Outside Tokyo Travel Guide
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At almost 38,000 square feet, Narita Nakamise is the largest airport duty-free boutique mall in Japan, linking 19 full-blown stores, including fashion bigwigs Cartier, Hermès, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tiffany, and Coach.
Departing passengers who have gone through passport control can take advantage of the airport’s official relaxation areas, which include a bright waiting room (think polished wood floors, blue benches, and white walls), an adjacent “comfort corner” outfitted with mirrored vanities, and 13 tiny si
Simplicity rules at the 750-square-foot outpost of Muji, the popular Japanese accessories giant.
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.
Two high-tech skating rinks, plus a museum with artifacts from the 1998 Winter Olympic Games, which were held in the city.
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.
International Japanese jewelry chain Tasaki Shinju specializes in pieces made from high-quality pearls. Browse the carefully curated collection of bracelets, necklaces, and earrings made from both salt- and fresh-water pearls.
To calm your preflight jitters, head to one of the airport’s seven clusters of black full-body electric massage chairs spaced about six feet apart.