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Tokyo International Airport (Haneda – HND)

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11 December 2011

Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport HND) is a huge pleasure to use. In my opinion, the best way to access it is via Tokyo Monorail operated by JR, hence a JR Pass is valid here.

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It starts at HND Terminal 2, stops at Terminal 1 and International Terminal before connecting to the Yamanote Line (Green), also owned by JR. Good deal for JR Pass holders.
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Platform at International Terminal.
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Spacious interior, for all the baggage.
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This is Terminal 1 — with two wings, where the centre is the commercial area, designated ‘Market Place’.
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Go up and you come to this concourse.
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South Wing of T1, mainly used by JAL domestic operations.
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In particular, JAL domestic flights going south.
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Another view of South Wing — a cavernous long hall.
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The North Wing is a replica of the South Wing, also used by JAL domestic, and Skymark Airlines.
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Continuing with the monorail, I leave Terminal 1 for a ride to Terminal 2, its end-station. This is the beautiful home of ANA domestic operations. From the monorail station, up a long escalator to the check-in floor.
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Atop the escalator, their flagship plane, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
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Turn left into North Wing.
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Huge posters of their Dreamliner.
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Flight Information Display with more details than normal.
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More Dreamliner pictures.
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The ‘Market Place’ at the centre of the long terminal.
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Christmas decorations at the concourse of Market Place.
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Huge banner hung above the Christmas tree, looks cool but not sure what it is about.
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This is the South Wing of T2.
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FID, and Air Do is Hokkaido International Airlines. Qatar and Thai codesharing with whom?
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Check-in area of South Wing, T2.
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Heading back to the Market Place.
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Down the escalator, two floors to get back to the monorail station.
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The monorail terminal at HND International Terminal, and go past those ticket machines …
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… you are right inside the departure hall. Very convenient.
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Go one floor up and get a nice view of the check-in area.
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The roof is amazing — no support in the middle, no pillars, and it feels like being in a huge tent.
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And of course this is the ‘Market Place’, the common theme in all three terminals at HND.
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The Market Place is actually called the Edo Marketplace, replicating the traditional Edo period villages (‘Edo’ is the old name for Tokyo in 17th-19th century, capital during the Tokugawa Shogunate)
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Mainly shops selling Japanese traditional craft and fabric, but also a number of restaurants.
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So I decide to have my farewell dinner.
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And here also I find the most sophisticated toilet ever.
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It even blows warm air into your rear to dry it.
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Anyway, a floor up, there is something even more interesting — a spotter-friendly open-air observation deck.
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Night-spotting has never been exciting, especially with a flashless, handheld camera.
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The lights on the taxiways are quite vibrant and colourful, unlike other airports I’ve been at.
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Haneda is the official ‘Tokyo International Airport’.
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Overall, a beautiful user-friendly airport.
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It is freezing cold outside on the deck, so I make my way to the departure gate to board AirAsia X flight D7 523 back to Kuala Lumpur.
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Next to me, smokers poison each other in a Mild Seven-sponsored compartment. How appropriate. :)
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