Located directly within the jurisdiction of greater Tokyo, Haneda provides unparalleled proximity to the Tokyo and Yokohama areas. With such proximity coupled with the opening of a brand new international terminal with direct access to the Tokyo Monorail and Keikyu lines, as well as convenient transfer access to domestic flights, the newly improved Haneda Airport provides significantly improved time and cost effective access to sites in Tokyo and Japan as a whole. With the internationalization of Haneda Airport, a new era of travel, business, meetings and incentive convenience has arrived in Japan.
The All New Haneda Airport: In the Sky
The changes at Haneda start in the sky. As of October 31st, 2010, Haneda Airport, which had formerly dealt exclusively with domestic and eastern Asia flights only, has opened up service to North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. Six cities in North America will be connected directly to Haneda: Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Vancouver, Honolulu.
|Detroit||Delta Air Lines||February 2011|
|Los Angeles||All Nippon Airways||October 31, 2010|
|Delta Air Lines||February 2011|
|San Francisco||Japan Airlines||October 31, 2010|
|New York (JFK)||American Airlines||February 2011|
|Vancouver||Air Canada||January 31, 2010|
|Honolulu||All Nippon Airways||October 31, 2010|
|Japan Airlines||October 31, 2010|
|Hawaiian Airlines||November 19, 2010|
The All New Haneda Airport: On the Ground
Bird's eye view of the new International Terminal.
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There are three main parts to the improvements completed recently at Haneda: the construction of a new runway, "D, " on landfill in Tokyo Bay to handle increased traffic, the expansion and update of the eastern wing of Terminal 2, and the construction of a completely new five-story international terminal with direct access to the Tokyo Monorail and Keikyu lines. The new International Terminal Station of the Tokyo Monorail and Keikyu lines, located on the 3rd and underground floor of the new International terminal respectively, began operation on October 21st in line with the opening of the new international terminal and runway "D, " providing direct access to the Tokyo's railway network. The Tokyo Monorail and Keikyu lines are free for those transferring between the new International terminal to the domestic terminals 1 and 2 and vice versa. These three terminals are also connected by a free shuttle bus. Tokyo Monorail runs every 3 to 5 minutes. The monorail's city station is Hamamatsu-cho, one of the stops on Tokyo's main train loop, the Yamanote Line. The Keikyu line runs every 5 to 10 minutes to Shinagawa, which is also a stop on the Yamanote Line. Transfers to the bullet train can be made at Shinagawa.
Other than the two new stations in the new international terminal at Haneda, new improvements have been added to both the existing Keikyu and Tokyo Monorail lines. For the ease of international passengers utilizing the Keikyu Line, a new station numbering system was introduced during October. On the Tokyo Monorail end, a new travel center with personnel dealing in English, Korean and Chinese was established in the new Tokyo Monorail station where help in regards to transportation within the Tokyo area can be received. Furthermore, to celebrate and welcome the internationalization of Haneda and visitors from overseas, a newly redesigned Tokyo Monorail Pokémon Monorail began running on October 21st. The new train exclaims "Welcome! " to visitors in English, Korean and Japanese on the outside, and the inside has also been refitted to be multilingual. Service improvements at Haneda are not limited to the rail. Direct-to-hotel Limousine Bus service stops have been increased throughout Tokyo in areas such as Roppongi and Shiodome. The late night Limousine Bus to Shinjuku and Ikebukuro has been made regular. This will likely come in handy for individuals arriving from the new international lines, many of whom will be arriving during the late night/early morning time period.
The new international terminal's third floor departure lobby sports a tall dome roof, creating a liberating atmosphere that one would expect from an international airport. The new international terminal operates 24 hours, and is outfitted with a 24 hour food court as well as airport lounges equipped with passenger-use showers and couches complete with footrests for comfortable napping. The 4th and 5th floors of the new international terminal are called the "E·Do Marketplace. " Inside the "E·Do Marketplace " is "Edo Alley, " a food and sales area modeled after old Tokyo, the world's first planetarium café and an observation deck providing a 270 degree view. 18 shops are open in the "Edo Alley " area. Tea and Japanese treat store "Kyo-Hayashiya, " and ramen restaurant "Setagaya " are among famous tenants lined up. In the middle of "Edo Alley " stands "Edo Stage " to be used for various live events. Works of art by famous artist Hiroshi Senju decorate 18 spots in the area. There is no passport requirement to go into the "E·Do Marketplace" which is currently on its way to becoming a tourist destination in itself.
