8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Narita Airport!

8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Narita Airport

I suppose for most of us, airports are not places we can easily ‘enjoy’ as such, not with all those queues, delays, cancellations and steely-eyed security eyeing us suspiciously over the barrel of a submachine gun. Yet, as international airports go, Narita is surprisingly traveller-friendly, with a host of attractions for all the family, and convenient travel options for reaching the centre of Tokyo.



 

8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Narita Airport!

 

1. Getting into Tokyo

After a long flight, the last thing you’ll be interested in is airport facilities. You’ll want to get into Tokyo as quickly and/or as cheaply as possible. Buses offer the cheapest and, in some ways, most convenient option, but avoid the Airport Limousine buses if you’re on a budget. The Tokyo Shuttle is much cheaper and drops conveniently at Tokyo Station. Even more convenient is The Access Narita which can be taken from their bus stop without needing to buy a ticket beforehand. This drops at Tokyo and Ginza stations. Probably the quickest route is by Skyliner train (36-40 minutes to central Tokyo) but will cost more than double the price of a bus ride. You can save a little by taking the regular Keisei Line train, but it takes almost twice as long.

 

2. Observation Decks

Whether you’re flying from Narita or meeting a flight, both terminals have free observation decks, the best being Terminal 1 with a fantastic view of the main runway. The terrace has a chain-link fence with openings for photographers to shoot through. The night view is amazing!

 

3. Narita Nakamise

For Duty Free shopping post-security, Terminal 1’s Narita Nakamise is the largest airport mall in Japan with major stores, and fashion names like Tiffany, Cartier, Hermès, Salvatore Ferragamo, and some shops unique to Japan, such as Mono Comme Ça.

 

4. More Shops (pre-security)

For travel related electronics, check out Audio Plaza (Hardware) in Terminal 2. There is a branch of Muji in Terminal 1, albeit with a limited selection of their goods. Also in Terminal 1 is the airport’s largest bookstore, Tsutaya, carrying publications in both Japanese and English, as well as DVDs, CDs, and video games.

 

5. Kids’ Areas

To stop your kids from getting bored and you from getting frustrated, the airport has many children’s areas areas dotted around both terminals, both pre- and post-security. Both the Playrooms and Kids’ Parks are great for toddlers, with foam-cushioned play areas. For older children, the Kids’ Rooms have mini jungle gyms! There are also more private nursery areas with cots.

 

6. Manage Your Stress

The airport has several areas where you can relax in a coin-operated massage chair, complete with English instructions. A more expensive and more private option is the reflexology and massage stations, Raffine, four in total, in both terminals. Here you can indulge in a 20 minute reflexology treatment, or a 100 minute body massage. But if all you need is a nicotine fix, there are secluded smoking rooms both pre- and post-security.

 

7. Breathe Deeply

Another way to deal with pre-flight stress, ease a headache, increase alertness, or negate jet lag is to breathe the flavored oxygen served by attendants at Oxygen Lounge Juko! Various flavors such as menthol and cinnamon can be had in 10 and 20-minute sessions. Terminal 1, post-security.

 

8. For the Ladies

We probably have more reason to get stressed than the men, so why not take a relaxing time at Nail Quick? Here, at Terminal 1, you can enjoy Japanese nail makeovers with gel nails and stunning nail art.

 

Conclusion

I’ve travelled all over the world, passing through many major, and a few minor airports, and I have to say that Narita is by far the best organized I’ve ever seen. It may not be the cheapest in the world, but it is clean, generally well laid out and features great facilities. Of course, I’m not suggesting you’ll want to spend a great deal of time there, but if you have no choice, at least you’ll be entertained and comfortable.

 

8 Useful Tips to Enjoy Narita Airport!

1. Getting into Tokyo
2. Observation Decks
3. Narita Nakamise
4. More Shops (pre-security)
5. Kids’ Areas
6. Manage Your Stress
7. Breathe Deeply
8. For the Ladies