Things to do in Outside Tokyo
If you’re traveling with a group, consider renting one of the airport’s 26 private lounges, complete with cushioned chairs, coffee tables, at least one television (you can ask the reservations desk for a DVD player), and a wall of windows.
This centrally located store offers easy one-stop shopping for those looking for travel-related electronics: translation machines with voice output to headphones, memory chips for your camera, and more.
Simplicity rules at the 750-square-foot outpost of Muji, the popular Japanese accessories giant.
Two high-tech skating rinks, plus a museum with artifacts from the 1998 Winter Olympic Games, which were held in the city.
The airport has several free kid-friendly (and unsupervised) areas, so find the one that best suits your needs.
Seventh-century Buddhist temple that has long been a magnet for travelers; a prayer chamber is open to visitors.
Known informally as the pet hotel, this facility—accessed from the first-floor basement in the north wing of Terminal 1’s car park—is staffed with veterinarians who take care of pets (from $42/day) while their owners are overseas; call up to 30 days in advance to make a reservation.
Nail Quick lets you enjoy Japanese nail services. They have gel nails and polish colorings with beautiful nail arts. You can select the sample in iPad Nail Catalogues and the real samples in the salons.
The Museum: Ramen noodles have been a staple in the Japanese diet since 1958, when the instant version was introduced. Since then, its popularity has exploded—Japan now has some 200,000 ramen restaurants.
Both terminals have free observation decks, but the one attached to Terminal 1 offers the best views of the main runway. The spacious terrace is enclosed by netted fencing interrupted by several small windowesque openings for camera-wielding passengers.
In this minimalist space, an attendant seats guests along a row of self-serve tanks that pump exotically flavored oxygen, from eucalyptus menthol to cinnamon, into your lungs; choose from 10-minute (600 yen/$6) and 20-minute (1,200 yen/$12.50) sessions. The benefit?
These reflexology and massage stations—there are four in total, spread throughout the airport’s two terminals—are removed from general foot traffic. Comfortable massage chairs are spaced far enough apart so you almost buy into the illusion of privacy—if you close your eyes.