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Naritasan Shinshoji Temple
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Ranked #1 of 92 things to do in Narita
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

I was staying at the Garden Hotel. Hotel provides free transport to the Railway station airport and the mall.I took the bus to the railway station and walked to Naritasan.
The garden is a good place to walk around and spend some time.If you have time to kill at Narita airport area a good place to visit.

Visited January 2014
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Take a trip to the Narita temple (Shingon Buddhist temple located in central Narita). It is awesome. My Japanese wife downplayed it (it is too new) when I raved about it but when we went there together, she was awestruck.

Visited December 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Easily accessible during a layover at Narita airport”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

While stuck in Narita Airport for a 5 hour layover, Narita town and the Shinshoji Temple proved to be an excellent diversion. The temple is easily accessible via a very scenic stroll through the town. From the airport to Narita town is merely ~10 minutes or so once you locate the correct train.

The temple complex was large and pretty with plenty to look at and photograph. On the way back to the airport, I managed to snag a quick meal at one of the eel restaurants on the scenic path. The unagi could not have been fresher as there were gentlemen out front butchering fresh eels.

Visited March 2013
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“Definitely Worth a Stop”
Reviewed December 25, 2013

If you have a long layover at Narita Aiirport or are staying overnight in the town of Narita, this massive temple complex is well worth a stop. The entry gate is spectacular. Two small pools behind it add a nice water feature before ascending extremely steep steps to the main temple and other buildings, including a 3-story pagoda, which sprawl across a large level area on a hill. A free English guide, which is quite good, is available from an information counter here.

I found Shakado Hall (Buddha Hall) to be especially interesting because of the large Buddha inside and hundreds of exquisite reliefs carved into the exterior walls. If you have time, follow more steep stairs behind the complex to reach lovely Naritasan Park.

There is no admission to the temple or to the park. It takes 10 minutes by train to reach Narita from the airport. The Keisei line runs three times per hour and costs 250 Y one way. It takes 10 to 15 minutes to walk from the station to the temple.

Visited December 2013
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“beautiful and peaceful”
Reviewed December 20, 2013

If you've got a long layover at the airport, take the train or taxi over to Narita and check out the temple and gardens. There's no admission fee, and t's huge -- you could easily spend a few hours walking around and enjoying everything. There are some signs in English at the temple, but most of them weren't that informative. There is a place nearby to get an English guide, so you may want to look into that if you want additional context on the temple buildings. There are gardens inside the temple area with lakes that contain ducks and giant fish. This area was the most peaceful, a perfect retreat from the craziness of air travel. I wish we had longer to explore and enjoy!

Visited December 2013
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