I was just issued my ticket back to the United States and instead of the originally proposed one night stay in a Singapore hotel prior to a direct flight to Michigan, I will instead be enduring a marathon of travel that will take me from Sumatra to Jakarta to Japan to Detroit and finally to Lansing, Michigan. Oof!
During my flight frenzy I have an 8-hour layover at Narita International Airport in Japan. The good news is, as an American, I don’t require an additional visa to exit the airport and do a little exploring. Additionally, it appears that layovers of this length are fairly common because after just 10 minutes of browsing I have discovered multiple forums and even a web site dedicated to suggesting what to do during a long layover in Narita.
I’m already thinking that I’ll make a quick trip to Narita City to see the Naritasan-Shinshoji-Temple and experience a smidge of Japan. That’s about all though, because between customs and re-checking in and my general bad luck with travel, I just don’t want to chance messing up something for my flight home! I don’t have any wiggle room! I arrive in Michigan the evening of June 6th and then hop in a car the morning of June 8th to kick of “best friend wedding week” in Philadelphia, only to hop a plane the day after the wedding to start my summer job in Los Angeles. Phew!
It’s only May 1st but I’m already tired just thinking about June!