Tokyo-Haneda Airport’s new hot springs now open for rooftop soaking

Travellers are able to soak, shop and indulge pre-flight at the airport’s new social hub.

By Chris Ashton, January 31 2023
Tokyo-Haneda Airport’s new hot springs now open for rooftop soaking

Japan’s Haneda Airport is widely hailed as the better of Tokyo’s two airports, with its handy location only 15kms from downtown, versus some 65kms from Narita, one of its biggest perks. From today, there is another reason to travel through the hub: Haneda Airport Garden.

Now open, the Haneda Airport Garden is a slick mixed retail, dining and hotel precinct directly linked to Terminal 3, the same one currently seeing daily arrivals from Qantas. Virgin Australia is also primed to become a regular fixture from June.

An artist's impression of Haneda Airport Garden, opening January 31.
An artist's impression of Haneda Airport Garden, opening January 31.

Spanning 12 floors overlooking the Tamagawa River, the complex boasts dozens of shops and restaurants, a bus terminal, and two hotels: the mammoth 1557-room Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand, and the more intimate Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier, with 160 rooms. Both hotels welcomed guests at the end of December.

However, while shopping and a comfy bed are indeed exciting, it’s the rooftop hot springs which is destined to be the breakout star, not only giving travellers a chance to soak their weary muscles before departure, but an extra leg up on its rivals for Haneda Airport.

Massages and 'akasuri' body-scrub treatments can also be arranged.
Massages and 'akasuri' body-scrub treatments can also be arranged.

Hot springs are deeply ingrained in Japanese culture, with more than 3,000 onsen resorts – of which there are some truly spectacular examples – dotted throughout the country.

Open to the public (including non-hotel guests) 24 hours a day, Spa Izumi at Haneda boasts four bathing zones, filled with mineral-rich natural spring water drawn from a local source. Among them, a carbonated water bath, icy cold plunge and refreshing jet pool.

Spa Izuki has three sauna options, including a Chinese herbal steam room.
Spa Izuki has three sauna options, including a Chinese herbal steam room.

After a good soak, guests can treat their taste buds to gourmet meals at the adjoining restaurant and, on a clear day, breathe in views all the way to iconic Mount Fuji.

Around a minute walk from the terminal, Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand offers 12 different room types, including Japanese and Western style, four restaurants and a guest-only gym. Meeting and function facilities are available too.

One of the comfortably furnished rooms at Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand.
One of the comfortably furnished rooms at Hotel Villa Fontaine Grand.

Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier takes things up a notch, offering six elegant room types, such as the Fontaine Suite with separate living room, and the spacious Executive King.

Back in the retail part of the complex, some 30 restaurants are available to sate your appetite, with many staying open well into the evening to accommodate passengers with late flights.

An all-weather bus terminal onsite will also improve access between the airport and other regions of Japan, including Osaka and the ski mecca of Haneda, with access to the underground Keikyu Airport Line and Tokyo Monorail too.

Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier is the more luxurious of the two properties.
Hotel Villa Fontaine Premier is the more luxurious of the two properties.

Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 can be reached via shuttle buses and trains.

Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport currently sees daily Qantas flights from Sydney, as well as thrice-weekly from Brisbane. Virgin Australia will soon be a regular sight at the gate too, when its Cairns-Tokyo connection fires up from June 28.

Star Alliance member ANA jets off 10 times a week from Sydney to Haneda, while Oneworld partner Japan Airlines connects daily.

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Any word on 'dress code'  foe onsen visitors?

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The website (https://www.hvf.jp/eng/hanedaairport-grand/spa/) would suggest this is an authentic onsen - naked bathing only (sex segregated), and tattoos must be concealed by stickers.


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