Tokyo enjoys two international options: Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport) and Narita International Airport. Of these, Tokyo International Airport, or “Haneda Airport,” is the preferred option for its convenience.
Narita International Airport is actually located 60 km east of Tokyo in Chiba prefecture, and was for many years the only airport providing international air service to the area. While offering the majority of international flight options, its distance from downtown Tokyo means that the first experience foreign visitors arriving to Narita Airport will have of Japan is the long journey (either by train, bus, or taxi) to their hotels.
Tokyo International Airport used to be called “Haneda Airport,” and is often still referred to as such even though the name was changed when international flights were added in 2010. While international flights to/from Haneda Airport are limited to select routes and airlines, it is expanding all the time. Considering the limited selection, and its convenience to central Tokyo, it is advisable to choose a flight to Haneda over Narita where ever possible.
Japan has introduced bio-metric registration as part of the entry requirements for foreigners into the country. In general, foreigners 16 years of age and over must be fingerprinted and have their photo taken as part of immigration landing procedures when entering Japan.
The immigration official will check your passport and disembarkation form and insert the appropriate visa stamp (Landing Permission) inside the passport.
If you are arriving with a Japan visa in your passport, you will be issued a Residence Card (or zai-ryu card) when you enter the country. This card will be made based on the information the immigration bureau has on file from your visa application, and will act as the standard form of identification while you are in Japan and should be kept with you at all times.
When relocating to Japan, it is necessary to fill out 2 copies of the “Customs Declaration” form in duplicate which will allow your personal effects to clear customs smoothly, usually within a week or so after arrival to Japan. These forms are available from the flight attendant inside the airplane. Failure to submit these forms may delay the release of your personal belongings and you will be required to provide additional paperwork.
The customs officer will stamp both forms and return 1 form to you which must be submitted to the local shipping agent when your shipment has arrived as part of the customs clearance process.
Please be careful to follow quota when sending medicines, cosmetics, other over the counter drugstore items and contact lenses for personal use.
Up to 100 kg of rice per year may be imported for personal use. Anything over this amount is subject to duty.
After retrieving your luggage, it is necessary to pass through the customs clearance counter.
Japan has specific regulations which must be followed in order to bring pets into Japan. Preparations which include ISO compliant microchip implantation, blood test and rabies vaccinations must be started at least 6 months before entering Japan and advance notification submitted to the Animal Quarantine Service. Pets coming from a rabies-free area have looser regulations, but also require at least 40 days prior notification.
Additionally, it is important to be aware that procedures vary according to type of pet and failure to follow these Japanese regulations may result in your pet having to endure a very long quarantine during which you are responsible to pay for food and pet hotel.
By taking advantage of any of the Baggage Delivery Services located inside Narita and Haneda airports, you can avoid having to deal with carrying luggage into Tokyo. Baggage can be delivered as soon as the following day for a nominal fee and is recommended when taking public transportation such as the limousine bus or train.
It may be more cost effective or advantageous to have a local telephone number when visiting Japan. There are shops providing cell phone rentals in several locations inside Narita and Haneda airports.
Depending on your phone type, it may even be possible to use your SIM card – please check with the cell phone shop.
Many travelers choose to fly in and out of Haneda Airport because of its convenient location within Tokyo and 24 hour international service.
Since Haneda Airport is located within Tokyo, it is easy and reasonable to travel to central Tokyo by public transportation, limousine bus or taxi.
The airport limousine service is convenient and economical with many buses leaving throughout the day stopping at major hotels and stations in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba and the Tokyo City Air Terminal (TCAT). Late night service (between midnight and 5AM) is available for some destinations. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket counter located in the arrival lobby.
The Tokyo Monorail provides easy access from Hamamatsucho Station to Haneda Airport. A new ticket gate was added to accommodate the increase in customers after Haneda Airport expanded its services.
The Keikyu is an economical train servicing Yokohama and other stations in Kanagawa. The Keikyu line also goes through Shinagawa, stopping at stations in the eastern part of Tokyo and stations in Chiba on the way to Narita Airport. Please follow the signs inside Haneda airport to purchase tickets and board the train located in the underground Haneda Airport International Terminal Station.
Since Haneda Airport is located within Tokyo, taxi service is a convenient option providing door-to-door service. The taxi stand is located at the 2nd floor level.
Tokyo International Airport Terminal Information
Tel: 03-6428-0888, 24 hours