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Narita Airport Guide – 11 Pro-Tips & Must-Dos For Singaporeans Visiting Tokyo

Narita Airport in Chiba, Japan


Airports – they’re all one and the same, right? You check in, hand over your luggage, then sit by the gate until your flight is called. Boring. Not at Narita Airport though. From plane observation decks to fresh sashimi, here’s your guide to Narita Airport so you’ll navigate this place like a pro.

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Narita Airport in Chiba, Japan– Best Narita Airport tips –1. Use the shower & nap rooms to freshen up during long layovers2. Get SIM cards from 24/7 vending machines if you land late3. Spend all your loose change on rows of gachapon4. Search for Pokémon wall decals for a fun photoshoot5. Check out free & interactive art installations6. Do all your souvenir shopping while saving on tax here7. Observe planes landing & taking off at T1 & T2 observation deck8. Enjoy lounge privileges from S$11.20/pax before departure– Best things to eat at Narita Airport –9. Feast on fresh sashimi & sushi before your flight home10. Eat Japanese fruits in IG-worthy desserts at Mizunobu Fruit Parlor11. Slurp up handmade udon made fresh daily at Kineya Mugimaru


– Best Narita Airport tips –


1. Use the shower & nap rooms to freshen up during long layovers


Long layovers always feel like you’re stuck in limbo as you wait for the hours to pass by before the next leg of your trip. At least you can freshen up with a shower and a nap at the airport. 

narita airport guide - shower roomsImage adapted from: Narita Airport

There are showers available at both Terminal 1 and 2 which cost ¥1,050 (~S$9.64) for 30 minutes of use. That’s more than enough time to shampoo, condition, and blow-dry your hair – all of which are provided for you to use. After your shower, get some shut eye at the nap rooms that cost ¥1,560 (~S$14.33) for 60 minutes. 

Rates:Showers: ¥1,050 (~S$9.64) for 30 minutesNap rooms: ¥1,560 (~S$14.33) for 60 minutes (Single) | ¥2,520 (~S$23.14) for 60 minutes (Twin)

ShowersLocation: Terminal 1, Public Area, Central Building, 2nd FloorOpening hours: 7am-8pm, DailyContact: +81 0467 33 2190

Nap rooms with showersLocation: Terminal 1, Transit Area, Central Building, 3rd FloorOpening hours: 7am-9pm, DailyContact: +81 0476 32 4734

Location: Terminal 2, Transit Area, Satellite, 3rd FloorOpening hours: 7am-9.30pm, DailyContact: +81 0476 34 8537

narita airport guide - nine hours capsule hotelImage credit: Nine Hours

Alternatively, you could also check yourself into Nine Hours, a capsule hotel at Terminal 2. Located on the public side of the airport, this place is open 24/7, so you can check in any time. 

narita airport guide - nin hours capsule toiletImage credit: @ninehours9h via Instagram

You’re allocated your own personal capsule to sleep in and will have access to the shared showers that come with all you need to freshen up – even a set of pyjamas. Lockers are also provided, so you can store your luggage safely while you get over your jet lag. 

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2. Get SIM cards from 24/7 vending machines if you land late


As Millennials and Gen Z-ers, we all know having constant internet connectivity is a must, just so we can show off all the cool things to do in Japan on IG and TikTok. To stay connected, you can pick up Wi-Fi rentals from shops around Narita Airport, although most of these places close by 9pm.

narita airport guide - sim card vending machineImage credit: shimajiro@mobiler

If you’re landing late, you can still get ahold of prepaid SIM cards from 24/7 vending machines in all 3 terminals:

Terminal 1, Public Area: Central Building, 1st Floor and Basement 1Terminal 1, Public Area: South Wing, 1st FloorTerminal 2, Public Area: Main Building, 1st FloorTerminal 3, Public Area: Main Building, 1st Floor

The SIM cards come with English instructions, so you won’t need to worry about configuring them to your smartphones. Most also come with a SIM card tray eject pin and a mini envelope to keep your old SIM card safe during your holiday.

For smartphones that are eSIM compatible, you can also try getting a travel eSIM.


3. Spend all your loose change on rows of gachapon


narita airport guide - gacha world gachaponImage credit: Air Trip

It’s always a scramble at the end of a trip to use up all your coins that you won’t be able to trade back into SGD at the money changer. If you do find yourself with more than a pocketful of change, use them up at Gacha World at the airport.

narita airport guide - gacha worldImage credit: Love Narita

You’ll find rows upon rows of capsule machines, each one containing a luck-of-the-draw trinket. It’s usually figurine toys of characters from popular anime, Sanrio, and Disney, but you’ll also find quirky ones like cats dressed up as sushi and miniature weapons.

