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March 30, 2010

An Hour to Kill

At the Tokyo airport

A long layover at Narita International doesn't have to be a drag. The Natoritei Restaurant—a 15-minute cab ride from the main terminal—offers a top-notch kaiseki-ryori menu, including dishes like simmered eggplant, fried tofu, pickles, sushi, and sashimi. Those with more time can explore the nearby Naritasan Shinshoji temple that dates back to A.D. 940 (Buddhist priests still perform daily chanting ceremonies there) and its pristinely manicured gardens. $ Lunch, $25. At 575 Teradai, Narita City.

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