Things you can do during a stopover at Narita International Airport!

Doing a stopover over at Narita International Airport and not sure what to do? Here are some suggestions to make your stopover a more enjoyable one; You might even choose to increase your transit time at Narita…


What to do during a stopover at Narita International Airport

1. Eel (Unagi) Rice @ Narita City

Char grilled smell of eel throughout the streets of Narita
Char grilled smell of eel throughout the streets of Narita
Menu of 菊屋 Grilled Eel at Narita City
Menu of 菊屋 Grilled Eel at Narita City
Special Unagi Rice for 2000 yen at Narita City
Special Unagi Rice for 2000 yen at Narita City

We were told that Narita City has awesome grilled eel (unagi) rice and we weren’t disappointed. As we were strolling down the Narita-san Omotesando street, we were transported back in time as the narrow row of shops lined the streets. Amidst the traditional Japanese houses, waves of irresistable smell of char grilled eel flowed towards us and we followed the trail back to 菊屋. Though the eel rice was a little pricey at 2000 yen, the eel was fresh and the char grilled taste was authentic. Definitely worth a try!

2. Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple and Narita-san Park

Tiered pagoda and fountain at Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple
Tiered pagoda and fountain at Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple
Main gate of Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple
Main gate of Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple
Superb view of the lake at Narita-san Park
Superb view of the lake at Narita-san Park

If you’re doing a visit to Narita City, you won’t miss the Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple. With a history spanning 1000 years, you’d be assured of picturesque scenes and structures here. But what we really enjoyed was a stroll in the Narita-san Park next to the temple. The tranquil and scenic walks along the path and lake allows you to really relax and take a break during your transit in Narita…

3. Endless Shopping Options

Airport Mall @ Narita International Airport
Airport Mall @ Narita International Airport
Shopping at Narita City
Shopping at Narita City
Traditional Japanese sweets as gifts at Narita City
Traditional Japanese sweets as gifts at Narita City

You’ll actually be able to find many shopping options in Narita. At Narita International Airport itself, there’s an Airport Mall which is quite sizeable, affording many shopping opportunities as well as a Japanese food court for authentic Japanese treats. Shopping is also available at Narita City. What we enjoyed was the Japanese sweets which you can enjoy with complimentary teas. Of course, for the real shopaholics, the Shisui Premium Outlets as well as Aeon Mall is also a short bus ride away.


How to travel from Narita International Airport to Narita City

Airport Mall @ Narita International Airport
Following signs from Narita airport to airport train station
Taking Keisei Line at Platform 2 to Keisei Narita Station
Taking Keisei Line at Platform 2 to Keisei Narita Station
Arriving at Keisei Narita Train Station
Arriving at Keisei Narita Train Station

It is fairly easy to follow the signs from Narita Airport to Narita City. The interesting thing that you will have to take note is that there are 2 lines (Keisei Line and J Line) that are able to take you to Narita City from Narita Airport. J Line is the older (and slower) of the 2. Hence the line costs only 230yen for a trip. Keisei Line is slightly more expensive at 250yen but has a slightly higher frequency. We bought the J Line initially but after we bought the tickets, we were surprised to know that we had to wait 30 minutes for the next train. The good thing was that the automated ticketing machines allow refund of tickets! (WHAT?!) So we easily refunded by inserting the tickets and bought a Keisei Line ticket there. If you are lost, the friendly station masters will be able to help you :)

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