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1. Posted by girl11 (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

We fly into Narita around 5pm and leave the next morning around 11:30am for Singapore in Mid December.
What can we do while there for a night. I would love to see a Japanese sunrise and a Japense garden if possible. Advice anyone? We don't mind travelling up to 1.5 hours anywhere from Narita.

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 11y

Narita is not known for its nightlife. I did enjoy the Naritasan Shinsoji Temple, good photo opportunities and ceremonies. That is for the morning. The only other option I know of is to take the free shuttles to the various hotels and see if they have anything going on that evening. Go to 'travel help' and PM the Japanese helpers. Hopefully they will have some good ideas.

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

You can get into the centre of Tokyo in that time frame, and catch a sunrise (or at least night panaroma) in one of the places to look out from (Tokyo Metropolitan Towers in Shinjuku are free, and the views great). Can`t think of a particularly great typical Japanese garden nearby, but they must exist. The Meji temple area, north of Shinjuku is a possibility as it`s free as well, although its more a forest than a garden!

And lots of odd things that you can do in Tokyo for an evening/night...

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1684 posts) 11y

I'm sure you know that Japan is one of the three most expensive countries in the world to visit. This might be one place where setting up an "Organized" tour ahead of time would pay for it self.

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

I'm sure you know that Japan is one of the three most expensive countries in the world to visit.

I`m sorry to say, but from a personal point of view, i must respectfully say that i think thats an absolute load of rubb1sh! Yes, certain things are expensive (Long distance travel, for example, is scary), but Japan is not particularly bad at all, at least compared to places like Western Europe [sure, it is expensive when compared to places like Armenia or Laos, but...]. And if they are only going to be there about 18 hours, then its not exactly going to cost the earth.

This might be one place where setting up an "Organized" tour ahead of time would pay for it self.

And I would have to disagree again, i`m afraid. Tokyo is very easy to get around on your own, whilst Tours in Japan in general tend to be very expensive and generally designed the Japanese way i.e. you run around like a headless chicken, being screamed at constantly by over enthusiastic flag waving tour guides (in Japanese in many cases), and more or less visiting points of interest only long enough for them to take a group photo of everybody, and let you buy lots of souvenirs, rarely long enough to actually see the attraction as well... There are a few buses that go around which could be interesting at night, but in the most instance you will be better off doing your own thing, in my opinion.

6. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Well, how about asking the hotel where you're staying whether they know of any activities that you can do within that time period? I was in Narita for an overnight stay too, but didn't get to do much because I was tired and hungry, so all I did was to eat and sleep! I'm sure the hotel staff would be able to help.

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1684 posts) 11y

Clearing customs and having to return to the airport at least 2 hrs. before the flight the next morning doesn't leave a traveller a lot of time. Figure on around 10 to 12 hours available for sight-seeing and hotel time and a little extra for travel.

In my opinion, someone who is not familiar with Japan would benefit from some sort of organized tour. Someone meeting the traveller at the airport could get the visitor off and running sooner than trying to plan something in an unfamiliar environment.

Money Magazine or the Wall St. Journal just came out with the most expensive countries to be in - Japan was in the top 3 or 4!

8. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 11y

I have recently returned from Japan, some time of which was spent in Tokyo! The process of getting out from the airport and customs is pretty fast and painless and you can get a train straight from Narita into the bright lights of tokyo!I would imagine that the best option would be to go on an organised tour this way you can really make the most of your time there!Theres several little kiosks and tourist information in the airport which Im sure could arrange tour!Check out the airport webiste, maybe you can arrange something before you arrive!Have fun!