So you’re flying into Haneda Airport and want the lowdown — then you’re in the right place. Whether it’s your gateway into Tokyo, or just a layover, here’s everything you need to know about Haneda Airport.

Haneda Airport: The basics

Airport code: HND
Ota Ward, Tokyo
15 km (9 miles) south of central Tokyo (and around 25-40 minutes away by train, bus, or taxi)

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The control tower of Haneda Airport at dusk. | Photo by Pavone

Haneda Airport, known officially as Tokyo International Airport, is one of two airports in the Tokyo area (the other being Narita Airport). It first opened in 1931 and is consistently ranked as one of the best airports in the world. There are three terminals and four runways.

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Haneda Airport opening hours

Terminals 1 and 2 are open from 5 a.m. to midnight, although the arrivals and departures areas themselves may adjust their hours to the first/last flights of the day. International service areas in Terminal 2 are open from 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Terminal 3 is open 24 hours.

24-hour amenities at Haneda Airport

There are a number of restaurants and one convenience store in Terminal 3 that are open 24 hours a day. Besides these, there is only one convenience store in Terminal 2 that is open 24 hours and nothing in Terminal 1. There is a Tsutaya Books bookstore in Terminal 2 that used to be open 24 hours, but it’s temporarily closed. Unfortunately, there aren’t any other shops or services in any of the terminals that are open 24 hours.

Tips for arriving at Haneda Airport

When you arrive at Haneda Airport your experience will be slightly different depending on whether your flight is domestic or international. If it’s domestic, it’s quite simple: hop off the plane and head to baggage claim — or straight out the door if you’re a light packer. For international arrivals, all the normal “arriving in Japan” procedures apply — meaning you’ll have to go through immigration and customs.

In all the arrivals lobbies you’ll find essentials like ATMs/money exchange machines or counters, luggage forwarding and storage services, bus ticket counters, and rental car services.

Tips for departing from Haneda Airport

The departures hall at Haneda Airport. | Photo by Maria Danuco

When traveling to Haneda Airport, make sure to check your terminal. The train stops at Terminal 3 Station first, then continues on to Terminal 1/2 Station. Meanwhile the Tokyo Monorail stops at Terminal 3 Station, then Terminal 1 Station, and finally Terminal 2 Station. Also keep in mind that in Terminal 2, the Departures Lobbies for domestic and international flights are on different floors.

Haneda Airport services and facilities

Relax for a moment. | Photo by Maria Danuco

Each terminal is quite different from one another, but they all have the basic facilities and services you’d expect.

Services and facilities in all terminals

  • Toilets (including gender-neutral, accessible toilets), baby changing spaces, and lactation rooms.
  • Free Wi-Fi and charging outlets.
  • Restaurants and cafés (including vegetarian and halal options).
  • Prayer rooms, quiet rooms, and kids’ play areas.
  • ATMs and currency exchange counters.
  • Baggage delivery services and coin lockers.
  • Phone/Pocket Wi-Fi rental and SIM card vendors.
  • Bus ticket counters.

Terminal 1 (T1): Domestic flights

Marketplace Terminal 1. | Photo by Maria Danuco

Domestic flights operated by Japan Airlines (JAL), Skymark Airlines, and StarFlyer.

Terminal 1 is the largest terminal with six floors and over 20 gates split between the North and South Wings. It has a good range of shops, dining options, and amenities, however, it is only for domestic flights so there are no duty-free stores.

Haneda Airport T1 amenities

Highlights: Uniqlo (1F, before security), Subway (B1F, before security)

The best shopping opportunities can be found in Marketplace, a mall inside the airport. It’s sandwiched between the North and South Wings so it’s easy to find. Inside, there’s a range of shops selling clothing, toys, and books, as well as a massage parlor and a number of restaurants.

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If you head up to the rooftop of Terminal 1, you’ll find the observation deck. It offers a great view of the runways with Tokyo Bay in the background. Look out for planes with promotional tie-ins, they’ll often have anime or game characters painted on them.

Terminal 2 (T2): Domestic flights (and some international flights)

Domestic flights operated by All Nippon Airways (ANA), Air Do, and Solaseed Air. International flights operated by ANA.

Terminal 2 has an almost identical layout to Terminal 1, with a North and South Wing, and a Marketplace mall in the middle. But it is a little smaller, with around 20 gates and only five floors.

Haneda Airport T2 amenities

Highlight: Blue Seal (1F, before security)

Like in Terminal 1, most of the shops can be found in Marketplace, between the North and South Wings. There are also a few duty-free stores on the 3rd floor, after immigration. On the 5th floor, you’ll find an observation deck, but it’s indoors not on the rooftop like in Terminal 1.

