Tokyo From the Sky: Our Tokyo Helicopter Tour Experience

Tokyo From the Sky - Our Tokyo Helicopter Tour Experience
Tokyo From the Sky - Our Tokyo Helicopter Tour Experience

On our recent visit to Japan we had the pleasure of going on a Tokyo helicopter tour from Urayasu Heliport, which is located in the Tokyo Disney Resort area.  Below is our detailed overview of this awesome experience you can also have when you visit Tokyo!

We really enjoyed flying a large loop around Tokyo, it was amazing to see the famous landmarks of the city at night!  And gave us a whole different perspective of this mega city.

Note that our Tokyo helicopter flight was sponsored by Klook.

Check out our video above to see what to expect from this experience.

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How to Book Your Helicopter Tour Tokyo through Klook

Klook is an online travel agency which initially focused on Asian countries, but over recent years they have been expanding worldwide and now offer tickets, transport and tour options and much more for Asian countries, Europe, North America, Oceania and many more countries.  We have partnered with Klook for several years now and have booked many of our own travel activities through them over time and have been very happy with their customer service.

Klook provides a very easy option to book your Tokyo Helicopter cruise which includes a 15 minute  day time or night time flight over Tokyo.  The Klook package includes a complimentary pre-departure drink in the waiting lounge and free shuttle bus transfers from and to Maihama Station.  During daytime flights you may be able to see Mt Fuji in the distance, and on night time flights over Tokyo you can see the city all lit up (like we did!). 

Note that this activity is dependent on weather conditions, so we recommend you book your flight early during your visit to Tokyo so if your flight is rescheduled you have other date options.

When you make your booking, select your date to have this experience and once your booking is confirmed you will be notified of your specific departure time.  Helicopter flights are available every day of the week except Thursday.  Available flight times are as follows:

  • Day flight.    4:45pm-6:30pm in spring and summer and 4:15pm-5:30pm in autumn and winter
  • Night flight. 4:45pm-6:30pm in spring and summer and 4:15pm-5:30pm in autumn and winter

Adults and children can fly in the helicopter.  Adult pricing is for people aged 13 years and over, child fares for children aged 3-12 years old.  Children from 5 months old to 2 years old can fly free on their guardian’s lap, however only one infant can be on each flight.  Infants under 5 months old cannot participate.

Note that you will typically be sharing the helicopter with other passengers in either a 5 seat or 8 seat helicopter.  A minimum of two participants are required for a flight to proceed.

If you are celebrating a special occasion such as proposal, anniversary or special event there are add on options to order flowers, a celebration cake or champagne.  You can request these add ons in the final stage before making payment as add on packages A, B or C as detailed on the page.

Click here to check out pricing and book your Tokyo Helicopter Tour through Klook.  Use coupon code MDE8G to get a $A5 discount off your first order! 

When you finalise your booking you will need to enter the details for each passenger for inclusion in your booking.

After you have placed your booking you will receive an initial confirmation, and usually within 24 hours you will receive your final confirmation which includes details of your specific flight time and shuttle bus pick up time from Maihama Station.

How Can Weather Affect your Helicopter Ride Tokyo?

In our case our first flight was cancelled due to weather.  We promptly received a message from Klook when this occurred, and the operator contacted us to re-book on another day.  We booked our new flight time for two days following our original date, and quickly received a new confirmation email from Klook.

As a result we definitely recommend that you book your flight for early during your visit to Tokyo, so that if your flight is cancelled that you can re-book within a couple of days and not miss out on this great experience.

Tokyo From the Sky - Our Tokyo Helicopter Tour Experience
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How to Get to Urayasu Heliport near Tokyo Disney Resort

Many of you will be asking where is Urayasu Heliport and Maihama Station in relation to the rest of Tokyo.  In the below map you can see that Maihama Station is located on the eastern side of Tokyo and is a 20 minute train ride from Tokyo Station.  If you are travelling from either Shinjuku Station or Shibuya Station your travel time is around 45-50 minutes.

After you arrive at Maihama look for the signs for the Northern exit from the station.  After you exit, you will see on your right hand side a decorative clock tower which you can see in our photos below.  Descend the steps and wait in front of the clock tower for your shuttle bus collection.  Do not be late as they arrive promptly!

