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Haneda Airport via Monorail to Akihabara

November 2018
The actual flying time from Itami to Haneda is less than an hour. The landing approach was via Tokyo Bay onto runway 34L. Along the landing path, we were able to see the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line Expressway which has a length of it running under the Tokyo Bay. By chance, our plane flew within sight of the Aqua-Line ventilation tower for ventilating the Expressway. The ventilating tower is sort of on a man made island in the middle of Tokyo Bay and looks like the sail of a ship.

Haneda Airport

Our flight by ANA B777-200

Haneda Airport

The Aqua-Line Expressway ventilation tower for ventilating the expressway’s underwater section. Parallel landing with another aircraft on the right.

Haneda Airport

Runway ‘D’ built on reclaimed land south of the main airfield.

Haneda Airport

Past runway ‘D’ approaching the main airfield  for landing on runway 34L. The other aircraft will land on runway 34R in the background.

Haneda Airport

Safely landed at Haneda airport.

Haneda airport is way larger than Itami as it’s the forth busiest airport in the world (2017) even beating it’s sister airport Narita (49th). After claiming our checked baggage, we took the monorail at the airport to Hamamatsucho station for a change to the Yamanote Line for our hotel in Akihabara. The ride on the monorail was 24 minutes while on the Yamanote Line was 11 minutes. The change of train line at Hamamatsucho station entails a couple of minutes walk and the use of escalator to get down to the platform. Ticket payments for the monorail and the train was made using the Icoca card we’ve purchased at Kansai airport. Yes, the Icoca can be used in Tokyo as well, in-fact for most of Japan.

Haneda Airport

Spacious Haneda airport.

Haneda Airport

Ultraman flying in to greet us.

Haneda Airport

Baggage carousel.

Tokyo Monorail

Inside the monorail.

Tokyo Monorail

Views along Tokyo Bay.

Tokyo Monorail

Another view from the monorail.

Tokyo Monorail

End of the road (or rail) for the monorail at Hamamatsucho station for a change to the Yamanote Line.

Hamamatsucho station

Platform for the Yamanote Line at Hamamatsucho station.

Washington Hotel Akihabara

Arrived at Washington Hotel next to Akihabara train station. Less than a minute walk from the JR Central exit.

Itami Airport

Airport Limousine Bus. The Faster & Cheaper Alternative To Itami

November 2018
Very early in the morning of our 4th day in Osaka, the 8th in Japan, we will be catching the Airport Limousine bus to Itami Airport for our flight to Haneda, Tokyo. We decided to fly as the air fare is much cheaper than a Shinkansen ticket at ¥7,485 against ¥13,620. Our chosen departure airport is Itami instead of Kansai as Itami is much closer to Namba as it takes less than 25 minutes to reach.

From Red Roof Plus hotel, we walked across the street over to BIC Camera to take a taxi at the taxi stand to Hotel Echiei where the Airport Limousine bus stop is located. It’s just a few minutes ride and cost about ¥650. This saves us the hassle of setting our GPS to navigate the back alleys if we decided to walk. Even if we did, the walk to the Limousine Bus stop, shouldn’t be more than 15 minutes at a leisurely pace.

Itami Airport Limousine Bus

Taxi route from Red Roof Plus hotel to the Airport Limousine bus stop for Itami airport.

The Airport Limousine bus stop is directly in-front of the entrance to Hotel Echiei. To the bus company, this stop is referred to as ‘Namba Station’. The bus will stop to pick up passengers and leave right away, it will not wait. There are at least 2 buses per hour and as many as 5 during peak hours.

Tickets can be purchased from the ticket machine behind the bus stop that is against the wall of the hotel. It will cost ¥640 for adults and ¥320 for child. There is no way you can purchase an advanced ticket, as it can only be purchased through the ticket machine. The ticket machine only dispense ticket for the day and it’s an open ticket for that particular day only. Technically speaking, you can purchase an advanced ticket for the same day for a ride later. You purchase a ticket in the morning for a ride later at night for example.

Itami Airport Limousine Bus

The bus stop in-front of Hotel Echiei as seen from Google street view.

Itami Airport Limousine Bus

The Airport Limousine bus timetable for the bus stop in-front of Hotel Echiei. The fare is also displayed. For an up to-date timetable, refer here.

You will have the option to get-off the bus at Itami South or North terminal. It doesn’t matter if you got-off at the wrong terminal, it’s just a matter of you having to walk a fair bit of distance between the two inter-connected terminals. We got-off at the first stop (south terminal) for our ANA flight to HND.

Itami Airport Limousine Bus

The Airport Limousine bus arriving at Itami airport south terminal.

Itami Airport Limousine Bus

The interior of the Airport Limousine bus.

Itami Airport, Osaka

If you choose to take the monorail, the station is in-front of the terminal building.

Itami Airport, Osaka

At the other end past the overhead bridge is the North terminal of Itami airport.

Itami Airport, Osaka

Itami airport South Terminal check-in counters

Itami Airport, Osaka

Itami airport viewing deck.

Itami Airport, Osaka

Views onto the apron from the viewing deck.

Itami Airport, Osaka

ANA flight taking-off.

Itami Airport, Osaka

Itami ATC tower.

Itami Airport, Osaka

Departure gate 11 of Itami airport.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room, Osaka

November 2018
The Japanese authorities has been very pro-active to the requirements of Muslim tourists and many prayer room/place can be found in most Japanese major cities. The Tempozan Marketplace is no exception and a prayer room can be found on 3F. Tempozan Marketplace is medium size mall within the Tempoza Harbor Village.

You do need to register for use of the prayer room or you won’t gain entry into it. The registration is can be done at the Kaiyukan Information office which shares the same building with Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ticket office. Reception area of the information office is via a side door. Once registered, you’ll be handed a information sheet of the prayer room location and the digital PIN combination to unlock the door. The digital keypad has a dark plastic protective flap, so swing it up to expose the keypad. Typically, you’ll be allowed 20 minutes use of the prayer room. Do switch off the lights when you leave.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

To use the prayer room, you need to register at the Kaiyukan information office. The information office shares the same building with Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan ticket office.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

One side of the information sheet shows the location of the prayer room inside Tempozan Marketplace mall and the room layout plan.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

The other side shows the time allotted for you and the digital combination PIN to unlock the door.

The prayer room is located on 3F of the Tempozan Marketplace. Look out for ‘Seria’ souvenir store and the prayer room is just next to it. Separate prayer area is allocated for men and women in the prayer room. Both the men and women prayer area  has it’s own ablution basin. As the prayer room is within the mall, it is air-conditioned. The prayer direction (qibla) is prominently displayed on the ceiling above the men & women prayer area. The prayer room is spotless and clean, true to the high Japanese standards. Once again, many thanks to the Japanese authorities for providing the prayer room and their initiative is very much commendable.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

The prayer room sign and the prayer room next to Seria. This is 3F of the Tempozan Marketplace mall.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

If you approach Seria from the side, the prayer room is straight ahead.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

Upon entry, walk straight for men’s prayer area, right for women’s.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

The ablution basin in the men’s prayer area.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

Another view of the ablution area.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

The Qibla prayer direction above the men prayer area.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

Separate women’s prayer area.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

Identical ablution basin at women prayer area.

Tempozan Marketplace Prayer Room

The women prayer area space. Qibla direction above.

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