Japan’s main gateway to the sky, Narita International Airport. With all its international flights and low-cost airlines, it is a very convenient airport for tourists to come to Japan. However, it has one problem…it is far from Tokyo! There are buses and trains to get to central Tokyo from this airport, but they take about one and half hours to two hours. In addition to this long transportation, you may have to take public transport many times to visit sightseeing spots. It costs a lot and can be tiresome.
Renting a car is the solution for this problem! You don’t even have to stick to the Tokyo area. You can go further if you rent a car. The average rental charge for a 5-seater eco-friendly car for 3 days and 2 nights is around 24,000 yen, and 56,000 yen for an 8-seater wagon. It is much cheaper than taking a taxi.
In this feature, we introduce the ten best spots around Narita International Airport where you can easily visit by car.
No.1: Naritasan Shinshoji
Naritasan Shinshoji is a temple with more than 10 million people visiting annually. They have several Important Cultural Properties including the magnificent Nio-mon gate and a three-storied pagoda. The approach to this temple is lined with traditional Japanese-style houses and stores. It is exciting just to stroll around and stop by the famous eel cuisine restaurant and other stores.
No. 2. Tokyo Disney Resort
It is a huge amusement park loved by all generations. Consisting of Tokyo Disney Land, a fairytale-like world, and Tokyo Disney Sea, where families are welcomed to a world themed on the stories and legends about the sea, you may want to spend at least two days to fully enjoy these fantastic worlds!
No. 3. Mother Farm
An entertainment farm with vast premises spread across 250 hectares, visitors can spend a fascinating time with animals and flowers. You can enjoy feeding animals like alpacas and sheep, or making some fresh butter from milk. The slope of the mountain is covered with seasonal flowers such as rape blossoms and is breathtakingly beautiful. You and your family can spend the whole day here.
No. 4. Shisui Premium Outlets
Shisui Premium Outlets is a paradise for you if you like to shop around for fashion items and other household goods. Many shops here have staff who speak English, and they also have duty-free service. In addition to current 184 shops, 30 new shops are expected to open in September 2018, making your shopping more exciting and convenient.
No. 5. Sawara
Sawara is a town that flourished based on water transport in the Edo period, approximately 400 years ago. It still has the atmosphere of the olden days. We recommend taking the guided boat tour to enjoy the traditional streets from the river. How about spending a relaxing time in this charming old city?
No. 6. Boso no Mura
The popular sightseeing spot, Boso no Mura Open Air Museum lets you slip into an old world to experience the traditional local lifestyle. You can experience traditional Japanese craftsmanship by making Japanese candles and bamboo-wares. There are more than 350 kinds of activities including making rolled-sushi, buckwheat noodle, participating in a tea ceremony and trying an old armor suit on. It is a perfect place for families, friends and couples!
No. 7. Kamogawa Seaworld
Kamogawa Seaworld is a fantastic theme park that has various kinds of sea creatures. The shows of orcas and dolphins are too amazing to miss! There are many events where you can see sea creatures up-close. Their original goods are perfect for souvenirs. Spend a memorable day in Kamogawa Seaworld!
No. 8. Ushiku Daibutsu
Ushiku Daibutsu is a statue of Buddha in Ibaraki, to the north of Narita Airport. A huge statue standing 120 meters tall and weighing 4,000 tons, it is three times the height of the Statue of Liberty! It is also registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest bronze statue in the world. It stands out amidst the rather flat landscape around it.
No. 9. Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari
Ooedo-Onsen Monogatari is a very popular onsen (hot spring) theme park. All the buildings here are designed in the Edo-period style. It has many baths, including a foot bath and an open air bath, as well as many food stalls. Eat, drink, play and finally relax in a bath. It is the very unique kind of theme park.
No. 10. Mt. Nokogiri
Mt. Nokogiri is very popular among foreign tourists for its breathtaking panoramic view. There is a scary spot called Jigoku Nozoki (a peep at hell), the edge of a steep cliff. Although it is scary as hell to look over the edge of the sheer cliff, it gives you a feeling like you are floating in the air and the view is just awesome! You can even see Mt. Fuji on clear days. From this spot, Mt. Fuji looks like it is floating in the sea.
How to choose the right car for your trip around Narita International Airport!
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Times Car Rental has 406 shops all over Japan. It covers all major airports and Shinkansen Stations. The shops have staff who speak foreign languages too. Arrive in Japan, go to their counter, fill in some forms and you are ready to drive! Times Car RENTAL won’t keep you waiting for a long time.
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