Coming into Tokyo in the air, you have two realistic options:
- Fly into Narita and enjoy the 50 minute ride into town with either the Narita Express or Keisei Skyliner .
- Fly into Haneda, hoping the timings work out, but enjoy a short monorail to Hamamatsuchō and the Yamanote line, or train ride Shinagawa, and Yamanote to Central Tokyo (taking 20-30 minutes).
From my experience, Haneda is much more preferable – least of all riding the monorail is a lot cheaper than the Narita express – which considering how much some Japanese rail services can cost, is a good thing.
Lufthansa currently operate into both Tokyo airports, with both services currently being operated with a Boeing 747-400 aircraft. Well, for those who love the new Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, it will be joining this route in the Winter 2014/2015 season.
The switch over will be on 26th October 2014 in time for the Winter season, with the 747-8i heading to Tokyo Haneda, whilst the Tokyo Narita will be switched to a lower capacity Airbus A340-300.
LH716/717 will operate the Haneda flight, whilst LH710/711 operates the Narita segments.
- LH7236 is the ANA Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner service
- LH710 is the Lufthansa Airbus A340-300 service
- LH 716 is the Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i service
- LH7247 is the ANA Boeing 777-300ER service
- LH108/714 is run via Munich with LH714 using a A340-600.
For those travelling on Lufthansa/ANA between Frankfurt and Tokyo Haneda, there is a great choice of flights to be hand – with some of the latest seating in the sky available to you.