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Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita August 15th 2011

I had an unexpected stopover in Japan on my way to meet MaryAnne in Kuala Lumpur. I left Salt Lake a day earlier than I had originally expected, in the event of a flight delay and I was really happy the delay happened in Japan as I had been hoping for a visit to this beautiful country for quite some time. It's quite easy to get around here. Most of the stranded travelers stayed in a hotel called the Narita Excel Hotel near the airport. There is a free shuttle from the airport, a free shuttle to get downtown and it was less than $80 per night. From the shuttle stop downtown, the Naritasan Shinshoji, a Buddhist temple, was within walking distance (about half a mile) but getting there required walking in all sorts of directions ... read more
The Temple Grounds
The Temple Grounds
Temple Grounds

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita July 30th 2011

I was fortunate enough to have a layover in Japan on my way to Chongqing. I arrived in Narita (Tokyo's main airport) early in the afternoon and didn't have to leave until the next morning. After checking into my hotel (Nikko Narita) I caught a bus into the town of Narita. I made my way to the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. This temple is super old (founded in 940) and includes a lot of buildings on a large area of land. I walked around the grounds for a while and ended up getting VERY lost. The grounds are very beautiful and full of amazing landscaping! I highly recommend a visit to this temple if you have a layover in Narita. Even if only have a few hours (4 should be enough) you could easily see it! After ... read more
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Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita July 27th 2009

After an expired Visa and the chinese culture was a break the deserved result and so i head off to sunshine coast BC. Camping,fishing in inflatable small funny cruiseship with awesome food,awesome weather and awesome girl was what i needed. After dreamlike days under the BC sun back to China wasn't that easy. After 2 failed flights back to Hongkong i made it through Narita Japan. So i dropped into an annual celebration with great food and dancing people. To short but an repetition will follow. ... read more
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Sunshine Coast BC

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita March 18th 2009

Day 6: Meeting CIEE Program 10:00am: I woke up, took shower, fixed self, went online, fixed bed, packed, wrote letter to Ate Reci & Aimi. 12:00pm: I left to go to the train station with my heavy suitcase, bookbag, and a plastic bag of clothes. 12:05pm: The train I took stopped at Minami-Urawa and changed to RAPID to Kamata. I left the train because Ate Reci said that if I'm unsure, leave the train. I went out of the train, back on, back out, walked to one side of the train platform, walked to the other side, looked at the signs, and finally I admitted I'm confused. I couldn't find the Omiya train. 12:15pm: I asked a stranger and my mind went Japanese blank...I panicked and pointed at the train and said in Japanese, "Excuse me, ... read more
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Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita February 14th 2009

Our flight out of Winnipeg was quite ordinary. Thanks to my Dad, we arrived at YWG only to have to wait in one of the longest lines I have ever seen at the Winnipeg Airport. Over 300 people, waiting to go through security in Winnipeg. It appears that everyone had flights leaving at 8:00. The start of the Friday 13th curse. With the line seeming to move backwards at times, what better way to pass our time then people watch. And where better than in a stress inducing line up. I love putting a story to everyone I see and we were quickly treated to some pretty "interesting" people. Airports have several different types of travelers. We quickly were able to point out the seasoned travelers. They always seem so zen like as they never rush ... read more

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita January 8th 2009

After China trip, I think about airplane meals. Well, I had never taken Japanese Airplane before Beijing trip. Japanese friends often complained airplane meal except ANA or JAL because of the qualities. I remembered Continental Airline provided great meals when I went to Boston from Tokyo (10 years ago!!!) and Swiss Air had a huge choice of drink. I didn't think Japanese airlines did only provide nice meal. When we left for Beijing, it was first time for me to take JAL flight to Tokyo. We waited long time for getting on the plane, so I didn't expect great service this flight. Although it was short trip, they fed us good meal. I could choose the menu which I hadn't had so long time. All Asia trip, there were no choice of meal; you had to ... read more

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita October 18th 2008

I had a bad flu and was not too well in Singapore so we postponed the flight to Tokyo for a couple of days. Then Jasmine was very sick the day after we got to Japan. We took her to a hospital and it turns out she had a gallstone attack. She's never had that before but she is better now but still feeling a bit vulnerable. She has to keep off the fatty food. Laurie looked up the web which said that gall stones are related to female, forty plus, fat and fertile! so kind. Bring on menopause! So we got to see how Japanese hospitals work. Good start to our adventure here, Lucky we have good travel Insurance (provided the company has not gone broke as the stock market melts down). The doctor did ... read more

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita October 13th 2008

Life in A traditional Ryokan (Guest House) I am used to taking of shoes in Asian houses but Japan takes it to a whole new level: First you take your shoes off at the front door; then you don green slippers to walk around the ryokan; then you take off your slippers to enter the bedrooms with tatami mat floors; then you don red slippers to enter the toilet; then you don wooden clogs (getas) to go to the restaurant near the front door. You have to be very mindful to make sure you have the right footwear in the right place. But it keeps the place clean and well maintained. Much appreciated after India. The futons a quite comfortable on the floor but I'm not sure about the pillows, basically a beanbag with no bounce ... read more
Green Slippers
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Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita October 4th 2008

I said Narita (where the airport is), but technically I'm over the Pacific! :) We just crossed the Int'l Date Line. So, on my flight today, I have left Narita at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16th and I will land in Seattle at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16th. It's doing something funky to my brain. Rachel & slept in a bit today. Check out was officially at 11 a.m., but you could buy extra time at 1000/hour...so we did! We thought about pushing to do one last thing, but decided against it. Instead, we cruised through the mall that our hotel is attached to (such a great feature!), went shopping in an actual grocery store (No photos, please.) the last thing on Rachel's to-do list, and stopped at the local post office for the ... read more

Asia » Japan » Chiba » Narita September 14th 2008

Quick first post.... touched down after an uneventful flight over. Good flight, JAL was great as always. Had two options of hot food for supper, I went with chicken and rice and washed it down with some not too bad red wine all complimentary of course. Met a guy from Korea who's heading back there for a bit, and watched the movie Iron Man about 2 and a half times. Made one rather large oops.. I ended up booking the wrong hotel here in Narita for my first night, so now I'm stuck in a very typical business class hotel (aka, TINY) in downtown Narita instead of the rather nice place I stayed the last time around. Had a bit of trouble figuring out the train system since I had to apparently use the local line, ... read more
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