Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple

Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple

Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This temple is known for its fire ritual, which is performed several times a day. Visitors wishing to know their fortunes can purchase paper oracles from vending machines located on the grounds or pay a visit to one of the local soothsayers.
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jubaanne
Pottsville, Australia606 contributions
Solo
Highly recommend a visit here, especially with a volunteer complimentary guide which can be provided by emailing prior the temple’s information centre desk (which is located in a building that houses a large cafe across the road from the temple site entrance) I had emailed them the evening before and they were able to provide an English speaking guide for me. The guide was lovely and had excellent English skills. I was the only participant so we were able to move quickly through the area with great explanations of the different purposes of each temple. We happened to be there for the fire prayer service in the main temple. You must be able to climb several steps for the tour but it was manageable. The tour made my visit to this attraction so much more meaningful and I’d highly recommend accessing a guide or tour here, it is a great place to visit and the surrounding gardens are very tranquil. Allow time to walk the 15 minute walk down or back to/from the temple from the Narita Railway Station, the shopping and interesting shops/eateries are so interesting it might take you longer than 15 minutes!
Written February 14, 2020
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HowQute
Costa Mesa, CA211 contributions
We flew with ANA and had the option to stop 9 hours, so we enrolled in their Narita'a Stay & Visit program which offered a 4 hours guided tour completely free. You just have to pay for your train tickets and that's it !

The temple was so beautiful with many entrance gates to get to the main temple, it offered elevators if you don't want to walk up the step. At 1pm, the main has the "fire" ceremony so make sure you make it there on time, it's really special to see the monks chanted, prayed, played drums etc...
On the way to the temple, there are many shops for souvernirs, also shops who specializes in its own: Bensei for rice crackers, pickles, or sake etc...
Written March 15, 2020
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simon_and_emma69
Workington, UK64 contributions
We had one night stay in Narita before flying home and this popped up as a worthwhile place to visit. We were a bit tired from travelling and it was late afternoon so almost decided to turn back to the hotel at the end of Omotesando St (the old shopping street) but, on impulse, decided to give the temple a look. We were so glad we did. By the time we got there the sun was low and the soft light illuminated all of the gorgeous buildings with a warm glow. There were very few others there which also helped give relaxing ambience to the complex. We could only spend an hour there as the light was fading but could easily have spent twice that time just on the building - let alone the adjacent park. If you are in Narita then this a must visit place.
Written March 16, 2020
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan2,820 contributions
境内に木々はあるものの自然豊かな成田山公園とは対照的で、木材と石材で構成されている建物が連なり荘厳な雰囲気が醸し出されている。初詣に参拝する寺として有名だが、成田空港に近いからか1年を通して参拝客が多い。昨今、多くの神社仏閣がゆるキャラ等で参拝客を増やそうとしている努力が見られるが、この寺はその必要が無いからか、所謂寺としての厳格な雰囲気が保たれているように思える。
総門から入り本堂、平和大塔に行くために階段を登っていくが、急峻というわけではない。境内自体が広く、また隣接する成田山公園と併せれば、1日滞在しても全く飽きないだろう。
空港に近いことあり、寺周辺には高い建物がほとんど存在しない。そのため境内の各建物の荘厳さが一層際立つ。日本人でも海外からの観光客でも、深みのある日本文化を堪能することが出来るだろう。

It is one of the most famous temples in Japan. It is famous for having a large number of worshipers during the New Year. Moreover, since it is close to Narita Airport, there are many foreign tourists. There are many worshipers and tourists at all times.
For that reason, there is little worldly-minded atmosphere as seen in other shrines and temples. The grounds have a very solemn atmosphere.
The grounds are very large, so if you visit there and Naritasan Park, you'll not get bored even if you stay for a day. Due to the proximity of the airport, there are few tall buildings around it. You'll be able to feel the magnificent history and atmosphere of the temple itself.
Written January 14, 2020
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Charitos Kalitsiadis
Nafplio, Greece645 contributions
Business
Temple is the hottest spot in Narita. All the local people advertise it and you should definitely visit it. The temple is located in a huge park with lakes and waterfalls and consists of other worthwhile places to visit such as a calligraphy museum.
Also the road that leads to the temple from the main station of the city is a beautiful street, full of souvenir shops and local delicacies. It is worth walking it and not going by car.
Written May 12, 2021
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WTNYC80
New York City, NY49 contributions
Family
We are in love to visiting the Shine, Temple, and Pandora at the Narita San Park where truly would be perfect in all season. We are very lucky enough to feel the breeze with some flowers of Pre-Spring season in the month of February which usually would still be in the winter season without any flower to viewing in the area. the local is very the ancient sightseeing with all traditional food and snack in Japanese Styles which are made in the unique ways of the Japanese community to keep the area being charming and memorable for the trips in Japan.
Written February 27, 2020
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BROs IN JAPAN
Japan182 contributions
The Naritasan is a beautiful and big temple complex near Narita Station that's definitely worth seeing, but you'll want to choose the timing of your visit carefully. Since the Naritasan is one of Japan's most popular temples, the complex gets pretty crowded over the New Year days or big Japanese holidays.

When you're able to avoid the crowds the temple grounds are perfect for a peaceful stroll!
Written January 31, 2021
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Guppi8
Guam, Mariana Islands2 contributions
This is my third visit to Shinshouji. This time I took my wife for the first time.
It would be much help and enjoyable if you can hire (for free) a guide to take you around the area. The history and the stories are amazing.
Written June 6, 2022
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ZenDark30
Portland, OR2,347 contributions
Couples
Originally established in the 900 century, these temples, pagodas, ponds, and gardens were a pleasant way to say sayonara to Japan. We strolled up and down stairs and wound our way through the stone pathways taking snapshots along the way.

This temple is known for the Goma Fire Ritual which is the way us mortals renounce our hedonistic ways and achieve nirvana. Apparently this temple is considered one of Japan’s most sacred sites.

The name Shinshoji translates as new and victory which is implied by the history of Buddhists leaders being ousted and resettling in Naritasan.

Travelers Tips:
*Pay homage to the history and throw a few yen in the bucket for prosperity and good health
*Give yourself at least an hour or so to wander around.
*Avoid the souvenir shops
Written February 19, 2020
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Mike Dobson
7 contributions
Friends
Very interesting place with lots to see, many within a short walking distance, although , when trying to fit so much in we walked 14km. Hope to return to see more.wonderful people.
Written March 7, 2020
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