Tokyo

Contents :  Narita Airport

“Japan never considers time together as time wasted.  Rather, it is time invested.”
― Donald Richie


If you’re traveling to Bangkok or other large cities in southeastern Asia from the States, you will most likely transit through Tokyo’s Narita International Airport.  If you’re originating from the East coast, or Chicago, the flight is easily 14 hours and you’ll inevitably end up with what can best be described as plane smell, the result of sitting still, in an aluminum tube with recycled dry air, and wearing the cologne and perfumes of those around you.

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Not to worry, however, because salvation can be achieved in the airport’s Dayrooms & Showers facilities before you make your connecting flight and features :

– shower cubicles (with vanity units)
– dayrooms (single, with shower)
– wheelchair compatible dayrooms (single, with shower)
– dayrooms (twin, with shower)

The shower cubicles are available for 30 minutes for approx. US $ 12.00 and can be paid in U.S. dollars, Japanese Yen, Thai Baht or the Euro .  You can purchase additional time in 15 minute increments if necessary.  You’re provided with bath towels, body soap, face wash, hair driers, and shampoo.  During my last trip, I was able to completely revitalize before boarding my connecting flight.  While others on the flight to Bangkok looked like they had been dragged through the moors, I was refreshed and looking like I had just stepped out of a spa.

 

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