Pay a Visit to 2 Temples Loved by Locals on the Way From Narita Airport to Tokyo

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  • Majestic shrines and temples loved by locals can be found on the way from Narita Airport to Ueno, Tokyo. Here we introduce two such temples that you should take a moment to see on your journey.

    1. Naritasan Shinshoji Temple

    Kozo Hikage (Fuller, Inc.)

    The vividly colored three-story pagoda, beautiful temple architecture, and aroma of incense are worth experiencing!

    Naritasan Shinshoji is the main temple of the Chizan School of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism. The “honzon” (main deity enshrined in a temple) is the guardian god, Fudo Myo-o (“Acala” in Sanskrit).

    It is one of the leading temples for pilgrims in the area, and many people visit for blessings from the priests, praying for the safety of their family, and praying for safety during travel. The temple is commonly known as “Narita Fudo” or “Naritasan.” April 2018 marks the 1,080th anniversary of the founding of the temple.

    Many historic pieces of architecture can be found on the grounds of the temple, including the vividly painted three-story pagoda which is an official Important Cultural Asset built in 1712. Here you can experience an exemplary Japanese temple, as the aroma of incense wafts across the temple grounds. It is also conveniently located just 10 minutes by train from Narita Airport.

    Address: 1 Narita, Narita-shi, Chiba-ken 〒286-0023

    Naritasan Shinshoji Temple Website

    2. Senso-ji Temple

    Kozo Hikage (Fuller, Inc.)

    A place where you can really experience Japan first hand!

    Senso-ji Temple is essential when it comes to Japanese temples and sightseeing. It is an incredibly famous tourist spot, and with good reason.

    Exciting aspects of Japan can be found at every corner here. These include the oldest temple in Tokyo which was built in the year 645 AD, the giant lantern hanging from the gate known as “Kaminarimon,” the Nakamise Shopping Road that stretches hundreds of meters from the gate to the temple, the diverse souvenirs and delicious snacks sold by shops along the way, the massive temple building itself at the end of the shopping road, and the old-fashioned shopping streets you will discover on either side.

    We recommend you try the snack “ningyoyaki.” It is available freshly baked for 50 to 100 yen each at shops on the Nakamise Shopping Road. Each one has sweet bean paste stuffed inside a piping hot castella cake crust, baked in the shape of various characters. Eat a ningyoyaki as you walk past the shops and temple, and you are sure to enjoy your visit just like a local.

    Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo-to 〒111-0032

    Senso-ji Temple Website

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