Diane Olsen reports:

Narita View Hotel now has its own indoor/outdoor onsen, which is in the hotel. You can get there by taking the free shuttle bus to the hotel and then asking at the front desk. 

The shuttle take 10-20 minutes to get you from the bus stop in front of the terminal to the front door of the hotel. Or you can take the short (under ten minute) taxi over there for 1520 yen. (I taxied over there and took the shuttle back to NRT Terminal 1.)

Sadly, there’s no information about the onsen itself in English. And the hotel staff only speak limited English (though they’re quite friendly and helpful). But it’s open from noon to midnight and is open to anyone who’s old enough to be out of diapers. (Many onsen don’t allow children, so this is great for parents!)

Admission is nominally 1500 yen for adults, 750 yen for young children. Add another 200 yen to rent a bath towel. But if you click the “プリントアウトする” button on the facilities page, you’ll get a coupon that reduces that to 1000 yen (800 yen between 2pm and 5pm).

I think this is a real find. While I’ve heard of the existence of at least 2 onsen in Narita City, I think this place easily beats either of them for convenience. I only had 4 hours to kill at NRT, and I managed to soak for an entire hour and grab a quick chirashi-zushi (a great dish to order if you’re in a hurry) lunch at the hotel.

The Yamato no Yu Hot Spring is a short train ride plus a short walk from downtown Narita. Take the JR Narita line from the JR Narita station to Shimousa Manzaki station (5 minutes). From there it's a fifteen minute walk to the hot spring. Yamato no Yu Hot Spring has an excellent web site with detailed maps.

According to contributor Dena Roberts:

"I would note that once you get to the train station the map on the website was not very easy to follow. I ended up asking 2 people directions. If someone is less adventurous, I would suggest that they take a cab from the airport.

"But, the hot spring was very nice. There was a sauna and the hot springs were located in outside and inside areas. It was separated from men and women and had a steady flow of people on Monday morning.

"After hot-spring-ing, one can east sushi or other traditional Japanese dishes on the property.

"The staff did not speak English and there were not menus in English, but I was able to navigate the area very well because everyone was very friendly and accommodating."

I first published The Narita Layover Page in January of 1996. Here's a link to the original announcement in the rec.travel.asia Usenet newsgroup: Narita Layover Page - rec.travel.asia

Although I frequently updated the content, I didn't bother to update the format of the page until June of 2009. (The old page is here: Narita Layover Page - Retro)

The Narita Layover Page was featured in The New York Times "Practical Traveler" and is often mentioned on travel web sites and forums.

Contributors include:

  • Dick Karp
  • Jolanda Witvliet
  • David Gulick
  • Mike Wagner
  • Ganesh Prasanna
  • Olivia Bennet
  • David Loutzenheiser
  • Peter Morgan
  • George Bailey
  • Rendell Davis
  • John Rushby
  • John Horner
  • Widya Santoso
  • Barney Harford
  • Eric van Bemmel
  • Aaron Gleason
  • Daniel Gradwohl
  • Fred & Carol Ehrman
  • Patrick Chu
  • Dena Roberts
  • Brian Doty
  • Rob Hawkins
  • Diane Olsen
I am most grateful to those who have helped out with suggestions and corrections. If you have a question or think something needs revision, please write me: Mike Newman's Home Page - With Email Link


Narita can be an extremely busy airport. If you are flying tourist (coach) class, you ought to get back to the airport a couple of hours before departure time. (They say three or four, but this is not necessary. If you are delayed at any stage of the process you will be whisked on through.) After going through security screening, the next long wait is for Immigration. Again, bring a book or magazine (or a couple of cans of beer). If you are delayed and in danger of delaying the flight, they will look for you and zoom you on through, so don't worry too much. (This is because if they don't find you, they must find your checked bags and remove them from the plane. Unless you are dead or an actual terrorist who has flown the coop, finding you is generally the easier task. So, go ahead and have another six dollar beer.)

Before You Go

 At the Airport

Diane Olsen notes that the official information desk at the airport is very helpful. They can help with hotels, sightseeing and points of interest and offer the same sorts of information and services as the Narita Airport Office Home Page (linked above).

There are a number of companies that rent mobile phones to travelers and tourists. Many let you apply on-line and then pick up the phone at the airport when you arrive. You can find a list of companies and their locations here:

Narita Airport Mobile Phone Rental