This article by a Japanese writer shows how to get to Tokyo or a regional city from Haneda Airport Terminal 3.
We have carefully selected easy-to-understand and reasonably priced ways to get there.
We would be happy to help you make the best of your first move after arriving in Japan.
For Tokyo area
Haneda Airport is located in the southern part of Tokyo.
Therefore, it is easy to get to the center of Tokyo.
There are several ways to get to Tokyo：”the Tokyo Monorail”, “the Keihin Kyuko Line”, Car, Motorcycle, Bus Routes and Boat.
Of these, the most accessible methods for foreign visitors would be trains.
The fastest and easiest way to get to Tokyo is by train, the Tokyo Monorail and Keihin Kyuko Line.
Of the two, I recommend the Tokyo Monorail because it is easy to understand.
The Keihin Kyuko Line is a bit confusing, as it has many different destinations due to the many train lines that connect to it.
However, it has the advantage that you can go to various places if you know the lines.
Here we will explain about these two trains.
the Tokyo Monorail
The arrival lobby of Haneda Airport Terminal 3 is located on the 2nd floor, and if you follow the signs, you will reach the Tokyo Monorail Terminal 3 station.
Go through the ticket gate and go up to platform 2 to catch the Monorail bound for Hamamatsucho Station (MO 01).
→ Click here (Map of Haneda Airport Terminal 3 Station on the Tokyo Monorail)
If you are not sure, you can ask the information desk “JR East Ekitabi Concierge” near the ticket gate to help you.
For your information, the No. 1 platform is bound for Haneda Airport Terminals 1 and 2.
Now, after riding the monorail, go to Hamamatsucho Station, the last stop.
The fare from Haneda Airport Terminal 3 Station to Hamamatsucho Station is 500 yen.
At Hamamatsucho Station, you can transfer to JR lines.
Two JR lines are transferable: Yamanote Line and Keihin Tohoku Line.
In particular, the Yamanote Line is a ring line connecting major stations in Tokyo：Shinjuku（JY 17）, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Ueno, Tokyo, Yurakucho, Shimbashi, Shinagawa, etc.
The Keihin Tohoku Line, on the other hand, connects Saitama and Kanagawa prefectures adjacent to Tokyo.
The line stops at the following major stations in Tokyo: Ueno, Tokyo, Shimbashi, and Shinagawa.
As you can see, the Yamanote Line and the Keihin Tohoku Line share some stations.
Although the platform you get off at is different, it does not matter which one you board if you have a ticket for the same section.
By transferring to either of these trains, you can access major tourist attractions and business areas in Tokyo.
Furthermore, if you go to one of these major stations, you can transfer to another private railway or subway line!
As an added bonus, the Tokyo Monorail has two great points for travelers.
One is that it runs special cars: Sanrio’s “Little Twin Stars (Kiki & Lala)” design.
The other is that some cars have viewing seats at the front of the train.
You’ll be lucky if you happen to come across one!
the Keihin Kyuko Line (= the Keikyu Line)
Like the Tokyo Monorail, the Haneda Airport Terminal 3 Station is directly connected to the Haneda Airport International Terminal (T3), making access to the station easy.
The Keikyu Line is one of Japan’s private railways.
The Keikyu Line is recommended for those who wish to transfer to the Tokaido Shinkansen.
This is because you can transfer to the Tokaido Shinkansen at Tokyo Station or Shinagawa Station, but Shinagawa Station is smaller and easier to transfer to, and the Keikyu Line can go to Shinagawa Station without transfers.
After exiting the arrival lobby on the second floor of the airport, follow the signs to the Keikyu Line ticket gate.
Take the escalator or elevator to the 2nd basement floor. platform 2 is for Tokyo and Yokohama.
Platform 1 is for Haneda Airport Terminals 1 and 2, so do not make a mistake.
However, there is one major difference from the Tokyo Monorail: the Keikyu Line has several lines operating on it.
However, there is one major difference from the Tokyo Monorail: the Keikyu Line has several lines operating on it.
