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Narita Airport Complete Guide: From Free SIM Cards To Free Transit Tours!
Written by MATCHA-PR
Narita International Airport is the gateway to Japan for many travelers, and offers numerous services to make their stay a memorable one. Let's take a look at what you can make use of when arriving, departing, or on a layover at Narita.
1. Basic Information About Narita Airport (Free Wi-Fi, Moving Between Terminals, LCCs and More)
2. After You Arrive at Narita Airport (Where to Change Clothes, Battery Charging, SIM Cards, Transport and More)
3. Before You Fly Back Home From Narita Airport (Souvenirs, Meals, Lounges and More)
4. During your Layover at Narita Airport (Free Guided Tours, Resting Rooms and More)
Basic Information About Narita Airport
Free Wi-Fi Access Everywhere Within the Airport!
Narita Airport is used by many travelers who come and visit Japan. As a result, within Narita's terminals a number of services are offered in order to increase its overall convenience for guests.
Their Wi-Fi environment is one of them. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport, making it easy for travelers to look up any information they need to organize their plans after arrival, as well as get in touch with family before making the journey home.
Move Between Terminals by Shuttle Bus
Narita Airport has three terminals, which are connected by a free shuttle bus. The boarding area for this shuttle bus is very well marked, so you needn't worry about not being able to find it.
Details of Each Terminal
Terminal 1 serves ANA, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Star Alliance member airlines such as United Airlines as well as SkyTeam member airlines such as Delta Airlines, Garuda Indonesia Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and Korean Air. Its basement level connects directly to the Narita Airport Station of JR and Keisei Electric Railways.
Terminal 2 serves Oneworld member airlines such as Japan Airlines, American Airlines and Cathay Pacific, Scoot, Tigerair Taiwan as well as Thai AirAsia X. The same as Terminal 1, its basement level connects directly to the Narita Airport Terminal 2 Station of JR and Keisei Electric Railways.
Terminal 3 is used by Low Cost Carriers (LCC) such as Jetstar Japan, Vanilla Air and Spring Japan. When you want to take a train to head to the city from Terminal 3, you will need to move to Terminal 2 then go to Narita Airport Terminal 2 Station.
A full list of airlines that operate in each terminal is available here: Airline Information of Narita International Airport
About Low Cost Airlines
Terminal 3, which is innovatively designed as you can see from the picture above, is dedicated to low cost airlines arriving not only from cities within Japan but also from other Asian countries.
Domestic flights including ones served by low-cost carriers operate routes from Narita Airport to various airports in Japan, which makes it easier to move within Japan, even to places like Hokkaido and Okinawa.
After You Arrive at Narita Airport
You can start making your way right after arriving at the airport. But there are a variety of facilities offered here, which means that you can make even more travel arrangements while still in the airport. Why not check them out before heading on your way?
Do You Want to Charge Your Phone or Change Your Clothes? Get Ready to Go to the City
When you arrive, you might need to get your currency exchanged. On the Arrivals level of each terminal, currency exchange services and automatic currency exchange machines are provided. In addition, stores on the Arrival level sell plug adapters and other useful travel items that you might need during your stay.
There is a space equipped with desks and chairs where there are sockets you can charge your phone in as well. If you want to change your clothes, changing rooms are offered in the same place as where the bathrooms are within the airport.
Depending on the time of your arrival, you might want to grab something to eat before you leave the airport. You can easily find a wide range of restaurants, including those serving halal food, within the airport. A full list of the restaurants at Narita Airport can be checked here. While eating, you can also look up places to see with the free Wi-Fi too. There are also prayer rooms available within the airport.
Free SIM Card and Useful Apps!
Within the Arrivals level, automatic vending machines including those for SIM cards and counters where you can rent wi-fi devices are found. Pictured above is the machine where those from Taiwan and Hong Kong who download the app WAmazing in advance can get a free SIM card with 500 MB on it.
A useful app while you are in Japan is Travel Protection: TABIMORI - TRAVEL AMULET -. It is a free app offered by Narita Airport, which covers all the information you need: what to do if you run into trouble, information you might want to know, as well as things you might want to look up during your stay in Japan.
Rent a Car or Get Tickets
Counters where you can get car rental arrangements done as well as purchase a variety of tickets such as those for concerts, plays, and games are offered on the Arrivals level too.
Move to Your First Destination
From Narita Airport, you can travel to various cities and attractions in Japan by highway bus, train, or by domestic flight.
