Free Tours at Haneda Airport's Int'l Terminal - Japan's First Ever Guided Airport Tours by Locals
Local volunteer guides gave free tours at Haneda Airport's international terminal in Ohta Ward, Tokyo on April 29.
The Ohta-Shinagawa Town Guide Association showed members of the public around the terminal's facilities with backing from the Tokyo International Air Terminal Corporation, the company that runs the terminal, as well as the Ohta Tourist Association and Ohta Ward, among others. The guides were 17 local volunteers who completed a Training Course held this year from January to March. According to the Ohta Tourist Association, this was the first time for residents to give a guided tour of an airport terminal in Japan.
There were two tour groups, starting at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Each lasted one hour and welcomed up to 30 people each. An official from the Ohta Tourist Association said, "Our guides learned a lot in the Training Course beyond just the information they need to know as volunteer guides: they also studied things like what makes the local area distinctive and how to make tour routes. The guides are going to work elsewhere in the ward besides the airport and promote the area's appeal."
This latest tour was only the first at the airport terminal, with more scheduled for May 26, June 24 and July 28.