16 Feb

The city of Narita in Chiba Prefecture, Japan is usually associated with the international airport that is there.

People not so familiar with Japan may think that Japan’s “Narita International Airport is in Tokyo…but Narita is a part of Chiba, which is near Tokyo.

(There is an international airport in Tokyo…it’s “Haneda International Airport“.)

The airport isn’t the only reason to go to Narita City though.
成田山新勝寺 (Narita-san-Shinsho-ji) is a beautiful famous temple that has many wonderful festivals and events.
The area near the temple has many traditional Japanese shops and restaurants.

Narita is known for ウナギ (freshwater eel). There are a number of restaurants there that serve it…it’s delicious! If you visit Narita, you should try it!

Anyways, it had been awhile since we’ve visited Narita…so we went there yesterday. Here are some photos I took:

Japanese children’s cartoon character “Baikin-man”.

It says that Narita is “a traditional Japanese hospitality town”.

These are “Daruma”…a traditional Japanese ornament most commonly seen at New Year’s time.


A 「たこやき」 (Grilled octopus dumplings) stand.


The entrance to 「成田山新勝寺」 (“Narita-san-Shinsho-ji”) temple.


A lion guard at the entrance to 「成田山新勝寺」 (“Narita-san-Shinsho-ji”) .


A 「招き猫」 (Maneki-Neko lucky cat).


The 7-Eleven store there has a brown sign to keep with the style of the area.

6 Responses to “Narita”

  1. Musings at 3:36 am #

    We always come in through Narita and take the long bus ride to the New Sanno in Tokyo. I think Art is already thinking about where we should go next year.


    • tokyo5 at 8:36 am #

      >We always come in through Narita

      Have you ever looked around the Narita area?

      >the New Sanno in Tokyo.

      The U.S. military hotel near Roppongi?

      >where we should go next year.

      “Where” in Japan? Or another country?


  2. icthelion at 8:15 am #

    I went to Narita-San for New Years this year. It’s been on my to-do list for years, but I never got around to it. I was really surprised how big it was.


    • tokyo5 at 10:37 am #

      It’s popular at New Years time…very crowded.
      Yes, the main temple in Narita, Chiba is big. Did you know there is a smaller “sub” Narita-San temple in Tokyo too?


      • icthelion at 1:03 pm #

        I had no idea there was a sub-temple. A lot of people in the area I used to live would go to Narita to visit fortune tellers to get a consult on children’s names… If they were lucky or not. That was my original image of the place.


      • tokyo5 at 3:37 pm #

        >I had no idea there was a sub-temple.

        Many big temples and shrines have them. So people who don’t near the main one can still visit.

        Narita-san’s is in Monzen-Nakacho, Tokyo.

        >That was my original image of the place.

        I associate that area with うなぎ (freshwater eel). And watermelon.


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