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Narita layover – Three hour tour visiting traditional Japanese temple town

by Mari
(42) Reviews
3h $ 95 Price up to 4 people

Highlights

  • Visiting the most famous and popular temple, Narita-san Shinsho-ji temple with a history stretching back more than 1,000 years - .
  • Photo taking with Kimono and strolling Narita-san Shinshoji
  • Shopping at Omote-sando street where you can browse Japanese traditional souvenirs including chop-sticks.
  • Tasting typical Japanese cuisine including broiled eel, tempura, ramen, sake, Yokan and Taiko-yaki

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Overview

If you have spare time more than three hours at Narita Airport, this excursion is just right for you! This layover tour is visiting nearby Narita area such as Narita-san, Shinshoji temple and picturesque shopping streets where you can feel traditional Japanese culture. You can enjoy strolling Omotesando-street wearing Kimono. At the park, you can enjoy cherry blossom from late March to mid April.

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.

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Highlights

  • Visiting the most famous and popular temple, Narita-san Shinsho-ji temple with a history stretching back more than 1,000 years - .
  • Photo taking with Kimono and strolling Narita-san Shinshoji
  • Shopping at Omote-sando street where you can browse Japanese traditional souvenirs including chop-sticks.
  • Tasting typical Japanese cuisine including broiled eel, tempura, ramen, sake, Yokan and Taiko-yaki

Important

For the peak season from April 1 to April 14, tours for less than 4 hours will be charged 2,000 yen plus.

- Comfortable shoes are recommended. We walk more than 3 km and there are several steps and slopes.
- It is recommended bringing Japanese currency for your souvenir shopping and Japanese food.
A credit card is not acceptable at some of shops.

What‘s included
Guide fee
Meeting point pick-up at JR Narita Station or Keisei Narita Station
What‘s not included
Transportation fee for guide round trip from downtown Tokyo to Narita, 2.200 yen
lunch or dinner ,
Entrance fee (if any)
Offerings to the temples (if any)
Transportation (if any)
Kimono rental about 5,000 yen (if you want)
Meeting Point
JR Narita Station or Keisei Narita Station
Ending Point
JR Narita Station or Keisei Narita Station
Duration
3 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 42 )
Jason Jason Australia ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Friendly and well pprepared ”

This is a fantastic tour, especially if you are a first time visitor to Japan. Mari is very organised, she had pamphlets printed out with information for us. Mari was in contact with us before the tour and even left a note at our hotel to welcome us! The outer fish markets were fascinating and Mari explained everything to us. She also gave us information and showed us a video of an auction at the inner fish market. The sushi making was very informative and a lot of fun. Our sushi chef was very enthusiastic and helpful. Everything we made was delicious, as was the tempura the restaurant provided. Mari was extremely patient with our two sons, and helped our youngest with making sushi. She gave them an origami kit and made ninja stars for them, which they loved. We highly recommend this tour! read more

Mari:

Dear Jason, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I also enjoyed the tour. All members of your family are sweet and friendly, especially both of your sons are adorable. Your sons are smart enough to answer all my questions. I am glad to know that your sons loved Origami Ninja stars. When you visit Japan again, I would like to guide you again. Warmest regards,

Anne Anne Australia ( Couple )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Finding our way ”

Mari was very well prepared. She had spent a lot of time before we met communicating with me, making sure we knew what to expect to ensure we had a good morning with her. She helped us navigate the subway system, buy IC cards and explained the backgrounds to the places we visited. We enjoyed the Tsukiji markets, with Mari showing us the different grades of tuna and many of the different flavours of the food on offer. Unfortunately we did not get to see the sumo wrestling practice because they had finished their practice early due to the competition - that would have really capped off the morning. It was through no fault of Mari’s that this happened and she took us to Ginza to make up for it.

Mari:

Thank you very much for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed my tour. I was impressed both of you are very knowledgeable about Japanese culture and your questions are insightful. I am sorry that we couldn’t see sumo. I have taken Sumo practice more than ten times, but this is the first time it happened. I hope all your family will enjoy skiing at Myoko near Nagano.

Noriko Noriko United Kingdom ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Tour of NEW Toyosu Fish Market ”

We met with Mari at 5am (early!) to visit the newly opened Toyosu Fish Market. This was still a new tour for Mari and it was a little bareboned because of the holidays, but she was amazing at explaining how the market worked and perfectly described the energy and magic behind the marketplace. Her English was excellent and she was enthusiastic. And she went out of her way to find us a great place to have early morning sushi at Toyosu! I would highly recommend Mari for this and any of there other tours in Tokyo and the surrounding areas.

Mari:

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I really enjoyed guiding your family. All of your family members are friendly and great, especially you and your mother. I was impressed that ten members of your family travel together for two weeks. It’s fantastic. With our Toyosu experience, I decided to make a new tour called Tsukiji Tuna Auction tour. Thank you for everything. With warm regards,

cheryl Cheryl United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Efficient and helpful ”

She helped us get what we wanted and very helpful and informative. Will get her again next time we’re in town

Mari:

Thank you very much for your sweet review. You are also efficient to plan your Japan trip six months ahead. Next time you will be in Tokyo, I will be more than happy to guide your family. Looking forward to seeing you again. With warm regards, Mari

Chet Chet Australia ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A wonderful guide, friendly and very knowledgeable ”

Mari was absolutely amazing. Everything was clearly communicated before we arrived. She showed up to our hotel on time and took us on a Sumo wrestling experience and city tour with our two teenage boys. She was great at engaging the boys and made tour very interesting and was very informative. I highly recommend Mari on your Japan tour.

Mari:

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I also enjoyed guiding your family. All of your family members are friendly. Both of your children answered my questions smartly. Please enjoy the rest of your trip. With warm regards, Mari

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