A Walking of Tour of Narita, Japan

Eight Hour Layover in Narita

In the Airport

On my way from Palau to Bangkok, I had an 8 hour layover in Narita, Japan. As such, I took the opportunity to check out the city, a 10 minute train ride from the airport. As many mentioned on TripAdvisor, it was worth a visit. Despite the reviews, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect of the city. Would it be close enough to the airport, that with all the visitors, English would be prominent? Or would it be so small that Japanese would be the only language?

I was quickly finding out, that even in the airport, English was broken at best. I asked the volunteer to point me in the direction of the ATM. She responded, “ATM Machine?…I don’t speak English”. She reaches for her binder, turns toward the page with the ATM machine question, and points at the answer. I could only wonder how I was going to make it on the train and around Narita given the extra data plan I had paid for with AT&T wasn’t working. So much for a map!

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