Tokyo Narita International Airport
Narita Airport is one of the two international airports of the Japanese capital (the other one is Tokyo Haneda Airport). Until recently international travelers only arrived at Narita, but since October 2010 Haneda Airport also processes a growing number of international flights. Yearly almost 40 million passengers use Narita International Airport.
IATA airport code: NRT
ICAO airport code: RJAA
The fastest connection between Narita Airport and Tokyo is the Narita Express (NEX). This express train takes you in 60 minutes to Tokyo Station in the center of the Japanese capital. You can buy a ticket (reserved seats) at the counter in the Arrivals Hall. The Sobu Line also connects Narita Airport with Tokyo Station. The ride takes longer, but is also considerably cheaper than the Narita Express. Keisei Skyliner and Keisei Limited Express both run to Nippori Station, just north of Tokyo Station.
Car and bus
The airport is situated over 60 kilometers northeast of Tokyo. The easiest way to reach Narita Airport by rental car is via Higashi Kanto Expressway. Take the exit to the Shin-Kuko Expressway and choose entrance 1 or 2 of the airport (depending on the terminal you need to go to). The airport can also be reached via Route 296; you then enter via the South Gate. The way to Nariate Airport is clearly signposted on all roads.
There are several bus connections between Tokyo Narita Airport and the Japanese capital, as well as other destinations. The Airport Limousine Bus departs every 15 minutes for Tokyo City Air Terminal. Some buses run directly to a number of popular hotels. Ask for the options at the ticket counter in the Arrivals Hall.
Car rental Narita International Airport
You can find counters of car rental companies in the Arrivals Halls of both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. There are three general providers (Nippon, ORIX and Japaren) and three linked to a Japanese car brand (Mazda, Nissan and Toyota).
There are sufficient taxis at Tokyo Narita Airport, but because the airport is so far away from the Japanese capital, a taxi ride can turn out to be very expensive. Keep in mind that, apart from paying the fare, you need to pay toll separately for Japanese freeways.
Parking garages P1 and P2 are closest to Terminal 1 and 2 respectively. You pay 500 yen for the first hour, then 250 yen per half hour. After 4½ hours the day rate of 2,500 yen applies, every day thereafter costs 2,000 yen.
On the parking lot P3 and in the parking garage P5 you park your rental car for 1,500 yen per day. You can check online where parking places are available.
There are no hotels at Narita Airport, the nearest is Hotel Tobu (Tel. +81(0)4 7632 1234). Other hotels nearby Tokyo Narita Airport include Hotel Nikko Narita (Tel. +81(0)4 7632 0032), Marroad International Hotel (Tel. +81(0)4 7630 2222), APO Resthouse (Tel +81(0)4 7632 1212), Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport (Tel. +81(0)4 7633 1121) and Narita View Hotel (Tel. +81(0)4 7632 1111). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
Tokyo Narita Airport offers a large range of shops, restaurants, cafés and (snack) bars. Of course you have a large choice of Chinese and Japanese specialties, but you'll also find Western food at Narita Airport, at for example the Avion Restaurant on the fourth floor of Terminal 1 or the Blue Sky café on the third floor of Terminal 2. The best shops are located before check-in; the so-called duty-free shops behind customs are quite expensive.
You can deposit your baggage at several locations in the Arrivals Halls of both terminals, and in the Departure Hall of Terminal 2. For a suitcase of normal dimensions you pay 500 yen per day. You can also find baggage lockers in the Departure Halls.
You can find information desks (Tel. +81(0)4 7634 8000) on all floors of both terminals; they can be easily recognized by the big question mark on the pillar.
On the top floor of Terminal 1 you'll find the Business Travel Support Counter (Tel. +81(0)4 7630 0035), open from 07.00 until 21.00. Here you can copy, fax and use the internet. The VIP Lounges are also located here.
Hotels around the airport, such as Hotel Tobu and the Hilton Narita Airport (see Hotels), offer extensive business facilities, including meeting and conference rooms.
Tokyo Narita Airport has excellent accessibility for the disabled. There are adapted toilets, bathrooms and elevators, accessible for wheelchairs. Parking places have also been reserved for disabled travelers for which you only pay half the normal price. Free wheelchairs are available at any information desk.
The entire airport is equipped with wireless internet and there are also places to charge your laptop. You can also find pc's with internet connection for which you pay 100 yen per 10 minutes. Narita Airport offers a lot of facilities: there are day rooms with showers to freshen up, hairdressers, massage parlors, a dry cleaner's, children's playgrounds, banks, exchange offices and ATM's. There are also special smoking rooms.