Location: Terminal 1, Public Area, Basement ConcourseOpening hours: 24 hours, DailyContact: +81 090 6743 1730


4. Search for Pokémon wall decals for a fun photoshoot


narita airport guide - pokemon wall decals t1The decal at the Terminal 1 Lobby Departure makes it look like the Pokémon are waving farewell to you.Image credit: Narita Airport

After checking off all the Pokémon things to do in Japan, Narita Airport is where you can squeeze in one more opportunity to see Pikachu and friends. You’ll find Pokémon wall decals plastered all over the airport for you to snap pics with. The decals change throughout the year and can be found in both the public and transit sides of each terminal.

narita airport guide - pokemon wall decalLean against the wall of this decal at Terminal 2’s 2nd Floor Arrival Concourse to make it seem like you’re sitting with Pikachu.Image credit: Narita Airport


5. Check out free & interactive art installations


When it comes to art, Japan has quite the selection. Think any of the teamLab exhibitions or even the Art Aquarium Museum that displays goldfish as art installations. So it should come as no surprise that Narita Airport would have its own showcase of masterpieces.

There are works of art on both the Public and Transit sides of the airport and in all 3 terminals. Your best bet in finding all of them is to follow this map of the Art Promenade at Narita Airport

narita airport guide - stained glass art terminal 1Image credit: Narita Airport

Otherwise, highlights to look out for include the giant stained glass window and Edo period-style painting of passengers at the airport at Terminal 1. Over at the departure lobby of Terminal 2, the 39.2m-long ceramic mural depicting the 4 seasons in Japan is hard to miss.

進化した成田空港第3ターミナル🌈 / The Newly Updated Terminal 3 at Narita Airport -Terminal3 VIVID!!- 【30s ver.】play button進化した成田空港第3ターミナル🌈 / The Newly Updated Terminal 3 at Narita Airport -Terminal3 VIVID!!- 【30s ver.】

If you’re the kind of person who wishes to touch art and not just look at them, head over to the departure lobby of Terminal 3. There are a couple of interactive exhibitions, such as a seating area that has been covered in knitted blankets and sweaters. It’s as soft as it sounds, so feel free to run your hands over the artwork.


6. Do all your souvenir shopping while saving on tax here


Getting souvenirs is a must whenever you travel to Japan – especially those individually-wrapped snacks that are easy to hand out to friends and family back home. Guess what – you can get these at the airport at Fa-So-La, a chain of shops that sell all sorts of Japanese souvenirs.

narita airport guide - Peanut monakaPeanut monaka from Chiba prefecture.Image credit: Snaplace

You’ll find much more than just Tokyo Banana, giant Pocky, and matcha-flavoured Kit Kats here. There are prefecture specialties like apple-flavoured snacks from Aomori and red bean-filled mochi from Nagano.

narita airport guide - fa so la gift shopImage credit: Fa-So-La

And it’s not just snackies you can cart home. The different Fa-So-La outlets also sell the usual tchotchkes like magnets and t-shirts, as well as made-in-Japan stuff like sake, super lightweight foldable umbrellas, and manga merch. The best part: it’s duty-free – plus you won’t have to drag all your souvenirs with you if you’re travelling around the country.

Full list of Fa-So-La outlets at Narita Airport.


7. Observe planes landing & taking off at T1 & T2 observation deck


narita airport guide -plane observation deckImage credit: Narita Airport

For those with time to kill before check-in, take a walk to the observation decks at Terminal 1 and 2 for a round of plane-spotting. There are plenty of benches around so you can park your bum on one to watch planes take off and land at Narita Airport.

narita airport guide -plane observation deck 2Image credit: Narita Airport

Each airplane’s livery is easy enough to spot, but if you want details, head for the coin-operated binoculars you’ll find on the decks. You can even check out the notice boards that show you what airlines land at which runway.

Terminal 1 Observation DeckLocation: Terminal 1, Public Area, 5th FloorOpening hours: 1st April-30th September 6.30am-9pm | 1st October-31st March 7am-9pm

Terminal 2 Observation DeckLocation: Terminal 2, Public Area, 4th FloorOpening hours: 1st April-30th September 6.30am-9pm | 1st October-31st March 7am-9pm


8. Enjoy lounge privileges from S$11.20/pax before departure


narita airport guide - narita traveloungeImage credit: Narita Airport

If you’re already holding on to a Business Class or First Class ticket, then move right along to your dedicated airline lounges. But that doesn’t mean Economy Class ticket holders have to sit out on lounge access. You can enjoy a dedicated rest area at Narita TraveLounge.

narita airport guide - narita travelounge foodSmall bites and hot meals are charged separately.Image credit: Narita Airport

The pay-per-use lounge costs just ¥1,220/pax (~S$11.20) for entry and comes with free-flow non-alcoholic drinks, Wi-Fi, and chargers at every seat to keep your devices fully juiced. Alcoholic beverages and food are available at an extra cost. There’s no time limit on the use of the lounge, so feel free to while your time away here during a long layover.

