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Narita Airport Meeting Service

Author: Joe Kern, Issue: November 2004, Topic: Airports

Please note that Mr. Kern is no longer offering this service.

Do you ever have people flying into Narita airport in the middle of the day on a weekday, and you wish you didn't have to use up your precious paid vacation to go meet them?

Cornball ad copy aside, I sure as heck did when I lived in Ibaraki. So it gave me an idea....

My name is Joe Kern and I live in Narita city. I would like to spread the word around that I'm willing and able to meet people at the airport and see to it that they get properly taken care of and get on the correct transportation to get to where they're going without a concern.

Personally, I think that even for travellers with some experience, Narita airport is far from self-explanatory. Sure there is English language help at a few counters in the airport, but if for example your parents are planning a trip to see you, they may not feel comfortable relying on that and their own wits to make certain they don't step off the bus at a ski resort in Hokkaido. Having a native English speaker who knows what it feels like to be green to Japan at the airport to meet them might be all they need to feel relaxed.

I have 4 years experience in the Kanto region and know the transportation routes like the back of the hand of someone whose hand I've been looking at for the past 4 years. I speak enough Japanese to ensure that everything goes smoothly (to speak to bus drivers and train conductors, for example). I'll help you plan everything before their arrival, and I'm willing to go above and beyond the call of duty in the event of any unforseen circumstances.

And I'll do this for 4000 yen. Might sound a little steep, but factor in how much you'd spend yourself to go to the airport and back and its probably not so bad.

I have varying amounts of free time in the mornings and afternoons during the week, so if you have someone coming, send me an inquiry and I'll let you know if I can help.

egonm1 AT yahoo.com

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