Whether you have a stopover in Tokyo (東京) or your flight arrives super late, it is always convenient to stay in a hotel inside the airport. Tokyo has two major international airports, Narita (成田) and Haneda (羽田), where people come and leave Japan every day. Both of them have transit hotels near the terminals to assist people who would like to stay for a short amount of time. Most transit hotels at airports require a security clearance to pass through, which means you may need a visa. These hotels also run shuttle buses to transport passengers who would like to stay at their places and bring them back to the terminals.
If you do not want to leave the airport, there are still some places where you can relax with a nice shower and even take a nap. If you are coming via a transpacific flight to Japan, you must be very tired and probably need a place to rest. The airport offers shower and short-stay facilities to make your visit easy and less stressful. Here are three places at Narita International Airport (成田国際空港) where you can freshen up and sleep!
Located at Terminal 2 of Narita Airport, 9h nine hours is a capsule hotel that operates around the clock for transit passengers. You can choose to stay for a whole night, take a nap, or take a shower at 9h depending on your transit time. Their shower facilities are open 24 hours and costs 1,000 yen for an hour. They will provide all you need, from shampoos to towels.
If you want to rest your head a little bit, you can book a sleeping pod on an hourly basis which includes shower facilities, too. The first nap hour costs 1,500 yen and 500 yen is charged per additional hour. However, their nap service is only available during the day for nine hours, from 9 AM to 6 PM.
If you want to check in anytime, you may have to reserve a full stay which costs around 4,900 yen if you book in advance. The prices may vary for last-minute or same-day bookings, or if you want to have breakfast along with your stay. You can book in advance by calling them at 0476-33-5109 or via their website.
Dayrooms are an alternative that can be found at both Terminals 1 and 2 of Narita Airport. Here, you can take a shower without renting a room for 1,030 yen for the first 30 minutes and 520 yen for every extra 15 minutes. You can also book a single or double bedroom with en-suite toilet/shower facilities for 1,540 yen and 2,470 yen for the first hour, respectively. Extra hours are charged up to half of the price of the first-hour stay.
There is a wheelchair-friendly nap room on the 3rd floor of Terminal 1. Just walk into these dayrooms and request for a shower or a nap room as prior reservations are not possible. Furthermore, you cannot use these facilities late at night as the reception will be closed at around 10 to 11 PM.
Many foreign visitors are not aware of the dayroom and shower facilities at Narita Airport, which are actually offered at very low prices. If you are one of those passengers who bought a premium economy or a business class ticket, you can actually utilize the facilities of your airline lounge at Narita. Otherwise, you may have to sign up for an airline membership or buy a pass to visit their lounge.
On the 3rd and 4th floors of the Central Building of Terminal 1, you can find the lounges of United Airlines and Korean Air. On the 4th and 5th floors of the Satellite Building of Terminal 1, you can find the lounges of ANA and Delta. The American Airlines’ Admirals Club is present on the 2nd floor of the Main Building of Terminal 2. The lounges of Qantas, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Emirates, and JAL can also be found at Terminal 2.
The lounge facilities’ availability, including shower and dinner, varies from lounge to lounge so inquire before you access them. You can find more information on airline lounges at Narita Airport including their exact locations here.
You can also take a nap on a bench or chair at the terminal lounges, but the security and other passengers might disturb you. So why not stay at one of these three places where you can relax or freshen up at Narita Airport for a smooth voyage?