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Narita International Airport (T1)

Tokyo, JP

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Getting around the airport

Three terminals, free shuttle bus

Narita International Airport lies around 60km east of Tokyo, and is the second busiest airport in Japan (after Haneda). It has three terminals:

  • Terminal 1, with six levels, a North and a South Wing and five satellite buildings. B1F is the basement floor with a train station. 1F hosts Arrivals. 2F for immigration. 3F has passport control and duty-free shopping. 4F and 5F have restaurants and shops.
  • Terminal 2, with a main building and a satellite building. The main building has five floors: B1F is the basement floor with a train station, 2F has immigration and a walkway to the satellite building, 3F hosts international departures, passport control and duty-free shopping and 4F has shops, restaurants and an observation deck. The satellite building has two floors: Arrivals on 2F and Departures on 3F. The two buildings are connected by a walkway.
  • Terminal 3, a new building exclusively for low-cost carriers. It has a large, 24-hour food court with many dining options.

Travelling between terminals

There are free shuttle buses linking all three terminals over three routes:

  • Route 1 links Terminals 1 and 2, and Higashi Narita Station runs every 7-10 minutes from the Arrivals level
  • Route 2 links Terminals 1, 2, and 3, and Higashi Narita Station, and runs every 15 minutes
  • Route 3 links Terminals 2 and 3, and leaves every 5-8 minutes

However, you can also walk. It's a 10-15 walk along a 500m long covered corridor, landside, and may be more straightforward than finding the shuttle.

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Getting into Tokyo

Take the express train

Narita Airport is a long way from Tokyo, making taxis prohibitively expensive, and the high-speed train the quickest option. 

Train

The Narita Express (N’EX) takes you directly to Tokyo Station, where you can change to the Yamanote line on the underground. Trains run every 15-30 minutes from 07:44-21:44 and journey time is 53 minutes. Stay in the front carriages to continue your journey to Shibuya, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro, and the rear carriages to go to Shinagawa. 

You can also take the Keisei Skyliner Airport Express, but only to Ueno or Nippori, from where it's likely you'll have to negotiate the underground system. Journey time is 30 minutes.

Money-saving tips:

  • Slower train: Take the JR Airport Liner stopping train. It goes the same route as the N'EX, and will take you to Tokyo Station in 80 minutes, but for a cheaper price of JPY 1,280.
  • Discount card: Foreign visitors can buy a discount ticket in the airport for further travel during their stay in Tokyo. It's a N'EX and Suica card, and costs JPY 3,500, which includes the Narita Express, plus JPY 2,000 worth of travel in Tokyo. Buy it at the JR East Travel Service Centers in the basement of both terminals.

Cost: JPY 2,940 one-way, JPY 6,040 return on the N'EX to Tokyo Station (plus JPY 3,110 to travel further into Tokyo)
Buying tickets: Kiosks in the airport railway station
Location: Terminal 1, Narita Airport Station, Level B1F; Terminal 2, Airport Terminal 2 Station (if you arrive at Terminal 3, you'll need to take a shuttle bus or walk (10-15 minutes) to the station in Terminal 2)

Taxi

The fare may make your eyes water, but if you need to take a taxi, they're plentiful, reliable, comfortable and offer fixed fares. Journey time can range from one to two hours, depending on traffic.

Cost: Around JPY 22,000 to central Tokyo (plus road tolls of JPY 2,250-2,850 - no need to tip)
Location: Terminal 1, Level 1F, bus lane; Terminal 2, Level 1F, bus lane; Terminal 3, outside the main building

Bus

The Limousine Bus stops at many big hotels in Tokyo, and some visitors find it to be the most direct and affordable way into the city. Journey time is 60-100 minutes. For more, visit http://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en

Cost: JPY 3,000 one-way
Buying tickets: Ticket Counter in Level B1F
Location: Bus stops outside arrivals

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Sleep option at Narita

Day rooms

If you would like to take a nap during your layover at Narita airport, day rooms are fully equipped with sleeping facilities and showers. They can be found on the 3rd floor and are available between 7:00am and 9:00pm (last check-in at 8:30pm). The first 60 minutes costs ¥1,540 and ¥770 for every 60 minutes thereafter.

Be aware that some customers have reported not receiving a Wi-Fi signal in their rooms.

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Lounges

For business and private travellers

There are many lounges in terminals 1 and 2. As Terminal 3 is for budget travellers only there are no lounges in this terminal.

Terminal 1

IASS Executive Lounge, Central building, before security, from the 4th Floor (Departures Level), take central escalators up to the 5th Floor, the lounge is located on the right hand side of the North Wing.  Opening hours: 07:00-21:00 daily

ANA Lounge
Terminal 1, South Wing, Level 1

ANA Lounge & Suite Lounge
Terminal 1, Satellite 4, Level 3

ANA Lounge & Suite Lounge
This lounge has recently been renovated and expanded and offers made-to-order meals, massage chairs, and a well-stocked bar. Passengers report that the Wi-Fi is better here as well. 
A day pass costs JPY 5,500 and must be booked in advance using the ANA My Choice button on the Optional Services page of the website.

