Airport #87/100: Tokyo–Narita (NRT)

Departures board in NRT Terminal 2 lobby.

Narita International Airport
成田国際空港
Tokyo, Japan
First visit: 10 February 2019

This was my first trip to Japan, and as such, my first time visiting a Japanese airport. Since both my incoming and outgoing flights were on American Airlines, I only got to experience Terminal 2.

Welcome to Japan sign.

Welcome to Japan sign on the way to immigration and customs.

As the customs exit left me in the landside part of the terminal and I had to catch a shuttle into Tokyo anyway, I didn’t have the opportunity to explore the terminal on my way in. However, on my way home, I made sure to arrive at NRT about three hours before my flight so I’d have time to look around before departing.

The landside part of the terminal had a decent amount of shopping and I still had a couple of souvenir requests from friends to fulfill, so I headed up to the T2 shops. While I was up there, I found an observation deck.

View from the roof of Terminal 2, with multiple Japan Airlines jets parked at gates.

Terminal 2 north observation deck.

After going through security and exit immigration, I took a walk around all of the international gates of Terminal 2.

A large board with a clock and a map of the world, with vertical stripes backlit with orange or blue to indicate day or night in that part of the world.

World clock with daylight map.

The Platinum status I’ve earned with American Airlines grants me lounge access on international itineraries, so after I was done exploring I decided to go visit the Admirals Club.

View of jets out the window of an airline lounge.

View from the NRT Admirals Club, with a few OneWorld tails visible on the ramp.

It was a nice enough airport and I wouldn’t mind flying here again, though if I do, I might try to fly a Star Alliance or SkyTeam airline so I can check out Terminal 1.

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