This means that if you use it well, you can reduce the number of transfers to your destination, but if you make a mistake, you can end up going in the wrong direction.
Let’s take a look at the destinations of the Keikyu lines coming to the platforms of Haneda Airport Terminal 3 Station.
The type of Keikyu line that stops at the airport is called the “Keikyu Airport Line”.
- Bound for Tokyo：To Shinagawa, To Aoto, To Keisei Takasago
- Bound for Chiba：To Narita Airport, To Inba ＆ Nihon Medical University, To Inzai Makinohara
- Bound for Kanagawa：To Kanagawa, To Kanazawa-bunko, To Zushi＆ Hayama
Note that at Keikyu Kamata Station, the fifth stop on the train, the train splits into two separate lines, one going to Tokyo/Chiba and the other to Kanagawa.
You have to decide where you want to go when you get on the train.
For your information, you can go to Shinagawa Station no matter which direction you choose, Tokyo or Chiba.
However, if you go in the direction of Kanagawa, it will be in the opposite direction.
Furthermore, some stations do not stop for certain types of trains, such as express, rapid express, and limited express.
All trains stop at Shinagawa Station.
Considering these points, the Tokyo Monorail is better suited for beginners, as it can take you to Hamamatsucho Station no matter which train you take.
If you want to use the Keikyu Line, use the “Keikyu Traveler Information Center” located near the ticket gate.
The center is open from 7:00-22:00 and provides multilingual information.
For Yokohama area
The Yokohama area, with its fashionable and open bay area, Chinatown, and baseball stadium, is a popular spot among Japanese people.
There are also many hotels, and a short distance away is the ancient capital of Kamakura.
There are two ways to get to Yokohama.
The first is to take the Keikyu Line mentioned above.
From platform 2 of Haneda Airport Terminal 3 Station, take a train bound for Kanazawa-bunko or Zushi & Hayama.
However, Yokohama Station is not the nearest station to Chinatown.
Kannai Station or Ishikawamachi Station on the Keihin Tohoku Line is easily accessible.
The Keihin Tohoku Line can be transferred at Yokohama Station or at Hamamatsucho Station on the Tokyo Monorail.
”Shin-Yokohama Station” of the Tokaido Shinkansen is completely different from “Yokohama Station”.
Please note that they are not interchangeable.
The other way is to take the Keihin Kyuko Bus (Keikyu Bus), a local bus service departing from Haneda Airport.
Buses departing from Terminals 1 and 2 are more frequent, but there are also one to four buses departing from Terminal 3 every hour.
If you have a long wait for the bus, you can kill some time at the adjacent “Haneda Airport Garden”.
For more details, please refer to this article.
Buses are available for “Yokohama Station” or “Yamashita Park, Minatomirai-tiku, Red Brick Warehouse（Akarenga-soko）”.
Choose the direction you want to go.
If you want to go to Chinatown, take the latter.
The bus stop is located on the first floor of Terminal 3.
After exiting the arrival lobby, take the escalator or elevator to the first floor, and buy your ticket from the automatic ticket vending machine.
You can also use VISA touch payment for payment.
If you are not sure, there is an information desk nearby.
Tokai, Kinki, Koshin Etsu ＆ Tohoku area
Tokai region (inc. Aichi, Shizuoka, Mie and southern Gifu prefectures)
Kinki region (inc. Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Nara, Wakayama, Mie and Shiga prefectures)
Koushin’etsu region (inc. Yamanashi, Nagano and Niigata prefectures)
Tohoku region (Fukushima, Miyagi, Yamagata, Akita, Iwate ＆ Aomori
These destinations are usually reached by the Shinkansen （bullet train） or long-distance highway buses.
Using the Shinkansen
The Tokaido Shinkansen is the fastest way to travel to Tokai and Kinki areas.
There are two ways to get on the Tokaido Shinkansen from Haneda Airport.
The recommended method is to take the Keikyu Line to Shinagawa Station and change trains there.
The other is to take the Tokyo Monorail to Hamamatsucho Station, where you can transfer to the Yamanote or Keihin Tohoku Line to go to Tokyo Station and take the Tokaido Shinkansen.
