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If long police interview is not a problem, why not?

by jacrud (May, 2012)


Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Landside
Pros: Free water, clean airports, security taking care of you and you luggage
Cons: very long security interview


After an almost 3 week trip over Japan, my wife and I decided to save some money by sleeping the last night on the airport due to morning flight (11am). We came to the airport by one of the evening trains and went over to the T1 4f departure hall. A police officer took us down to arrivals hall at around 22:45 and we were leaded to area with 3 other pasengers. We layed down, when on 23:10 they moved us to another area with seating without armrests on 1f where 5 others were waiting. The police started interviewing (quite long) and asked for tickets and passports. However they did not suggest at all going away to a hotel, but were confirming if 'airport stay'. At around midnight we could sleep and the officers were controlling our movements. At 2 I woke up to go to toilet and the officer leaded me to it and checked if I did not wander off. At around 5 we woke up went for wash up and clothes change to the toilets and the officers were gone. In general, a good experience.

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Surprisingly comfortable

by spindrift (September, 2012)


Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside
Pros: very comfortable benches, was not disturbed at all during the night
Cons: Bright lights


I spent the night in Terminal 2 waiting for a very early flight the next morning, so early that the first shuttle bus from the aiport hotel wouldn't get there in time. Security asked me to move down to the far north end of the terminal when I got there around 11:30. Lots of benches were available with widely-spaced armrests. The police came by after I sat down to check my ID and flight number. After that, they didn't disturb me at all. The bench was far more comfortable than I expected--better than some hotel beds I've slept in, in fact. With my earplugs and a shirt over my eyes to block out the lights, I got a good solid 5 hours of sleep. There are washrooms nearby and vending machines, but at the time I arrived, all the shops were closed, so I'd suggest getting something on the way there. Background noise was limited to a few cleaning machines early in the night--otherwise it was dead quiet.

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Narita Days

by Ol Thunder (July, 2011)


Reason for Stay: No Money
Where: Airside
Pros: Clean, Attractive and Nice People, Biggish
Cons: Busy, Loud, Hard as Heck for a Standby Passenger to Escape From.


I've spent the last two days in Narita Airport. I didn't sleep here. I like how clean Narita is, and how easy it is to find a place to hang out. The bench seating is set up so that some rows will have a nice line of armrest-free seats and others will not. This might be the only time in my life where I spend 13 on a shower and consider it totally worthwhile. The showers are located by exit S3 and you can rent a single room or double room (both include a shower) or you can just get 30 minutes with a shower for the aforementioned 13. Soap, towels, washcloths, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, 'napkins', shower cap, and body lotion are all provided. And you get 30 minutes absolutely alone, which is at least as refreshing as a shower. If you're looking to catch a nap and want to spread out a bit there's a bunch of flat couch-like things across from the showers. They're great if you can snag a comfy one. I've had trouble with the NRT-AIRPORT WiFi network and recommend searching out the narita-airport-free-wifi signal. If you turn left immediately after entering the airside area, you'll see a wall with 3 outlets on it. You can get a great signal right there (it's where I'm writing this review from) and charge all your gadgets at the same time.

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Not bad at all

by imoir (November, 2009)


Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Landside


The airport authorities move everyone staying overnight to the 'meeting point' near exit S1 on level 1 of the south wing of teminal 1 by about 10:30 PM. I had to show my passport to two different people with details of my flight the next morning. The doors are locked overnight and lights are turned off while some policemen watch over us. It was a bit chilly, so a blanket is a good idea. There is a washroom nearby (make sure you try out the washlet, a toilet that washes the affected area with a warm water jet. ) The lights come back on at about 5:30. There are showers available on the second floor for about 6 US per 30 minutes. Very very nice. Use the elevator near exit S3 for access to the shower area which is opened from 7AM to 9PM. The food court is on the fourth floor between the North and South wing.

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Decent night's sleep

by LoneTree (September, 2009)


Reason for Stay: Early flight departure
Where: Landside


This is my first time sleeping overnight in an airport so I don't have a good basis of comparison, but overall I had a decent night sleep. After reading this website I was fully prepared for the police to round up everyone that was left in the airport and at 10:30 pm an officer came and took me to an area of benches in first floor arrivals with ten other people. The area was well watched by the police and had access to vending machines and restrooms. The police officers even made sure we had benches without armrests. At 11:30 pm they came by to write down my passport information and departing flight numbers and then left us alone for the rest of the night. It seemed the most important thing during in their short list of questions was that you are on a flight leaving the next day. Most of the lights and all of the music shut down at midnight and I slept soundly until I woke up at 6:00 am the next morning. At 1:00 am they must have shut off the air conditioning as it became fairly warm for the rest of the night, but was still manageable. Overall I would say I had a good experience, felt very safe with the police watching over me, and was not inconvenienced by being sent to the overnight watch area. The dimming of lights and overhead speaker cut-off was a major bonus.

