Getting into Narita city is simple and fast and cheap !!! Once you exist the customs area at Narita Airport you go down stairs and follow the signs or ask for the track number at the information desk. The employee's there speak excellent English. It's basically the second stop on the train. Once there you exist the station walk towards the 1st street and turn right towards the McDonald's (YOU CAN'T MISS IT ) and from there just follow the signs to the temple's. It takes about 20 minutes to get to the temples. The cost of the train is 250 yen each way !!! It takes about 15 minutes to get there from the airport.
The Airport Limousine Bus, is probably the most convenient way to get to the city centre.
You'll find the ticket desk right in front of you as you enter arrivals, and the bus stops are then located immediately outside each terminal building.
Buses leave for Tokyo Station, Shinjuku Station, Disneyland and major hotels.
They depart every 15 minutes.
A ONE WAY ticket costs 3000 yen, and depending on traffic, expected journey time is about 1 1/2 hour...
use the link for more information
Subway/ocal train is the cheap and fast way to get to Narita city from the airport. The station is in the middle of town and the first stop from the airport which makes it a 10 min ride or so.
The bullet train station or JR rail line is a short walk from the Narita station if you want to go to Tokyo.
If time is not of the essence, then you can get a local train from Ueno in Tokyo to Narita airport for 1000 yen.
This stops at places like Nippori, Aoto, Funabashi, Yachiyodai and Narita along the way.
It's convenient if you want to go from the airport to Narita city for a look around as well.
Narita's Circle Bus serves all the hotels in Narita and the urban areas of the town like Naritasan Temple, Aeon shopping complex and the Narita JR station (doesn't pass by Narita Keisei station). They have 2 independent schedules A and B. They run in reverse to each other and you will find that to get to a place you will need to hop on the bus that will get you there in the shortest time, instead of going the long way of the loop. At first you will find the schedule confusing.
You can get hold of their schedule on paper at your local hotel in Narita.
The rate is flat - 200yen. If you have no change, the bus driver will give it back to you the excess.
Point of Origin: Manila, Philippines
Duration: November 2 - 23, 2002
Airline: Egypt Air
Ticket Validity: 3 months
Manila - Tokyo:
02 Nov. 2002 MS 864 Manila, Philippines 8:10
02 Nov. 2002 Tokyo, Japan 12:55
Tokyo - Manila:
23 Nov. 2002 MS 865 Tokyo 16:00
23 Nov. 2002 Manila, Philippines 19:45
Roundtrip Airfare: PhP 23,122.20
(approximately US$ 433 = PhP 23,122.20 /PhP 53.40/US$)
Travel tax: PhP 1,620 (approximately US$ 33.34 = PhP 1,620/PhP 53.40/US$)
Travel Agency: Wings Travel and Tour (Taft, Malate, Manila)
Nov. 2, 2002 (Manila)
Airport Tax - PhP 550.00
Nov. 23, 2002 (Tokyo)
Airport Limousine - JPY3,000
Destination: Narita Airport
(last date visited - June 16, 2007)
June 16, 2007
Tokyo - Manila via JAL 741
Departure time - 09:35
Arrival time - 13:05
Travel fare: US $ 790 (two-way ticket)
Prepaid ticket sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
You can also use the Keisei Skyliner. It is slightly cheaper (only 1,920 yen) and it takes just 51 minutes BUT they service ONLY runs as far as Keisei Nippori and Keisei Ueno Stations, if you're not staying in that part of town, you'll probably have to change trains at least once more before reaching your final destination...
Trains depart every 40 minutes from both terminals. The best place to change onto the JR Yamanote Line is Nippori.
Don't attempt to change at Ueno - there's far too much walking involved
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Narita International Airport, first opened in 1978, welcome the long-awaited opening the second runway in April 2002.
Now, Narita International Airport, Japan's gateway, is linked to 35 countries, 2 regions, and 91 cities, and accommodates approximately 450 flights a day.
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With departures every 30 minutes .. JR Narita Express (N-EX) serves JR Shinjuku Station, JR Tokyo Station, JR Ikebukero Station, JR Shinagawa and JR Yokohama Station.
GUIDED MAP OF TOKYO STATION,SHINJUKU STATION, YOKOHAMA STATION, NARITA AIRPORT(click)
To board the train, follow the signs from inside the terminal buildings .at Narita..be prepared for quite a walk. The Japan Rail Pass is valid, but otherwise a one-way ticket (depending on destination) will cost around 3310 yen.
It takes approximately 53 minutes to reach Tokyo station from Narita
When travelling from the airport getting a seat on the train is normally not a problem. However when going in the other direction, it's best to buy a ticket a few days in advance.
Tickets can be bought from any of the major JR Stations (Tokyo, Shinjuku, and Ikebukero).
Use the link below for more info...
The cheapest way to get from Narita Airport to far side of Tokyo (e.g. Shinjuku) will cost you ¥1260. The nearest part of Tokyo from the airport costs ¥1100 (e.g. Akihabara) by this same suggested route. The passage is a little confusing at first because you have to make a transfer, between 2 railways owned by different companies. It's also good of you don't have much luggage with you as you will have to climb staircases with them. The journey takes about 1.5 hours which is on average. The faster and direct routes on fast trains/ express buses can cost twice or more of that.
