Serving the Greater Tokyo Area of Japan is Narita International Airport, also known as Tokyo Narita Airport. It is located 57.5km east of Tokyo Station, and 7km east-southeast of Narita Station in Narita, Chiba. Tokyo Narita Airport handles most of international passenger traffic arriving to and departing from Tokyo and Japan. The airport is also a major connecting point for air traffic between Asia and the Americas. In 2013, Tokyo Narita Airport recorded 35,379,408 passengers that it has handled, making it the second busiest passenger airport and air freight hub in Japan, and the tenth busiest air freight hub in the world. Japanese law has classified the airport as a first-class airport.
Where to go
From Tokyo Narita Airport, travellers can fly to Osaka International Airport to visit the second largest metropolitan area in Japan, and among the largest in the world. A designated city in the Kansai region of Japan and the capital city of Osaka Prefecture, Osaka is located at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay. Tourists who love retail therapy will be delighted to know that Osaka has a wide variety of wholesalers and retail shops from malls to conventional shotengai shopping arcades, with the longest one found in the city – the Tenjinbashi-suji arcade which offer commodities, clothing, and catering outlets. Osaka is also aptly nicknamed as “the nation’s kitchen” for its love for culinary. Some of its must-try popular cuisines include okonomiyaki (pan-fried batter cake), takoyaki (octopus dumplings), udon (a noodle dish), and the traditional oshizushi (pressed sushi).
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How to get out
Tokyo Narita Airport, or Narita International Airport, is the main international hub of Japan’s flag carrier Japan Airlines, as well as All Nippon Airways, Nippon Cargo Airlines, and low-cost carriers Jetstar Japan and Vanilla Air. Moreover, the airport is also an Asian hub for Delta Airlines and United Airlines.
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