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Free Transit Tours in Narita

If you are in transit somewhere and have time, a transit tour can be a great way to see the area – often for free. We have previously featured free transit tours in Taipei and in Seoul.

There are also free transit tours offered in Narita airport, which serves Tokyo. These are different in the way they are organised compared to the ones we featured before but may still be of interest.

There are two types of tour offered for non-Japanese passengers transiting Narita or staying in the town. The first is volunteer-guided, and is subject to the availability of volunteer guides. The second is self-guided, so it’s not really a tour so much as a suggested itinerary.

A leaflet is available from the Narita Transit Programme counters which outlines the itineraries.

There are eight itineraries:

  1. Japanese culture 101 at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple and surrounds (three hours);
  2. Fill up on Japanese cuisine in Shibayama (three hours);
  3. Wander around the Japanese countryside (three hours);
  4. Try on some costumes and channel your in ner Edo-ite (three hours);
  5. Taste fermented goods in Kozaki (3 hours);
  6. Shop til you drop at Shisui premium outlets (2½ hours);
  7. Choose from 175 speciality stores at the giant Aeon mall Narita (2½ hours); and
  8. Get your Japanese cultural shopping fix at Aeon Town Narita Tomisato (2½ hours).

Timings are from leaving the airport to returning to the airport. All involve some sort of transportation, and tour five involves chartering a taxi. Transport and entry costs are payable, unlike the other transit programmes we featured before.

We haven’t taken these tours but would be interested to hear any reviews – please feel free to post in the comments section below.

For information you can visit the website www.narita-transit-program.jp, call airport information on +81 (0)476 34 8000 or visit the Narita Transit Programme counters, in Terminal 1 (C1 area, 1F Central Exit) and Terminal 2 (1,2 area, 1F South Exit).

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