To the Tokyo Area: If you are planning to travel to the Tokyo metropolitan area, you should take the express train, such as the Narita Express or the Keisei Skyliner. Highway buses are the best if you are going directly to a major station, a hotel in Tokyo or to the Tokyo Disney Resort. For instance, a bus heading to Tokyo, Ginza, or Osaki station costs between 900 to 1200 yen (with tax).
To Kansai Region: If you are traveling to Osaka or Kyoto, highway buses or LCC such as Vanilla Air, Peach, Jet Star and Japan Airlines are the best and most reasonable ways to travel.
To Other Areas in Kanto: Other prefectures in Kanto region, such as Gunma which is famous for Kusatsu hot spring resort, and Tochigi, which is well known for Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Nagano, Niigata, Toyama, Fukushima and more can be reached by highway bus, which will take you directly to the main attraction of each place. In fact, there is a direct highway bus service, Narita Air & Bus, which brings you straight to famous attractions.
To Other Regions and Cities: Domestic flights to 18 cities within Japan, including to Sapporo and Hakodate in Hokkaido, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and Naha in Okinawa, are available. Please make use of an LCC when organizing your travel plans to other parts of Japan.
In addition, the Arrivals level of each terminal has a digital sign with "Access Information" written on it. A small screen right next to it will help you to look up how to travel to your destination as well as show you how long it takes. A free Wi-Fi leaflet, with helpful information on using free Wi-Fi on express trains and highway buses as well as free Wi-Fi coverage areas within Tokyo, is also provided here. Please do not forget to take it with you.
Before You Fly Back Home from Narita Airport
If you fly back from International Narita Airport, we recommend you come to the airport earlier and enjoy some shopping and Japanese food.
Buy Souvenirs Within the Airport!! Get Airport Limited Edition Items!
Each terminal of Narita Airport has its own shopping areas, which are excellent places to find souvenirs. For more details, please see Pokemon, Hello Kitty, Gadgets And More: Narita Airport Shopping Guide.
Finish Off Your Japan trip with Japanese Food!
Restaurants and cafes are provided in each terminal too. After enjoying some shopping, why not have some Japanese food, such as udon noodles or sushi at a restaurant before leaving Japan? Detailed information about the many great restaurants at Narita can be found on their official website.
Change Coins into Souvenirs with "Gacha"
If you have some 100 yen coins left in your wallet, you should go to the fifth floor of Terminal 1 or the basement level of Terminal 2 where you will find the gacha corner, where rows of capsule toy vending machines (known as gacha) await you.
Insert the indicated price into the machine, turn the knob, and a plastic capsule containing a toy will drop out. There are more than 150 vending machines available, with themes ranging from Japanese anime characters to Japanese culture, and beyond. It's a lot of fun to take a look at them and find something that catches your attention.
Stay Relaxed in the Lounge!
There are several paid lounges that anyone can use here too. In the picture above you can see the Narita TraveLounge, which is located right after the passport control area of Terminal 1. It costs 1200 yen (with tax) per adult to use. Lounges are also prepared in the departure area as well.
During Your Layover at Narita Airport
There must be some of you who are going to change flights at Narita Airport. Or some of you might stay in hotels nearby on the day of your arrival or departure. To those individuals, we recommend joining the Transit & Stay Tour, which lets you enjoy a three-four hour trip with a free tour guide.
Let's Enjoy a Free Guided Tour
Narita Airport offers a free guided tour given by volunteers. All you need to pay for are your transportation and admission fees to any attractions you visit during the tour itself. Including experiencing the atmosphere of the Edo period in the picture above, there are eight different tours in total available. To find out more about the Narita Transit Program, please see Narita Transit Program, Authentic Japan in a Layover.
Official website: http://www.narita-transit-program.jp/
Make your tour reservations HERE!
Have a Rest in a Day Room or a Hotel!
Day rooms where visitors can take a brief rest are available too; there is a capsule hotel located in front of the Departures area of Terminal 2, and a powder room after each Departure area in all terminals at Narita. These are equipped with both a bed and shower, which makes them ideal places to take a nap during your layover. A single room costs from 1540 yen (with tax) per hour, or you can use only the shower rooms, which start from 1030 yen (with tax) for 30 minutes.
Narita Airport, where you can enjoy a full range of Japanese hospitality. During your trip to Japan, make sure to take full advantage of the many services and facilities available at Narita International Airport; they're sure to make your visit a memorable one.
Narita Airport Official Website: Narita International Airport
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