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International to Domestic transfer at Narita

Nov 24th, 2011, 09:46 PM
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International to Domestic transfer at Narita

I have about 80 minute transfer time from a San Francisco - Tokyo flight to a Tokya-Itami flight. Would I need to clear customs and passport control at Narita, or at Itami (I am not a Japanese or US national)? If I need to do those at Narita, then would 80 minutes be sufficient to make the transfer, or should I try looking for another flight?
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Nov 24th, 2011, 10:00 PM
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Look for another flight with more time between flights.

Are you sure your flight to Itami is from NRT and not from HND?
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Nov 25th, 2011, 02:12 AM
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You do need to do immigration and collect bags and go through customs in Narita. Minimum connection international to domestic is 75 minutes. If its all booked on one ticket even if you misconnect you'll be accommodated on the next AVAILABLE flight. If on separate tickets you'll be subject to the fare rules of your flight to itami, which may mean you are on the next flight or may mean you are buying a new ticket, or something in between. Best is to have a single ticket for your entire itinerary.
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Nov 25th, 2011, 02:15 AM
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By the way, if Osaka or Kyoto is your desired destination, there are non-stop flights from San Francisco to KIX - way easier than a change in Narita.
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Nov 25th, 2011, 03:00 AM
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Looks like you're arriving on ANA at 3:25p and connecting on ANA's 4:45p flight to ITM. Same terminal, so 80 minutes should be okay. And if you miss that connection, they have another flight at 5:55p.

Of course, you could have just booked the 5:55p connecting flight and not worry about it.
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Nov 25th, 2011, 11:55 AM
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Thanks rkkwan, KimJapan, and hawaiiantravelleler. I was taking this route mainly to save a couple hundred dollars. My flight was the LA-NRT Continental flight reaching NRT at 4:35, and the connecting flight is (on the same ticket) NRT-ITM at 5:55. Now I am confused whether to spend 200 more dollars or just hope the airline gives me a connection if I miss the first one, since it is all on the same ticket.
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Nov 25th, 2011, 01:13 PM
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Same ticket you are protected. But if you miss then the caveat is next AVAILABLE flight - so if the flight is sold out you wait.
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Nov 25th, 2011, 02:50 PM
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There's no more NRT-ITM flight after the 5:55p. You'll be busing to HND and flying out of there, if you miss it. But chances are you can make the 80 minute connection. You are flying United for SFO-NRT and ANA for NRT-ITM, despite having Continental numbers.
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Nov 25th, 2011, 06:39 PM
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rkkwan: Yes, you are right. I would have a Japanese Visa, and I don't mind getting delayed by a few hours because of the transit through HND if I can save a couple hundred dollars that way. Thanks for all the responses. Thank you, too, KimJapan.
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