Located 60 kilometres east of Central Tokyo, the city of Narita is mostly visited by those flying in and out of Narita International Airport, Japan's main international airport. However, Narita's myriad of authentic sights offer an easy introduction and insight into Japanese culture. These are easy to explore with a layover at Narita International, or when spending the night before or after a flight.
Given the transfer times between Narita and Central Tokyo, airport passengers find that Narita offers relaxed sightseeing pre or post-flight. 1000 years of history whispers from the walls of Naritasan Temple, where an eclectic mic of pagodas and halls reflect changes in Japanese design. It's located just a kilometre from the airport, accessed via an atmospheric shopping street lined with boutiques and restaurants.
Also within east reach are Japan's National Museum of History, the mystical Katori Shrine, and Boso no Mura, a local neighbourhood that acts as an open-air museum into Japan's past. It includes a samurai residence and is regularly used as a filming location for historical Japanese dramas. These sights can be connected with local taxis. Local buses and trains connect Narita City with Narita Airport.
Thanks to Narita International Airport, this city has excellent public transport connections to Central Tokyo. The fastest train service takes 55 minutes to Tokyo Station and many trains continue to other Tokyo suburbs and stations.
Narita's unusual history is reflected in its culinary tastes. Unagi is the local favourite, essentially boiled eel in a sticky sweet sauce that's sold at many local restaurants. Another is fried octopus balls, sold as a snack from small street stalls.