|Quoting DC10extender (Reply 14):|
I think that it is perfectly understandable that they couldn't find the U.S. Embassy because they are in a country with a foreign language, they had no Japanese currency, and they didn't expect to be there in the first place. Besides, Tokyo is the biggest Metropolitan area in the world and Narita is far from Tokyo.
Many people at NRT
speak English and there is an abundance of help to be had anywhere in NRT
. As for finding the nearest US Embassy,
It is found on page 2, under the topic of "Before you travel abroad", paragaph number 1. For US citizens (passport holder and all), info can be gotten from 202-647-5225 or at http://travel.state.gov.
Word of advice to no matter where you are travelling, how often you travel or how savvy you are: Know before you go.
There are numerous ATMs at NRT
, as well as currency exchange places. They apparenly had come from SIN
, so they had SGD
(Singapore Dollars), which is exchangable. They also might have had credit cards.
is far from Tokyo, but not isolated from the world. When all else fails, ask. My mother travelled with three children as we moved all over the place, English speaking places or not, and she got on just fine.
Having sick children while you travel can be stressful, but at some point common sense has to kick. I mean, they had kids and they somehow made it to Singapore. They must be doing something right.