Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program

Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program

Narita Airport Transit & Stay Program
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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.
Narita, Chiba Prefecture, Japan

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Cleo F
Jim Thorpe, PA30 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
The best airline fares from the US to Southeast Asia seem to go through Tokyo with long layovers these days.

We were going to Borneo. Had a 19 hour layover on the way out, 10 hours on the return.

On the way out we booked a room at Tobu Hotel. It was clean, $70 a night, and a 5 minute free shuttle bus away from the airport. It took about an hour and a half to get through the quarantine, immigration and customs to enter the country, about an hour to get back into the airport.

On our return trip we decided 10 hours would not give us enough time for one of the same day adventures people are advertising at the airport, so we’d try to get some sleep, since we’d come in on an overnight from Kuala Lumpur.

We’d seen sleeping rooms in terminal 2 on our way out, but there were only 10 of them and they were booked. The attendant told me they were the only sleeping facility at the airport. I think she misunderstood the question.

I found Nine Hours Narita online. They advertised a 2 pm checkin, and seemed to have limited availability, so I booked 2 pods, one for me and one for my husband, on booking.com. Our plan arrived at 7 am, so I booked for the day before, thinking we’d have the space from nine to one.

Nine Hours is located at the far end of the commercial space around terminal 2. We got there at nine, but were told they considered us a no show and cancelled our reservation at 4 am. We didn’t know what else to do with our layover, so we paid for the space again. We’d paid $140 on booking.com for the 2 spaces, when we got there we were able to pay the hourly rate, which amounted to $23 each for 4 hours. There were 58 spaces on the male and the female side, and only a few guests, so a reservation was not necessary.

Once we got past the payment, the space was wonderful. Spotlessly clean, and quiet.

We walked past another sleeping /shower space on terminal 1.
Written January 22, 2023
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travel4evr1
35 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
I had a 12 hour layover in Narita. I reserved the Tour 1, 3 hour guided tour to the Shinshoji temple. My guide was Tajima san, a sweet old man who was kind enough to wait for me since I couldn't make it in time for our 9am start. We took the train to the temple stop, then walked along the street(which was filled with people due to the new year) and my guide pointed out shops and delicacies. I even bought some red bean candies as gifts. The temple is beautiful and dates back hundreds of years. We walked around a bit , but since I had to be back by 2pm, we didn't spend much time in the park inside ( it has artificial waterfall and is very serene to relax if you have enough time). I really wanted to have Unagi, and the tour had advertised that there was the option to visit a famous restaurant for this. But my guide told me that it would take too long and instead took me to another restaurant that apparently is a partner or associated with this program( so if you really want to visit the famous unagi place, I would make sure you mention this upfront at the airport itself). At the small restaurant, my guide suggested a dish with little unagi that he said was cheaper, but I went for the bigger version (I think it may be 30$ or so). I think he was a bit surprised by this, but I really enjoyed the food !. We then got the train back in time for my transfer. I had read in some review that it wouldn't be right to give cash tip, so at the candy shop I had gotten an extra gift which I gave to my guide.
I would recommend this program to future travelers as a nice way to spend your layover .
Written January 20, 2020
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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. We will be sure to let our volunteer guide Mr.Tajima know. He 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
Written January 22, 2020
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jubaanne
Pottsville, Australia606 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
A fabulous program staffed with complimentary tour volunteers. They have set tours that you can pre book via the web so you can be assured of an available guide and can plan your time in Narita. I had flown in late the previous day and caught the Narita View hotel free shuttle to/from the airport the next day. I had the pleasure of spending time 9am to 2pm with wonderful guide Yoshiko on a trip to the little rivertown of Sawara, full of original old buildings. Yoshiko guided me easily through the rail system (you pay for own expenses like rail tickets and lunch) she was happy to personalise local shopping time in her program as I was a solo partipant. We had some saki tasting and brilliant traditional lunch (optional) strolled around the town with her providing excellent english on points of interest and my many questions about Japanese culture and etiquette. She safely delivered me back to the airport in time to meet incoming family on a flight. I can highly recommend this service for tourists even if you are not transiting but staying locally in Narita. Also keep your participant sticker as you are able to use it to access IASS executive lounge2 with your boarding pass or copy of flight itinerary. In all a wonderful introduction tour for a first timer to Japan. Highly recommended.
Written February 14, 2020
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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
Written February 15, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Travelmaven625
Washington DC, DC27 contributions
Sep 2019
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.
Written August 25, 2020
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_jess_peet
Cincinnati, OH3 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
My husband and I had a 10 hour layover at Narita airport so we wanted to venture out a bit. So glad we did! Mr. Yamamoto Teruo and Ms. Katie Shibata were simply fantastic guides and took us on an amazing 3 hour walking tour through Narita’s Omotesando Street and the temple grounds. We were in safe hands from the beginning, donning our pink tour vests and being escorted by subway one stop to the destination. The street was filled with people coming to see the temple for the holiday. There were so many shops and restaurants, complete with the traditional eel preparation demonstrations for the signature unagi dish. The temple grounds were spectacular. Our guides provided excellent insights and humor. You can tell they love what they are doing and take much pride in their service.

