"Japan's Airport Town that serves Tokyo" Narita by suhadis
Narita Travel Guide: 139 reviews and 286 photos
Tokyo's International Airport is actually located in Narita, some 1.5 hours by train. It's quite a lot to travel to get there between the airport and city. Not too mention, the travel is expensive too! But hey! Tokyo is one of THEE most expensive cities in the world to live in.
Narita hosts a lot of hotels, mainly for flight crew. You will just see hotels here and there - and only hotels - if you start to venture out of the airport. Theres Tobu (Holiday Inn), ANA hotel, Hilton, Excel Tokyu, Marroad, etc... Hardly you will see tall buildings that are not hotels.
The only good places to venture to in Narita is the Town centre and the Aeon area.
Narita Town centre has the 2 major rail lines running through them - JR and Keisei. Around this area there are many restaurants. A favourite haunt for air crew would have to be Hero's Grill, located in a small street near the JR station. There's bound to be something that will catch your fancy here. I'd recommend the Izakaya-style japanese restaurants where you can pick up items a-la-carte. There is also a large supermarket in the vicinity.
Aeon is a large mall located 10 mins by car from Hilton Narita Hotel. Good place to just get some last minute souvenirs (remember that everything is pretty expensive). It's varied in it's selection of stores so you will spend some time browsing. One store at one end of the second floor named "Village / Vanguard" is very unique. If you step in you will feel like the whole store is in a mess in it's presentation of it's products. But as you go browse the store, you'll find they are pretty unique stuff and knick knacks that only the Japanese can pull off in it's concept. Clocks, watches, scented candles, bags, lava lamps, books and a million of things of unclassified items in between. There's also Hard Rock Cafe Narita!
- Pros:Not too bad for an airport town. Visit Aeon for some shopping.
- Cons:It's a small town but that's the way it is - it's not a city.
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