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Naritasan Shinshō-ji Temple, Narita

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One of the largest complexes of its kind in the country, Naritasan Shinshō-ji Temple represents one of the country's most important religious sites. The 10th-century Shingon Buddhist temple, just a short jaunt from the city's airport, sits within sprawling grounds dotted with many shrines, halls, and pagodas, each featuring classic swooping rooftops adorned with gold and red accents. Don't miss the complex's main pagoda, a 58 m (190 ft) tall structure erected in the 1980s. Add Naritasan Shinshō-ji Temple and other attractions to your Narita trip itinerary using our Narita trip itinerary maker.
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  • Educational place to see. It has an English speaking staff to assist. He came up to us and gave us a brochure. Explained about where to go. He was very kind.  more »
  • I took the shuttle from one of the airport hotel I stayed. Get off at the Jr station and follow the sign to narita temple. Just after 5-20 minutes of walk you will be facing a split junction. Just the...  more »
  • Narita is a great place to recover from jet lag for a day or so. Most hotels have airport shuttles as well as well as shuttles to downtown Narita from the hotels. The temple and grounds are a 4 or 5 b...  more »
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  • Beautiful shrine with vast gardens surrounding it. It's as impressive as some of Tokyo's best shrines, but a lot less crowd. Set aside at least half a day when you visit. Start walking from Narita Station, and enjoy the scenic short walk to Naritasan. You'll be amazed at the architecture of the shrines and pagodas. But just as impressive are the gardens, rivers, and lakes on the shrine grounds. This place is huge, but the beautiful scenery relaxes you rather than tire you. This site is highly recommended if you're visiting Narita.
  • Great spot to visit on a layover between flights at NRT airport. Convenient to get to from the NRT airport via the JR or Keisei train. From the train station walk down Omotesando road (about 15 min) to reach the temple. Tranquil and quiet especially during the sunrise/sunset times. There are also many shops and restaurants along the way for a relaxing meal. A great way to spend time during the layover in Narita.
  • When flying into Narita, spend an extra day exploring the town shops/restaurants and be sure to include the Narita Buddhist Temple complex. Many wonderful building and unique gardens.
  • Impressive temple with characteristic sculptures of dragons swelling swords. At the afternoon when I was here, some Chinese TV crew came to record scenes for soap opera series set in feudal times. They were here because surroundings of this place are truly remarkable.
  • This is something anyone on a short stopover at Narita airport should see. Great gardens, nice temples, and the walk from the station is a lovely introduction to traditional (if a little touristy) Japan