Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 14 Dec 2016
Total posts 33
Which is the best airport to use when flying into Tokyo? Both in terms of getting around and into Japan/Tokyo from there and also lounges.
Member since 20 Jan 2017
I can only speak from an access point of view (not lounges) but I would go Henada given it is closer to the city. Travel time is about half of that from Narita. We arrived first thing in the morning on a Saturday (QF25) and I reckon we would have gotten into Shinjuku station within 30min.
Also I recommend going the limousine bus, easy enough to buy a ticket and a lot cheaper than a taxi as they're rather expensive over there. The desk is near the exit and they run often.
Member since 14 Feb 2017
Total posts 77
Depending on what you mean by "best" - Narita's just over 1hr away via train to Tokyo but the ride is pretty scenic therefore i liked it a lot. Lounges are on par with Haneda i would say as most airlines/alliances have presence in both.
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 31 Jan 2013
Total posts 38
Haneda for proximity. Plenty of options either way to get downtown but Haneda is much closer. As far as airport efficiency goes, both are on par I think.
Member since 14 Oct 2016
Total posts 129
I'd toss in to the decision making which airframe you'd like to fly on, an A300's or a 747?
Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club
Member since 16 Jun 2017
Total posts 49
Haneda is certainly closer, but if you plan to hire a car, then its much easier at Narita.
Member since 03 May 2017
Total posts 15
There are a few variables. The A330's into Narita are much more comfortable in J than the 747 out of Sydney. Narita inbound is a day flight, Haneda a night flight. From there it depends on where you are heading in Tokyo. Narita and the Narita Express is great if you are near Tokyo or Shinagawa. The Monorail from Haneda is very good early in the morning if you are heading for Hamamatsucho. Whilst Haneda is much closer to Tokyo than Narita the trains are on the regular line so getting to the airport with your bags at evening peak for the return trip is a challenge on a very packed train. The Narita Express has booked seats so regardless of when you catch it you have a more pleasant trip.
Member since 06 Jul 2016
I used NRT a lot when it was the only international gateway for Tokyo. I generally got the Limousine bus into town, but it could take 2.5hours in morning rush hour. I now use HND for its proximity to town. As noted above, commuter train connections can be a hassle with luggage, but Limousine bus connections direct to your hotel are very good, and only take about 30mins from city to airport in morning rush hour.
Member since 12 Dec 2012
Total posts 290
I find it disappointing that everyone seems to think that the Narita Express is the only express train from NRT. It isn't.There are 4 train options from NRT into the metro Tokyo area. An express and normal commuter option for both JR and Keisei. The Keisei express train (Skyliner) to Ueno and Nippori is faster then the JR Narita Express.There are also buses from both airports to major train stations around Tokyo and more limited buses direct to selected large hotels.Which airport to use and which transport option to look at depends a lot on where in Tokyo you are going.
Member since 26 May 2014
Total posts 305
Another factor I always look at is timing of flights. If I am flying economy to Tokyo I want to avoid over-nighters. From Perth that means CX or SQ. Using QF from the east you get day flights out of BNE and MEL, while SYD and all flights out of Tokyo are overnight. So I would avoid SYD for timing if flying Y. If in J, then the superior seats on the A330 and consistent product (still one old 747 around) would also would also mean avoiding Sydney. I do prefer Haneda and try to use it with CX and SQ, but with QF that would be the lesser consideration.
Member since 29 Jul 2014
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Member since 08 Jun 2017
Total posts 7
If all other factors are equal, I would choose Haneda, but Narita is fine too. Both airports have good transport links including trains and buses.From Narita, the NEX will get you to Tokyo station in about an hour, and to Shinjuku in 90 minutes. The Keisei Skyliner takes 45 minutes to Ueno. These trains have reserved seats and are not the usual commuter trains.From Haneda, the monorail goes to Hamamatsucho in 13 minutes and from there it's possible to take the Yamanote line to Tokyo, Shinjuku, Ueno and other parts of Tokyo.I much prefer taking a train over a limobus which can get stuck in
traffic. The limobus could be useful if you have a lot of luggage. I wouldn't take a taxi from either airport.
Air NZ Airpoints
Member since 12 Mar 2014
Total posts 12
Also don't forget the Keikyu Line from Haneda. It runs directly to Shinagawa Station, which is a major rail hub at the south end of the Tokyo Yamanote (loop) line and has nice connections, including the Tokaido Shinkansen. Keikyu trains also run directly to Kawasaki and Yokohama.
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