Planespotting at Haneda Airport Terminal 3

Planespotting at Haneda Airport Terminal 3 again! Well, it was the first time to visit it in more than one year. I’ve photographed more aircraft from different locations, so I thought I should try it again. At the end of my afternoon, I wasn’t disappointed.

To start, I took a different route to Haneda Airport from the one I usually take. Normally, I would take Tokyo Monorail from Hammamatsucho. This time I used the Keikyu Line from Shinagawa. And I was doubly lucky because I got went straight to the airport. There was no need to transfer at Keikyu Kamata.

The Keikyu line is much cheaper than Tokyo Monorail. It can take a little longer to get to the airport though. But the train fare difference is substantial. Anyway, it is something for you to think about if you ever go there.

When I got to the airport, it was busy. There were plenty of flights, and the observation deck was crowded. Aircraft photographers were everywhere.

I was a little disappointed though. In front of Terminal 3 was runway 16R/34L. On that day, it only took landings. Takeoffs only happened on 16L and 23, but they were far from me. They were too far even for my Fujifilm 100-400 lens.

More importantly, all landings happened on 34L. There was a downside to that. I couldn’t photograph approaching aircraft against Tokyo Skytree or Tokyo Tower. But it was possible with anything taxiing. So it wasn’t a complete loss.

What airline companies did I see at Haneda Airport?

  • ANA
  • China Airlines (an Airbus in Pokemon livery)
  • Delta
  • JAL (one Boeing 767 in Disney livery)
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Sky Airlines
  • Star Flyer
  • Vietnam Airlines

Something non-aircraft to photograph

Do you know Tokyo Aqualine? It’s an expressway that joins Kawasaki and Chiba prefectures. A part of it is a 9.6-kilometer tunnel that goes under Tokyo Bay! It’s an incredible piece of engineering.

The interesting thing about it is there is a gigantic air intake in the bay for it! It’s roughly triangular in shape. If you can position yourself correctly, you can photograph airliners flying near it.

The best time for Haneda Airport Terminal 3 photography:

I would recommend planespotting at Haneda Airport in the afternoon. The sun will light the planes. In the morning they will be backlit.

What camera and lens did I use at Haneda Airport?

  • Camera Body: Fujifilm X-T3
  • Lens: Fujifilm 100-400mm

Time spent Planespotting at Haneda Airport Terminal 3

  • First photo was taken at 2:45 pm
  • Last photo was taken at 4:50 pm.
  • Sunset was at 4:30 pm.

Wrapping up

I had a good afternoon. Flights were plentiful and jetliners varied. Haneda Airport is a great place for planespotting and I’d like to go again soon. If you have tips or comments for photographing there please leave them below.

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