Haneda Airport’s Fancy New Terminal
FTV news and the Yomiuri give us a sneak peak at Haneda Airport’s new international terminal:
The media on Monday got its first glimpse inside the new terminal, which includes an area called Edo Komichi, a life-size re-creation of a street from the Edo period (1603-1867) on its fourth floor.
Created to convey the beauty of Japan to foreign tourists, Edo Komichi will contain restaurants and other shops.
The total floor space of the five-story terminal building, scheduled to open Oct. 21, is about 160,000 square meters. The ceiling of the third-floor departure lobby reaches up to the fith floor, creating an airy, open atmosphere. Brand-new, still unstaffed check-in counters stand in rows.
Here’s a little bit more video from the Japan Times:
The new terminal will allow Haneda to accept flights to and from North America and Europe, including late night flights.
As you can see from the FTV video, it also provides very easy access to rail transportation. Passengers arriving via the Tokyo Monorail need only walk for about a minute to access the main check-in counters (no stairs or escalators required).