Detailed Maps of Haneda Airport Terminals by Google Maps in New "Indoor Google Maps" Feature

On November 30, Japan Airport Terminal Co., Ltd. announced that a new Google service called Indoor Google Maps can display indoor maps of Haneda Airport's Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 for domestic flights.

The terminal operator and Google partnered up to provide the indoor terminal maps. Users apply the Indoor Google Maps feature built into Google Maps for mobile, a map app for mobile devices, to show maps of each of the terminals' floors. It shows where to find boarding gates, check-in counters, elevators, restrooms and other facilities, as well as the locations and names of stores, restaurants and other businesses. Users can zoom in and out and otherwise manipulate the maps just like in the regular Google Maps.

The new feature covers the entire floor space of both domestic terminals. The service runs on smartphones and tablets with Android 2.2 and Google Maps 6.0 or better. (The floor maps only appear after zooming in close enough.) Handy icons make it easy to display buildings and floors.

According to Google, there are 101 facilities in Japan that are compatible with the new service, including floor maps of Narita Airport. Google plans to provide indoor maps of facilities outside the Tokyo area as well, which many users have requested. English-language displays will become available in 2012, which Google expects will be used by people such as foreign visitors to Japan.