Tokyo Helicopter Flight Meeting Point at Maihama Station
Tokyo Helicopter Flight Meeting Point at Maihama Station
Tokyo Helicopter Flight Meeting Point at Maihama Station
Tokyo Helicopter Flight Meeting Point at Maihama Station

You will then be driven the short distance to the Excel Air Facility.

Tokyo Helicopter Flight Shuttle Bus Pickup from Maihama Station
Tokyo Helicopter Flight Shuttle Bus Pickup from Maihama Station
Tokyo Helicopter Flight Shuttle Bus
Tokyo Helicopter Flight Shuttle Bus

Tokyo Helicopter Tour Check In

When you arrive at the Excel Air Facility you walk up the stairs to their departure lounge.  The first thing you will see is the reception counter where you check in for your flight. 

Arrival at Excel Air at Urayasu Heliport
Arrival at Excel Air at Urayasu Heliport
Entry to Excel Air Reception at Urayasu Heliport in Tokyo
Entry to Excel Air Reception at Urayasu Heliport in Tokyo
Excel Air Reception Counter at Urayasu Heliport in Tokyo
Excel Air Reception Counter at Urayasu Heliport in Tokyo
Checking In at Excel Air Reception Counter at Urayasu Heliport in Tokyo
Checking In at Excel Air Reception Counter at Urayasu Heliport in Tokyo

Of note is that you are only allowed to take your phone and cameras with you in flight mode, they also have special stickers which you must apply to your phone and cameras to prevent the flash from being used as this is a safety risk for the pilot.  You are also not permitted to carry selfie sticks, gimbals or tripods onto the helicopter.

Once you have checked in you then move into the luxurious waiting lounge, where you will be offered a complimentary drink.  We enjoyed viewing the sunset over Disneysea resort while we waited for our flight.

Excel Air Waiting Lounge at Urayasu Heliport in Tokyo
Excel Air Waiting Lounge at Urayasu Heliport in Tokyo
Excel Air Cafe in the Waiting Lounge at Urayasu Heliport in Tokyo
Excel Air Cafe in the Waiting Lounge at Urayasu Heliport in Tokyo
Sunset Views over Tokyo Disneysea Resort from Excel Air Waiting Lounge
Sunset Views over Tokyo Disneysea Resort from Excel Air Waiting Lounge
Weather Vane at Excel Air Lounge at Urayasu Heliport in Tokyo
Weather Vane at Excel Air Lounge at Urayasu Heliport in Tokyo

When they are ready they will invite you to move onto the next stage, which is a safety briefing and locker room to store your valuable items during your flight.  The lockers are of medium size so are able to hold normal backpacks and carry bags, but not big enough for suitcases.

Walking from the Excel Air Waiting Lounge to the Safety Briefing and Locker Room
Walking from the Excel Air Waiting Lounge to the Safety Briefing and Locker Room

After we were ready we were led through a hangar full of helicopters onto the helipad to board our flight!

Our Helicopter Ride Tokyo at Urayasu Heliport
Our Helicopter Ride Tokyo at Urayasu Heliport

Our Helicopter Ride Tokyo Experience

After we had been strapped in we were ready to go!  And very excited as we do not get to travel in a helicopter very often 😊 . 

Kids Strapped into the Helicopter and very excited to be ready to go!
Kids Strapped into the Helicopter and very excited to be ready to go!

We took off smoothly and travelled over the water parallel to the Disney Resort area as we ascended.  We quickly travelled over the Odaiba area, and had lovely views of the Rainbow Bridge.

Tokyo Helicopter Cruise over Disney Resort Area
Tokyo Helicopter Cruise over Disney Resort Area
Tokyo Helicopter Sightseeing over Rainbow Bridge near Odaiba
Tokyo Helicopter Sightseeing over Rainbow Bridge near Odaiba

We then travelled on to Shibuya to see the crossing from a much higher height!  Then circled on to see Shinjuku.

