Airport hacks: Narita Airport, Japan

Some useful pointers for making your transit through the airport smooth and breezy

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Nearly 14 million foreign visitors — up 11% — passed through Narita’s doors in 2016. Additional routes and international flights have since been introduced, and this year the airport expects to welcome even more travelers who can all look forward to a pleasant, comfortable experience, thanks to these amenities:

• Train and bus companies like Keisei Bus, Chiba Kotsu and the Airport Limousine Bus run services from various exits and stations throughout Tokyo, ferrying folks to the airport in those off-hours between midnight and 6am. Check the airport and bus company websites for links and schedules.

• For even more convenience, the Skyliner and Narita Express trains make stops at Nippori, Shibuya and Shinagawa. You can also take buses from Narita to your hotel in town, Kyoto, Osaka and even tourist spots like Universal Studios Japan. Visit their websites in advance for details, inquire at ticket counters, or read signs at airport bus stops for more information.

• There are walkways between Terminals 2 and 3 as well as free shuttles to get to and from Terminals 1 and 2 or 3.

• Save on your phone bill. Use SIM card vending machines and rent WiFi from telecom counters in Terminals 1 and 2.

• If time allows, freshen up at Nine Hours, a capsule hotel at Terminal 2. Take advantage of sleep pods, lockers, and bathrooms complete with toiletries. You can also book day rooms for a shower or nap at Terminals 1 and 2.

• For gifts or collectibles to remember your trip by, check out toys and accessories at outlets like Hello Kitty Japan, Biplane Museum Shop and Fa- So-La. There are also popular designer shops and stores selling handicrafts like origami and Japanese cosmetics.

• Why not have your first (or last) meal of ramen and sushi at the airport? Across the three terminals, there are over 30 Japanese restaurants to choose from.

This article first appeared in the April 2017 issue of Smile.

Written by

Charmaine Baylon

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