Here's how to spend a comfortable (and budget) one-night layover in Narita Airport, Tokyo, assuming you arrive in the evening and depart sometime the next afternoon.
SleepingSave money and check into the clean and affordable Ninehours Narita capsule hotel. Despite its name, you can check in and stay for a full night. When you check in, you will be supplied with a fluffy towel, pajamas, slippers, and a toothbrush. After a long intercontinental flight, nothing feels quite so good as a hot shower and a great sleep. The hotel is open for check-in 24-hours, so you can get a hot shower and a rest no matter what time you arrive in Tokyo.
The private capsules have wifi, electrical outlets, and a white noise machine. The hotel is always dark and quiet, and it's easy to fall asleep.
|Tokyo capsule hotel|
The major site in town is Narita-San (Narita Mountain), which is the site of Shinsho-ji, the New Victory Temple. It's just a short walk from the station, and clearly marked in both Japanese and English signage.
|Peaceful morning at Narita Mountain|
Besides that you can enjoy walks along the beautiful trails up the mountain. Stretch your legs and get a little exercise between long, cramped flights.
|A big pagoda|
|Looking out from the observation deck|
Back at the airport, head to one of the coolest spots at Narita Airport - the rooftop observation deck. Buy a box of takoyaki and a beer, and bring them up to the rooftop to eat, where there are plenty of chairs, tables, and vending machines. You can watch the planes taking off and landing.
|Takoyaki for lunch|