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Night in Narita

by sfsm97 (December, 2008)


Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Landside


I was on transit from Singapore to Guam (next morning flight), and thought initially of staying within the transit area. But in Narita, they don't let you stay overnight in the transit area. So I had to go out via customs and immigration and wait in the main hall. There are nice comfy chairs, but the security there don't let you just sleep anywhere. After midnight, they round you up and everyone has to sleep together at the groundfloor area in a corner with the security guy looking after you. That was fine, except that (1) they kept interrupting my sleep TWICE to ask for my name and particulars. (2) at around 1pm, they switched off the heater and lights, causing the temperature to drop (it was around zero outside), and I couldn't sleep. Wouldn't mind sleeping there again, but next time, bring warm blankets!

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Horrible place to sleep

by flyfresno (July, 2008)


Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Landside


This was my worst experience sleeping in an airport ever. Everything closed down around 8pm, so the vending machines were all there was to buy anything to eat/drink. The security kept moving me around, and since I didn't speak Japanese and they didn't speak English, we had a very hard time coming to an understanding. When I finally got moved to the small area where they put everyone who wants to sleep there, I was constantly woken up and asked for my passport, about every hour. They would copy info down and then give it back. The security all stood in a circle around the group of passengers who were sleeping with their arms folded...it felt like we were prisoners. There are no ATMs inside security. Most of the signs in the airport are in Japanese only...and most of the flights out of the airport are to the US. Not a good policy. It's obvious that they don't want people staying in the airport, and I sort of felt like they didn't want Americans there at all. Stay away!

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Good stay at Terminal 1 - Landside

by caledonia2008 (May, 2008)


Reason for Stay: Hotels unavailable
Where: Landside


Thought I'd provide a recent update on staying overnight at Narita. It was the middle of 'Golden Week' and all guesthouses in Narita were booked up. Not wanting to pay to the ANA airport hotel, I checked out this website and came to the airport about 7pm to check out the provisions. I was flying out the next morning with KLM so went to Terminal 1. International ATMs (CitiBank/Visa) and internet kiosks (100 yen / 15 mins) are on the first floor (Arrivals Lobby). Paid-for wi-fi is available in most of the airport (6/24 hours) Head to the shopping mall on the 4th floor, there's a relaxation room with comfy chairs and TVs next to the smoking room and the toilets. So safe here, I had no qualms about leaving my luggage trolley as I went into the smoking room or toilet. Do yourself a favour and bring supplies (food/drinks) as everything shuts around 9pm. Or grab a quick snack from McDonald's or the Japanese snack bars before then. At 10pm the polite security officer came and asked everyone (about ten/fifteen people) if they were staying overnight. We were told to go down to the first floor (Arrivals Lobby). We were shepherded into the main lobby - not so comfy chairs here, but the armrests were three seats apart, so if you're 5'10" or below you can lie down flat (bring a travel pillow!). There's a slightly annoying coffee vending machine in the corner, some payphones, a drinking fountain and the toilets and smoking room are just around the corner. The police arrived at 10.30pm to check everyone's passports and flight tickets. Very polite, not threatening at all. At 10.45pm, they check again, and the main lights are dimmed. At 11pm, the sniffer dogs come around continued >>

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My second favorite airport

by Extra Medium (December, 2007)


Reason for Stay: Checking in and had to wait
Where: Landside and Airside


On my way back from Tokyo on business I got to Narita a few hours early just in case. Upon checking into the United counter, being a Perferred Executive member, I had virtually no wait in line. I used every bit of Japanese I learned while in Japan to converse with the nice man helping me through the ticketing process. It turned out he appreciated my effort, and gave me a sticker which allowed me access to the Red Carpet club. I entered, gave my flight information to the lady at the kiosk, and there was litereally about 200 soft sofa chairs for my use. There was also free WiFi, snacks, magazines, free wine, and a nifty beer machine that would take a chilled glass, tilt it, and fill it full of some local Japanese lager. I was able to find a small room to the side, and was able to catch up on some sleep for about an hour. I had about 4 beers which assisted this. Then I felt my pager ring, and it was time to head to my flight. A great experience in Tokyo. The airport is clean, well organized, and is really accomodating to the traveler.

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by web-administrator (June, 2007)


Where: Airside


(Contributed by ?) - "This terminal was expanded and the newest parts were opened in September 2006. There are several floors, and you may want to print online maps to see how far you will have to walk between connecting gates if your connections are tightly spaced. There is an economy lounge that is in the lower level of the Number 2 satellite ( below gate 22). This same satellite terminal has the NWA ticket counter. If you would rather call the toll free NWA reservations number, you can call toll free on any Narita terminal payphone at 0120-120-747."

