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Narita Things To Do – Attractions & Must See

Narita Things to Do

Located in Chiba Prefecture, the city of Narita is a picturesque part of Japan that has historically been an agricultural center. Visitors to the area will find many attractions to see and things to do.

Naritasan Temple

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple is a Buddhist temple that was built in 940 A.D. Its most sacred treasure is a statue of the Buddhist Fudo Myoo deity, one of the five kings of wisdom. This statue was carved by Kobo Daishi, a learned monk who founded the Shingon, or True Word, Sect of Buddhism.

You enter the temple through a large gateway. As you walk inside, you’ll be surrounded by ponds filled with turtles. You’ll also find stone tablets on either side of the stairs that lead up to the temple buildings. Notable structures on the grounds include the great pagoda of peace, Shotoku Taishi Hall, and a three-storied pagoda.

Gion Matsuri Festival

The Narita Gion Festival is a summer festival held for three days in early July. This festival has been held for over 300 years, and currently takes places between Naritasan Shinshoji temple and the old town.


Omotesando is a picturesque street stretching from Narita’s railway station to the Naritsan Temple. This street is lined with wooden buildings that house shops and restaurants. Pilgrims used this road for centuries to reach the temple, and today it sees thousands of tourists who come to enjoy the city.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Narita.

By Ashley Rossi

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