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Haneda's passenger restricted area also hosts 4 brand new lounges. Two are reserved for Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) respectively while the remaining two are in turn reserved for various airline customers and high level credit card holders respectively. Finally, the foreign tourist information center, formerly in terminal 1 has been relocated to the new international terminal. The information center provides Chinese (Mandarin), Korean and English assistance.
The All New Haneda Airport: Eco-friendly Infrastructure
The recent and ongoing renovations on terminal buildings one, two and the construction of the new international terminal were not just aimed at improved transportation service, but also at the creation of an "Eco Airport. " The new Haneda Airport now has in place a large range of measures in place to minimize environmental impact in terms of atmospheric pollution, noise, vibrations, water, soil, waste matter and energy, and to limit carbon dioxide emissions to the lowest possible level. Firstly, terminals 1 and 2 are currently in the process of being retrofitted with massive solar panel systems to match that in place at the recently completed international terminal. Secondly, The new international terminal utilizes geothermal heat soaked up by the massive underground piles in place to secure the terminal. Heat pumps in the new terminal use a natural refrigerant to harness that warmth from the piles and use it to heat and cool the terminal. Thirdly, the new international terminal is the first airport in the world to put to use NAS (sodium-sulfur) batteries, which charge up at night when the price of electricity is cheap due to low demand and kick in during the afternoon when the local power grid is under stress, thus saving the environment while also saving time, energy, money, and protecting the local power grid from midday brownouts. Finally, the new terminal utilizes gas cogeneration to make the most out of purchased energy. The eco-friendly Haneda is sure to be a hit with the MICE community which also seeks to lower its impact on the environment.
Private Business Jets and Charter Flights Get Expanded Access to Haneda
With the opening of the new international terminal and runway "D, " restrictions on foreign business jets at Haneda have been relaxed. In line with Haneda's new increased capacity, the previous overall restriction against foreign business jets during the 6am to 11pm time period has been abolished. Furthermore, the total number of business jets (domestic and international) allowed to take off and land during this period has been doubled. The number of days a business jet is allowed to stay on the ground at the airport has been extended by two to seven days, and the previous requirement for foreign business jets to register seven days before hand if planning to landing during the late night time frame has also been done away with.
The All New Haneda Experience Equals
the All New Meetings and Incentive Experience
So what does the opening of Haneda Airport mean for those considering Japan as a Meetings and Incentive destination?
It means getting where you need to go has never been easier. Particularly for those looking to hold events at MICE sites in Greater Tokyo (Tokyo-to) or Kanagawa Prefecture (Kanagawa-ken), the internationalization of Haneda and corresponding transportation infrastructure and service improvements means speed, convenience and lower costs. It's never been such a good time to get down to business in Japan!
In the following Supplier Corner section, we reintroduce a famous group of Tokyo MICE sites, which have become even more appealing go-to destinations in light of the beginning of international service to and from Haneda to Europe, Southeast Asia and the Americas.
New International Service at Haneda Airport Means unparalleled Access to Hotels and Meeting Facilities in the Tokyo and Yokohama Vicinity
Haneda’s opening up to more international routes will enable visitors to access central Tokyo easily. Tokyo is home to both luxury international and Japanese brand hotels, both of which pride themselves on their world-class facilities and Japanese hospitality. However, top class hospitality is not something limited to the most expensive accommodations. Throughout Tokyo, those planning a meeting on a budget can expect the same great service no matter what hotel they choose.
The below maps show the Akasaka/Roppongi and Marunouchi/Imperial Palace areas, which are two major downtown district where good number of hotels and conference centers are located.
