Layover at Narita International Airport? No worries! There’s plenty to see and do.

PUBLISHED BY VIACONNECTS | 06 AUG 2016

Short layover (1-3 hours)

If you’re pressed for time, get your last minute shopping in without leaving Narita International Airport. You’ll find unique gift sets of seasonal Japanese delicacies and sweets from Narita Shokuhin-kan or Tokyo Food Hall, and get in some completely tax-free shopping at Japan Duty Free and Time Gallery. Out of Yen? You can easily use mobile wallets like Singtel Dash or GLOBAL Pay to use VIA for a fuss-free way to pay for all your shopping! 

Long layover (4-8 hours)

Most may be surprised to find that Narita city is only a few minutes (one train stop) away from Narita International Airport. A drop in to Narita will no doubt be a perfect sampler of Japan’s traditional culture, especially if you’ve never set foot in the Land of the Rising Sun before.

 

 In Narita, spend some time going back in time when you visit Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple. If possible, try and avoid New Year’s Day, as it is known to host over 1 million visitors on that day alone!

 

For the foodies, make sure you browse the ins-and-outs of Ometosando Street thoroughly for an off-the-beaten track gastronomic experience. Try Narita’s specialty grilled eel on rice (unaju) at 100-year old establishment Kawatoyo where you can upsize your bowl for more unagi, search for the notoriously hard-to-find tranquil zen garden Miyoshiya for some traditional Japanese tea and even take home the famous Narita yokan for friends and family, which is a sweet treat of steamed bean jelly and chestnut. 

Most may be surprised to find that Narita city is only a few minutes (one train stop) away from Narita International Airport. A drop in to Narita will no doubt be a perfect sampler of Japan’s traditional culture, especially if you’ve never set foot in the Land of the Rising Sun before.

 

 In Narita, spend some time going back in time when you visit Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple. If possible, try and avoid New Year’s Day, as it is known to host over 1 million visitors on that day alone!

 

For the foodies, make sure you browse the ins-and-outs of Ometosando Street thoroughly for an off-the-beaten track gastronomic experience. Try Narita’s specialty grilled eel on rice (unaju) at 100-year old establishment Kawatoyo where you can upsize your bowl for more unagi, search for the notoriously hard-to-find tranquil zen garden Miyoshiya for some traditional Japanese tea and even take home the famous Narita yokan for friends and family, which is a sweet treat of steamed bean jelly and chestnut. 

Overnight layover (> 12 hours)

Photo credit: Narita Transit & Stay Program

If you have more than half a day to spare or a hotel room booked in the Narita area, be sure to check out the Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program at Narita International Airport, which offers English-speaking guided tours. From walking to cycling and even bus tours, you can be sure you’ll get a full Japanese cultural experience whatever you pick.

 

Psst… these tours are absolutely FREE and can even be customised to match your interests and budget. All you need to do is to pay for your own expenses and shopping! This way, you get to enjoy at your own leisurely pace, and volunteers on the program will also ensure you get to and from the Narita International Airport safely and more importantly, not miss your flight.

 

With VIA now available in Japan, you can make secure, cashless payments effortlessly with your mobile wallets like Singtel Dash and GLOBAL Pay at a wide variety of shops and restaurants in Japan, such as at Narita International Airport. Simply look out for the VIA logo and show your QR code on your local mobile wallet to pay! Enjoy competitive FX rates and the same seamless payments experience you’re used to at home. 

Look out for the VIA logo to pay with Singtel Dash or Global Pay


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