Helicopter Ride Tokyo over Shibuya
Helicopter Ride Tokyo over Shibuya
Helicopter Ride over Tokyo looking at Shinjuku
Helicopter Ride over Tokyo looking at Shinjuku
More Helicopter Views over Shinjuku
More Helicopter Views over Shinjuku
More Helicopter Views over Tokyo
More Helicopter Views over Tokyo
More Views over Tokyo
More Views over Tokyo
More Helicopter Ride Views over Tokyo
More Helicopter Ride Views over Tokyo

We then travelled to view the Tokyo Skytree in all of its splendour.

Helicopter Views over the Tokyo Skytree
Helicopter Views over the Tokyo Skytree

 

Helicopter Views over the Tokyo Skytree
Helicopter Views over the Tokyo Skytree
Helicopter Tokyo Tour Views
Helicopter Tokyo Tour Views

Finally we headed back to Urayasu Heliport past the Disney Resort area again and finally landed after our 15 minute flight.  It was a short but lovely flight to gain some perspective of how large Tokyo is as a city. 

Helicopter Views over Tokyo Disney Resort Area
Helicopter Views over Tokyo Disney Resort Area

After a family photo we returned to the locker area to collect our personal items and were then promptly taken by the complimentary shuttle bus back to Maihama Station.  We were able to easily then catch the train back to our accommodation in Tokyo.

Tokyo Helicopter Tour Family Photo
Tokyo Helicopter Tour Family Photo

Wrapup

We all really enjoyed our Tokyo helicopter ride and our children were particularly excited as they mostly do not recall their previous helicopter flight which was 9 years prior in New Zealand! 

We definitely recommend this activity to our readers as a great option to have a special experience in Tokyo.  Klook made the experience seamless and we can definitely recommend that you use their  service to book your Tokyo helicopter tour.

Click here to check out pricing and book your Tokyo Helicopter Tour through Klook.  Use coupon code MDE8G to get a $A5 discount off your first order! 

Detailed Information on How to Book Your Helicopter Ride Tokyo Through Klook

After you click on the above link you will open the Klook Tokyo Helicopter Booking Page as shown below.  You should carefully read the details about how to book, and once you are ready click the orange ‘Select Options’ whcih will take you to the booking options section of the page.

Klook Tokyo Helicopter Cruise Booking Page
Klook Tokyo Helicopter Cruise Booking Page

Below is a sample of the Klook booking options section.  You first choose the date you wish to fly, it then shows you the options, there is different pricing for weekday versus weekend flights, so it will then show the pricing for each option.  You also need to choose whether you want to do a day or night time flight.  Then select the number of adults and children.  On the right hand side of the page there is a button to add them to your Klook Shopping Cart.

Klook Tokyo Helicopter Cruise Booking Page Options
Klook Tokyo Helicopter Cruise Booking Page Options

You can then click through to your Klook Shopping Cart which looks like the image below.  You can keep on shopping and adding items to your shopping cart.  Once you are ready to finalise your order click the ‘Pay Now’ button.

Klook Tokyo Helicopter Cruise Shopping Cart
Klook Tokyo Helicopter Cruise Shopping Cart

After you click the ‘Pay Now’ button, you will then open a page where you need to enter additional information about your Tokyo Helicopter flight.  You need to add a note if you would like any of the special add ons – eg. flowers. cake, or champagne as packages A, B or C as described on the first page, along with the additional costs.  You also need to add your first and second preference for flight times.  After you have completed this information you then need to add the details for each passenger.

The next section is where you can add any promo or coupon codes.  Finally, as you scroll down the page you will be able to enter your payment details.  You can pay with either a credit card, debit card or PayPal. After you have completed all of that information you need to click the orange  ‘Pay Now’ button at the bottom of the page. 

After your payment has been processed you will then see a booking confirmation and you should also receive an email booking confirmation within a few minutes.  Within 24 hours you should receive a second confirmation from Klook which has the specific details for your flight and collection time from Maihama Station.  And your booking should then be complete!  So all you need to do is keep an eye on the weather, and make plans to arrive at Maihama Station to meet your scheduled timeslot.

Klook Tokyo Helicopter Cruise Additional Information
Klook Tokyo Helicopter Cruise Additional Information

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Disclaimer:  This article contains affiliate links.  If you book after clicking on one of these links then we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

 
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