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10 Things to Do on a Layover at Tokyo Narita Airport (Places You Can Visit 2-3 Hours Before Your Flight)

10 Things to Do on a Layover at Tokyo Narita Airport (Places You Can Visit 2-3 Hours Before Your Flight)

Date published: 23 April 2020
Last updated: 25 September 2020

What to do when your connecting flight at Narita Airport is a few hours away? Narita Airport isn't just the gateway to Japan, it's a hub for international flights in Asia as well. But you needn't stay at the airport while you're waiting for your next flight! In fact, there are a lot of recommended tourist spots that you can visit during a layover at Tokyo Narita Airport.

So, if you have 2 or 3 hours free there might also be some places you will make time to visit from this list of 10 tourist spots.

*Before you leave Narita Airport on a layover, be sure to check whether you need a valid visa for Japan.

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Bargain Shopping at Shisui Premium Outlets
  2. 2. Enjoy Nature at Lake Inba-numa
  3. 3. Look for Local Souvenirs at Naritasan Omotesando’s Souvenir Shop Shibaraku
  4. 4. Sake Tasting at Chomeisen
  5. 5. Buy Cleansing Soap at Sabon Sama in Naritasan Omotesando
  6. 6. Stroll Around Naritasan Shinshoji
  7. 7. Taste the Local Flavors at Aeon Mall Narita
  8. 8. Buy Exclusive Japanese Sneakers at ASBee Aeon Mall Narita
  9. 9. Get Trendy Travel Goods at Stylish Travel
  10. 10. Find Traditional Japanese Souvenirs at Tenshodo
  11. There’s a lot to enjoy around Narita Airport!

1. Bargain Shopping at Shisui Premium Outlets

1. Bargain Shopping at Shisui Premium Outlets

Shisui Premium Outlets is an outlet mall, which opened in 2013 in Chiba prefecture Inba-gun, Shisui Iizumi. It is a 15-minute highway bus ride away, so makes a perfect spot to visit on a layover at Narita Airport. Many foreigners visiting Japan go there so it has an international feel.

High-end fashion, sports brands, various accessories, watches, miscellaneous goods can be bought at bargain prices. There are many services geared towards foreigners so it’s a good spot to have fun shopping.

2. Enjoy Nature at Lake Inba-numa

2. Enjoy Nature at Lake Inba-numa

In the northwest of Chiba Prefecture, Lake Inba-numa is split between North Inbanuma and West Inbanuma like a valley by the Inba Discharge Channel. With a free walking map of Inbanuma Satoyama in hand, you can walk around the foothills surrounding the lake and forget the hustle and bustle of the city.

Facing the lake at Sakura Furusato Square, you can see the panoramic view of the Dutch Windmill with a field of tulips, take a boat ride, rent a bike, or have a barbecue watching the sunset.

To get to Kita Inbanuma, go to Kozunomori Station on Keisei line and take the Narita City community bus Hokusuka route for 28 minutes and get off at the Jinbee Watashi bus stop and walk. To get to Nishi Inbanuma, from Sakura Station on Keisei line, take the Sakura city bus 7 minutes to Furusato Hiroba and walk from there.

3. Look for Local Souvenirs at Naritasan Omotesando’s Souvenir Shop Shibaraku

3. Look for Local Souvenirs at Naritasan Omotesando’s Souvenir Shop Shibaraku

Shinshouji is among the top temples of Japan for a number of visitors. About a 15-minute walk from Narita station on JR line or Keisei Narita station on Keisei line, in recent years, it has also become popular with foreign tourists. On the way to Shinshouji, the road is lined with restaurants and souvenir stores. Among them is “Souvenir Shop Shibaraku” where you can just browse and look at the daruma, Maneki Neko (lucky cat), and other items that have a Japanese feel.

They also have Chiba Prefecture Narita City’s mascot “Unari-kun” and different types of Hello Kitty goods. Why don’t you try to find a Japanese souvenir here?

  • Souvenir Shop Shibaraku
    おみやげ処 しばらく
    • Address 286-0033 Chiba Prefecture, Narita City, Hanazaki-cho 531-10
    • Nearest Station 5-minute walk from Narita Station on JR Narita Line. 4-minute walk from Keisei Narita Station on Keisei Line
    • Phone Number 0476-22-0557
    • Business Hours: 9:00 – 18:00
      Open All year

4. Sake Tasting at Chomeisen

4. Sake Tasting at Chomeisen

Chomeisen is the only sake brewery on the Naritasan Omotesando street. The well water used to make Sake is renowned for its flavor and quality, a lot of people visiting Shinshouji also pop into this store. It has a retail store selling locally brewed alcohol and well as a stand selling rice malt amazake (sweet sake).

Sake Brewery Chomeisen has a large range of sake for you to try, from a refreshing dry taste to a rich sweet flavor. After tasting the sake, you can take a look at the photos of the sake making process. There are English captions as well so foreign tourists don’t need to worry.

