If you have time for lay-over of more than four hours at Narita Airport, this excursion is just right for you! In this layover tour, we are going to visit nearby Narita areas such as Narita-san, Shinshoji temple and picturesque shopping streets where you can feel traditional Japanese culture. You can also enjoy strolling along Omotesando Street wearing a Kimono. At the park, you can enjoy the cherry blossoms from late March to mid April.
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Narita Airport or JR Narita Station or Keisei Narita Station
I will help luggage storage and exchange currency.
Take a train to Narita station
10 min from Narita International Airport
Stroll along Omotesando street where you can browse Japanese traditional souvenirs including chop-sticks.
The highlight of this tour. There are many elegant old structures including the huge main hall, the three-storied pagoda, Nio-mon gate and Heiwa-no-toh (Tower of Peace ), some of which are designated as Japan’s important cultural properties. It is also famous for the Buddhist fire ritual called Goma ceremony conducted by monks.
Taste typical Japanese cuisine including broiled eel, tempura, ramen, sake, Yokan and Taiko-yaki
Narita Airport or JR Narita Station or Keisei Narita Station
If you have free time for three to four hours, you can visit one of the most famous and largest Buddhist temples in Japan. From Narita Airport to Narita stations, it takes only 15 minutes by train or 30 mins by bus and 10 minutes on foot.
You can walk along vintage fashion streets called Omotesando which has many small shops. This street leads to Narita-san Shinshoji temple. Along the street, there are various souvenir shops including bamboo crafts and chop sticks, local fruits, sweets, sake shops, and ramen and eel restaurants.
Naritasan Shinsjoji Tample - It is a famous temple which is visited by about 2.7 million Japanese people during the new-year holidays. The origin of Narita-san temples goes back to 1000 years ago, in the 10th Century. On the temple’s grounds, there are many elegant old structures including the huge main hall, the three-storied pagoda, Nio-mon gate and Heiwa-no-toh (Tower of Peace ), some of which are designated as Japan’s important cultural properties. It is also famous for the Buddhist fire ritual called Goma ceremony conducted by monks.
Naritasan and Kabuki gained popularity in the Edo period, during the 17th century. Today’s kabuki reflects many features of Fudomyo, a type of Buddha statue. The performance narrates its close relationship with Naritasan that has been handed down from generation to generation all the way to its successors Ichikawa Danjuro. The current 12th Danjuro also visits Narita-san. It is an ideal place to learn something about Japanese culture.
Shopping - If you don’t have enough time to shop for Japanese souvenirs for your family or friends back home, don’t worry. You can enjoy shopping at the front slop approach to Narita-san temple. The avenue is a great place to browse for local handicrafts, works of art and other products. You can also engrave your name on chopsticks for free which would be a wonderful souvenir.
Gourmet - You can also enjoy Japanese cuisine because this area has a lot of Japanese restaurants that serve local cuisine such as broiled eel, ramen, Sushi, tempura, Japanese Sake, Yokan (Japanese sweet jelly,) traditional hand-grilled rice crackers and Taiko-yaki (Japanese muffin containing red bean paste, served hot.) They are so fresh that you can even watch how they cut eels front of the eel restaurant.
Scenery- Behind the main hall of the temple, there is a beautiful Japanese garden. The plum blossom garden is a must-see in February. In early April, you can enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms. In late November, the leaves change their color from green to red, orange, and golden brow which is beautiful. Mounds of earth, rocks, and trees are placed around the ponds in order to create miniature reproductions of natural scenery. It is very refreshing to walk along the paths in the picturesque gardens.
Meeting point pick-up at Narita Airport or JR Narita Station or Keisei Narita Station
Guide's round trip transporation fee from downtown Tokyou to Narita
Transportation fee for customers (Round trip 500-540JPY)
Lunch or dinner ,
Entrance fee (if any)
Offerings to the temples (if any)
10 min Calligraphy (500-1,300 JPY plus Museum Entrance fee 500JPY)(if you want)
Kimono rental about 5,000 yen (if you want)
Other Guided Tour Options: (Reservation is required)
10-MINUTES CALLIGRAPY CLASS: You can take a 10-minute Shodo (ink brush calligraphy) class in Naritasan-Shinshoji Calligraphy Museum. Don’t you think it’s fantastic that you can experience one of the authentic Japanese cultures instead of hanging around at Narita Airport? The rates vary from 500 JPY-1,3000 JPY.
KIMONO RENTAL - You can enjoy photo taking with Kimono and strolling Omotesando and Narita-san Shinshoji temple. (about 5,000 JPY,)
Please wear comfortable shoes. We will be walking for more than 3 km and there are several steps and slopes along the way.
From Narita Airport to Narita station, it takes 10 min and costs 270 yen. It is recommended that you exchange your money to Japanese currency ahead of time so that you can pay for your train fare, souvenirs and Japanese food.
I also recommend bringing a small bag for this walking tour. You may send other big luggage to the last destination or leave them at the baggage counter in Narita Airport.
Mari was polite, very interesting, personable, and knowledgeable. She was very thoughtful in providing us all with surgical masks for protection during the corona virus pandemic. Mari was helpful in providing helpful tips for the rest of our time planned in Tokyo. I highly recommend utilising Triplelights and booking Mari whilst in Tokyo. It was a great way for us family of five to see some of the highlights of this amazing city and help us become familiar with navigating the metro. I would definitely use Triplelights again. Thank you Mari for a memorable first time in Tokyo.
Thank you very much for your great review, Kate. I’m impressed that all of your family members are friendly, polite and intelligent. I really enjoyed talking with you on various topics. I’m sure you will have more fun in Tokyo, Kyoto and Nozawa. I hope this Japan trip will be fruitful experience for your family. Thank you again and hope to see you again.
Mari was a lovely lady who had a personalised note waiting for us at our hotel. She met us there and was adaptable for our first day to organise our rail and metro passes as well. She took us to an amazing lunch spot and was very patient with my tired boys. Mari would probably be better suited to a couple, as my boys were a challenge, though she was very kind and did her best. Thank you Mari for all your help introducing us to Tokyo.
Thank you for our review. I am glad you liked Maisen’s lunch. It was pity that your children were too tired from last night flight and gave up going to Mori Digital Museum in Odaiba. I am sure all of you will have a wonderful time in Hakuba, Nagano. Please enjoy skiing with Japanese-power snow.
Due to our limited time and in the evening, hiring a tour guide (Mari) was our best choice to get the most out of our short stay. Mari was friendly, professional, and well versed in the history of Narita and Japan in General. Mari assisted/guided in storing our luggage, transit and check-in at our hotel even before our tour started. Once we began, we walked through Narita and stopped by many places en route to the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. On our way back to the hotel, she made mention of popular restaurants in the area where we enjoyed delectable ramen to warm us up. Thank you Mari!
Thank you very much for your excellent review. I really appreciated that you gave me a chance to guide you in Narita at night. I really admire you that you take care of your niece with love. You have warm-heated and friendly characters which I really like. Because we had such a nice time, I almost forgot that we strolled in dark at night. Thank you very much again.
Mari was very helpful and patient in taking us through our trip. She made the effort to pick us up from hotel. She also explained the history behind the various places we visited. We told we are vegetarian and she found a great lunch place on the tour. Highly recommended.
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It was my pleasure to guide you in Tokyo. I also think that the vegetarian restaurant was delicious. We were lucky to see beautiful leaf-coloring in Rikugi-en Garden. I hope Jessica feels better now. Please enjoy the rest of your journey in Japan. Thank you again.