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by web-administrator (April, 2003)


Where: Airside


(Contributed by Dan Airozo) - "I had taken a flight from San Francisco to Singapore with a plane change and layover in this airport (Narita, Tokyo). I did not have Yen and I had a very hard time finding a place where I could change American dollars into Yen. So I didn't buy anything really in this airport to eat or drink." Added May 15, 2007

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by web-administrator (April, 2007)


Where: Landside


(Contributed by johan) - "Good morning.Its just turned six a.m, and Ive had a good nights sleep. Im a bit surprised, because things didnt turn out just the way I had expected.We heard at the trainstation in tokyo city, that the airport was open 24 hours, and thought it would be a reasonable choice, since all the cheap hotels were booked the last night(saturday, in the flowering season) and we hadnt made a reservation.We took the last train to the airport, and found ourselves a nice space. We were satisfied, and preparing for a good nights sleep, when a policeofficer spotted us, and the fun was over. We had had our own smokingroom, vendingmachines, interned facilities and a view over the APRON. Until now. He told us the airport was closed, and walked us to the nearest elevator. Pressed the button for first floor, and left us. When the doors opened, another official met us, and walked us to the area where we could stay for the night.There was aprox ten other people here, and we were all asked to answer questions, and show our passports to several officers, who took notes on a paper with the text "Investegation of stayers." We also asked to go outside, 20m from where we stayed, to get some fresh air, but it wasnt possible. We were watched all night long by one or several officers, and felt a little deported. But the good thing is, that it was totaly safe. I left my computer for charging on the floor some meters away, and went to sleep.There were vending machines for soft drinks, telephones, nice seats to sleep in, dimmed lighting, perfect toilets and everything extremely clean.Ive slept for five-six hours straight, and Im really satisfied after all.Ive read the airport facil continued >>

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by web-administrator (January, 2004)


Where: Airside


(Contributed by ?) - "Narita is to be avoided if possible. We spent 11 hours in transit - Japan airlines terminal. The trip before we waited two hours in the immigration queue, to find a tiny, dirty, main terminal with ridiculous exchange rates, so decided to not bother. We slept in a small area at the top of some stairs - no one come in all that time. The transit area was clean, but a tiny place given the numbers going through. Boring but clean and safe. Little background music.P.S. Japanese airlines are the pits if you don't smoke - everyone else on the plane will - esp the staff." Added 01 April 2007

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by web-administrator (October, 2003)


Where: Landside


(Contributed by Diane) - "Came to this site after Googling 'seattle airport camping', which I intend to do this weekend, and thought about my experience missing my flight back to the states from Narita aka New Tokyo International Airport.I camped out in the arrival terminal, in the waiting room. They have a large TV and two internet portals, which you have to pay to log into, in that room- and some drink machines and partitioned, vinyl padded benches. I checked my large bags in to the nearby holding area overnight, I think it was like 700 yen, not sure anymore- and when the air traffic died down, I found myself in this waiting room with three other people, all foreigners. The security there are younger Japanese men, who were very respectful (they didnt speak much English and my Japanese was not much better) when they came around to get our names and flight information. The lights were down to a minimum throughout the terminal and announcements were shut off for the night. Security actually walks their rounds, and the one who was checking in on our room noticed my eyes open on his first trip, so the second time I could still hear him and opened my eyes to see him actually TIP TOEING in to check on us...It wasn't comfortable at all, and I used my coat for a blanket and my carry-on for a pillow. And it was chilly- but I felt safe and in no danger of being removed. And it was dark and quiet.Inside the international departure terminal has a pay shower availible- 300 yen for 20 minutes- in and out. They were nice microshowers with the neccessities in case you forget your own- including hair dryers- they were very clean and modern. Plenty of restaurants with a variety of Japanes continued >>

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by web-administrator (July, 2006)


Where: Airside


(Contributed by Marina) - "Coming from Europe to Japan I had to wait 8 hours for a Internal Japanese flight. So I had to change terminal in the Airport. Arriving in the morning in Japan, it was the begining of the night for me, I tried to find a room to sleep. NO ROOM AVAILABLE in the airport and around!!! All hotels fully booked. Some rooms inside the airport were free but BE CARREFUL, if you get out of the International area, you can not re-enter to get a room. Security do not let you enter. So remember to stay in the International area, book your room, sleep, and then check out and change Terminal for next flight if you are in my case. I managed to sleep 2 hours in the medical center (not more than 2 hours: Japanese discipline...!!). Good luck, it was really not easy." Added 15 Oct 2006

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