Located to the south of Central Tokyo, Haneda handles less international traffic than Tokyo’s Narita Airport, but due to its large number of domestic flights, it is the busiest airport in Japan.
Haneda has three terminals: Terminal 1 is primarily used by Japan Airlines (JAL) for domestic flights, Terminal 2 is mainly used by All Nippon Airways (ANA) for its domestic traffic while Terminal 3 handles the majority of international flights by all other airlines.
Free shuttle buses run between the terminals making movement around the airport easy.
The following information is intended for travelers heading from Haneda Airport to Nagano and Central Japan.
Train services to & from Haneda Airport
Two train lines connect Haneda Airport to Tokyo: 1. the Tokyo Monorail and 2. Keikyu Railways.
The Tokyo Monorail connects the airport to Tokyo Station via Hamamatsucho Station in around 30 minutes. The monorail makes the journey to and from Haneda Airport quick and relatively smooth.
From the airport take the monorail to Hamamatsucho Station (20 min/JPY170) and then switched to the JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin-Tohoku/Negishi Line Rapid bound for Tokyo Station (5 min/JPY160) – a total journey of around 30-minutes / JPY660 one-way.
The Keikyu Railway connects Haneda to Shinagawa Station and from there, popular districts including Shibuya and Shinjuku. You can also reach Tokyo Station via Shinagawa. Take the Keikyu Airport bound to Shinagawa Station (approx.11 min/JPY300).
For travelers heading onto Shibuya or Shinjuku, switch to a train bound for Osaki on the JR Yamanote Line at Shinagawa. To reach Shibuya Station takes 9 min / JPY170 (a total journey of between 25-30 min/JPY470), while Shinjuku Station takes 16 min / JPY200 (at total journey time of just under 35 min/JPY500). Tokyo Station can also be reached using the Yamanote Line bound for Osaki – 13 min / JPY170 or a total journey of around 30 min / JPY470.
Activating/exchanging a Japan Rail Pass
Holders of any Japan Rail pass will need to exchange/activate that pass before using it. You do so by exchanging the order/proof of purchase you received online. This can be done a numerous JR Pass Exchange Offices found at any major train station or airport including Haneda Airport. You can do so at:
Terminal 3 / JR East Travel Service Center: 06:45 to 20:00
The office is located in the arrival lobby/ticket gate on the second-floor of the Tokyo Monorail.
Tokyo Station is another popular place to exchange/obtain your pass at either of these offices: JR East Travel Service Center (Marunouchi North Exit): 07:30 to 20:00 or JR Central Ticket Office (Yaesu North Exit): 07:30 to 20:00.
Make sure you allow adequate time to exchange and activate your pass if you are intending to use it on the same day or do so a day or two before you plan to start using it (you can always nominate a later activation date).
Once you have your activated pass you are free to ride however you can’t insert your pass into the ticket gates. Simply walk through the side booth (permanently attended by station staff) and show your pass. You will be waved through and you can make your way to the platform.
Getting to Nagano from Haneda Airport
When traveling to Nagano including its ski resorts, from Haneda Airport, you have the option of:
1 / Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station
2 / Express Bus to Ski Resorts from/to Haneda Aiprort – winter only
3 / Private Charter from/to Haneda Airport
We hope the following information helps with planning your transport.
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station
The Hokuriku Shinkansen Line runs from the southern terminus of Tokyo Station to the northern terminus of Kanazawa Station. The following stations are on the line including Nagano Station:
*Please note, while not all stops are included on each shinkansen service, every service stops at Nagano Station.
To reach Nagano from Haneda, head to Tokyo Station and transfer to the Hokuriku Shinkansen. For the train schedule, please refer to our ‘Hokuriku Shinkansen Timetable’ page.
Visitors heading to these popular ski resorts should head to the following stations:
1 / Nagano Station: Shiga Kogen, Hakuba and Myoko Kogen
2 / Iiyama Station: Nozoawa Onsen and Madarao
Express Bus to Ski Resorts from/to Haneda Aiprort – winter only
In winter, some ski resorts such as Hakuba operate direct shuttle buses to and from Haneda Airport. From Haneda pickup is available at airport’s International Terminal with drop-off available at Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba Station and the Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal. A one-way journey costs: JPY9300 per adult (12+), JPY7300 per child (6-11) and children under 6 are free of charge.
While the bus is a convenient way to reach Hakuba directly from the airport, it is only available once per day and only during winter. For full details, please refer to Alpico’s timetables and fares page.
Accommodation In & Around the Airport
Visitors flying in or out of Haneda Airport, might want to consider staying in or nearby. As one of Japan’s four international airports, there are good options around the airport and inside the airport. For hotel bookings in and around the airport, please refer to the following accommodation listings in the ‘Haneda Airport Area’.
Private Charter from/to Haneda Airport
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Our drivers and vehicles are fully certified, allowing us to transport you to and from your preferred destinations, in combination with any activity that suits your interests and schedule including transport to and from any ski resort in the region.
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