Akasaka/Roppongi Map: http://tcvb.or.jp/en/arearoute/area/roppongi.html
Marunouchi/Imperial Palace Map: http://tcvb.or.jp/en/arearoute/area/marunouchi.html
Shinjuku Map: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/map/003_Shinjuku.html
|Akasaka/Roppongi Map ©TCVB
|Marunouchi/Imperial Palace Map ©TCVB
|Shinjuku Map ©TCVB
Late October saw the exciting opening of luxury hotel, The Capitol Tokyu Hotel, in Akasaka. Akasaka is located right in the heart of downtown Tokyo. The newly reconstructed hotel has 251 rooms available, including 13 luxury suites, as well as top notch meeting and banquet facilities and services. You can find out about the hotel's details in our May newsletter.
In the same area as The Capitol Tokyu, is the New Otani Hotel. The New Otani Hotel boasts an expansive Japanese garden and 32 meeting rooms which can accommodate any size of meeting. Lucky for you, The New Otani Hotel Tokyo is currently offering a special meeting package! To find more about it, You can find out about the hotel's details in our May newsletter.
In the area next to Akasaka called Roppongi, the ANA InterContinental Hotel Tokyo also has a meeting package. The chain has put the meeting industry as one of their top business priorities for the upcoming year, and you can learn more about their strategy in our May newsletter as well.
The Akasaka/Roppongi area is a lively international district known as a stimulating center for business, culture, fashion and leisure. It is located conveniently close to the famous Ginza shopping district and Kasumigaseki government district. Meanwhile, the Marunouchi/Imperial Palace area is also another area which can be perfect for both business and after business. Situated between Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace, Japan's most prestigious business district of Marunouchi, in combination with neighboring Otemachi, is home to the headquarters of the Tokyo branches of many of Japan's and global financial companies. With the Imperial Palace as a backdrop, this area is full of green. A number of newly opened shopping and dining complexes around Tokyo Station make the area more attractive than ever before. The Imperial Hotel Tokyo, which celebrates its 120-year anniversary, has a long history as a host of meetings and incentive events. A few blocks away, there is The Peninsula Tokyo which offers meeting packages as well. For detailed information on the meetings and incentive deals offered by these venues,see our May newsletter.
Shinagawa district, only a few minutes from Haneda Airport, is home to the Prince Hotel chain, which also has excellent meetings and incentive offerings. Shinagawa Station is a key bullet train and Tokyo transportation hub. Transit to Japan's local cities could not be easier than at Shinagawa.
Yokohama, which is hosting the 18th APEC Economic Leader's Meeting and 22nd APEC Ministerial Meeting, is a great meetings and incentive city just outside of Tokyo, located to the south of Haneda Airport and with the same great access from Haneda. Yokohama is located on the waterfront looking over Mt. Fuji. Yokohama is a sophisticated city and historically international city with an atmosphere of its own. The Pacifico Yokohama and hotels such as the InterContinental Yokohama Grand mean Yokohama can accommodate anything from massive conferences with over 10,000 attendees to a board meeting in a luxury hotel. For more information, once again, visit our May newsletter.
The bottom line is that new international service at Haneda Airport means unparalleled access to key Tokyo and Yokohama MICE destinations. This time in Supplier Corner, we wrap up with links to key MICE destinations in these two areas. All of the various unique venues introduced in the following ICC Community section can be easily reached by any of these MICE sites.
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
|©Tokyu Hotels Co., LTD
The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
Webpage Specific to MICE:
Site Location: http://www.capitolhoteltokyu.com/en/#/access/
May 2010 JNTO MICE Article Link:
- Japan Office -
Tokyu Hotels Co., Ltd, The Capitol Hotel Tokyu
Shin-Nanpeidai Tokyu Bldg, 1-21-2,
Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 150-0043
- United States Office -
233 Broadway, Suite 860,
New York, NY 10279
Tel: 212-490-0456 / 1-800-42-TOKYU (86598)
Please submit your request for proposal (FRP) either directly to the above facilities utilizing the submission process on their corresponding meetings and incentives pages, or utilize a RFP submission client like that provided by Cvent. If you need any help getting in contact with any of your desired Japan meetings and incentive sites, or have been unable to receive a satisfactory response, please feel free to contact the JNTO for assistance!