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Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program

Narita, Japan
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About Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program
If you have a layover of several hours at Narita Airport, or if you are staying at a hotel in the Narita area and are looking for a way to spend a half-day, don’t miss the opportunity to take part in one of these Japanese cultural experiences or to see the best sights around! 【Volunteer Guide Tours】※Reception hours:9:00-12:00 All tours are run by local guides who get you safely to and from the airport and who help ensure that you are able to experience the warmth and hospitality of Japan.【Self Tours】※Reception hours:9:00-17:00(Except Kozaki-town course) All tours are self-guided, allowing you more time to shop as well as providing special offers and discounts.
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vlotty wrote a review Sep 2020
New York City, New York53 contributions43 helpful votes
This is a very long overdue review, as my experience is from January 2018 (TripAdvisor only lets me specify as far back as Oct 2019). Narita Airport's transit tour program is not only free, but very high quality and a great way to spend your long layover (without the stress of going into Tokyo). It's also a little bit of a change from the Tokyo experience, as Narita-town has a small town feel that is touristy but in a good way. The volunteer guide that we had was so friendly, warm, and knowledgable. Sadly, I no longer recall her name, but I have a feeling all of the guides are great. The tour is a mix of town history, some time for local shopping, and a visit to Shinshoji Temple and the surrounding gardens. Afterward, we had a nice outdoor stall lunch outside the temple (with some souvenir shopping if desired). Having been to Japan many times before, this was my first time doing the transit tour and I wish I had done it sooner! In fact, I would even recommend building in a long layover so you can go on the tour.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Travelmaven625 wrote a review Aug 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia24 contributions6 helpful votes
This is another long overdue review. I frequently pass through and often overnight near Narita airport on my way to/from Asia. I have been to the town of Narita (very nice to walk around--temples, parkland, restaurants, small shops) several times to kill a few hours before my flight. It is an easy 15 minute train ride from the airport. I usually have breakfast and store my bags at the airport and then take the train. It is a very peaceful town to visit, walk, sit and read (also a great flea market on certain days). The last time I flew in, I saw a sign for free tours by volunteers prior to going to my hotel. I showed up as the sign indicated, by 9 the next morning and there were about 25 people there, as well as a good number of locals, most of whom appeared to be retirees. We chose which place we wanted to go and were matched up with a guide (mostly 1:1 it seemed). I am not sure how many languages are spoken by the guides. I had a lovely woman named Noriko, and while I had visited Narita previously, it was really nice and relaxing to go with someone who knew places I hadn't discovered, as well as a good place to have a meal before we left so I could catch my flight. It was particularly nice to chat for a few hours as a cross-cultural experience. I highly recommend this as a nice way to visit some pretty/interesting sites around the airport, and share an enriching experience with a new friend.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Raquel wrote a review Mar 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania30 contributions22 helpful votes
My husband and I had an eight-hour layover recently at Narita Airport in Tokyo. We decided to leave the airport and take the transit tour, and we were so glad that we did! It turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip. We were met at the airport by two very nice, friendly and very knowledgeable volunteers, Mr. Y. Kato and Ms. Fumiko, who escorted us for a few hours into the charming town of Narita. We walked the beautiful streets, visited the amazing temple in which we were able to watch a fire ceremony taking place. Our gracious hosts led us around the beautiful grounds surrounding the Temple and its manicured gardens. They also gave us some background on the town, the Temple, Buddhist religious practices and the rituals we witnessed there. They explained the foods and items that we saw in the stores that we passed and helped us to pick out a typical Japanese sweet to bring home. When we returned to the airport, the hostess at the desk had information about our flight ready for us and invited us to a special lounge for refreshments. We cannot say enough good things about this program and its wonderful volunteers. Thank you, Narita Airport Transfer Program, and thank you, Mr. Kato and Ms. Fumiko for a memorable experience!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Naritatransittour, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program
Responded Mar 19, 2020
Thank you for participating in our Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program! We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour with our volunteer guide. We will be sure to let our volunteer guides Mr. Y. Kato and Ms. Fumiko know. They will be glad to hear that!! I hope you will come back to Japan some day in the near future!! Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program
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Lina D wrote a review Mar 2020
Pullman, Washington3 contributions
I had an amazing tour with my tour guide. It was my first-time transit in Japan, and I was worried about 12 hours staying at the airport. Found out about this program was a really great opportunity for me to go out and see Japan for the first time. Thanks to Takako Nagayoshi and Isao Yanaba for taking me around to try different Japanese snacks and see Japanese cultures. I will definitely come back again!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Naritatransittour, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program
Responded Mar 18, 2020
Thank you for participating in our Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program! We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour with our volunteer guides. I hope you will come back to Japan some day in the near future!! Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program
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Camie R wrote a review Mar 2020
Buchanan, North Dakota6 contributions
We had a wonderful time on our rainy day cultural tour of Narita with guide EiJi Ozawa (we also had a very sweet woman who was in training). Mr. Ozawa was quite happy and proud to show us around. He took good care of us, gave excellent explanations at each location and was attentive to the time so we made it to locations at specific times to see highlights such as the “Puppet Clock” and the Fire Ceremony at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. All sites visited were stunningly beautiful and we enjoyed this cultural experience with or guide(s). Thank you to the Narita Transit & Stay program for offering these tours and to the wonderful volunteer guides. This excellent program allowed us to get out of the airport during our lengthy layover to see your beautiful city and meet some very lovely people!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Naritatransittour, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program
Responded Mar 8, 2020
Thank you for participating in our Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program! We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour with our volunteer guides. I hope you will come back to Japan some day in the near future!! Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program
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