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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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  • What a serene site! Very beautiful tall, cedar trees in the surrounding forests. The temples are centuries old and well maintained. A great day visit.  more »
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  • An impressive temple and should not be missed before you arrive at Narita Airport. The temple area is very wide, recommend to make 1-day trip from Tokyo. I was fortunate to come here on the occasion of the Narita drum festival. The road to the temple is extremely busy with many exciting shops, the drum shows are really great.
  • Naritasan Shinshō-ji Temple is located in Narita and is on two train lines from Narita Airport which serves the Tokyo and area, and is the main international airport for all of northern Japan. the temple is pristine and still in use today with it being frequented by practicing Buddhists, Japanese visiting persons, and flight crews looking to relax between flights. if you time your visit right, you can join the services at the temple or just watch respectfully, just take off your shoes and turn off your cell phone and any cameras, which are not permitted to be used inside - towards the end of the services they play the large "earthquake" taiko drums, some of which are nearly the size of a large van. it is very relaxing here and a perfect way to unwind on a stopover at Narita Intl. Airport; there is even small forest with a waterfall. to get to Naritasan from Narita, take the Kensei line to Narita and exit the station and go towards the traffic light and turn right, or simply turn right immediately as you exit and then left where the street ends, there you will see a narrow street that winds toward the temple - there are nice shops and restaurants along the way. There are actually two trains that go there from Narita Airport, it is recommended to take the Kensei Line and when you return, the two stations are only a block apart, the Kensei Narita station is smaller and across from a bank and next to the Kawai Bldg; each station serves the respective train lines. It takes about 40 minutes to get from the airport to the steps of the temple and costs about $2.50 - you would need at least a five hour layover to venture here and enjoy it. if you are wondering on going here or Tokyo on a stopover, you need to factor in 3 hours for entering and exiting your flights gate area if you have your boarding pass and have checked luggage already, which includes security and immigration; it takes the minimum of 40 minutes, average of an hour to get to the train station in Tokyo and another 20 - 30 minutes to get to an area like Harajuku and costs around $20. so it would take about 4.5 hours to go from flight gate to temple steps in Naritasan, or 6 hours to get to just the station at Harajuku, and back.
  • 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.

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Where to stay in Narita

The accommodations of Narita come in two main areas: by the airport and in the town proper. As such, they cater to those just passing through, and those here to see the sights. By the airport, you'll find business hotels, with simple rooms, gyms, and pools. In the town center, a collection of simple hotels and hostels sit next to the main train station, while a number of traditional "ryokan" (guesthouses) provide atmospheric stays on the streets just off the main thoroughfare leading to the temple.
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