIA VAVnova,” and the onigiri (rice ball) specialty shop “Onigiri Konga,” serving up the taste passed down from the famous Tokyo rice ball shop, “Bongo.” Before you leave Japan, treat yourself to a traditional Japanese family favorite, onigiri.
https://www.tiat.co.jp/en/terminal/edo_koji.htmlShop ‘til you drop on the 1st and 2nd floors filled with all kinds of stores, from sweets to traditional arts or the latest fashions. Two of the most coveted souvenirs are the traditional arts and folding fans from the Kyoto maker “Hakuchikudo,” as well as the Western-style umbrellas made by a company from Fukui Prefecture, “Fukui Yougasa.” Fukui Yougasa items are not cheap, but the distinctive, special way of weaving fabric to make it water-repellent is a prime example of Japan’s hidden traditional techniques.Also, at “KOKUYO DOORS,” the exclusive store of Japan’s major stationery producer, KOKUYO, feel free to try top quality products to find the one you want, and pick up sets of original stationery from Japan’s first IoT vending machine of stationery. The vending machine is available in English, so you can easily see what kind of stationery it sells! The wealth of dining options at Haneda Airport Garden also makes it a perfect place for a rest before leaving Japan or after arrival. Take your pick of all-time Japanese favorites such as sushi, ramen, and wagyu beef shabu-shabu. Another special treat is being able to sample regional culinary specialties from all over Japan while at the airport, including Nagoya’s specialty deep fried pork cutlet with miso-based sauce and Gunma’s unique udon. A halal curry shop is also here. The 4th to 12th floors of the facility are occupied by two hotels, the Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier Haneda Airport (160 rooms in total) and Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand Haneda Airport (1,557 rooms in total), which combine to offer one of Japan’s largest selection of rooms as airport hotels. When flights arrive late at night or leave in early morning, this is the place to come. On the top floor is a natural hot spring spa with an amazing view, “Izumi Tenku no Yu.” Gaze out upon Mt. Fuji from the women’s bath, or watch airplane action from the men’s side for a refreshing bath on a sunny day.
https://www.shopping-sumitomo-rd.com/haneda/shoppingAlso, to experience cutting-edge technology, pop into the cafe AI_SCAPE where robots both cook and serve food. Choose from a set menu of three dishes such as curry and pasta. Also, at GURUNAVI FOODHALL WYE Tenkubashi, opened in November 2022, place your order by smartphone and get served by a robot waiter, ideal for those with little time to spare. You can enjoy tastes from top restaurants selected from all over Japan.
https://haneda-innovation-city.com/en/The world is watching what happens at Haneda Airport, and the future doubtless holds further future advancements. When you come to Japan and Tokyo, make the most of your time ‘til the last minute at Haneda Airport.
Haneda Airport’s Three terminalsOriginally, Haneda Airport was divided into two terminals, one international, and one domestic. However, in March 2020, these were rearranged into terminals 1, 2, and 3. International flights are assigned to Terminal 3 and part of Terminal 2, while domestic flights are in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The station names of Keikyu Railway and Tokyo Monorail were also changed at the same time. Due to the pandemic, Terminal 2 has been closed for international flights, but these will resume from July 19, 2023.
Beyond the Airport, Destination #1: Haneda Airport GardenThe massive complex Haneda Airport Garden opened in January 2023. Directly connected to the Arrival Lobby on the 2nd floor of Terminal 3. This retail paradise has about 80 shops and restaurants, two hotels, a hot spring spa, a convention hall useful for MICE, and a bus terminal connecting Tokyo with the rest of Japan.
Beyond the Airport, Destination #2: Haneda Innovation CityAnother new spot near the airport is Haneda Innovation City, which opened in July 2020, and will fully open in this autumn. This vast complex is directly connected to Tenkubashi Station, just one station away from Terminal 3 Station. In addition to a hotel, restaurants, and a live performance hall, a variety of other attractions come together here to offer experiences of both traditional Japanese culture and cutting-edge technology. A free footbath is a great place to relax while watching the planes landing or taking off to soar above, not only popular in the daytime but also for the airport night view as well.