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Tokyo Layover

| January 3, 2015

Stuck on a layover at Tokyo-Haneda International Airport (HND) in Japan? The Tokyo-Haneda International Airport serves to Tokyo area and is the hub for All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines. Located in Ota, Tokyo, the airport is roughly 9 miles from downtown Tokyo, which makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Tokyo layover, click here for useful tips.
Tokyo Japan layoverIf you’re stuck in the airport during your Tokyo layover, there are many services available. The airport has a number of information desks, and banks, post office, and currency exchange. In addition, there’s a health and dental clinic, duty free shopping, and banquet halls.

Want to relax, or get pampered? The airport has a number of relaxation service including a barber, hair salon, massage, and an oxygen bar. Click here for the relaxation options available. In addition, there are a number of Pay Lounges available at the airport in both terminals. Here is a full list of the airport lounges that you can visit during your Tokyo layover.

Looking for a place to store your luggage while you explore? The airport offers temporary baggage storage in both terminal 1 & 2 – click here for more information.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, you can find the Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu inside the airport in Terminal 2, 2F. If you’d like to book a hotel near the airport, click here, and for a comprehensive list of Tokyo hotels at varying price points, click here.

If you’re planning on leaving the airport to travel into Tokyo during your layover, there are many transportation options. Taxis are available outside the airport, and there is also trains, buses, and rental cars at the airport. Click here for more transportation information. Private transfers can also be arranged.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions For Things To Do On A Tokyo Layover:

Tokyo Tour

There are a lot of tours available in Tokyo, based on your interest. There are bus and walking tours, bike tours, day trips and cruises, spa tours cultural, night tours, food, wine, and nightlife tours, as well as some more unusual tours including ninja school, sumo training, robot shows and tons more!

Tokyo Tower

Want to catch a good view of the city? From the Tokyo Tower Observation Deck you can lookout at a panoramic view of the city. Check out the view from the lookout deck here!


This Tokyo neighborhood is located in the north-eastern part of the city. Here you can find a bunch of souvenir shops, restaurants and the neighborhood’s most famous attraction, the Sensoji Temple.


A well known shopping and dining district, Ginza is where you can find it all. On the weekend the central street is closed and becomes a pedestrian only area from 2pm to 5pm on Saturdays and noon to 5pm on Sundays.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo life. Here you can relax in a large park with the famous cherry blossoms, and wander through the greenhouses and gardens.

Have a suggestion for a Tokyo layover? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Haneda airport only recently started hosting international flights to a variety of destinations, and is still less known than Narita. It is relatively small and has a more relaxed atmosphere than many of the airports I have been to. Yet it has many good shops and effectively showcases Japanese culture. It has become close to the top of my list of favorite airports. Living 20 minutes away by bus also influences my opinion. 🙂

  2. Cyrus says:

    I had an 11 hour layover that flew into Haneda and out of Narita. It was perfect. Just enough time to get a good feel for the town and have two meals.

    I was stressed out towards the end though trying to figure out how to get to Narita from my current downtown location and couldn’t find internet easily to find my way. If I did it again I would have figured out my game plan getting to Narita via train beforehand.

  3. Arlouh says:

    Do I need to have a visitors pass to go to tokyo if I have a long layover?

    • Faith Cappleman says:

      I had a 19 hours layover in Japan and was given a 3 day shore pass at the immigration when I arrived at Haneda.

  4. jeky says:

    as a filipino transit passenger,do i need a visa in japan for having almost 24 hours of layover before my next flight to mexico?

    • micca says:

      any response from this? have you been transiting to Tokyo and been out in the airport ?

      • Faith Cappleman says:

        If you want to leave the airport, apply for a shore pass at the immigration. They will need to see your passport and your boarding pass for your next flight.

    • Christian Paolo Macaraniag says:

      I am also waiting for a reply with this… any takers?

  5. Chandrashekhar says:

    I am returning from Honolulu- -Tokyo — Mumbai,
    Landing at 3:30pm at NRT & my departure from NRT is at 11:30am next day.
    Do I need transit visa at NRT Tokyo

  6. Faith Cappleman says:

    I had a 19 hours layover at Haneda. I applied and was given a shore pass for 3 days at Haneda airport immigration.

  7. VEN says:

    Hi faith,
    WHEre to apply the shore pass at haneda? We will have 14hrs layover my son and I are canadian citizen but my husband if a philippines passport holder ( canadian landed immigrant)