Would highly highly recommend for a few hours layover.
Written January 5, 2020
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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. We will be sure to let our volunteer guide Mr.Teruo Yamamoto and Ms.Kazuko Shibata 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
Written January 6, 2020
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VancityAussie
Vancouver, Canada186 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We only had 12hrs on a layover at Narita and stumbled upon their advertisement on the airport site.
We were worried it might be pretty cookie cutter and not worth the money. But wow. Fighting through jetlag to see some authentic sites around Narita was awesome.
Highly recommend the all day bus tour if you have time - we visited a recreated ancient Japanese village, a local grocery store with sushi for lunch and a extremely peaceful temple.
The tour moved at the perfect pace, it was an extremely small group when we went and felt like we got the vip treatment.
Definitely escape the airport terminal if you can for a tour. Really worth it and wish we could have stayed longer in Narita to enjoy more.
Written January 19, 2020
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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
Written January 22, 2020
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Julianne S
Springfield, MO6 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
My husband and I came to Japan for our honeymoon and the night before we left I stumbled upon this organization and I am so glad I did!! We had one day in Narita before going to Tokyo and I set up one of the bus tours. Expecting there to be more people because it was a bus tour we were expecting it to be a relatively average tour but for an amazing cost.

No one else had joined the tour!! It ended up being just my husband and I plus our wonderful volunteer tour guide Norio Yamada. He was such a sweet man, offering to take pictures, and getting to know us. There was a women there too but I don’t recall her name. Both were incredibly good to us! Once they found out we were their for our honeymoon they told everyone we met! It was almost like getting a tour from long last Japanese grandparents. They were so excited to show us around and show us off to the people they knew. Highly highly recommend!! And if given the choice, Norio Yamada is a wonderful guide!
Written January 7, 2020
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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
Written January 8, 2020
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Camie R
Buchanan, ND6 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
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!
Written March 6, 2020
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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
Written March 9, 2020
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John S
Arlington, VA3 contributions
Dec 2019
My wife and I were on a long layover in NRT and we wanted to stretch our legs and see some sights. We met our guide Fumiko Kandori and she took us on a wonderful tour. She helped us find a place to securely store our bags and showed us how to use the subway. Then she took us on a tour around Narita; we did window shopping, sampled tea, saw an ancient temple, and walked around before stopping for a delicious sushi lunch. Fumiko even customized it to ensure we saw some highlights before we had to return to the airport for our next flight. It felt like so much more than a layover tour! We'd highly recommend this to anyone who has a few hours to spare on a layover at NRT.
Written January 1, 2020
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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. We will be sure to let our volunteer guide Ms.Fumiko Kandori know. She 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
Written January 1, 2020
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Rose
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Layover time well spent experiencing and learning Japanese cultures and heritage with the Transit and Stay volunteer Mr. Norio Yamada. I greatly recommend this trip to everyone if you want to spend your time memorably on your layover. I will do it again. Domo Arigato Gozaimasu Mr. Yamada.
Written February 21, 2020
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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 guide Mr.Norio Yamada know. He 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
Written February 21, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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