Tokyo has come a long way since it became the capital of a government ruled by Japan's shoguns, or military commanders. The period began an economic growth and flourishing of culture unprecedented in Japanese history. Today, Tokyo continues that growth at a lightning pace, and one of the two main entry points to this exciting capital is Tokyo Haneda Airport. The airport handles the bulk of Tokyo's domestic flights as well as some international flights. After exploring Tokyo's endless array of tourist attractions, drive yourself out into the surrounding region to discover hot springs, temple retreats, tranquil woods, farms or if you prefer it, Tokyo Disneyland.
Who to Book With
Visitors to Tokyo arriving via any of the three passenger terminals of Tokyo Haneda will find counters for car rental companies on each building's first floor (1F). The following car hire agencies are represented: Orix, Times, Toyota, Nissan and Nippon.
Need to Know Essentials
You will need to show the following documents at vehicle collection:
- International Driving Permit (required)
- Valid ID or a document to prove your identity (passport)
- Copy of the confirmation of the booking
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Japan has an excellent network of highways surrounding its capital city. However, it is not recommended to try and explore Tokyo, especially its central areas, behind the wheel. Streets can get congested in the peak hours. Parking and petrol prices can be quite expensive, though still more affordable than in Europe. Driving a car can be good for when doing daytrips out into the surrounding regions. Although toll fees are expensive, Tokyo only requires that you pay a flat rate when entering any of its expressways. This applies in other major cities in the country as well.
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The Japan Railway (JR) system and the subway networks in addition to other forms of public transport in the country's capital cover most of the destinations in the Tokyo area. To undertake daytrips from the capital, it is recommended to take a car, which you can pick up at Tokyo Haneda.
The Tokyo Monorail is the fastest way to get to your final destination from Tokyo Haneda. It is also a scenic way to see the city. All terminals have a dedicated station. A fare of £3 will get you to Hamamatsucho Station in Minato district. Here you can make connections to the rest of the city's train system.
Regular metered cabs are available outside each of the terminals' Arrival Lobby (first floor) right after you claim your baggage. Visitors arriving at night will need to pay 20 per cent more. Anzen Taxis offers services to central Tokyo for a flat rate.
Tokyo Haneda Airport to central Tokyo is about £46
Tokyo Haneda's terminals also have Airport Limousine buses which take arriving passengers to many points in Tokyo, particularly train stations and hotels. There are bus ticket counters in the Arrivals Lobby right by each terminal's exit doors. A ride to Shibuya station in central Tokyo costs about £7.
Tokyo Haneda Station has three passenger terminals. Terminal 1 and 2 receive mostly domestic flights from local airlines. The International Terminal opened only in 2010 and now handles intercontinental flights from the US, Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia. British Airways flies from London-Heathrow to here.
Tokyo Haneda has four multi-storey parking facilities. Each airline is assigned a parking facility. Passengers on Japan Airlines can only use P1 and P2. P4, meanwhile, handles ANA passengers. All four facilities are equipped with prior payment machines for easy transactions.
Free Wi-Fi is available to everyone at Tokyo Haneda. There are also computer stations in each terminal building. An hour of use at any of the computer stations costs £4.
The airport has several Information desks scattered all over each terminal. The first floor of Terminal 1, for example, has eight in total. Terminal 2 has three on the first floor. The International Terminal has a Tourist Information Centre in the Arrival Lobby, second floor.
Haneda Airport General Information: +81 3 5757 8111
Tokyo Haneda Airport is a barrier-free airport. Airport assistance staff members wearing red or grey coats roam around the airport. The floor has textured tiles to guide the visually impaired. Braille plates are found at each restroom entrance. Parking spaces are provided in each parking facility.
Restaurants and Bars
All terminals have restaurants, cafés and bars. One particularly recommended open-air café is located on the top floor of Terminal 1. Terminal 2 is even better as it has an open-air rooftop restaurant on the top floor. The International Terminal has a shopping and dining area called the Edo Market. Restaurants here include Ginza Orgua for authentic Japanese food, Esse Due Il Binario for Italian food and many others.
Pay lounges can be found in Tokyo Haneda. Terminals 1 and 2 have six pay lounges in total. There is one in Terminal 1, first floor, and another in Terminal 2, fourth floor. The International Terminal has the TIAT Sky Lounge, a common airline lounge, on the fourth floor.
Money and ATMs
Numerous ATMs are found in all terminal buildings. The Bank of Tokyo and Citibank have an ATM each on the first floor of Terminal 1. The Bank of Yokohama has an ATM on the first floor of Terminal 2. A Mizhuo Bank branch is located on the first floor of the International Terminal.
Passengers arriving at the International Terminal have a whole area of the airport dedicated to shopping and dining. This is the Edo Market located on the fourth floor. Here, Edo Event-Kan sells souvenir items such as sweets and handicrafts. There is also a Kaneko Optical Shop here. Both Terminals 1 and 2 have a whole area converted into a shopping mall.