Tokyo area has two major airports. One is Narita Airport and the other is Tokyo International Airport, which is usually called Haneda Airport.
Haneda Airport has been mainly handling domestic flights since Narita Airport, which was initially named New Tokyo International Airport, opened in 1978. However, Narita Airport is located about 60 km away from central Tokyo and not available for takeoffs and landings during the night. The airport is not very accessible or convenient for a lot of travelers.
In the 1990s, the government planned to redevelop Haneda Airport as one of the main international airports in the Tokyo area. It is located beside central Tokyo and is able to handle flights 24 hours a day. A dedicated international terminal was finally opened in 2010.
The terminal has brand new facilities including a unique shopping mall. The mall mocks the streetscape of the Edo Period, which lasted from the begining of 17th century to the middle of 19th century. You can enjoy shopping and meals in the atmosphere of old Japan while waiting for your flight.
Haneda Airport is the 5th busiest airport in the world. Planes take off and land every 2 minutes during rush hour for its large number of domestic flights, while it currently handles only a few international flights. The full-scale operation of international flights at Haneda has just begun. The more advanced development of runways and surrounding facilities is needed urgently.
Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport) [iPhone 4S/HD]
- Shot in 1080p full HD with an iPhone 4S on Sep. 18th, 2012