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20 hours layover at Narita

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20 hours layover at Narita

Hi, my family and I need your advice during our 19 hours and 30 mins layover in Narita Airport. We will arrive at Narita airport from LAX around 5:00 AM and depart at 12:30 AM. I'm planning to go out of the airport and do some sight seeing. I heard places like: Tokyo, Ginza, Imperial Palace, Sky Tree, Shibuya, shinjuku, etc. I also heard about the skylines versus bus. If you can help me create an itinerary of where to go first, second, third, ....and what kind of transportation, I would really appreciate it. This is my first time to Japan. Again, thank you so much for your time!

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1. Re: 20 hours layover at Narita

As for transport, if you are staying at a large major hotel or somewhere nearby, you may consider the Limo Bus: http://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en

If you are staying at a hotel near these stations or considering taking a short taxi ride from there, JR NEX would be better for you: Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro.


If you intend to stay at a hotel in north central Tokyo, near Nippori, Ueno or don't mind taking short train or taxi rides from there, consider the Keisei Skyliner. I would personally recommend taking Skyliner rather than N'EX if you intend to stay in Ikebukuro during off peak hours.


You may stay wherever you like near a station in central Tokyo, but Hotel Century Southern Tower, Sunroute Plaza, Keio Plaza in Shinjuku, Cerulean Tower, Tokyu Excel Hotel in Shibuya, Hotel Metropolitan Marunouchi at Tokyo Station, Mitsui Garden Hotel Premier or Mercure Hotel Ginza might be considered.

As to general sightseeing in Tokyo, I don't know your preferences, thus cannot really recommend things very well.

I suppose you can visit Tokyo Skytree, then Asakusa and Sensoji Temple, before going to the East Gardens of Imperial Palace (if it interests you for the Edo Castle ruins of the Shogunate). Afternoon can be spent at Ginza district and/or Harajuku and Meiji Shrine. Evening you may do several hours in Shibuya and Shinjuku (Sanchome and perhaps Kabukicho if you are interested).





You might or might not get a value-stored SUICA IC Card for transport to save you from buying tickets each time.

Two sets of railway maps should be needed for exploring central Tokyo:

JR: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/info/map_a4ol.pdf

Tokyo Metro/Toei Subway: tokyometro.jp/en/…routemap_en.pdf

Edited: 20 May 2014, 07:20
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2. Re: 20 hours layover at Narita

Thank you very much for the advice. We are planning on staying at either Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport or ANA Crowne Plaza Narita (or somewhere close to the airport). As far as sight seeing preferences, this is our first time, so anything popular as tourist destinations, we are open as long as it fits our time frame. Again thank you so very much.

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3. Re: 20 hours layover at Narita

I suggest you get a room at the Richmond Hotel in the town of Narita (one train stop from the airport). It is very moderately-priced and super modern and well situated next to the Kesei Narita station (Kesei rail and JR --- Japan Rail ---- each have trains stopping in Narita).

You can rest up, and then you can visit the local temple, which is very nice. Also, you might want to go to the AEON Mall ----- reachable by a bus outside the Kesei Narita train station. If you like sushi, there is a great sushi restaurant with a moving belt, which has excellent, fresh, and moderately-priced sush. I'm usually the only westerner in the place. There are numerous restaurants in in mall and in Narita itself.

Another dining experience, which you MUST try, is to eat at one of the eel restaurants near the town temple. They slit open the eel and grill them right as you order them. Eel is soooooo tasty!

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