There are 2 railway companies that you need to know - JR and Keisei. (and the Tokyo Metro is something else.)
The route goes:
At Narita Airport Terminals 1 / 2 - Buy a ticket to Funabashi (ON THE KEISEI line) this will cost you ¥720. Wait for the LIMITED EXPRESS trains (this one stops at lesser stations, so you will get there to Funabashi faster).
Then at Funabashi you have to EXIT the station, while keeping a lookout for the sign that shows directions to the JR station at Funabashi. Once you are out, walk to your right. Surely there will be many other Japanese making journey too to the other station. You will see the JR station across the road.
From JR Funabashi, you then buy the ticket that stops at your final destination in Tokyo. The example here illustrates Shinjuku (this is on the furthest side of Tokyo) which costs ¥540. Other places should cost lesser.
Once you are in Tokyo, the JR takes you faster around the city while the metro makes more smaller stops in between stations.
Funabashi is quite bustling so you can grab what you need here anyway.
If you are making the reverse trip from Tokyo to Narita Airport, take note!
There are 3 stations with Funabashi in it : HIGASHIFUNABASHI , FUNABASHI, and NISHIFUNABASHI. Remember that you need to alight at FUNABASHI and not the other 2.
When you start getting into
clocking endless hours of flying,
an airport can make a whole lot of difference
when choosing your stopovers
or just paying that $200 difference
to stop in an airport that is
more convenient and comfortable.
When flying from the East Coast, USA
to a connecting destination in Asia,
if Narita with Japan Airlines is a stopover choice,
then maybe Narita Airport may be the way to go.
If you plan to stay for the night,
or just get out into the city,
there are 3 things to consider
before you book.
1) Immigration Lines are usually long and slow.
2) Japan’s winters can be as cold as Europe.
So, if you are coming from some sunny destination,
such as Bali, then be prepared if you plan exit on transit.
3) It’s over an hour to get into the city.
But otherwise, transiting through Narita has its pluses.
1) For shorter layovers,
there is free internet in Terminal 1.
2) Day rooms and shower are available.
Yes, the rooms look more like cubicles,
but if you are really exhausted…
just turn off the lights
and get horizontal.
Also located in Terminal 1.
There’s not that much shopping to do
in the airport before exiting customs.
If your flight comes in too early
to catch your next flight that same day,
taking an over night or a day room
in the near by Hotel Nikko Narita
is an other suggestion that I can make.
Buses come pick up guests every 20 – 30 minutes.
There are several other hotels in the Narita Airport area.
You can seek more information
at the airports official web-site:
There are official Day Bus Tours available,
if you want to get to check out the town
within a few hours.
Japan is more expensive than some other Asian cities,
such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, etc.
It usually takes about 14 hours from
the West Coast, USA to Narita
Narita Airport can be a good option for a lay over.
Tokyo has two airports - Narita Airport and Haneda Airport.
Narita handles international traffic exclusively, while Haneda deals with domestic flights and a few international flights.
To get from Haneda which is 10 km to central Tokyo use
Haneda Airport is linked to JR Hamamatsucho Station by monorail.
At Hamamatsucho you can then easily transfer onto the JR Yamanote Line or the JR Keihin Tohoku Line. It takes approximately 20min and trains depart every 10...
The Airport Limousine Bus
The Airport Limousine Bus departs frequently for Tokyo Station, Shinjuku Station, the city centre hotels and Disneyland.
Taxi yes, you can take one..:)
For short distances, Ginza, the Tokyo Station area, Shibuya and Shinjuku, taxis are affordable
Getting to Narita town from downtown Tokyo was easy in theory but not as easy in practice, especially when you're lugging around all your bags with you (like we were!).
The thing you need to know is that the JR stations have a manned enquiry / information counter and the people there do speak English. In general, the ladies are more patient and polite, as compared with the guys. You also need to know that although there are a number of JR trains, Keisei liner trains and airport buses that go to Narita airport, there are far fewer trains that actually stop at Narita town itself. In fact, the express trains do not stop at Narita town. Finally, don't worry if you bought the wrong ticket. You can top up any difference in price at the "top up ticket" machine when you arrive at your destination.
This link helps you get to and from Narita airport but to get to Narita town takes a little more effort.
For us, upon boarding at Shinjuku station, we were told to change trains at Chiba town in order to get to Narita town.
The next morning, to save us the hassle of lugging the bags around, and so as not to waste time, we just took a taxi from the ryokan at Narita town straight to Narita airport. For those with more time (and less luggage), you can take a JR train to Narita town to Narita airport. Do be aware that there are two stops, one for Terminal 1 and the other for Terminal 2.
If you are arranging to be picked up from Narita station, please be aware that there is an East exit and a West exit. Furthermore, there are two train stations, one for the Keisei line and the other for the JR line. It is not the same station.
Good luck! : )
The fastest and easiest way to get to the city of Narita from Narita airport is to take the JR train (follow the signs to the train station in ther terminals). It is a short ride (about 10 to 15 minutes) and only costs about 250 yen.
Don't take the Narita express, since it doesn't stop in the city. Also, the train back to the airport comes at half hour intervals, so give yourself a lot of time to get back to the airport (or don't miss the train) if you're catching a flight.