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2009/02/22 Narita Airport, Narita Express, Tokyo Station, Tamachi Station

Travelling from Narita airport to my usual hotel at Tamachi follows a habitual pattern of stops.
On my third visit to Tokyo, I’ve become comfortable with navigating from Narita International Airport to my hotel near Tamachi station.  Arrving around 5 p.m. in the evening, here’s what the trip looks like into Terminal 1 (for the Star Alliance carriers).

As with most huge airports, passengers debark from the aircraft to face a long walk to the terminal.

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Speedwalks in the terminal make the walk easier.  I passed by thermal monitors on the lookout for fevers, right before the lineups at immigration and luggage carousels.

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Exiting the baggage area, my first stop takes me on a turn right.  Since my mobile phone from Canada hasn’t worked in Japan, I order a local mobile phone via ANA Skyweb for pickup, a week before the scheduled flight.

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At the end of the terminal, the Ana sky porter had a mobile phone with my name on a list.

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Turning around to come back through the centre of the terminal, I passed by the main escalator down to the trains.

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There’s another wing of the terminal farther along, but my destination was the ATMs just to the left. Continue reading2009/02/22 Narita Airport, Narita Express, Tokyo Station, Tamachi Station

2008/03/03 Narita Express, Tokyo Station, Tamachi, Shibaura

On the first leg of a Toronto – Tokyo – Beijing – Helsinki – Toronto trip, I took the Narita Express for the first time, going through Tokyo Station to Tamachi, and finding a noodle shop in Shibaura.
As a first — with meetings at universities in Tokyo and Helsinki less than a week apart — the best way for me to travel was to book a round-the-world ticket, with a stopover in Beijing to see Eric. The first leg of trip brought me to Narita. When Diana and I came to Japan last summer, we landed in Osaka and returned to Narita on the bus, so this is my first time on the Narita Express train.

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The plane arrived just at dusk, so there wasn’t much to see outside the train windows in the dark. I had reservations at the same hotel as in the summer, so I knew that I would have to change trains at Tokyo Station.

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From there, it was only a short hop over to Tamachi Station. The station gates are up over the tracks. Walking south, there’s a small cluster of restaurants down the escalators.

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Diana and I tried some of these restaurants last time. The map of the surrounding area provided by the hotel listed an additional cluster of restaurants and shops a little further south in Shibaura, so I went there looking for a noodle shop. Continue reading2008/03/03 Narita Express, Tokyo Station, Tamachi, Shibaura

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