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5 Narita Stopover
A lot of people break their journey at Narita, which is Japan's main airport and
about an hour away from the centre of Tokyo by train. There are various
You can check into the airline hotel at the edge of the airport and eat in the hotel
restaurant with a whole lot of other international travellers . Alternatively, you can book
in and take the next hotel bus to Narita city.
Most buses stop at the main railway station and you can walk through it to the top of
the high street, which is packed with tourist shops and eating houses. You can choose
to dine there with other tourists or you can hunt out the places where the locals eat.
My preference is for the beer halls near the station. They are in high-rise buildings and
you have to look at the advertising signs to find them. The signs are lavishly illustrated
and written in both Japanese and English so you will have no difficulty. The beer halls
sell drinks and snacks from an illustrated menu. All you have to do is point and hold
up one or more fingers to show how many items you want. Needless to say, places in
Narita are accustomed to serving people who can't speak Japanese.