Terminal 3 (T3): International flights

International carriers including; Delta Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, and British Airways.

Terminal 3 is by far the most interesting terminal. That’s probably because it’s the international terminal, so they’re really trying to roll out the welcome mat and impress foreign tourists. Terminal 3 has five floors and over 20 gates.

T3 Amenities

Highlights Air BicCamera (2F, before security), Haneda Airport Garden (2F), and Observation Deck (5F)

As you’d expect, Haneda Airport’s international terminal has all the luxury brands like Gucci, Channel, and Louis Vuitton. They’re all tax-free and can be found on the 3rd floor after security and immigration. There’s also a large range of souvenir shops, particularly on the 4th floor before security. Finally, you can head up to the 5th floor for a touch of anime and pop culture. However, this area was hit hard during the pandemic and it seems like a lot of the shops that were there have closed down. Hopefully, we’ll be able to report new openings soon.

Haneda Airport Garden

The newest addition to Haneda Airport | Photo by Maria Danuco

Haneda Airport Garden is a new retail and dining complex connected to the 2nd floor of Terminal 3. You’ll also find two hotels and a rooftop onsen (that unfortunately has a strict no-tattoos policy). They even have a free shuttle bus that will take you to Ariake Garden, another mall complex operated by the same company in Odaiba.

The complex is a great addition to Haneda Airport, however, we have to mention that it’s not open 24 hours. Most shops shut by 9 p.m. and the restaurants by around 11 p.m. It feels like a missed opportunity since Terminal 3 itself is open 24 hours.

Where to stay: Haneda Airport hotels

Haneda Airport has several hotels attached to its terminals, unlike Narita Airport which only has one. Terminals 1 and 2 have one hotel each, and Terminal 3 has three. There are also a number of hotels nearby in Ōta Ward, but you have to leave the airport to get to them.

First Cabin Haneda (Terminal 1)

From ¥15,000
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First Cabin Haneda room
A First Cabin Haneda capsule, slightly roomier than average. | Photo by Gregory Lane

First Cabin Haneda is a capsule hotel located in the Arrivals Lobby of Terminal 1. Like most capsule hotels it’s divided into men’s and women’s only sections. The capsules are fully enclosed, and you can choose a First Class Cabin if you’d like a bit more space. As is standard for this type of hotel, bathrooms are shared and there is no breakfast available.

Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu (Terminal 2)

From ¥21,000
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Located on the 2nd floor of the North Wing in Terminal 2, Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu has everything you need for a comfortable night’s sleep. All rooms have private baths, a fridge, and a safe. There’s an onsite restaurant that serves breakfast, and they even have massage services.

Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand (Terminal 3)

Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand. | Photo by Maria Danuco

From ¥50,000
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Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand is one of the two hotels in the Haneda Airport Garden complex. This hotel is a luxe, four-star affair with large rooms, a buffet breakfast, and an open-air public bath.

Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier (Terminal 3)

From ¥130,000
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Liked the sound of Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand, but want to be even fancier? Then check out the Premier version of the hotel instead. It’s got similar facilities to its sibling, with the addition of a fitness center, bar, and river views. Oh, and it’s notably more expensive.

The Royal Park Hotel (Terminal 3)

The Royal Park Hotel. | Photo by Maria Danuco

From ¥25,000
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The Royal Park Hotel is Terminal 3’s more budget-friendly hotel option. It’s located on the 3rd floor and can be accessed both from the Departure Lobby and airside. As well as an on-site restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, guests have access to a business center, bar, and dry cleaning services.

Getting between terminals

You can get between Haneda Airport’s three terminals via shuttle bus, train, or monorail. It’s also possible to walk between Terminals 1 and 2.

Taking the shuttle bus between terminals

There is a free shuttle bus between terminals. | Photo by Maria Danuco

Each terminal has a stop outside for the free shuttle bus. This yellow bus is a convenient way to get between terminals, however, there isn’t a lot of space for luggage. If you’ve got a heavy suitcase, the train or monorail are better options. The shuttle bus runs counter-clockwise from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 and then to Terminal 3 before looping back the way it came. Buses depart every 5 to 10 minutes, starting at around 5 a.m. and finishing at about 12:30 a.m. depending on the terminal.

