Name: Narita City
Location: 35°46’35.97″ N 140°19’07.47″ E
Take the Keisei Line directly from the airport to Narita Station and get off.
Note that there are 2 different lines and stations in Narita – the Keisei Line and the JR lines at the JR station. Both stations are within a few blocks of each other near the town square. Don’t get these confused with the stations at the airport. Narita City is actually a few miles southwest of the airport.
There are many good hotels in Narita City but we recommend APA Narita Ekimae – it’s 1 block from the station, very clean, quiet, and reasonably priced at around $65/night. You’ll see the word Ekimae at many hotels in Japan. It means “At the station”.
Just north of the airport is also the Narita View Hotel at around $50-60/night. Well worth the money and closer to the airport. Just keep in mind this option is outside the town of Narita itself so you’ll have to take the train into town to sightsee.
If you take the Skyliner to/from the airport to Keisei Ueno station, there’s a very good luggage forwarding service at that station which will forward you bags the next day for $9/bag. This works in both directions – to/from the airport to your hotel.
Narita City itself is a charming old small town with lots to do.
There are stations for both JR trains and Keisei lines in the same block in the town square.
Step off the train from the aiport onto a local street and you’re instanly in small town Japan.
If you’re feeling adventurous, walk one mile from Narita City’s center on backstreets to get to a large AEON shopping mall. There is also a street called Narita Omotesando on the way lined with lots of traditional shops + restaurants.
Just to the left of the JR Narita Station in the city square is the Narita City Tourist Information Office. There’s actually a lot to do in Narita City – including a nice museum. Also be sure to check out the impressive Narita City Hall.
View of business district in Narita City.
Narita City Square. APA Hotel is the small white bldg. in the distance to the left of the tall brown bldg. on the right.
JR Narita Station, right. The Narita Tourism Office is just to the left in the same building. Turn right and go north here to get to the main shopping area.
Keisei Narita Station – take the Keisei Skyliner out of Narita International Airport and get off here. This is just across from the town square.
Narita City Hall
There’s a huge map of Narita City just next to the city hall.
Most hotels in Narita City are conveniently located. Easy to use convenience stores (conbini) and parking abound.
You can actaully have a great time in Narita City just walking around. Pick a street and just start walking to see what you’ll discover. If you’re up for getting a Japanese Driver’s License, you can even buy a brand new Honda scooter at local dealers for as little as $900, like the one shown below.
The real attraction in Narita is the long shopping street just to the north of the town square. Nippon Wandering TV covered this street in the video shown at the end of this post. To get there go west from either station, into the city square, then turn right (north) immediately. There are all kinds of nice little shops along this street which are well worth a stroll.
Narita City has plenty of old-school charm to keep you occupied – well worth a few days exploring.
More Narita International Resources
Narita to Tokyo: Late-Night Transfer Options
While trains are one of the easiest ways of getting from Narita during the day, they aren’t really an option late at night. The N’EX is $36, last leaves Terminal 1 at 9:44pm depositing you at Tokyo Station just under 60 min, and Ikebukuro at 11:09pm (which should give you enough time to transfer to a connecting train for you area, if it isn’t one of those).
N’EX Round Trip can be purchased from JR EAST Service Centers + JR Ticket Offices at Narita Terminals 1, 2·3. Purchase is not available outside Japan, we recommend buying the ticket immediately on arrival.
Note several JR Service Centers also offer hotel reservations + luggage services.
Adults $60-$70. Tickets are valid 14 days. Trains operate every 30 mins + take about an hour from Narita to Tokyo station. Use Ordinary Car reserved seats on Narita Express. A one-way ticket is valid for use on one limited express.
|Narita Airport Terminal 1||JR EAST Travel Service Center||All Days||8:15-19:00|
||JR Ticket Office||All Days||6:30-8:15, 19:00-21:45|
||Narita Terminal 1 Travel Center||All Days||9:00-20:00|
|Narita Airport Terminal 2·3||JR EAST Travel Service Center||All Days||8:15-20:00|
||JR Ticket Office||All Days||6:30-8:15, 20:00-21:45|
- Tokyo Station
- Shinjuku Statio
- Shibuya Statio
- Ikebukuro Statio
- Ueno Statio
- Hamamatsucho Statio
- Sendai Station
- Shinkansen and limited express ticket sales
- Suica sales
- Various other tickets
Currency exchange window/Foreign currency exchange ATMs