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Tokyo Airports Guide

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Tokyo Airports Guide

The two most important international airports in the capital Tokyo are Narita Airport and Haneda Airport. They carry important roles as the international and domestic transportation hubs in the Kanto region. Every year countless foreign tourists enter and leave the country through these two airports. Here we briefly summarize some basic yet crucial information on the airports, as well as nearby hotels, public transportation, and traffic when commuting between downtown. Our company located in Tokyo, we focus on providing high-quality car rental and private transfer services in Tokyo area. Our professional private driver will always strike to provide the most satisfactory Chauffeur Services.  If you are interested in reserving a hotel or airport privaet transfer, please feel free to book online or contact our customer service.

Narita International Airport
Built in 1978, Narita International Airport is located in Narita City in Chiba Prefecture.  68 kilometers away from downtown Tokyo and takes 50 to 60 minutes by public transportation, Narita Airport is the largest international airport in Japan.

Narita International Airport is an Asian hub port for Japan Airlines, ANA, United Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines and more. Many tourists arrive to Japan via Narita International Airport. It is also an important connecting airport for many long-haul flights such that many North American and Asian passengers transit via Narita International Airport for intercontinental travel.

There are 3 terminals at Narita Airport. The commute time needed between Terminal 1 and 2 is about 10 minutes, which is the same as between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. You can walk between Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 (approximately 15 minutes) or take a terminal bus (approximately 3 minutes).

International Flight Arrivals and Departures
Terminal 1 International Departure: Head to the departure hall on 4F.  After checking in and passing through security check, proceed to the 3F for exit check.  Then, follow the signs to boarding gate.
Terminal 1 International Arrivals: upon arrival, follow the sign to the quarantine counter. After going through immigration at 2F, proceed to the 1F arrival hall for baggage claim, plant and animal quarantine, and customs baggage inspection.

Terminal 2 International Departure: Head to the departure hall on 3F and heck in. After security check and exit check, follow the signs in the building, please go to the boarding gate. International Arrivals at Terminal 2: Immigration clearance on the 2F of the main building. After the immigration clearance is completed, please proceed to the arrival hall on the 1F of the main building. Pick up luggage, plant, animal quarantine, customs baggage inspection results.

Terminal 3 International Departure: Head to the 2F departure hall and check in. After security check and exit check at 3F. Follow the signs to the boarding gate.
International Arrivals at Terminal 3: Upon arrival, follow the guide to the quarantine counter.  After immigration check at 2F, move on to 1F for luggage claim, plant, animal quarantine, and customs baggage inspection.

Public Transportation from Narita Airport to Downtown Tokyo
Skyliner: From Narita Airport Station / Airport Terminal 2 Station, it takes about 36 minutes to Nippori Station or 41 minutes to Ueno Station.

Narita Express: From Narita Airport Station / Airport Terminal 2 Station, it takes at least 50 minutes to Tokyo / Shinagawa / Shibuya / Shinjuku / Ikebukuro / Yokohama / Omiya and other major stations. 

Tokyo city shuttle and THE ACCESS: from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station / Ginza Station, it takes at least 60 minutes.
Narita Shuttle: From Narita Airport to Osaki Station, the ride takes at least 75 minutes. YURAKUCHO Shuttle: (some are equipped with wheelchair lifts): From Narita Airport (Terminal 2) to Tokyo Station, it takes least 70 minutes.

Narita Airport-Haneda Airport: The cheapest way is to take the Keikyu Electric Railway Keisei Line, which costs around 1,746 yen and takes 90-115 minutes. Alternatively, you can also take a luxury bus.  The adult fare is 3,200 yen, which takes 65-85 minutes.

Tokyo Haneda Airport
Haneda Airport is located in the Oita district and is the largest airport in Japan.  It mainly operates domestic flights and some international flights.  With flights to over 37 airports, it plays an important role in connecting the major cities across the country, including Sapporo, Fukuoka, Osaka, Hiroshima, etc.   There are approximately 40 million passengers traveling through Haneda airport each year.  Haneda Airport, along with Narita International Airport, is world-renowned for its quality services and comprehensive facilities.  With buses, trams, and taxis, commute to downtown Tokyo is very convenient.  Haneda Airport has 3 airport terminals.
The International Terminal 3 has an underground tunnel directly connecting to Terminal 1 and 2. Terminal 1 hosts domestic flights by Japan Airlines, Skymark Airlines, and StarFlyer to destination outside Kitakyushu.  Terminal 2 hosts domestic flights by All Nippon Airways, Hokkaido International Airlines, and StarFlyer to destinations in Osaka Kansai or Kitakyushu.  International Terminal 3 hosts international flights by any airlines.  Passenger can use the underground connection corridors to commute between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.  The distance is about 400 meters and there is a moving walk.  Free shuttle bus to the terminals is also available.

