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Old 01-17-2017, 07:04 AM
 
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I'm curious to see if anyone here has any experience or insight into options for a long layover in Narita.

I have a trip coming up to Guam. On my way there (IAD>NRT>GUM), my layover is only two hours. So no time to do anything then. But on the way back, I'll have a choice of a 6-1/2 hour layover or a couple of 20+ hour layover options. (I'm assuming that I don't have to worry about gathering my checked bags and going through customs. Is that correct?)

If I choose the 6-1/2 hour layover, I could fit in some sort of quick tour of Narita (there are a few tour options that are roughly 3 hours) but I can't seem to find any information about what I can do with my bags during that time.

If I choose one of the 20+ hour layovers, I could take the N'Ex train into Tokyo and spend most of the day hanging out in and around Tokyo station (there are porters there who can store my luggage).

I haven't looked yet at any other options for destinations that I can reach by train, so I welcome suggestions. I just need an option for luggage storage, and I don't want an extreme level of walking.

My biggest hesitation/concern (and this may seem silly to some) is that I am gluten intolerant, and my research so far seems to indicate that it is insanely difficult to find food (in general in Japan, but specifically in/around Tokyo Station) that is safe for me to eat. Apparently, Japan is one of the least GF-friendly countries to travel to (soy sauce can be in just about anything. even sushi rice isn't necessarily safe because they could use a vinegar with malt). I hate to think that I would let a dietary restriction get in the way of an opportunity to see at least a tiny part of Japan while I'm there, but I'm not crazy about the idea of going an entire day without being able to find a meal (and then getting on a 14-hour flight and having nothing but airplane food). Thoughts or suggestions?
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Old 01-17-2017, 11:44 AM
 
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There are luggage storage facilities (counter and lockers) at Narita airport if your bags aren't checked through.

The Naritasan Buddhist temple complex in downtown Narita is about a 10 min. taxi ride (or airport bus) from the airport, and it's a global treasure. Free entrance and you can walk around to your heart's content among the gorgeous temples and pagodas, gardens and shrines. Good for a couple of hours or a full day.

The street leading to the temple grounds is also a lot of fun. Don't know about your dietary issues and local foods, sorry, but it's a lot of fun and super easy as an outing from the airport.

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Old 01-18-2017, 12:56 PM
 
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I don't think 6h is enough time to do anything for layover, you will lose hours just getting out of the airport (+additional time if you have to get your bags) + additional time to go back thru security+check bags, ect. If you really want to explore, I'd recommend the 20h option, that will give you enough time to get out and come back without stressing about missing your flight.
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