|Destination Airport||Narita Intl.|
|Destination Airport IATA Code||NRT|
|Destination City Name||Tokyo|
Japan’s capital city is a dynamic global metropolis like no other. As you start the descent into Narita International Airport and see the street map of Tokyo spread out beneath you, you’ll begin to get a sense of its size and scope. But nothing prepares you for your first glimpse of the soaring Skytree tower, your first nervous step on the Shibuya crossing at rush hour, or your first fragrant mouthful of sushi at a brightly lit market stall. From the cherry blossom of springtime to the soft snows of winter, this Japanese city draws tourists all year round, so book your flights to Tokyo, pack your kimono and prepare for a journey to another world.
International business hub, pulsating nightlife capital, shopping hotspot, dream honeymoon destination – this is a city that never shuts down, so it’s possible to find cheap tickets to Tokyo at all times of year if you shop around. The weeks around late April and early May coincide with a popular local holiday, so you may find the hotels and public transport even more crowded than usual. Summer can be humid, so if you prefer your air fresh and your evenings cool, choose October or November, when the Japanese maples are at their colourful best.
Tokyo’s Narita Airport is the main international gateway to Japan, and acts as a hub for many major passenger airlines, including national carriers Japan Airlines and ANA. British Airways flies direct from London Heathrow in around 11 hours 30 minutes, while Japan Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and ANA link Heathrow with Tokyo’s other airport, Haneda, which also handles domestic traffic. Finnair offers good-value return flights to Tokyo Narita via Helsinki with a flight time of around 14 hours. If you favour UK regional departures, consider taking a short budget hop to Amsterdam Schiphol and an onward flight with KLM.
Tokyo’s public transport is world famous for its efficiency, so it’s no surprise to discover that reaching the city centre from the airport is a breeze. Hop on the Narita Express (N’EX), which links the terminals to all the main urban areas. The journey downtown takes around an hour and a return ticket costs around 4,000 yen. The JR Sobu line is a cheaper and slower alternative rail service, while the Skyliner bus runs direct to Ueno and Nippori stations. If you can’t wait to unpack and start exploring, there are always plenty of taxis lined up outside the airport to whisk you straight to your hotel.
Japan is chock-full of exciting attractions, so it’s worth planning your days carefully to get the most from this city of contrasts. Follow the traditional route, starting with the awe-inspiring Senso-ji temple, shrine to the Buddhist goddess Kannon; tour the grounds of the Imperial Palace, seat of the powerful shoguns; then wander the narrow streets of Shimokita for a glimpse of old Tokyo. When you’re ready for high energy, hop on the underground to Shibuya and lose yourself in the dazzlingly bright lights and hello-kitty inspired fashion of the city’s most intense district.
Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, Air France, China Eastern Airlines, KLM
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