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I bought a one-way ticket (JAL) from Bangkok -> Tokyo (Haneda), and the other leg Tokyo (Haneda) -> San Francisco. This was bought in one transaction.

Do I have the option to leave the airport during the 6-hour connection time and go get some sushi? Does it depend on how long the connection time is? (Note: My passport has no problem with the usual immigration process to Japan.)

  • Do you have a visa that allows you to enter the USA on an open ended basis? – user13044 Nov 15 '14 at 10:10
  • @Tom Yes! In fact I just got a work Visa. I'm transferring to a company headquarter in US. I can see how a one-way flight to US can be a problem :-) Thanks! – Gant Nov 15 '14 at 10:17
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As you mention, your passport has no issue with immigration to Japan, then it just comes down to what you're doing there. You'll be able to show you have an exit flight from Japan, so that's fine, and that you want to just leave the airport for a few hours.

Indeed, I did this exact thing in June - I had a few more hours than you, so I had the day in Tokyo, but still - it's perfectly acceptable and common to pop out.

Depending on the time it takes you to get through customs, however (immigration took me aside for extra questioning, still not entirely sure why), you might be pressed for time. Once you get out, go up to the 3rd(?) floor - there's like a Japanese 'village' of restaurants inside the international terminal, or on the ground floor, a cheap 7-11 style place if you just want a backpacker-price meal.

Otherwise, if you have time, the Monorail will get you into town pretty promptly and cheaply - 30ish minutes to Hamamatsucho (check though, as there's an express monorail as well).

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Assuming you're a Thai citizen, you do not need a visa for stays in Japan of up to 15 days, so you are free to leave the airport. Go through immigration normally, state "transit" as purpose of visit, and show your onward boarding pass if needed.

For what it's worth, you don't even need to leave the airport to get sushi, there's a decent restaurant in the international terminal itself, and even some rather upscale options in the Marketplace malls in both Terminal 1 (Sushiden) and Terminal 2 (Numazu Uogashi), a short train ride away. Both are "landside" so you don't need a domestic flight ticket to visit. But if you do choose to go into Tokyo, it's about 30 min to Hamamatsucho by monorail, or Shinagawa by train.

  • I see. Will hop to T1 and T2 to check those out! – Gant Nov 15 '14 at 11:51

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