Saturday, July 11, 2015

a trip of opportunity: narita, japan



flying to and from vietnam is exhausting; the trip is almost a full 24 hours long. but, when the airlines force you to have a ten hour layover, you make the most of it. lucky for us, our layover was in narita, japan, just outside of tokyo. and despite traveling all night just to get that far, we decided there was no way we were going to pass up the opportunity to explore a little!









  


  




 


a quick guide to narita -- 

eat: everything. we stumbled onto a small street festival celebrating new year's that had a million tiny stalls serving everything from sake to octopus to cakes to meat on a stick. we definitely recommend trying the milk ice cream. if you're looking for more of a sit down meal, try ramen bayashi for a bowl of delicious ramen.

see: the naritasan shinshoji temple. a short walk from the train station, this temple is the highlight of narita. there are a collection of buildings and shrines for the more historical, as well as a large park for those looking to work off some of the delicious food they've eaten along omote-sando street.

do: walk along omote-sando street. this is the heart of narita; you'll find food, temples, and shops here.

tips: there is free wifi in the airport for you to research train times & fees and it is approximately 30 minutes from narita airport to narita the city, via train. be sure you have your passport with you as you'll need that to reenter the airport.