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Narita or Haneda: Which airport should I fly into?

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By Chehui Peh

Choosing the right airport for your journey to Tokyo can significantly impact your travel experience. Tokyo boasts two major international airports: Narita International Airport and Haneda Airport. In this guide, we’ll compare the two by looking at multiple factors such as accessibility, amenities, flights and price to help you decide which one best suits your travel needs.

The Basics

Let’s break down the basics of each airport and what you should expect.

Narita International Airport

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Home to over 117 flight routes in and out of Japan Photo: PIXTA/ himawari

Located in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, Narita International Airport is typically seen as the primary gateway for international travelers visiting Tokyo. It’s situated approximately 60 kilometers east of Tokyo’s city center. Narita’s airport code is NRT.

Haneda Airport

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An airport closer to Tokyo’s city center Photo: PIXTA/ やえざくら

In Ota, Tokyo, Haneda Airport is the closest airport to the city center, just around 14 kilometers south of downtown Tokyo. Haneda’s airport code is HND.

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Blimey, you’d think Tokyo is Japan if you rely on this site for info, lol. What am I like eh?

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

If you are going to Chiba then Narita. If Tokyo then Haneda.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Is this really a choice for most international travelers? People usually have their destination already chosen when they use a package that come with very significative discounts.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

For Tokyo, Haneda.

For Osaka, Itami.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I can't remember ever being given a choice. Lately it seems though as if domestic flights go to Narita and international ones leave from Haneda, which means that at least when going to Europe we need to switch between the two, which is a little inconvenient.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

I’m my experience, unless you’re wealthy enough, most people don’t care and will book the cheapest ticket without caring which airport.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I prefer Haneda airport and haven't used Narita in almost a decade. Not since flights between Japan - UK became more prevalent at Haneda.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I used to use mostly Narita before the pandemic because prices were lower. It takes time to get there but on the plus side it has a lot of shopping and food options. Haneda is so convenient to Tokyo, but the number of restaurants is pathetic. Better have your dinner in advance.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

I dislike Narita solely for how far out of the way it is. It's such a trek into the city by public transport and getting to the metro from arrivals can be a bit confusing. However, flights going there tend to be cheaper and they have better times and connections.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I prefer Narita due to the direct dedicated rail service. For us in west-central Tokyo, Haneda requires two trains and then a bus from Shinjuku (ugh) or four commuter trains (double ugh).

Narita is a one 10-minute train and then the Narita Express with reserved seating. Travel time is the same but the Narita journey is a lot less stressful and reliable.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

It won't matter to inbound tourists but we like Narita because there is cheap long-term parking.

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