Monday morning in Narita.

The plane leaves in a few hours.

I am surprised how the little corner of Narita that I came to know has changed over five years. There is a big APA hotel next to the Keisei Narita entrance. That wasn’t there five years ago. Plus, a few other buildings around the corner which I am sure weren’t there.

The Ichiba! food store is gone.

The AM/PM is a FamilyMart–but that’s going on all over.

I learned that you don’t have to bounce your luggage down the Keisei Narita steps. It’s simply easier to go straight down the hill on the road to the left of McDonald’s, and go under the train tracks and make a left at Narita City Hall. The distance may be a bit out of the way, but it’s all downhill.

I won’t get to see the ancient Narita San this time around.

It’s a wonderful little city with a mix of old and new Japan. What a shame that so many who fly through Narita don’t spend an extra day here.