My Japan trip started on March 8 and because it is an early morning flight and my family is away, I had to camp (yet again) at the airport. Seriously though, I can count the times that I didn’t camp at the airport because of the flight schedule. I’m used to sleeping on the airport floors though.
I was on CEB, Flight 5J5054. Check-in and boarding went exactly as promised. Actually, before this flight, I stalked its flight history and saw that it is early or on-time most of the time. Indeed, we left a little behind the schedule but arrived a little earlier at NRT. I didn’t have proper sleep this time not to mention that I didn’t avail an in-flight meal so to avoid the hunger, I slept during the whole flight. #streetwisetips
SO… I woke up and we are only an hour away to Narita!
After a fast lining up at the immigration and claiming my baggage, I’m off to my journey… TO FIND LUNCH! I was in Terminal 2 and I got lost in NRT finding the ‘4F Food Court’ because apparently its floor is like a mezzanine. It is not connected to the escalators and elevators that you used going up from the arrivals area to the departures area. You have to pass by the check-in counters to go up. So before finding a place to eat, I searched for the post office to get my pocket WiFi. The post office is at the 3rd floor and if you are facing the check-in counters from the departures entrance, it is at your left side. It has this sign- 〒
I had this lunch set at UCC for JPY1200. I discovered that this is expensive.
If you go deeper in this floor by going near the viewing deck, there is a 7-11 konbini (convenience store) where you can buy bento meals that are definitely cheaper than that. Konbinis were my best friends in Japan. I have read that there is a cheaper option for bento meals at bento shops though, but unfortunately I cannot find my way to one.
Afterwards, I went down the floors to get to the train tracks and have my JR Pass exchange order exchanged for an actual JR Pass at the ticketing office which is at the left side coming from the entrance of the train station from the airport.
The staff at the ticketing office is very helpful and she get me reserved tickets from NRT to Atami.
This reserved ticket has an English translation but for the rest of my Japan trip I wasn’t able to get an English one again. I missed the Narita Express train to Shinagawa for only about, 2 mins so I have to wait 50mins for the next one. :/ I practically stayed for 2 hours in the airport.
I arrived at Atami station at 15:14 (as you may know, public transpo in Japan is always on the dot) and was wondering how to exit the station when my host father tapped my back. The first thing that I saw when I went out the station is a foot bath. Atami is an onsen town indeed.
So I met with my host family and we went around Atami first before heading to their home. We went to Heiwa-dori, just in front of the station to check out Atami’s specialties.
Afterwards we get in the car to search for sakura. We passed by this kanketsusen (geyser) which is just along the road! When you take off the lid you will see a strainer, that my host family said can be used to put egg on for steaming. There are even kitchen tongs in water on the side. So it is like a public egg steaming place lol. There are 7 kanketsusen in Atami and there is a map and sign on each of it telling its history.
We also passed by the Atami plum garden with ume (plum) trees that are still blooming I think.
We then parked at a supermarket to go out and continue our search for sakura. We went to the Itokawa Promenade, where the river is lined with sakura trees. Unfortunately, the flowers have already fallen. Talk about early blooming sakura!