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Layover at Narita

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Layover at Narita

My husband and I will have an almost 12 hour layover at Narita Airport (Tokyo). We land at about 7:30am and depart at 7pm on a Sunday- is that enough time to go do anything? I would love to see Tokyo but not sure the best way to go about it. I know there is baggage storage at the airport so I'm not worried about hauling luggage - any help would be much appreciated!!

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1. Re: Layover at Narita

You have enough time to go into Tokyo proper. It is up to you whether you want to take the NEX, the Keisei Skyliner, or something else... although with limited time I would spring for the NEX, which is the most expensive option, but is the most convenient and fastest as it take you to the major train stations in Tokyo. Here is an explanation of how to get into Tokyo: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2027.html

Here are some ideas for attractions that might interest you: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2164.html

Come back here if you have specific questions.

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So just to be clear - I can only purchase a ticket for the NEX train at the airport on the day of travel? I cannot pre-purchase these tickets?

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There is no need to pre-purchase. Just follow the signs to the JR / NEX train upon exiting and buy the tickets to your destination from the machine or counter.

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I would be very surprised if the train were full. Best to buy at the airport--you don't know how long it will take to clear customs and immigration. and your flight might be late (or early!).

A more relaxing option might be to go to Narita City, 12 minutes away by train. You could stroll to Naritasan temple, and browse the shops and restaurants on the way back (temple grounds are always open, not sure when the shops open): http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6400.html Back at the airport, there are lots of shops and restauants between check-in and passport control/security: www.narita-airport.jp/en/shops/rest_shop/ In the departure area (after you've gone though passport control) there are dayrooms and showers: narita-airport.jp/en/…svc_37.html

For other discussions, enter NARITA 12 in the Japan Forums search box.

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5. Re: Layover at Narita

The NEX is unlikely to be full, but it can be cancelled all day due to strong wind. If you want to pre-purchase the ticket you have to pick it up 1 day in advance. Maybe you can do that but I can't.

The alternate is Keisei Skyliner, cheaper(2400 vs ~3000) and faster(41 min vs 64 - 91min) to downtown, stopping at Ueno where there are lots of things to do/see.

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6. Re: Layover at Narita

Thanks for the information everyone - this has been most helpful!!

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