Narita Overview

Ten minutes by train from Narita International Airport with which it shares a name, Narita is a charming Japanese town with a rich history. Whether you are looking for a day trip out of Tokyo or to fit in one more afternoon’s sightseeing on the way to the airport, Narita offers many attractive sights and activities.

Narita has a history of over 1,000 years with the formation of Naritasan Shinshoji Temple in 940AD. From the Muromachi period (1336 to 1573) onwards, Narita’s location as a midpoint between Tokyo Bay and the Pacific Ocean, as well as its proximity to several rivers, made it a natural center for culture and trade. Narita prospered in the Edo period when the Kanto region became the economic and political center of Japan, thanks to business from the Tone River and Shinshoji’s status as a pilgrimage destination. Narita’s tradition as a transportation hub continued with the opening of Narita International Airport in 1978 which, although originally protested by locals, has led to an economic and tourism boost for the town.

To enjoy the best of Narita’s traditional sights, head out of the East Exit at JR Narita Station. Go north onto the winding Nakamichi street, lined with restaurants and izakaya that fight for the patronage of airline crew. Among these, Ramen Bayashi stands out for its balance of quality and authenticity with accessibility for non-Japanese speakers (English menus available). Continue walking for about 10 minutes and you will reach the main Narita Omotesando shopping area, a busy traditional street with many beautiful historic buildings. As well as having a wide range of traditional Japanese souvenirs, the Omotesando is a great place to enjoy Narita’s signature dish: freshwater eel. Rich in nutritional value, this cuisine has been popular in Narita for hundreds of years thanks to Narita’s fertile wetlands and the ease of fishing in nearby Lake Imba. Walk a little further and you will come to the stunning outer gate of Shinshoji Temple.

If you are stopping over at Narita International Airport and want a taste of Japan or if you are planning a traditional style daytrip, Narita holds a similar spiritual appeal to better known destinations such as Nara or Kamakura. From Narita International Airport Terminal 2, taking the Narita Line for one stop to JR Narita Station will cost you 200 yen. Coming from Tokyo, the Keisei Line from Nippori Station to Keisei-Narita station costs 780 yen and takes just over an hour.

Facility Name
Narita
Address
Chiba Pref. Naritashi Hanazakichou
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Naritasan Shinshoji Temple
Address
Chiba Pref. Naritashi Narita 1
Phone
0476222111
Introduction
Naritasan Shinshoji Temple is a lead temple in the Chisan school of Shingon located in Narita, Chiba Prefecture. In order to suppress a revolt by Tairano Masakado which broke out in the Heian period, it began with the fact that Kobo Daishi was spiritually enlightened by the high priest Kancho as Acala was enshrined and became the principal image of worship at the temple. Many well-known figures had strong faith including such figures as Minamotono Yoritomo, Mito Mitsukuni and Ichikawa Danjuro, and Narita Fudo prompted many commoners to have faith. On the grounds of the temple, there are very big gardens maintained which cover an area of approximately 3.5 times that of Tokyo Dome, and you can see seasonal plants in the garden.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Imbanuma
Address
Sakura, Chiba Prefecture, Narita City, Inzai-Yachiyo-inba district Sakaemachi
Phone
0434866000
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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    Imbanuma

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    Sakura, Chiba Prefecture, Narita City, Inzai-Yachiyo-inba district Sakaemachi
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    Chiba Pref. Naritashi Hanazakichou 736
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    Naritasan Shinshoji Temple

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