Japan, Narita Guide (B): A Walking Tour of Narita, Japan
On my way from Palau to Bangkok, I had an 8 hour layover in Narita, Japan, so I took the opportunity to check out the city, a 10 minute train ride from the airport, as many mentioned on TripAdvisor it was worth a visit. Despite the reviews, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect of the city. Would it be close enough to the airport, that with all the visitors, English would be prominent or would it be so small that Japanese would be the only language?
I was quickly finding out, that even in the airport, English was broken at best. I asked the volunteer to point me in the direction of the ATM. She responded, “ATM Machine?…I don’t speak English”, reaches for her binder, turns toward the page with the ATM machine question, and points at the answer. I could only wonder how I was going to make it on the train and around the city given the extra date plan I had paid for with AT&T and Asia wasn’t working on my smart phone…so much for a map!
Luckily the information desk at the airport had a map, and I was smart enough to ask the ticket lady what stop Narita was on the Keisei Line since there wasn’t a map or announcements on the train! It was the second stop. My next challenge quickly presented to me when I exited the station. I didn’t know whether I was facing north, south, east, or west and I couldn’t read any of the street signs, so my paper map versus the interactive map I expected to have rendered useless. I turned toward a young lady, sitting on her suitcase and engrossed in her smart phone, and asked which way is the temple. She couldn’t explain the directions, but she grabbed her suitcase, waved for me to follow her, walked me to the stoplight and pointed to down the street to the right and said, “That way.” ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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