A few days back I pointed out that Narita Airport is still pretty darn far away despite improvements like the Narita Sky Express. Of course Tokyo is lucky to have an alternative airport in Haneda, even if it doesn’t do International flights all that often.
Their new International Terminal is set to open in October and a few lucky visitors managed to get a sneak peek recently at how things have progressed at Haneda. I have to admit that it does appear pretty slick from the looks of things. The folks over at The Japan Times captured some video, so I’ll repost it here so that you can see things for yourself firsthand.
There is an area on the fourth floor that recreates a street from the Edo period. Clearly aimed at promoting Japan’s history and culture to tourists, it might be deemed a little extravagant by many. But hey, how many new airports these days don’t splurge on a little extravagance?
The new terminal’s opening is timed in parallel with the opening of Haneda’s fourth runway on October 21, which will accommodate more international flights for the airport. The terminal is five stories tall with a number of stores and restaurants to accommodate travelers. According to the folks over on Japan Probe the terminal also has quick access to Tokyo’s monorail, as they’re within about one minute on foot from the check-in counters.