Airport Guide: Tokyo Narita Airport
Tokyo Narita Airport is the second biggest airport in Japan and is mainly used for long haul flights. Yet, you should be aware that Tokyo also has a second important airport called Tokyo Haneda Airport.
Tokyo Narita Airport is one of the most important international airports in Japan. While Haneda Airport is actually bigger, Narita is more important for international flights.
That’s mainly because Haneda is heavily slot restricted, while Tokyo Narita Airport is not. Thus, most international airlines fly to Tokyo Narita Airport or to both airports. The two biggest Japanese carriers also got a base at Tokyo Narita Airport.
Most important airlines at Tokyo Narita Airport:
- Japan Airlines (dozens of international destinations)
- ANA (dozens of international destinations)
- Jetstar Japan (dozens of domestic destinations)
Shopping and dining at Tokyo Narita Airport
Due to its sheer size and the three different terminals, there is no main shopping or dining area at Tokyo Narita Airport. Instead, you can find several shops in all terminals. As it is the norm for larger airports, the majority of shops is to be found in the two international terminals 1 & 2.
While there are also shops at Terminal 3, these are rather focusing on things of daily use, while the other two terminals also come with several shops offering things like fashion, jewelry or other luxury goods. When it comes to dining, you won’t have any problems finding something fitting in all terminals. All terminals come with bars, cafés, fast food restaurants and real restaurants of all kinds.
Sleeping at Tokyo Narita Airport
In theory, it is possible to sleep at Tokyo Narita Airport without booking a hotel. Thus, the comfort level is said to be relatively low according to sleepinginairports.com. Yet, there are also day rooms available right at the airport, where passengers can book a room with a bed, a shower and a toilet on an hourly basis. Prices are relatively fair, but subject to change.
You can find these day rooms in terminals 1 & 2. Alternatively, there is the so-called Nine Hours Hotel at Terminal 2, which comes with capsule accomodation with shared shower and toilet facilities and can be booked on an hourly or nightly basis. If you are looking for a real hotel, you can find several different options not far away from the airport. However, you should be aware that prices in Tokyo are generally quite elevated.
Lounges at Tokyo Narita Airport
Due to the sheer size of the airport, there are dozens of lounges at Tokyo Narita Airport. While there are no lounges at Terminal 3, there is a lot of choice on the other two terminals.
These include an array of different lounges offered by Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways as well as lounges operated by other international carriers and third-party operators. Among others, you can find lounges by American Airlines, Delta, Emirates and United Airlines.
Overview of all lounges at Tokyo Narita Airport:
- ANA Lounges (Terminal 1): *A frequent flyer / Business and First Class
- ANA First Class Lounges (Terminal 1): *A First Class
- Delta Sky Clubs (Terminal 1): ST frequent flyer / Business and First Class
- IASS Executive Lounge (Terminal 1 & 2): $, PP
- Korean Air Lounge (Terminal 1): ST frequent flyer / Business and First Class
- TEI Lounge (Terminal 1 & 2): $, PP
- United Club (Terminal 1): *A frequent flyer / Business and First Class
- United First Class Lounge (Terminal 1): *A First Class
- AA Admirals Club (Terminal 2): OW frequent flyer / Business and First Class
- Cathay Pacific Lounge (Terminal 2): OW frequent flyer / Business and First Class
- China Airlines Lounge (Terminal 2): ST frequent flyer / Business and First Class
- Emirates Lounge (Terminal 2): EK frequent flyer / Business and First Class
- JAL Sakura Lounges (Terminal 2): OW frequent flyer / Business and First Class
- JAL First Class Lounges (Terminal 2): OW Emerald / and First Class
- Qantas Business Lounge (Terminal 2): OW frequent flyer / Business and First Class
Transportation at Tokyo Narita Airport
Tokyo Narita is extremely well connected to the city. There are plenty of different ways to get from the airport to the city. I wouldn’t recommend a taxi as those are incredible expensive and cost way more than 20.000 JPY (~ 165 Euro / 170 US-Dollar). The fastest, but also expensive way to the city is the Narita Express, which connects the airport with the city non-stop in 55 minutes.
Other than that, you can also take the cheaper Airport Narita, which makes 15 stops on the way and takes 80 minutes. There are two more options by train. The so-called Keisei Skyliner is a direct service to the North of Tokyo with connection to the metro, while there are also several other trains operated by Keisei with a different number of stops. Other than that, there are also regular bus and luxury coach services to different spots in Tokyo, which might also be an option.
- I would recommend checking the Ground Transportation section on Wikipedia for more information as it is very well developed and comes with up to date information!