When you hear the word Narita, the Narita International Airport immediately comes in mind. It is the first place that foreigners usually take the the first step onto Japan. The Narita International Airport is located in Narita City. Beside being a gateway to Japan, Narita itself is a very charming city.
From the airport, you can take the train to Narita station. It is only take one or two stations, depends on which terminal you are from, to get to Narita station.
Once you arrive in Narita station, head outside and walk to Omotesando.
Omotesando is the main road in central Narita. The road has about 150 small shops and it is widely regarded as one of the best traditional city streets in Japan.
There are lots of old wooden shops and restaurants. The atmosphere is very traditional and relaxing. Very different from Tokyo.
Located in Narita City is Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. It was founded by Kaizando Priest Kanjo in 940. The temple is dedicated to Fudo Myouou of Narita (Narita’s God of Fire). The temple attracts more than 13 million worshippers a year.
The Niomon Gate, the entrance to the main hall. The word "Fish Market" is written in the lantern. It’s been a tradition since Edo period for fish market to provide the lantern.
Daihondo, the main hall.
The temple has a wide assortment of classical Japanese halls, pagodas, and parks.
The Daito Pagoda, constructed in 1984, symbolizes the principle idea of mutual respect and dedication.
It is said the World Leaders’ messages for eternal peace were buried in the time capsule underneath the Daito Pagoda.
There is a huge park behind the main hall. The park was opened in 1928 and covers an area of 165,000 square meters.
There are fences along side of the pathway, and lots of sign warning you not to cross the fences.
Buddhist statues all around the place
Lion statue sculptured by Yujiro Goto
Shaka Do. Originally built in 1858, it was supposedly planned to be the main hall, but the hall was moved in 1964. Five hundreds Rakan (Buddha’s disciples who attained Nirvana) are carved in the relief on the wooden sliding door. It is said that Houkyou Ryozan Matsumoto spent ten years carving the sculptures.
On the right side of Daihondo is Sanju no Toh, a beautiful three storied red pagoda. The Gochinyorai, five Buddhas, are enshrined in the pagoda. The carving on the pagoda was beautifully sculptured.
Shotoku Taishi Do. Shotoku Taishi was a prince regent who proclaimed Buddhism the official religion of Japan. He is called the father of Japanese Buddhism.
If you come to Japan and has time to spare, don’t just go to Tokyo directly. Spend one night in Narita and you will definitely love it.