Tokyo has two airports, Narita International Airport (成田空港, Narita Kūkō, NRT), which handles mostly international air traffic and is the arrival point of a majority of foreign visitors, and the more centrally located Haneda Airport (HND), which handles mostly domestic air traffic but also an increasing number of international flights.
Narita Airport, formerly also known as New Tokyo International Airport, is located in the city of Narita in Chiba Prefecture, about 60 kilometers outside of Tokyo. It consists of three terminal buildings: terminal 1, terminal 2 and terminal 3. Terminal 1 and 2 each have a railway station in their respective basements. Terminal 3 serves low-budget airlines and is connected with terminal 2 by a pedestrian walkway. Free shuttle buses operate between all three terminals.
Narita Airport is connected with central Tokyo by multiple rail and bus lines:
How to travel between Narita Airport and Asakusa
|By Keisei Limited Express|
|0-1 transfer, 60-80 minutes, 1100-1290 yen, 4 connections per hour|
|Direct limited express trains via the Sky Access Line connect Narita Airport and Asakusa about every 40 minutes except in the late afternoons and evenings. The one way journey takes one hour and costs 1290 yen. In addition, there are three connections per hour, which travel via the Keisei Main Line and require one easy transfer at Aoto Station. The one way journey takes about 80 minutes and costs 1100 yen.|
|By Keisei Skyliner|
|1 transfer, 60 minutes, 2370-2640 yen, 2 connections per hour|
|Take the Keisei Skyliner from Narita Airport to Ueno Station (45 minutes, 2470 yen) and transfer to the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line to get to Asakusa Station (5 minutes, 170 yen). There are connections every 20-40 minutes. If purchased in advance online or via a travel agent outside of Japan, foreign tourists can ride the Skyliner for just 2200 yen.|
|By JR Narita Express|
|Direct, 85 minutes, around 3200 yen, 1-2 connections per hour|
|This approach is recommended to JR pass holders:|
|Take the JR Narita Express from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station (about 60 minutes) and transfer to the JR Yamanote or Keihin-Tohoku Line to get to Kanda Station (2 minutes). From Kanda, take the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line to Asakusa (10 minutes). The entire one way journey takes about 85 minutes and costs around 3000 yen. The JR part is covered by the Japan Rail Pass, JR Tokyo Wide Area Pass and some other JR passes, but the 170 yen for the Asakusa Line are not. There are connections every 30-60 minutes.|
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Means of access to/from Narita Airport
JR Narita Express (NEX)
About 3000 yen, 60 minutes to central Tokyo
Departures every 30-60 minutes
The Narita Express is a fast and comfortable airport train into central Tokyo (serving Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro Stations), the Tokyo Tama region, Yokohama and Saitama (and Kawaguchiko on selected days). All seats are reserved. The NEX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket for foreign travelers provides a discount over regular tickets.
JR Sobu Line (Rapid Service)
About 1300 yen, 85 minutes to central Tokyo
Departures every 60 minutes
The Rapid Sobu Line is the inexpensive JR alternative to the Narita Express, connecting the airport with Tokyo Station and Yokohama. The Rapid Sobu Line is a normal commuter train, which stops at several stations between the airport and Tokyo and can become crowded during rush hours. Seat reservations are not possible.
About 2500 yen, 40 minutes to central Tokyo
Departures every 20-40 minutes
The Keisei Skyliner provides the fastest connection into central Tokyo, connecting the airport with Ueno Station. It is a comfortable train for travelers to and from the airport. All seats are reserved. Keisei offers discount ticket packages to arriving tourists that combine the Skyliner ride from the airport to central Tokyo with day passes for the subway lines in Tokyo. If purchased in advance, foreign tourists pay only 2200 yen for the one way ride.
Keisei Limited Express
About 1000 yen, 75 minutes to central Tokyo
Departures every 20 minutes
The most inexpensive option by Keisei Railways, the Keisei Limited Express is the cheapest way to get from the airport into Tokyo. It is a normal commuter train, which stops at several stations between the airport and Tokyo and can become crowded during rush hours. Seat reservations are not possible.
Keisei/Keikyu Narita-Haneda Limited Express
About 1200 yen, 60 minutes to central Tokyo
Departures every 40 minutes
Trains named "Access Express" or "Airport Kaitoku" directly connect Narita Airport to Tokyo's other airport, Haneda Airport via the Narita Sky Access Line, Asakusa Subway Line and Keikyu Airport Line. Along the way they stop several times in central Tokyo, including Asakusa, Ginza and Shinagawa. Seat reservations are not possible.
About 900-3200 yen, 60-90 minutes to central Tokyo
Several bus companies offer connections to various places in the Tokyo area and neighboring prefectures, including direct connections to major hotels across central Tokyo. Conventional "limousine buses" cost around 3200 yen one way, but several cheaper bus services have entered the competition recently, offering one way fares of around 1000 yen.
About 20,000 yen, 60-90 minutes to central Tokyo
Because Narita Airport is located about 60 km outside of Tokyo, a taxi ride into central Tokyo is very expensive and not recommended to common travelers.
What to see around Narita Airport
Narita Airport is located 60 kilometers or a one hour train ride outside of central Tokyo. When planning a short excursion into central Tokyo, you should allot at least three hours for the train trip in and out of the city, and check the schedule for your return trip in advance.
There are also a few points of interest in the vicinity of the airport itself, including Naritasan, a large and popular temple complex in Narita City. An excursion from the airport to Naritasan requires at least three hours, to be on the safe side. See the Narita section for details on other attractions around the airport.