Haneda is known as Tokyo International Airport (due to it being Tokyo’s first airport) but today it handles mostly domestic traffic with only a small amount of international traffic. The majority of the flights coming into Japan from overseas use the newer Narita International Airport which is about 90km to the north east of the city.
Hanedia is in Ota which is close to the city and is Japan’s largest airport and handles over 60 million people a year, most travelling within Japan with an increasing international patronage from 2010. In 2005 it was the worlds fourth busiest airport.
The Hanedia airport consists of 3 terminals, Terminal One is known as Big Bird and opened in 1993 replacing a smaller complex, it houses JAL, Skymark and StarFlyer as the main two carriers. It’s long narrow building houses six stories of restaurants and shopping as well as a huge rooftop observation deck which is very popular to see off and welcome travellers.ANA, Air Do and Skynet are the primary users of the other domestic terminal known as Terminal Two.
A new international terminal was constructed in 2010 paving the Hanedia to handle more international flights and a fourth runway was also added to cater for the extra traffic now Narita has become overcrowded. Apart from several Asian destinations, the new international terminal also receives several flights from the United States, France and the United Kingdom.
As well as monorail the airport is serviced by bus and rail. Bus can be a slow process with the Tokyo traffic but the Keikyu rail line travels to Shinagawa station which takes about 20 minutes, there are also services to Yokohama which is 30 minutes away. Some Keisei Line trains also link up for transfers to Narita, which takes about 2 hours to reach.
A good deal in a similar vein to Narita transfer Suica & NEX combo is know as the Suica & Monorail Combo, for 2400 yen you can get a one way trip on the monorail plus a 2000 yen suica smart card that can be used on most of Tokyo’s transport systems.