As I wrote in the previous two posts hubby and I had been to India during New Year holidays. On the night of 30th December 2010, we stayed at a hotel near Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The next morning we left the hotel at about 7.45 am and reached Haneda Airport by taxi within ten minutes.
Tokyo International Airport
Tokyo International Airport, which is commonly known as Haneda Airport, is one of the two primary airports in Tokyo Area. Haneda handles most of the domestic flights to and from Tokyo along with a few international flights. The airport unveiled a new dedicated five-storied international passenger terminal on 21st October 2010 that has made international travel a lot easier for us. We reached the departure terminal located on the third floor of this new building and went to the Cathay Pacific check-in counters. After getting the boarding passes and checking in our baggage, we moved around in the newly constructed airport terminal building.
There is a market place named Edo Koji Zone with many gift shops and restaurants in the fourth floor of the building. Edo Koji Zone is modeled after a typical street from the Edo period and is lined with restaurants selling traditional Japanese dishes and cuisines. Walking around this area gave us a taste of the traditions and culture of old Japan.
Hubby standing near Edo Koji Zone
Edo Koji Zone
Hubby at Edo Koji Zone
Next, we went outside the building complex and got a nice view of the new international terminal building and many airplanes of various countries. After enjoying the views for some time, we returned back inside the building complex.
I am standing outside the new International terminal building at Haneda
International terminal building
View from International terminal building
Another view from International terminal building
After this, we went to the fifth floor of the terminal building where Tokyo Pop Town Zone is located. This area is modeled after contemporary Tokyo. There is a Cool Zone that includes shops having action figures and science-related toys. There is also a planetarium cafe located at this floor but we did not have time to explore much.
Hubby standing at the entrance of the Cool Zone of Tokyo Pop Town
After security check, we went to the boarding gate for Cathay Pacific flight. Our flight left the airport at about 10.55 am and reached Hong Kong International Airport at 15.00 pm (local time). It was a five hours very comfortable flight. We had five hour transit stopover in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong International Airport
After reaching Hong Kong International Airport, we went through the security check and reached the departure hall of Terminal 1. From the departure hall, we got a beautiful view of the outside. There are so many boarding gates at this airport terminal. We wanted to check our boarding gate and had to walk for almost 10 minutes inside the building! This airport terminal is really big!
View from the departure hall of Hong Kong International Airport
Another view from the departure hall
Several boarding gates
The departure hall is very nicely decorated and there are many shops and restaurants around. There was a beautiful Christmas and New Year decoration, and we took a few photos of us in front of the decoration. There was another section describing the history and glimpses of Hong Kong. It was really wonderful to read about Hong Kong.
Decorations at the departure hall
Christmas/New Year decoration at the departure hall
I am standing next to the Christmas/New Year decoration
Hubby and I in front of the Christmas/New Year decoration
Hubby standing next to a section giving glimpses of Hong Kong
Hubby standing near a pillar board describing about Hong Kong
After enjoying seeing various shops, hubby and I were rather hungry. So we went to a Chinese restaurant located inside the airport terminal and had spicy noodles and fried rice. Hubby had tan tan mein noodles and I had shrimp fried rice. Both these dishes were delicious.
Various shops at the departure hall
Hubby waiting for the food to arrive
Hubby having noodles
I am having fried rice
Hubby having Jasmine tea
After having food, we again moved around inside the departure hall of the airport. We still had about an hour to wait. Hubby relaxed on a chair near the boarding gate of our Cathay Pacific flight and I just moved around. Our flight left Hong Kong at about 20.00 pm and reached Mumbai at 00.05 am (local time). We celebrated the beginning of the New Year inside the airplane!
Outside view from the boarding area
Hubby waiting at the boarding area
We finished the arrival and customs procedures by 1.30 am at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. After that we took a bus and reached the domestic terminal. Our morning flight to Pune was cancelled and so we had to take a taxi up to Pune. After a taxi ride of about 5 hours, we finally reached my parents’ home in Pune at about 2 pm on January 1st. We had a nice time with my parents and just relaxed at home during our stay in Pune. We did not go for any sightseeing. I will write about our stay in Pune in the next two posts.