  • Chomeisen
    長命泉
    • Address 286-0032 Chiba Prefecture, Narita City, Kamicho 540
    • Nearest Station 5-minutes walk from Narita Station on JR Narita line. 6-minutes walk from Keisei Narita Station on Keisei line
    • Phone Number 050-5592-7822
    • Business Hours: Mon – Sat 10:00 – 19:00, Sunday 9:00 – 18:00
      Open All Year

5. Buy Cleansing Soap at Sabon Sama in Naritasan Omotesando

5. Buy Cleansing Soap at Sabon Sama in Naritasan Omotesando

Naritasan Omotesando Sabon Sama is a popular store often featured in the media. It is the only store in Japan that sells the purifying soap “Sabon Sama”. Shinshouji is known for its sacred fire rituals for the harvest. Those prayers from Buddhist teachings are included in the soap.

The “Nyoihouju” (Wish-fulfilling jewel) is a soap shaped round like a pearl to grant any wish with its soft and smooth texture. Each color has its own scent. Its daily purifying soap is recommended as a souvenir.

  • Naritasan Omotesando Sabonsama
    成田山表参道 さぼんさま
    • Address 387, Nakamachi, Narita-shi, Chiba
    • Nearest Station 9 minutes walk from Narita Station on JR Narita line. 10 minutes walk from Keisei Narita Station on Keisei line
    • Phone Number 0476-29-4447
    • Business Hours: 10:00 – 17:00
      Open All Year

6. Stroll Around Naritasan Shinshoji

6. Stroll Around Naritasan Shinshoji

In 940, Naritasan Shinshoji was built to commemorate the suppressing of a rebellion by the forces of the Taira no Masakado and pray for peace. Through expressions of extreme anger, Fudoo Myo-O (Buddhist fire god) saved lots of people and gained the following of many great people in history. The Great Main Hall where prayers are held is the most important building and is open to the public.

You can see historical structures such as the 58-meter high Great Peace Pagoda with messages of peace from world leaders and the 25-meter Three-Storied Pagoda surrounded by beautiful statues which have been designated as an important cultural property. There is also a park with a waterfall and a pond where you can take a break surrounded by flowers.

Shinshouji is a 10-minute walk from Narita Station on the JR Narita line or Keisei Narita Station on the Keisei line. From Narita Airport to JR Narita Station, take the train from Narita Terminal 2 where it is an 8-minute trip.

7. Taste the Local Flavors at Aeon Mall Narita

7. Taste the Local Flavors at Aeon Mall Narita

Aeon Mall Narita is a shopping mall close to the airport which you can get to by catching a bus from Narita to Keisei Narita station (Adult one way: 210 yen, running about every 15 minutes). The 174 stores range from food and clothing to entertainment, starting with a large supermarket (Aeon Style) to fashion stores, lifestyle goods, and a variety of restaurants.

Inside the mall, there are event spaces where stores from around Japan sell local foods or music concerts are held. The food court has 12 stores with Japanese, Western and Chinese cuisine, ice cream, donuts, sweets, a baby room, and kids corner.

8. Buy Exclusive Japanese Sneakers at ASBee Aeon Mall Narita

8. Buy Exclusive Japanese Sneakers at ASBee Aeon Mall Narita

On the 2nd floor of Aeon Mall Narita is ASBee Narita which sells popular sneaker brands like NIKE, Adidas, Converse, PUMA, SKECHERS, New Balance, and casual shoes such as Lee, Timberland, and Redwing. They also have kids, business shoes, and ladies’ shoes. They also stock shoes limited to ASBee, Japan only editions, and made in Japan.

9. Get Trendy Travel Goods at Stylish Travel

9. Get Trendy Travel Goods at Stylish Travel

Inside Narita Airport Terminal 2 is a variety store with a fun and fashionable “Stylish Travel” concept, they have an ample selection of travel goods and popular fashion items. Unique stickers, tin badges, key rings, Narita Airport exclusive design t-shirts, suitcases, reusable shopping bags, all make a good travel partner. Why don’t you take a look before heading to immigration?

  • Stylish Travel
    • Address Narita International Airport second passenger terminal building Main Building 4F M4072, 1-1, Furugome, Furugome, Narita-shi, Chiba, 282-0004
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    • Nearest Station Airport Terminal 2 Station (JR Narita Line / Keisei Main Line / Narita SKY ACCESS Line)
    • Phone Number 0476-34-8676

10. Find Traditional Japanese Souvenirs at Tenshodo

10. Find Traditional Japanese Souvenirs at Tenshodo

This is a souvenir store in Terminal 1. With “luxurious and magnificent Japan” as a concept, it sells exclusive items made from select factories. You will only find things that display exquisite traditional Japanese techniques in pottery, chopsticks, fans, hand towels, and ceramic pottery. They also have a lot of Tenshodo original goods made by famous craftsmen from all over Japan. Everything is also duty-free. The perfect place for your last shopping trip before you leave.

  • Tenshodo
    Goods
    • Address In front of Narita International Airport first passenger terminal south wing Gate 33, Narita-shi, Chiba, 282-0011
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    • Nearest Station Narita Airport Station (JR Narita Line / Keisei Main Line / Narita SKY ACCESS Line)
      5 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 0476-33-5161

There’s a lot to enjoy around Narita Airport!

But there are still more places we can recommend. If you still have time, please take a look.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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