What to Expect
Please don’t give up your sightseeing in Japan because you don’t have enough time to go to the down town Tokyo which takes three hours for the round trip.
If you have free time for three or four hours, you can visit one of the most famous and largest Buddhist temples in Japan where is located from 10 min walk from Narita stations (JR or Keisei). From Narita Airport to Narita stations, it takes 15 mins by train or 30 mins by bus.
Scenery- Behind the main hall of the temple, there is a beautiful Japanese garden. The plum blossom garden is must-see in February. In early April, you can enjoy beautiful cherry blossom. In late November leaf coloring is beautiful. It is the strolling landscape garden that features paths around ponds. Mounds of earth, rocks, and trees are placed around the ponds in order to create miniature reproductions of natural scenery. It is very refreshing to walk along the paths in the picturesque gardens.
You can enjoy the picturesque streets with many small shops called "Omotesando" that lasts approximately 800m in front of Narita Station to Narita-san Shinshoji temple. Omotesando preserved the historical cityscape characteristic of Narita in the Edo.
Naritasan Shinsjoji Tample - It is a famous temple where about 2.7 million Japanese people visit during new-year holidays. Origin of Narita-san temples goes back to 1000 years ago, in 10th Century. The great priest Kancho enshrined the image of Fudomyo in Narita-san. On the temple’s grounds, there are many elegant old structures including the huge main hall, the three-storied pagoda, Nio-mon gate and Heiwa-no-toh (Tower of Piece), some of which are designated as Japan’s important culture properties. It is famous that the Buddhist fire ritual called Goma ceremony conducted by monks. Naritasan and Kabuki gained popularity in Edo, 17th century. Today’s kabuki reflects many features of Fudomyo as the close relationship with Naritasan has been handed down to successors to Ichikawa Danjuro. The current 12th Danjuro also visits Narita-san. It is an ideal place to learn something about Japanese culture.
Shopping - If you don’t have enough time to shop your Japanese souvenir for your family or friends, don’t worry. You can enjoy shopping at the front sloop approach to Narita-san temple. The avenue is a great place to browse local handicrafts, works of art. You can engrave your name on chopsticks for free which would be a wonderful souvenir.
Gourmet - You can enjoy Japanese cuisine; broiled eel, ramen, Sushi, tempura, Japanese Sake, Yokan (Japanese sweet jelly,) traditional hand-grilled rice crackers and Taiko-yaki (Japanese muffin containing red bean paste, served hot.) Especially in front of the eel restaurant, you can watch how to cut eels in your face.
Kimono rental - You can enjoy photo taking with Kimono and strolling Omotesando and Narita-san Shinshoji temple.
Starting time and ending time is depending on your schedule. This tour is convenient for people who have a fix schedule and don’t have enough time for sightseeing and shopping before leaving from Japan.
Narita is a city with two aspects: dynamism as seen in the international airport, and serenity as seen in Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, both integrated harmoniously in a rich natural environment.So while staying around Narita Airport, why not visit Narita-san Sensoji temple.