How to get from Narita Airport to Tokyo |
Articles, Blog

How to get from Narita Airport to Tokyo |

November 12, 2019

Narita Airport is located in Chiba prefecture and is one of Tokyo’s two main airports, the other being Haneda Airport which is closer to the city center. Narita handles a majority of Tokyo’s international flights and is the first place in Japan many visitors must navigate. With this in mind, here is a brief overview
of how to maneuver through Narita Airport and get to downtown Tokyo when arriving on
an international flight. After de-planing, the first stop is immigration. To expedite the process, each passenger should
have their disembarkation form filled out before approaching the counter. Here, an officer will ask a few questions
about your trip, scan the fingerprints of your index fingers and take your photo. Assuming everything goes well, you can move
on to the baggage claim. Everyone arriving on an international flight except for those connecting to another international flight must collect their checked luggage here this includes passengers connecting to domestic flights. With baggage in hand, Customs is next. Each family will need to hand in a Customs Declaration Form which should be filled out ahead of time. Passengers with items to declare should use the red lanes while those with nothing to declare should go through the green ones. Finally, after clearing Customs, you will
enter the public area of the terminal where there are many useful services you may want
to take advantage of before leaving the airport such as Currency exchange & ATMs Wi-Fi and SIM card rentals Information counters Baggage delivery and storage Showers, Nap rooms, and lounges Rental car pick-up and many more
Also, if you purchased a Japan Rail Pass, this can be picked-up at one of the two JR
EAST Travel Service Centers located in the basements of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. When you’re ready to leave the airport and
head into Tokyo there are many options to consider. In the basements of Terminals 1 and 2 are
train stations, and bus stops are located on floor 1 of all three terminals. The most popular train routes are:
The JR Narita Express or (NEX) which goes directly to Tokyo Station as well as a few
other major downtown stations. The NEX has comfortable seats and convenient luggage storage but is also the most expensive option. The Keisei SkyLiner which is the fastest train
option and goes to Nippori and Ueno stations. Like the NEX, the Skyliner is also has nice
seats and luggage storage, but is a bit expensive. And finally, there are two types of slower,
but cheaper, Keisei Limited Express trains. One that goes to Nippori and Ueno and another that goes to Asakusa and continues all the way to Haneda Airport. Note that these are regular commuter trains
that do not allow for seat reservations and can get crowded during rush hours. For buses there are two main types:
The expensive Airport Limousine buses which go to a variety of locations throughout the
city including Tokyo station and many major hotels. And discount shuttle buses which go primarily
to Tokyo Station. Finally, it is possible to take a taxi from
Narita, however this option is quite expensive and will set you back around 20,000 yen to get into the city. We hope this video helps you know what to
expect when navigating through Narita Airport. For more information about Narita or to watch
another video, click the links on the screen now or head over to, your
comprehensive, up-to-date travel guide first-hand from Japan. Thanks for watching, and be sure to subscribe
for more videos about Japan. Happy travels.


  • Reply Ruisu FD June 29, 2017 at 3:35 am

    Now, Narita was a different beast.  Because I was going to stay with a friend in Inage, I couldn’t use the NEXT service, so I’d to rely on JR to take me there.  The ride was quite enjoyable the second time I went to Japan (Saturday afternoon), the view was beautiful, the train was almost empty and I could rest a bit more (after another eleven-hour trip from Dallas). 
    Now I’m thinking harder which airport to choose for this year’s trip.
    Thanks once again for your videos.

  • Reply Japanese Journey June 29, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Very nice recent uploads, Andrew and team!
    'How to send your Luggage' could be a useful next video.

  • Reply Tiax Anderson June 29, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Has the scanning and photo been there for long? Because I visited a few years back and went straight to customs.

    Then again, I don't require a visa or anything if I stay 90 days or less.

  • Reply Hal June 30, 2017 at 7:02 am

    I feel really stupid for asking this, but, what kind of items do I need to declare?, Last time I went with my friend I don't remember declaring anything, I use some lotion and special shampoo for my hair, and I'm planning to take some medicines with me, is that the sort of thing that I need to declare?

  • Reply Vince July 2, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Thank you for your really well made videos, they should have so many more views. Really appreciate them since I will be going to Japan this summer!

