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.