TerminalTransit time to other terminalsDeparts from
T23 mins to T1Stop no. 9
T15 mins to T3 / 3 mins to T2Stop no. 8 for both directions
T37 mins to T1Stop no. 0

Taking the train or monorail between terminals

You can easily take the Keikyu Line train or Tokyo Monorail to get between the terminals. The main difference is that the Tokyo Monorail has a station for each terminal, while the Keikyu Line uses the same station for Terminals 1 and 2. If you’re transiting between domestic and international flights you can get a Transit Boarding Ticket. The Transit Boarding Ticket lets you take the Keikyu Line or the Tokyo Monorail for free between terminals. To get one, you need to head to an Information Counter in any of the terminals and show your boarding pass and passport. Keikyu Line trains depart every 5 to 10 minutes between about 5:30 a.m. and midnight. Meanwhile, Tokyo Monorail has departures every 10 to 15 minutes or so and operates from about 5 a.m. to midnight.

Walking between terminals at Haneda Airport

It’s a 5-minute walk between Terminals 1 and 2 via an underground passageway. There’s a motorized walkway running through it, but it’s currently out of service due to construction. You could walk to Terminal 3 if you wanted to, but there’s no dedicated walkway and there are much easier options.

Getting to and from Haneda Airport

Bus ticket counter. | Photo by Maria Danuco

Haneda Airport is quite close to central Tokyo, so you’ve got lots of good transport options. There are two train stations at Haneda Airport — appropriately named Terminal 1/2 Station and Terminal 3 Station. The Keikyu Line uses these stations. The Tokyo Monorail also stops at Haneda Airport, with one station at each Terminal. Keep in mind that the Keikyu Line is a private (not JR) line so it’s not covered by the JR Pass. Luckily, the Tokyo Monorail is covered by the pass, although given how cheap tickets are, you should only activate your expensive JR Pass if you have onward, long-distance travel planned.

All three terminals also have bus stops and taxi stands. If you arrive at Haneda late at night or early in the morning, your options may be limited to taxis, in which case we recommend pre-booking a taxi online so you won’t have to wait in line at the taxi stand.

Getting from Haneda Airport to destinations in Tokyo

Things to do in Haneda Airport

Meet Totoro. | Photo by Maria Danuco

Haneda Airport has its fair share of things to see and do. Of course, there’s a good range of shops and dining options, and Haneda Airport Garden adds even more variety. You’ll also find a surprising number of art displays throughout all the terminals. And while not technically in the airport, there are also cruises of Tokyo Bay that depart from Haneda Airport Wharf.

If you’ve got time to fill on a layover, we recommend you check out our full Haneda Airport Layover Guide. For those who have a bit of extra time before their flight, you can always check out Ota Ward on your way to the airport.

The history of Haneda Airport

Haneda Airport’s history is a lot more straightforward than that of Narita Airport. It was built on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay and opened in 1931. There was another airport in Tokyo at that time, Tachikawa Airfield, but that was so far from central Tokyo that many planes landed along beaches in Tokyo Bay instead.

At first Haneda Airport was used for both passenger and cargo flights, but during World War 2 it was used mainly for military flights. Around this time there were plans to build another newer, much bigger airport on one of the man-made islands in Tokyo Bay. However, resources were limited and the plans were eventually shelved.

During the Allied occupation of Japan (1945–1952), the airport was used for a mixture of military and passenger flights. It was returned to Japan in part in 1952, and the US military fully withdrew from the airport in 1958. Services expanded over time, and the number of international flights grew. At least that was until 1978 when Narita Airport opened. Then most international moved there, and Haneda mainly serviced domestic flights.

Fast forward a few decades and Haneda Airport underwent some major expansion work. Terminal 2 opened in 2004, and then when Terminal 3 opened in 2010 the airport began to handle international flights again.

Haneda Airport FAQs

Is Haneda Airport better than Narita Airport?

Haneda Airport ranked number three in the Skytrax 2022-2023 World Airport Survey. Narita Airport came in at number nine. We’ll let that speak for itself. For more pros and cons, check out our video:

Is Haneda Airport in Tokyo?

Yes, unlike Narita Airport, Haneda Airport is actually located within Tokyo.

How far is Haneda Airport from Tokyo?

Haneda Airport is only about 15 kilometers from central Tokyo. In general, you should be able to get from Haneda Airport to central Tokyo destinations in under an hour.

Which terminal is the international terminal at Haneda Airport?

Terminal 2 handles some international flights that are operated by ANA. All other international flights use Terminal 3.

Which is closer to Tokyo, Haneda Airport or Narita Airport?

Haneda Airport is much, much closer to Tokyo. In fact, Narita Airport isn’t even technically in Tokyo (it’s in Chiba Prefecture).

While we do our best to ensure it’s correct, information is subject to change.

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