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Sleeping in Tokyo Narita Airport

Sleeping in Tokyo Narita Airport

If you’re dealing with a long layover or an early morning flight departure at Tokyo Narita airport, you might be wondering if it is possible to sleep in the airport. Our guide to sleeping in Tokyo Narita airport provides essential information for seasoned airport sleepers and newbies to help travellers arrive prepared for the experience.

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Sleeping in Tokyo Narita Airport

Locations & Seating

The seating here is plentiful! You’ll find a variety of benches and couches, including some without armrests, particularly in areas on the airside. Terminal 1 seems to be the most comfortable overall, and overnight sleepers here are corralled to a specific area with benches and carpeting. In Terminal 3, you’ll find several lie-flat couches.

Here are good sleep spots that travellers have reported:

  • Try resting on the comfy benches inside cafes that close for the night.
  • Between Terminals 2 and 3, the North Waiting Area has couches and tatami mats for stretching out.

Rest Zones

Tokyo Narita Airport offers designated rest zones where tired travellers can relax and enjoy some stress-free time before their flight. Information is unavailable on the Narita website, so you can add locations by clicking here to update this section. (Don’t forget to include the terminal # in your tip)


narita airport hotelsPrefer some privacy and comfort? A transit hotel is available if you want a good, solid sleep between flights without the stress of going through security. Day Rooms, open to any traveller in transit, are located in Terminals 1 and 2. Day rooms are available as single or double occupancy and come with an ensuite shower and toilet. Check into Terminal 1 between 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM or Terminal 2 between 7:00 AM and 8:30 PM.

If you’re not in transit or looking for a longer stay, check out Nine Hours Narita Airport, a 24-hour capsule hotel located at Terminal 2 in Cary Park. Rent overnight or by the hour.

More traditional hotels are located within a quick drive of the airport. See the hotel section in our Airport Guide for locations, or visit Tripadvisor to find hotel deals at Narita Airport.


narita airport loungesWhile Tokyo Narita Airport has several lounges, none have designated sleep rooms or rest areas. If you only want to relax in a comfortable seat for a few hours before your flight, check out this list of lounges in our Tokyo Narita Airport Guide that you can pay to access.

More Airport Services & Facilities

For information about drinking water, 24-hour food & drink options, luggage storage, showers, mobile charging and WiFi, visit our Narita Airport Guide.

Airport Conditions

If you plan to spend the night at the airport, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Temperature: Expect the airport to cool down at night, with air conditioning running and fewer people inside.
  • Noise: Even as overnight flights slow down or stop entirely, the airport may still run announcements, and cleaning crews may make the rounds, so anticipate some noise.
  • Lighting: The airport may stay bright thanks to around-the-clock lights, but certain corners may be dimly lit.

Arrive prepared! We recommend earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones, an extra layer of warmth, eyeshades, or something else to cover your eyes, such as a shirt or towel.

Security & Safety

At the time of this update, we have no reports from travellers commenting on safety issues at Tokyo Narita Airport. Many travellers feel safe thanks to the Japanese culture and nearby security guards. However, sleeping in any airport can include a certain level of risk, especially when travelling alone. It’s important to take certain precautions to ensure your safety and the security of your valuables. Here are a few tips:

  • Safety First. It’s a good idea to know where the security office is located and look for video cameras where you plan to sleep. You can also ask the security personnel for advice on the safest places to spend the night.
  • Don’t Seclude Yourself. If you’re travelling alone, we recommend you stay near other travellers or close to security. This will help you feel more secure and deter potential thieves.
  • Hide Your Valuables. It’s also important to hide your valuables. Don’t leave them out in plain view, as this could make you a target for theft. Additionally, if you are a deep sleeper, you may want to padlock your bag to something or sleep with your bag up against a wall to make it harder for someone to access zippers and pockets. We have received reports of sleepers who woke up without their phones and laptop bags. The travellers were left with just their headphones and laptop bag strap.
  • Stay Alert. It’s best to stay alert and awake if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages to help you stay awake, and remember that you can always catch up on sleep during your flight. These simple precautions can help you enjoy a safe night at the airport.

Pro-tip: If you sleep in the public zone, don’t be surprised if you receive an early morning wake-up call. Security is known to make the rounds, waking people up as travellers arrive for morning flights.

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