Narita airport is the biggest international airport in Japan where many people use it as a transit or layover hub. Narita airport is located 1.5 hours away from the central part of Tokyo, but if you don’t have enough time to come to Tokyo as a transit passenger, we recommend you to enjoy the area around Narita airport – there are lots of things to do!
1. Naritasan Shinshoji Temple & Omotesando
In the Narita area, there is a large temple called Naritasan Shinshoji. The temple has over 1,000 years of history and is also a popular spot for Hatsumode. Every year on New Year’s Day, about 1 million people visit the temple!
At the back of the temple, there is a beautiful park called Naritasan Park.Seasonal flowers can be enjoyed throughout the year, especially during spring and autumn. A plum festival in spring and autumn foliage festival in fall are held.
Let’s walk through an 800 meters long street called Omotesando toward the temple. There are over 150 souvenir shops and restaurants lining up on the street. The specialty from the area is eel cuisine, you can find many restaurants specialized for eel on the Omotesando. This area prospered as a temple town and worshipers stayed at the inns during the Edo period. It’s a great place to see some traditional architecture from the Taisho period to the Showa period, explore the area and find the Japanese local culture and grab some delicious finger foods on the street!
Naritasan Shinsoji Temple
9am – 5pm
From Narita Airport: 8 min by JR train
2. Narita Market
If you arrive at the airport early in the morning, we recommend you to visit Narita Market.
You can enjoy a similar atmosphere to Tsukiji Fish Market, a lively market selling fresh seafood, vegetables and fruits! Usually every Sunday and Wednesday are closed, but the dates are subject to change so please check out their business hours on the updated calendar from their website beforehand. (The date marked in red is closed day)
6.30am – 12pm
From Narita Airport: 15 min by Keisei line + 10 min walking
3. Shisui Premium Outlet Mall
Shisui Premium Outlet Market Mall is an option for you if you want to enjoy shopping in Japan. Over 200 varieties of shops are there including international fashion brands and you can find some good stuff at an affordable price. Tax refunds are also available for international travelers.
Shisui premium outlet
10am – 8pm
From Narita Airport: 15 min by shuttle bus
4. Narita Dream Dairy Farm
How about spending your free hours outside in the beautiful nature? Enjoy watching cows, ducks, hamsters etc. and try some delicious fresh milk from the farm. It’s also recommended for families, they offer some kid-friendly activities and experience such as feeding experience, milking experience and pony back riding and so on!
Narita Dream Dairy Farm
Admission fee ¥1,400 yen (adult)
From Narita Airport: 15 min by shuttle bus
5. Boso-no-mura Open Air Museum
At this open-air museum, the old Japanese landscape, including houses and displays of culture are very well preserved. From the town of merchants, samurai houses, farm villages from the Edo period to the ancient historical sites, they are all well recreated so that you can learn the different sides of history from several perspectives. Join some activities to make your trip more memorable, such as craft workshops and cooking classes that can make some authentic traditional food recreated from the Edo period.
Boso no Mura
9am – 4.30pm (closed on Monday)
Admission fee ¥300 (adult)
From Narita Airport: 45 mins by public bus and walking
6. Sawara Area
Back in the old days, people transported heavy stuff using boats. Sawara is a town surrounded by rivers and it used to function as a delivery center connecting to Tokyo. At this place you can still enjoy the traditional scenery of the town, as it’s one of the most popular historical sites in Japan.
10 min by taxi from Sawara station, you can visit Katori shrine, dedicated to the god of peace.
9am – 5pm
From Narita Airport: 30 min by local train
7. AEON Mall Narita
It’s a shopping mall where many locals go to buy daily products, clothes, books, stationary, groceries and everything! If you need to grab some snacks and travel essentials before your flight, make a quick stop at AEON. There are also restaurants, so you can get ready for your next flight while enjoying the local atmosphere.
AEON Mall Narita
8am – 10pm
From Narita Airport: 20 min by shuttle bus
8. Heading to Tokyo
If you have more than 5 hours to layover, you can enjoy sightseeing around Tokyo. It takes about 60-90 min to go to the central part of Tokyo by Airport limousine bus or Skyliner express. If you are interested in making your way to the city, you can read all about the different options you have on our blog.
9. Sora no Yu
A 3 minute walk from Shibayama-chiyoda Station, Sora no Yu, a natural onsen hot spring facility is located. Since onsen and bathing culture is a deep culture of Japan. Onsen has a health benefit for your body, take a warm onsen to get rid of your tiredness from the long flight! Many public bath houses have a strict rule for tattoos but this onsen is tattoo friendly because of the location being near the airport.
Sora no Yu
11am – 10:45pm (bath)
From Narita Airport: free shuttle bus from the terminals or 8 min by train
10. Things to do in Narita Airport
If you are too tired to go outside of the airport and want to kill your time at the airport, there are actually fun things to do in Narita Airport as well.
On the 4th floor of Terminal 1 and 2, 2nd and 3rd floor of Terminal 3, there are a variety of shops. From travel essentials, souvenirs and books to traditional handicrafts and jeweries, just looking around the shops is fun. There are als tax-free shops for internationals for a good discount.
Another attraction is an observation deck where you can see airplanes flying in and out. If it’s good weather outside, head to the observation deck for a better view!
There’s a place where you can experience the traditional culture of Japan at the airport. Kabuki Gate is a gallery and shop where you can experience Kabuki, Japanese traditional dance theatre. They sell kabuki related merchandise and there are displays of kabuki costumes to enjoy the world of kabuki.
Tours around Narita
- Private Tour – Meet us at Narita and Enjoy Flight Simulator!
- Narita 4 hours private walking tour for transit and layover customers
- Narita Airport Surrounding Areas Short Bus Excursion Shibayama Course
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