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Narita Interntl Airport - How early to arrive?

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Narita Interntl Airport - How early to arrive?

We'll be coming in by train from Kyoto the same day as our flight. We'll be flying home from Narita to Los Angeles via Singapore Airlines on a Saturday in June (Terminal One). Our flight does not leave until 18:45. In Los Angeles, the requested arrival time is 3 hours before an international flight. Is 3 hours before an international flight out of Narita sufficient? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Please, only answer this question if you have actually taken an international flight out of Narita International Airport.

Tokyo, SanDiego
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1. Re: Narita Interntl Airport - How early to arrive?


I make LAX-NRT flight at least 5-6times per year and never needed longer than an hour to check in at NRT. I usually go two hours before the flight just because the airport is a great place to hang around. (Good eats, shopping and massage!)

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2. Re: Narita Interntl Airport - How early to arrive?

You should get there 2 to 2.5 hours before. You can lean on the short side if you have status with Singapore airline. If not, 2 is the minimum and 2.5 would be more comfortable.

At Narita, you first have to get into a line that x-rays your checked baggage. Then you get into a second line for the check-in counters to actually check your bags and get your boarding pass. For all this, allow 1 hour. The next step is clearing immigration. Narita is actually one of the slower places as they never open enough counters so this can take 20 minutes easily. Add the time to walk to the gate and 2 hours would be the minimum.

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