Japanese Airport Uses Running Track Lanes to Guide Travelers

The hallways of Narita International Airport in Tokyo look like an indoor running track.
The hallways of Narita International Airport in Tokyo look like an indoor running track. Courtesy PARTY

It's hard to stay active while traveling. You end up standing on moving walkways, sitting and waiting at your gate, and then sitting more on your plane. That's no longer the case at Narita International Airport in Tokyo, where you can now feel like you're actually going somewhere when you're on the go.

The airport debuted its indoor running track design in its Terminal 3 last week. The track lanes, designed by Japanese creative agency PARTY, are color-coded to guide travelers. Red lanes lead to arrivals and blue lanes to departure areas. The track replaced the former walkways and moving sidewalks of the international terminal. And in full sporting spirit, gate numbers and location guidance are printed onto the track with arrows and symbols. The sleek design was chosen in anticipation of the 2020 Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo.