TOKYO NARITA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Tokyo Narita Airport, formerly known as the New Tokyo International Airport, is one of the two major international airports serving the Greater Tokyo Area of Japan. Narita Airport is located within the Chiba Prefecture, approximately 60 km from central Tokyo, just between the city of Narita and the town of Shibayama. Divided into three airport terminals, Narita Airport is the travel hub for majority of international flights, with Terminal 3 recently opened to cater to low-cost carriers. In both Terminal 1 and 2, international arrival lobbies are located at Level 1, while restaurants, shops, and observation decks can be found on Level 4. Travellers can access the Japan railway at Basement 1 of the two terminals – the Railway Narita Airport Station at Terminal 1 and Railway Airport Terminal 2 Station at Terminal 2. Free shuttle buses operate between all terminals. In terms of dining options, travellers are spoilt for choice with close to 80 different restaurants and cafes spanning Japanese, Western, Chinese, Thai, and other types of cuisines. There are also various services available to passengers who wish to lie back and relax while they are waiting for their next flight, including dayrooms and showers, massage chairs, an oxygen bar, nail salons, airline lounges, and many more. Coin-operated Internet terminals are also available at various locations throughout the terminal at a cost of 100 yen for 10 minutes.
Upon arrival at Tokyo Narita Airport, the most cost-efficient way to travel to the city center is by the JR Narita Express (NEX) train service, which will take approximately 1 hour and costs 3000 yen for a one-way trip. If your trip is less than two weeks, one way to save money is to purchase the NEX Tokyo round trip ticket at the discounted price of 4000 yen for a two-way trip. The JR Sobu Line, another train service operating between Narita Airport and central Tokyo, is cheaper at 1320 yen but will take 1.5 hours. Travellers can also consider using a direct bus service, such as the Tokyo Shuttle Bus (1000 yen for day trips, 2000 yen for early morning and late night trips, and 900 yen when booked online) or the Be-Transse Bus (1000 yen per trip). Both bus services will take approximately 1.5 hours. Having access to the Internet is a problem in Japan, as free wireless Internet is hard to find even in hotels in Tokyo. Travellers might want to consider renting a portable wireless router (useful for groups as it can connect up to 5 devices), or purchase a prepaid SIM card. You can find websites online that allow you to pre-book these, even delivering them to your hotel or to the post office at the airport for you to pick up. Alternatively, major electronic retailers such as BIC Camera or Yodobashi Camera will also sell these products.
Japan is known for its rich and vibrant culture and history, beautiful urban and rural landscapes, and its warm and courteous people. Tokyo, in particular, is famous for its unique blend of tradition and modernity permeating every aspect of daily life. Accessible and safe, Tokyo is a perfect holiday destination for any type of traveller – whether you’re a family with young children, a couple, a group of friends, or a solo traveller, you will be overwhelmed with the plethora of activities you can engage in! Many people say that the best time to visit is from late March to April, when the famous cherry blossoms season is in full bloom. May to June are also excellent times to visit, as you will be able to witness the legendary Sanja Matsuri festival in Asakusa, Tokyo’s most popular annual shrine festival with over 2 million visitors each year. Food lovers cannot miss out on visiting the Tsukiji Fish Market, a wholesale market for fresh fish, seafood, and vegetables, to have the freshest sashimi. Younger people may also like to experience the Japanese fashion scene and youth subculture at Shibuya and Harajuku, which are popular hangouts among young Japanese. Families with young children can consider taking a fun day trip to Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea theme parks, or the Ueno park which houses several museums and a zoo. To experience a slice of Japanese cultural history, visit the Imperial Palace, Asakusa district and all its lovely temples, the Meiji Shrine, or Rikugien, a Japanese style landscape garden.
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