Monday, February 21, 2011

in transit - haneda airport

on my last day in Tokyo, to continue with the Japan series, i have to fly to the Northern island of Hokkaido. this time, i have to fly from Haneda Airport as it holds majority of Japan's domestic flights in and out of Tokyo. it remains to be the fifth busiest airport in the world.
as one would enter Japan, Narita International Airport remains to be the major hub. this made many passengers thought that this was the closest airport to Tokyo, which is about an hour bus ride to central Tokyo area. but Haneda Airport, also known as Tokyo International Airport is within Tokyo's main area. just 20minutes by train to the central area.
this airport was first established in 1931 to serve international flights, damaged during the World War II and became Haneda Army air Base in 1945. only after 7years when the US partially gave back a part of the airport to Japan to resume international flights.currently it has three terminals with two terminals serving mostly domestic flights. the new terminal has in itself a hotel, Excel Hotel Tokyu, where i stayed while i was in Tokyo. but i had to transfer to terminal 1 by bus which was just around 5minutes from terminal 2.
being the fifth busiest airport in the world and the busiest airport in Japan, i expected long lines on the check-in area, but with its efficient system, checking-in was easy. kudos to Japan's impressive airport system.
my flight to Hokkaido was around 5:55pm and would took me about an hour and half. that meant i'll be arriving at the Obihiro Airport by night time. it meant, i'll just sleep the whole flight.

28 comments:

asiong32 said...

wow. i wonder how it feels like to fly, i mean ride an airplane. i find japan very interesting...the people, the culture, the sceneries and a lot more! i hope to see this interesting country soon!

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc, said...

wow. ang ganda naman ng airport nila parang mall astig... :D

gillboard said...

i miss flying.

alicesg said...

Awaiting your post on Hokkaido. :) Hopefully, I will be in Japan next month if all goes well.

Chyng said...

whoa, the dome shot is amazing!

so bakit hindi sa narita ang flight? paki-explain! (haneda din kasi pag airasia flight)

demanding.. hehe

Photo Cache said...

airports are fascinating place. not only are they the perfect spot for people watching, they are also now great spots for dining.

was this a business trip?

Borneo Falcon said...

The airport design looks simple from the inside. I always like an efficient airport

SkippyHeart said...

Uy, Japan ka na! Next time, North America naman? :-)

pusang kalye said...

parang gusto kong pakialaman ang tanung ni Chyng----tama ba assumption ko na yan ang budget terminal ng Tokyo? hehehe. paki-alamero---if so---malayo aprin ang agwat sa NAIA--ouch.hahaha

btw: senysa naman sa title ng latest post ko. wala nako maisip. sa dami na ng nakapunta na bloggers sa area. wala nang natirang title for me. so shitty tittle nalang. hahaha

eunice said...

wow u sure enjoyed the trip! I've not been to Japan yet!

Rizalenio said...

Sana dumating ang panahon na gumanda ang airport natin esp ang CR.

Like all the photos.

SandyCarlson said...

That airport is very nice. It reminded me of a Nissen hut at first. The architecture seems to reflect its history.

I agree that a trip to the Philippines would be just the tonic this time of year!

lakwatsera de primera said...

Taray, Japan naman ngayon, looking forward to your snapshots and stories,

emmanuelmateo said...

wow..those are clouds dba po?

i followed you po.sana pls do the same..thanks po.

olan said...

HAYUP KA DONG! Hayup ka sa GALING! Wow! Japan na naman ang ESKPAPO mo! Galing!

Pietro said...

What a nice description of the trip: the modern airport, the plane, the fantastic clouds. So beautiful!

Sidney said...

Some sexy girls in your pictures ;-)

KRIS JASPER said...

I love flying/travelling.. nothing beats that euphoria you feel whilst waiting for your flite... I dont know why some people find airtravel to be stressful....

nuts said...

sana ganyan din system sa pinas.. :(
anyways, i'll wait for your next post. byahe lang ng byahe. Most Traveled Blogger, yan nakikita ko title mo in the near future. :)

Reena said...

wow, airport palang sulit na! haha. sino pala kasama mo sa japan? dream come true! next should be turkey. i hope u get that one.

Bengbeng said...

Japan is so busy with people everywhere.. i feel crowded jus thinking of it

Allen said...

i really like staring at domes. di ko alam kung bakit. how cold is it in japan right now? i bet it's snowing in hokkaido.

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

interesting japanese people at your photos ah

sheng said...

I love the fact that you are enjoying being a lakwatsero, sana lang may pasalubong kami sa bawat lakad mo, heheh!

Traveling Hawk said...

Wonderful airport, nice pictures!

deped teacher said...

Wow going global ka ngayon ah

Raft3r said...

the japanese are always known for their efficiency
kaya maayos sa bansa nila, eh
airport natin paki mga signs puro mali pa
hehe

Pinoy Boy Journals said...

hey there, quick question.. can you tell me the airline you took going to Obihiro? And just a rough estimate, how much it cost you for a round trip flight? thanks so much!

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