  • Reply John C Meyer July 10, 2017 at 1:56 am

    When I visited Japan, they had a bus service that took us from Narita to various hotels in Tokyo. We were staying at the Akasaka Prince.

  • Reply Saood Obaid July 24, 2017 at 4:48 am

    I must try Narita Airport and Etihad Airways b787 next year.

  • Reply John Smith July 27, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Was at Narita's JR station… the gate was flooded with foreigners because non of them know which tickets to buy and how to use them 😀 There should be a video about how to buy tickets for N'EX and other train rides

  • Reply D fens August 26, 2017 at 6:02 am

    When I went through Narita less than a year ago the cheapest option which me and my party used was the shuttle bus. The Access Narita which is owned by the JR Railway is only 1,000 yen to ride and has stops at all 3 terminals. They usually run about every 20 minutes and all you have to do is line up and when you board the bus after loading your luggage below pay in cash. No need to go to a ticket counter.

    It was pretty quick too depending on traffic you could be in Tokyo within 45-60 minutes about the same time as most of the trains. All the seats are comfortable and have USB chargers and seat belts. Even has a bathroom on board.

    The shuttle bus makes 2 stops the first is directly in front of Tokyo Station which most travelers will be going to. And the second stop is to Ginza Station.

    I highly recommend it, unless you have a rail pass that you are going to be using right away. Only thing to be cautious of is off peak hours like around 5:30 AM. Then the price doubles.

  • Reply Peachy x0x0 August 27, 2017 at 9:22 am

    can Kesei Bus accommodate 2 pcs of luggage per person? i'll be bringing 1 large and 1 medium.

  • Reply Raymond Go September 21, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Thanks for this! Very helpful.

  • Reply Anthony Kernich October 23, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Who would take a taxi from the airport to the city? It seems like a crazy person's option.

  • Reply Dan Vaught October 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    An important note: Narita is not a 24 hour airport… almost everything closes.

  • Reply Renchrst November 9, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Very helpful for my upcoming trip thanks!

  • Reply Brandon February 7, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Once I get to nippori station I have to purchase a suica card right?

  • Reply Robert Fung March 11, 2018 at 3:50 am

    Hi ,can you take the Keisei Skyliner to Ueno, and use the JRpass or you have to pay for the Keisei Skyliner

  • Reply galaxy man . jpg March 17, 2018 at 8:48 am

    my goodness that is long..

  • Reply Amberlly Sanchez March 21, 2018 at 4:04 am

    Where do i get the disembarkation card? and all those forms mentiones??

  • Reply Quesadilla Productions April 9, 2018 at 12:04 am

    ¿I can travel alone if im 17 right?(Unaccompanied minor)?

  • Reply Jenny Yuen April 20, 2018 at 2:21 am

    What is different 3 days pass or just pamso card?

  • Reply NICOLE SWACKHAMER April 24, 2018 at 2:35 am

    Would the taxi option be beneficial if you have 4 travelers. They way I see it is your looking at a. Average of 35usd per person through the airport bus. So it’s double the cost for a taxi since you can always split the cost

  • Reply darkangel07 -cy- May 12, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Im actually coming from US and have a 16hour layover there in NRT by Japan Airlines enroute to Phils. I also have a question, i am planning to meet up with a friend ;who is living there; outside the airport then both of us travel to tokyo/shibuya. What Do you think this is the best way to do/ride? Im arriving at 4:50pm and departing 9am nxt day. Looking forward to hear from you. I really need to get as much info i need to be able to have my layover worthwhile 🙂

  • Reply furiouzzzz June 25, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    tell me please how to get to Daimon st from Narita airport with skyaccess ?

  • Reply Stephanie Sanchez August 19, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    limousine bus is only like 28.00, right?

  • Reply Julie Goodwin August 31, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Great help, thanks!

  • Reply Jonnnie R September 3, 2018 at 2:10 am

    Thank you so much! this is extremely helpful

  • Reply Soham Wadke October 14, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Is Jr narita express and jr yamanote line covered under the JR pass?

  • Reply moonlightstripes October 20, 2018 at 1:06 am

    Are yoh alowed to activate tbe jr pass later on in your travel?