Terminal 1, Satellite 5, Level 3

Korean Air Lounge
Terminal 1, Central Building, Level 3

Delta Sky Club
Terminal 1, Satellite 1, Level 3

Delta Sky Club
Terminal 1, Satellite 2, Level 3

United Club & Global First Lounge
Terminal 1, Central Building, Level 3

Terminal 2

IASS Executive Lounge, main building, before security, From 3rd Floor (Departures Level), take escalator next to 'G' check-in counter to 4th Floor, turn left and proceed straight for 10 meters to the entrance. Opening hours: 07:00-21:00 daily

American Airlines Admirals Club
Terminal 2, Main Building, Level 3

Emirates Lounge
Terminal 2, Main Building, Level 3

Qantas Business Lounge
Terminal 2, Main Building, Level 3

Cathay Pacific First and Business Class Lounge
Terminal 2, Main Building, Level 3

China Airlines Dynasty Lounge
Terminal 2, Main Building, Level 3

Japan Airlines Dynasty, Sakura & First Class Lounge
Terminal 2, Main Building, Level 3

Japan Airlines Sakura & First Class Lounge
Terminal 2, Satellite Building, Level 3

Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge
Terminal 2, Domestic, Level 2 

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Change money at the airport

Int'l cash points are hard to find

Even though Tokyo is an international city, it can be difficult to find cash points that accept foreign cards. To avoid getting caught without cash, exchange or withdraw money at the airport. There are international cash points on the arrival floor but be advised that some have a minimum of JPY 5-10,000 withdrawals.

If you run out of cash, Citibank machines, and cash points in 7-Elevens and post offices, accept foreign cards. Most displays can be set to English as well. 

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Best restaurants in T1

Kyotatsu and Ramen Kagetsi Arashi

Japan is known for its quality cuisine and the airport is no exception. For authentic sushi, head to Kyotatsu on the 3rd floor of the Satellite 3 building. It’s open from 8:30 to 20:30. If sushi is a little too exotic for a pre-flight meal dine at Ramen Kagetsi Arashi on the 5th floor of the central building for a taste of the country’s favourite soup.

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Power Outlets

Throughout the airport

Terminal 1

  • South Wing, landside, Level 1 and Level 4
  • North Wing, landside, Level 1 and Level 4
  • Departure Lobby, airside, Level 3
  • Satellite 2, airside, Level 2
  • Domestic Departure Lobby, airside, Level 2

Terminal 2

  • Main Building, landside, Level 2
  • Departure Lobby, landside, Main Building, Level 3
  • Satellite Building, airside, Level 3
  • Connecting corridor, airside 
  • Departure lobby, Main Building, airside, Level 2
  • Domestic Departure lobby, airside, Level 2
  • Domestic Departure lobby, airside, Level 1
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Showers

Available in terminals 1 and 2

There are three different shower locations in Narita Airport in terminal 1 and 2. They are integrated into the dayroom facilities. There are no showers in terminal 3.

  • Terminal 1, Central Building, airside, level 3
  • Terminal 1, Central Building, landside, level 2
  • Terminal 2, Satellite Building, airside, level 3

The rate is JPY 1030 for the first 30 minutes and JPY 520 for every 15 minutes thereafter.

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A breath of fresh air

Oxygen Bar

Hook yourself up to self-service tanks that will pump flavoured oxygen like eucalyptus menthol and cinnamon into your lungs. Many claim that increased oxygen eases headaches, increases alertness, and reduces the effects of jetlag.

A 10-minute session costs JPY 800, and JPY 600 for every 10 minutes thereafter.

Terminal 1, floor 3, airside
Hours: 11:00-18:00 daily

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Save on Your Car Rental

Lowest Price Guaranteed

Car rentals are available in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Terminal 1

  • Nippon, ORIX and Nissan: Central Building, Level 1, Arrivals
  • Toyota and Times Car Renral: North Wing, Level 1, Arrivals

Terminal 2

  • Nippon, ORIX, Nissan, Toyota and Times Car Rental: Main Building, Level 1, Arrivals
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Dedicated Wi-Fi service

Pocket Wi-Fi device for your stay

For regular and consistent access to Wi-Fi during you visit to Japan, rent a pocket Wi-Fi dongle instead of buying a SIM card or using free Wi-Fi services. PuPuRu comes highly recommended because they offer support in English and make it easy to pick up and return the device. You must reserve a pocket Wi-Fi device (about the size of a business card) least three days in advance and you can pick it up at the airport upon arrival or have it delivered to your hotel. The rental fees start at JPY 400 per day.

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PASMO or Suica Card

For multiple trips on public transport

If you’ll be spending a lot of time on the underground or metro area JR trains, get a rechargeable PASMO card or a Suica card. The cards can be recharged in JPY 1,000 increments and can also be used to make purchases at vending machines in stations and participating merchant stores. The card will save time you would otherwise spend buying individual tickets for each journey – and it can be difficult to figure out how to select your destination on ticket machines!

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Plane watching

Airport outdoor observation deck

If you want to get some air or watch the planes landing and taking off, head up to the outdoor observation deck on the 5th floor. The spacious terrace in Terminal 1 offers the best views of the main runway and is especially dazzling at night.

The observation is open from 6:30 to 21:00 (April 1 – September 30) and 7:00 to 21:00pm (October 1 to March 31).

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Public transport in Tokyo

Hyperdia app

If you’re going to be travelling on trains while in Japan, the Hyperdia app will be extremely helpful. Cabs are expensive so it’s good to have a firm handle on the public transport system. Hyperdia is a train app that accurately calculates journey time, distances, fares, and transfers for your journey. The app is free to use for the first 30 days.

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Narita on a layover

Guided tour

Narita isn’t Tokyo but it is more than just an airport city. With the Narita Transit Program (and the necessary documents to enter Japan), you can experience Japanese hospitality and culture with a guided tour. You can visit a 3,000 year old temple, stroll through a park, or go shopping. The guides are volunteers who will show you around and help you get back in time to make a connection. Just find the Narita Transit Program counter in either terminal to join a tour.

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