Shinagawa Station has lines on the floor showing how to get from the Keikyu Line exit to the Shinkansen transfer entrance.
（See photo：Blue line is the Tokaido Shinkansen）
Thus, taking the Keikyu Line to Shinagawa Station is more compact and the Shinkansen transfer entrance is easier to find.
However, as mentioned above, the Keikyu Line has lines going in many directions, so be careful when boarding at Haneda Airport.
In the Koshinetsu area, the “Kaiji” or “Azusa” limited express trains on JR East’s Chuo Honsen Line are convenient for getting to Kofu.
Most trains depart from Shinjuku Station, but there are also limited expresses that depart from Tokyo Station.
Both Shinjuku and Tokyo Stations can be reached by taking the Tokyo Monorail from the airport and transferring to the Yamanote Line at Hamamatsucho Station.
(Tokyo Station can also be reached by the Keihin Tohoku Line.)
Shinjuku Station is a world-class terminal, so make sure you don’t get lost!
The Hokuriku Shinkansen is the most convenient way to get to Nagano and Joetsu Myoko in Niigata Prefecture.
The Hokuriku Shinkansen departs from Tokyo Station.
From Haneda Airport, take the Tokyo Monorail and transfer at Hamamatsucho Station to the Yamanote Line or Keihin Tohoku Line.
The last stop on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line is Kanazawa City in Ishikawa Prefecture, famous for its beautiful old capital, so be sure to make a trip there!
On the other hand, if you want to go to the central part of Niigata Prefecture, such as Echigo-Yuzawa Station, which is famous for its ski resorts, take the Joetsu Shinkansen.
The Joetsu Shinkansen also departs from Tokyo Station in the same way as the Hokuriku Shinkansen, so please refer to the above.
The Tohoku Shinkansen is a convenient way to reach the Tohoku region.
The Tohoku Shinkansen has a large number of trains and a wide variety of stop patterns and grades.
All of them can be taken from Tokyo Station, so please refer to the above.
However, be careful when going to Akita or Yamagata in the Tohoku region.
Take the Akita Shinkansen to Akita and the Yamagata Shinkansen to Yamagata.
Both lines are connected to the Tohoku Shinkansen. Please note that the number of trains is limited.
Using a long-distance highway bus
Highway buses take longer than the Shinkansen, but are much more reasonable. Long-distance routes depart at night, allowing you to travel while you sleep, so you can make the most of your time at your destination.
The bus terminal is located on the first floor of the “Haneda Airport Garden” adjacent to Haneda Airport Terminal 3.
Buses connecting the airport to destinations throughout Japan arrive and depart from the terminal, making it very convenient.
Please check the official website of the bus terminal for destinations and make reservations on the official website of the bus company.
For more information about the bus terminal, please refer to this article.
Hokkaido, Kyushu area & Okinawa / Transfer to domestic flights
To get to Hokkaido, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa, it is recommended to use airplanes.
You can also connect to the Shinkansen (e.g. Yamagata or Akita Shinkansen), but it is not that cheap for the time it takes.
If your priority is to make the most of your time at your destination, it is also a good idea to take domestic flights in areas other than those mentioned above.
Haneda Airport Terminal 3 (T3) is for international flights only.
To transfer to a domestic flight, move to Terminal 1 or 2 (T1 or T2).
The free shuttle bus is a convenient way to transfer between terminals.
There is a sign in the arrival lobby on the second floor of T3 that directs you to the shuttle bus stop, so follow the instructions to the first floor of the building.
The bus stop is #0.
During the daytime, shuttle buses leave every 5 minutes, so you can get around quickly.
Once the shuttle departs from T3, it takes 7 minutes to reach T1 and another 3 minutes to reach T2.
You can also take the above-mentioned Tokyo Monorail or Keikyu Line to T1 or T2, which is also free of charge.
To use this service, you will need to present your “transfer ticket”, passport, and airline ticket.
The “Transfer Pass” is available at the information counter on the 2nd floor of T3.