Rates: ¥1,220/adult (~S$11.20), ¥610/child (~S$5.60)

Location: Terminal 1, Transit Area, Central Building, 3rd FloorOpening hours: 7am-9pm, DailyContact: +81 0476 32 2555 | Narita TraveLounge website


– Best things to eat at Narita Airport –


9. Feast on fresh sashimi & sushi before your flight home


narita airport guide - Sushi KyotatsuImage credit: Hennah via Google Maps

In any other airport, we might caution you to pick up sushi just before your flight. But at Narita Airport, we recommend heading to Sushi Kyotatsu for one last bite of fresh sashimi and sushi. They’ve got pre-packed sushi platters containing popular choices like California or spicy tuna rolls if you’re in a rush to get something.

narita airport guide - Sushi Kyotatsu omakaseImage credit: Max Filin via Google Maps

But if you have the time, sit down and ask for the catches of the day. While it won’t exactly be an omakase dining experience, the recommendations change daily, so you know you’re getting the freshest stuff. Ones to look out for include chutoro (¥1,200, ~S$11.02) – semi-fatty tuna sashimi – and Japanese tiger prawn (¥1,000, ~S$9.19).

Terminal 1Location: Terminal 1, Transit Area, No. 3 Satellite, 3rd FloorOpening hours: 9am-7.30pm, DailyContact: +81 476 32 1777

Terminal 2Location: Terminal 2, Transit Area, Main Building, 2nd FloorOpening hours: 7.30am-10pm, DailyContact: +81 476 33 8300

Sushi Kyotatsu website


10. Eat Japanese fruits in IG-worthy desserts at Mizunobu Fruit Parlor


narita airport guide - Mizunobu Fruit ParlorImage credit: @mizunobu_fruitparlor via Instagram

Be for real right now – you’ve been tempted to buy those hundred-dollar melons in Japanese supermarkets before. But if you always walk away empty-handed, Mizunobu Fruit Parlor is your chance to see if those luxury Japanese fruits are worth every penny.

narita airport guide - Mizunobu Fruit Parlor parfaitImage credit: Masaaki Otowa via Google Maps

This cafe serves all sorts of seasonal fruits like strawberries, figs, and muscat grapes in desserts like parfaits (from ¥2,500, ~S$22.97) that are meticulously layered with fruits, whipped cream, and coulis.

You can even enjoy the fruits in creative ways like the seasonal petit fours platter (¥3,000, ~S$27.56) that sees locally-grown produce transformed into tarts, macarons, and cakes.

Location: Terminal 2, Transit Area, Main Building, 2nd FloorOpening hours: 7.30am-10pm, DailyContact: +81 476 34 8411 | Mizunobu Fruit Parlor website


11. Slurp up handmade udon made fresh daily at Kineya Mugimaru


You’re pretty much spoilt for choice when it comes to getting Japanese food at Narita Airport. But we’re betting none of them serve handmade udon for as low as ¥350 (~S$3.21) a bowl. Kineya Mugimaru is a hidden gem found in the public area of Terminal 1 that makes their noodles fresh on-site daily. Plus, they’re halal-certified, so Muslims can enjoy the food here too.

narita airport guide - Kineya MugimaruImage credit: 自家製麺 杵屋麦丸 成田国際空港第1T店 via Google Maps

The ¥350 bowl is the most basic option and just has udon in dashi broth. But for something more filling, get the noodles topped up with beef curry or mentaiko (from ¥480, ~S$4.41). Otherwise, the classic pairing of tempura and udon is sure to keep your belly satisfied.

Location: Terminal 1, Public Area, Central Building, 5th FloorOpening hours: 7.30am-8.30pm, DailyContact: +81 476 32 7877 | Kineya Mugimaru website


What you should know before visiting Narita Airport

Most of us dread having a layover, but when you have an airport like Narita, spending a few extra hours in an airport can actually be fun. Of course, these tips aren’t just for layovers. The next time you find yourself needing to go to Narita Airport, check in early. It’ll give you plenty of time to check out the cool amenities here.

narita airport guide - check in countersImage credit: Visit Chiba


Is Narita Airport in Tokyo or Osaka?


Neither. It is in Chiba Prefecture and serves the Greater Tokyo Area of Tokyo, Yokohama, Kawasaki, and Saitama.


Is it difficult to go from Narita Airport to Tokyo?


There are various modes of transportation that will bring you from Narita Airport to central Tokyo.

Trains: There are a number of train options available, such as Keisei Skyliner, Keisei Access Express, and Narita Express with ticket prices starting from ¥1,270/pax (~S$11.66). You can purchase tickets online or at the Narita Airport Station in Terminal 1 or Airport Terminal 2 Station at Terminal 2.

Buses: One of the most affordable options is to hop onto the Low Cost Bus. The network has bus stops at all 3 terminals and will make stops to various destinations such as Shibuya, Ginza, and Ikebukuro within central Tokyo. Tickets start from ¥1,300/pax (~S$11.94) and can be purchased at the airport.

Taxis: Taxis are notoriously expensive in Japan, but they are available if you want a more direct ride. It’s estimated to be about ¥26,100 (~S$239.61) from the airport to Tokyo Station.


Which is better, Narita or Haneda?


Haneda International Airport is located within Tokyo prefecture itself, so it’s definitely nearer than Narita Airport. That being said, most flights from Singapore fly into Narita Airport itself. Major airlines like Singapore Airlines, Emirates, and Thai Airways service both airports.

Address: 1-1 Furugome, Narita, Chiba 282-0004, JapanContact: +81 476 34 8000 | Narita Airport website


Cover image adapted from: FaSoLa, Max Filin via Google Maps, Narita Airport

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