Terminal Departures and Arrivals
The departure halls of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 are located at 2F, and the arrival halls are located at 1F.  When transferring from a domestic flight to an international flight, please go to the international terminal and check in at your airline counter on 3F.  If you are transferring from an international flight to a domestic flight, please go to the departure hall located on 2F of the domestic terminal (Terminal 1 or Terminal 2).

Transportation from Haneda Airport to Downtown Tokyo
There are three recommended public transportation from Haneda Airport to Tokyo.  First option is to take the Keihin Kyuko Electric Railway from Terminal 1 and Terminal B1F of the airport.  The ride takes at least 16 minutes to Shinagawa / Asakusa Station.  Alternatively, you can use the Tokyo Monorail.  From Terminal 1 and Terminal B1F of the airport, it takes about 16-23 minutes to get to Hamammatsucho Station, where you can transfer to other lines.  Last but not least, take a limousine bus to travel from Haneda Airport to the main stations and hotels in the city.

Service Facilities
Haneda Airport is fully equipped with facilities including information desk, banks, luggage storage, and hotels.  There are coin-operated storage lockers in B1F of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.  There are also eight ATMs.  Additionally, there are two observation decks, one on 6F of Terminal 1 at and the other on 5F of Terminal 2.  The opening hours are from 6:30 to 22:00.  Long haul flight or connecting passengers can use the First Cabin Capsule Hotel in Terminal 1 to rest.  Lastly, there is also a smoking room in each terminal.


Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • What floor are the departure and arrival halls located in Tokyo Haneda Airport?
    For Terminal 1, arrival halls are located on 1F and the departure halls are located on 2F. For International Terminal, departure halls are located on 3F, and the arrival halls are located on 2F.
  • Where can I find luggage storage in Narita Airport?
    You can find luggage storage on 1F and 4F of Terminal 1 and 1F and 3F of Terminal 2 in Narita Airport. Storage fee depends on the size of the luggage (small, medium, large). Clothes storage is also available. Terminal 3 does not have any temporary storage service, but you can use the coin-operated lockers or proceed to Terminal 2 for luggage storage.
  • Where can I find ATMs in Narita Airport?
    ATMS are located at various locations in Narita Airport: 1F and 4F of Terminal 1; 1F - 4F of Terminal 2; 1F to 3F of Terminal 3. Depending on your bank cards and transaction type, operation hours of the ATMs differ. Also, please pay attention to the holidays such as the Golden Week and New Year, during which the ATMs close.
  • Where can I find luggage delivery service in Haneda Airport?
    Haneda Airport offers luggage delivery service by Japan Express and Yamato Transport, located at the arrival halls (1F) of Terminal 1 and 2. With luggage delivery service, you can travel with ease back to your hotel. The luggage can be delivered to hotels in any of the 23 districts in Tokyo within the same day.
  • Are there any smoking areas in Haneda Airport and Narita Airport?
    For the best travel experience, both Haneda Airport and Narita Airport offer smoking areas across the airports. With sings, passengers can easily find can find designate smoking area in every floor of the terminals.
  • Where can I purchase a SIM card at Haneda and Narita airports?
    For Haneda airport, Docomo store is located on the 1F of Terminal 1. Additionally, there are information desk and SIM card stores found in B1F of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. For Narita Airport, you can purchase a SIM card and wifi at 1F and 4F of Terminal 1, 1F and 3F of Terminal 2, and 1F and 2F of Terminal 3.
  • How to travel from Narita Airport to downtown Tokyo by public transportation?
    There are several options to travel to downtown Tokyo. First is by Skyliner, with which you take a ride from Terminal 2 at Narita airport to Nippori Station or Ueno Station. Alternatively, you can take the Narita Express from Terminal 2 to Tokyo/ Shinagawa/ Shibuya/ Shinjuku/ Ikebukuro /Yokohama /Omiya or other major stations. Lastly, you can take city shuttle or the Access from Narita airport to Tokyo/Ginza Station.
  • Do you provide airport transfer at Haneda or Narita Airport?
    Yes, we can provide private transfer from or to either airport. We also offer private transfer service on Tokyo sightseeing, cruise port transfer, hotel transfer, and car rental.
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