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Tokyo Narita spotting guide

Around Runway A (16R/34L)
Sakura no Yama Park
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Runway 16R end

Express Way side

Bus route and timetable for spotting point

 

NRT map (9.7K) Aviation Museum
(Koku Hakubutsukan)

Hatake (field) point   
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Sakura no Oka Park

Bus route and timetable for spotting point


Aviation Museum
Aviation museum (Koku Hakubutsukan) is located near RW34L end. You can go there in 15 minute 230 yen by bus from terminal Two No.3 bus stop. You can take photographs at 5F observation deck, 4F restaurant, 3F open air deck. Open 10:00am to 5:00PM. Admission fee is 500Yen. The light condition is good in the morning. This point is for winter; north wind days. Closed on Monday and 29-31.Dec, if Monday is a national holiday, it is open and closed next day. 
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the exterior of aviation museum 5F observation deck 3F open air deck
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open air display maintenance zone take off from RW16
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at 5F observation deck by 300mm lens at 5F observation deck at 3F open air deck

Hatake (field) point (for the  late Autumn and Winter)
'Hatake', means field, point is located at RW34L end and was the best point for the end of autumn  to beginning of spring. The light condition is good after 10:00am for airplanes on the ground and after 11:00 am for airplanes approaching to RW34. 200mm lens for B747 on the ground and 100mm lens for B747 approaching. You can get there by 20min walk from Aviation Museum bus stop or 30min walk from Sanrizuka bus stop. (see route map and bus schedule) There is no shop, no toilet and it is very cold in winter, so don't  forget to ready food, drink, films, spare batteries and warm clothes. Don't step in the field and don't dump rubbish in the field to keep good relationship with farmers. 
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You can find any spotting point along the road.  Airport area from new road the point for ground shot.
MD-11 is rotating MD-11 is rotating MD-11 by 200mm lens
B747 taxing to runway end by 300mm lens approach shot at road side by 135mm lens. B747 approaching RWY34L
approach to RW34 spotters' cars on the pass in the field approach to RW34 with 135mm lens

Sakura no Oka Park
'Sakura no Oka Park', means cherry hill park, is located near 'Hatake point', 10 minutes walk from Hatake point or 10 minutes walk from 'Jutaku Iriguchi' bus stop. Unfortunately fence around airport and electric wire get in the way for planes on the ground. So this point is for approach shot only. 200 mm lens for B747 approaching. Light condition is good in late morning and afternoon. There is a toilet, but no shop near here. So don't forget to ready food, drink, films and  spare batteries. Click here to get Bus Schedule and Route Map
Gate for park. park park and approaching plane
fence and electric wires bother spotters airport view at the park B747 with 200 mm lens

Sakura no Yama Park (Best point for late Spring and Summer)
'Sakura no Yama Park', means cherry mountain park, is located near RW16R end. The light condition is good in afternoon. You can get there by 15 minutes walk from 'Toyama Nokyomae" bus stop. If you are staying at Marroad International Hotel Narita, 15 minutes walk from the hotel. The airport side is enclosed  by fence, 180 cm high. But if you step on the bench, you can clear it. Better to ready step ladder, if you want to choose best position. 100-200 mm lens for B747 taking off  or approaching. 200 mm lens for B747 on runway end. There are a toilet and some vending machine for drink, but no shop near here. So don't forget to ready food, films and spare batteries. Click here to get Bus Schedule and Route Map
Gate for park many people watching planes fence and Marroad Int'l  Hotel
B747 approaching to RW16 B747 approaching to RW16 B747 approaching to RW16 
B747SP to RW16 with 200mm lens B777 approaching with 100mm lens MD-11 approaching with 200mm lens
B747 taking off  with 135 mm lens  B747 taking off with 100 mm lens B747 arrived  with 300 mm lens

Runway16R end
Runway 16R end point is for ground shot, 10min walk from "Sakura no Yama park". You can take the photograph of the airliners on runway 16 end. The airport area is surrounded by  concrete fence, but you can  take photos through 15 cm width slits of the fence. Better to ready something step on. 200mm lens for B747 on taxi way. 100mm lens for B747 on runway. You can not see the approaching airliners until it pass in front of you, so this point is not good for approach shot.
high concrete fence  15cm width slits. better to ready a step ladder.
A300 over the fence. the road from "Sakura no Yama 
park" and the pass to the point
the pass to the point.
the point from the pass B747 on the runway end B747 approaching
A340-300 on the taxi way B747 on the runway B777-300 on the runway and B747 on the taxi way.

Express Way side
Express way side is a good point to take approach shots for RW16R in the morning. This point is located on the side of bridge over the express way. 15 min. walk from Marroad International hotel or 20 min walk from Sakura no Yama park. 135mm lens for B747. The light condition is good until 11am.  
the point covered weeds. beware of rose thorn. the view from the point.
the pass to the point starts from the opposite side of Marroad hotel the pass from Marroad hotel. the pass to the point.
the pass to the point the pass from the point aerial view for the point
B777-200 MD-11 A340-300

 Spotting point in the airport
Spotting point around runway B

  
Rail Map for Narita Airport
Map of Narita Airport
Bus route and walking route for Spotting Point 
Rail Connection between Haneda and Narita
Narita Airport Official Site
 

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