  • Reply Andrew McLaughlin November 2, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Can you use the jr pass on the N’EX line?

  • Reply Samantha Vithanage November 17, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    I like japan

  • Reply Alfonso1774 December 23, 2018 at 4:02 am

    If I want to go from Narita airport to Uneno station , can I use de Jr pass to ride shinkanzen to Tokyo Station , since there is no direct train to reach Uneno, then from Tokyo station to Uneno station with another JR LINE ?? Will it take mucho more time and Walk?? Since we are a group of 7 , I do not want to spend more money to buy other train ticket . Please advice what is the best way !

  • Reply Dimitris Ambient December 23, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Can i use jr pass to go from narita to asakusa??

  • Reply Lance Gin January 1, 2019 at 1:01 am

    Best Airport.

  • Reply Linus Wärn January 15, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Can I get directly to Yokohama from Narita?

  • Reply Aisyah Szu January 15, 2019 at 7:28 am

    If I took Hokuriku Arch Pass that you mentioned in one of your videos, which JR should I take to go to Tokyo? JR Narita Express? I only know in Terminal 1.. Hehe..

  • Reply Mask Trooper January 23, 2019 at 9:08 am

    20k yen for taxi?? man.. that a almost monthly salary 7eleven at my country.. 🙁

  • Reply Stian klippe February 9, 2019 at 3:28 am

    hello. i have a questions.

    do all skyliners go to nippori station?

  • Reply XXPeanutSoldier February 12, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    I'm sorry I've never been on a flight so I'm really nervous cuz I'm going to Japan this summer. Where does one get the disembarkation letter and the customs declaration form? And is the Keisei/Keikyu Ltd. Exp. covered with the JR Pass? Because I need to go to Asakusa, so it would be really practical..

  • Reply rashhours February 25, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Will be going this April 2019, and will be arriving at night around 9pm, are there still available buses/trains at this time of the night going to Tokyo? Thanks.

  • Reply the gemini guy February 28, 2019 at 4:45 am

    my hotel is in shinjuku, so will i have to ride the most expensive bus to get there?

  • Reply Gamer4ever May 31, 2019 at 8:45 am

    what do i need for immigration at narita airport? i am from norway and i
    know i do not to apply for visa. but do i need some kind of immigration
    card or something? if yes, pls send me a link. thank you 🙂

  • Reply Gamer4ever May 31, 2019 at 8:45 am

    what do i need for immigration at narita airport? i am from norway and i
    know i do not to apply for visa. but do i need some kind of immigration
    card or something? if yes, pls send me a link. thank you 🙂

  • Reply rbhrxx June 2, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Click here to see how you can book your taxi at lower cost from or to the airport. Already served 50,000+ clients. Book your taxi today and save up to 35%. We provide safe and reliable airport transfers all around Japan. If you book with us, we make sure that you’ll get to the airport in time !!

  • Reply Nikki R June 10, 2019 at 6:07 am

    Can you use a Suica card to pay to ride an LCC bus?

  • Reply John Moss August 24, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Thanks! This video is super helpful, and made the options clear!

  • Reply Shuhui Kline August 27, 2019 at 3:36 am

    you never said price, just expensive, expensive, and expensive!– useless.

  • Reply Hausporenta - September 9, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Whats the best way to get from Narita to Ikebukuro?

  • Reply Margarita Esparza Martinez September 11, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Ok, but NEX is incluid on JR pass?

  • Reply mikedfelix September 30, 2019 at 1:53 am

    What's the way to Narita to asakusa?

  • Reply haruki umemoto October 9, 2019 at 12:04 am

    How to get to cheaply Tokyo from Narita Airport by Train
    Narita Airport
    ↓Free Terminal Shuttle Bus
    Higashi-Narita Station
    ↓Keisei Higashi-Narita Line
    Keisei Narita Station
    ↓Keisei Main Line Limited Express or Commuter Express or Rapid
    Keisei Tsudanuma Station
    ↓Keisei Main Line Local Train 750JPY
    Keisei-Nishifuna Station
    ↓On foot
    Nishi-Funabashi Station
    ↓Tokyo Metro Tōzai Line 290JPY
    Ōtemachi Station
    ↓On foot
    Tokyo Station Total 1040JPY

  • Leave a Reply