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Narita Airport

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Tokyo has two airports, Narita International Airport (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 several 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 two terminal buildings, terminal 1 and terminal 2, with each airline being assigned to one of the two 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, 1090-1280 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 1280 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 1090 yen.

By Keisei Skyliner
1 transfer, 60 minutes, 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.

By JR Narita Express
Direct, 85 minutes, 1670-3390 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 3200 yen or 1670 yen if using the NEX Tokyo Direct Ticket (only available for travel in direction of Tokyo). The JR part is covered by the Japan Rail Pass, JR East Pass and JR Kanto Area Pass, but the 170 yen for the Asakusa Line are not. There are connections every 30-60 minutes.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. For the current yen exchange rate, click here.

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 weekends and public holidays from July 26 to September 28, 2014). All seats are reserved. Thanks to the NEX Tokyo Direct Ticket, the Narita Express can also be a relatively economical airport access option.
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.
Keisei Skyliner
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.
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.
Bus
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.
Taxi
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.

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English Links
Narita Airport
Official English website.
Japan Customs
Information about bringing goods into Japan.
Guide to the Animal Quarantine Service
Information about bringing animals into Japan.
Mike Newman's Narita Layover Page
Lots of information about Narita and its airport, transportation, immigration, ...
Narita Express (JR East)
Website of the Narita Express, a train connecting Narita Airport with Tokyo.
Keisei Skyliner
Website of the Keisei Skyliner, a train connecting Narita Airport with Tokyo.
Airport Limousine
Official English website of the airport limousine bus company.
Tokyo Shuttle
Official English website of the low-cost airport bus service.
Be-Transse
Official English website of the low-cost airport bus service.

Japanese Links
Narita Airport
Official website.
JR East
Official website.
Keisei Railway
Official website.
Airport Limousine
Official website of the airport limousine bus company.
Tokyo Shuttle
Official website of the low-cost airport bus service.
Be-Transse
Official website of the low-cost airport bus service.

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