Narita is chiefly known as the home of Japan’s main international airport, but the town of Narita is a pleasant stop, with a traditional atmosphere. Its quiet streets lead to a lovely, historic temple with lush gardens – perfect for unwinding before or after a long flight or if you have a layover of a half-day or more.
You can pick up a copy of the Narita map/pamphlet at the Narita Tourist Information Center (24-3198; 8.30am-5.15pm) just outside the eastern exit of JR Narita station, or at the tourist information counters at Narita International Airport. Maps, including local restaurants, are available at the tourist info center by the station. You might also stop by the Narita Tourist Pavilion (24-3232; Omotesandō; 9am-5pm Tue-Sun Oct-May, 10am-6pm Jun-Sep) for exhibits on local history. Either of the offices in town can book accommodation.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009