Guam Buzzes with the Launch of the Haneda Route: How to Spend Time After Arriving at 5 AM?

As overtourism becomes a problem in various parts of Japan, the prolonged weak yen and high prices seem to make it difficult for the Japanese to feel enthusiastic about traveling abroad. There aren’t a few people whose opportunities for overseas travel have significantly decreased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In such a situation, one of the places that is being re-noticed as a comparatively affordable and familiar travel destination compared to Europe, America, or Hawaii, is Guam.

There is an increasing number of direct flights from Japan. Japan Airlines (JAL) is currently operating 5 round trips a week from Tokyo/Narita. Furthermore, United Airlines is flying 32 round trips a week (up to 5 flights a day) from Tokyo/Narita, 10 from Osaka/Kansai, and 7 each from Nagoya/Central and Fukuoka. Additionally, on May 1st, United Airlines launched the Tokyo/Haneda to Guam route, operating 7 round trips a week, making it the first time that Haneda and Guam are connected by direct flights. Seeing this, it may feel more accessible than one might think.

▲United Airlines staff welcoming the arrival of the Haneda route at Guam Airport

The Tokyo/Haneda to Guam flights operate on the Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The outbound flight departs Haneda at 11:55 PM and arrives in Guam at 4:45 AM the next morning, making it a late-night service. The return flight departs Guam at 7:00 PM and arrives at Haneda at 10:00 PM.

Heading to Resort Golf with the Early Arrival Haneda Route

One way to fully utilize the characteristic of the outbound flight’s early morning arrival is through golf trips. It’s possible to play a round in the morning of the arrival day, making it sufficiently enjoyable even for a short stay of 2 to 3 days. “You can move from the airport to the golf course and be there by around 6 AM. After taking it easy and having breakfast for about an hour, you can start playing at the tee time, which begins at 7 AM. I think there is value in that,” says Mitsushi Nagano, the Sales Director of the Country Club of the Pacific (CCP), located about a 30-minute drive from Guam Airport, in the hills of the Jonnya district. He appreciates the Haneda route and plans to take advantage of it for promotions, saying, “We want to send out the message that you can go directly from the airport to golf.”

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