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Near Narita Airport, there is the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, and many other tourist spots as well as historical and cultural sites.
Naritasan Shinshoji Temple

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple is the main temple of the Shingon Sect of Chizan-ha Buddhism. Founded by Archbishop Kancho in the third year of Tenkei (940), the temple is dedicated to Fudo Myouou, the god of fire; the image of which was carved and consecrated by Saint Kobo Daishi. Since its foundation, Shinshoji has attracted many followers of the Fudo faith, and is visited by about ten million people a year.
http://www.naritasan.or.jp/

Getting There

Get off at JR or Keisei Narita Station, and 15 minutes on foot.

Narita Drum Festival
Saturday and Sunday early in April (Front approach – Naritasan Shinshoji Temple)

This a newly planned festival, regarding the front approach that leads to Shinshoji Temple as a theatrical space. Japanese drum groups that represent respective prefectures in Kanto do performance, and stores along the front approach entertain visitors in a unique manner.

Contact : Narita Tourist Pavilion TEL.0476-24-3232

Narita Gion Festival
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday early in July (Naritasan Shinshoji, Approach)

Together with “Gion-e” that is an event of Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, Narita Gion Festival is one of the greatest festivals held in Narita for three days in early July every year. During the period, people carry a portable shrine, as well as about ten decorated festival cars and stages that belong to respective blocks of the city. More than 300,000 viewers gather every year.

Contact : Narita Tourism Association TEL.0476-22-2102

Naritasan Park
Naritasan Calligraphy Museum

Naritasan Park is a large garden with a gross area of 165,000 m2, located behind the main building of the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. Especially noteworthy are the flowering trees and shrubs around Monju pond and Ryuju pond, displaying exquisite colors through all seasons. Inside the park is also a calligraphy museum (fee charged), where many modern calligraphy masterworks are exhibited.

Getting There

Get off at JR or Keisei Narita Station, and 20 minutes on foot.

Ume Festival [Washout]
Sundays and holidays from the middle of February to the middle of March (Naritasan Park)

Naritasan Park famous for ume blossoms has 460 white and red ume trees. An outdoor tea ceremony is held in the ume garden above Monjyu Pond (Ichino-Ike) by Omote Senke Narita Tea Ceremony Group on Sundays and holidays. Amazake is offered free of charge and contributors’ haiku are read in the Western-style garden under Heiwa tower.

Contact : Narita Tourism Association TEL.0476-22-2102

Autumn Leaves Festival
Every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday in the second half of November (Naritasan Park)

Naritasan Park is an attractive park with four distinctive seasons. The park is charming especially in the season when leaves of trees color. On Saturdays and Sundays during the period, an orthodix tea ceremony (free of charge) is held by Omote Senke Narita Tea Ceremony Group , and Japanese harps, bamboo flutes, and Chinese fiddles are played at Ukimido on Ryuchi Pond (Sanno-Ike) in the park. A photographic contest is also held.

Contact : Narita Tourism Association TEL.0476-22-2102

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Sogo Reido Sanctuary [Toshoji Temple]

This sanctuary was built in the memory of those killed in battle, when General Sakanoueno Tamuramaro suppressed a civil war in the Tohoku area during the era of Emperor Kammu (781-806 A.D.). About 350 years ago, Sogo (Sogoro Kiuchi) boldly made a plea to the Shogun to save farmers who were suffering from famine and oppressive taxation. Because direct appeals to the Shogun were prohibited at that time, Sogo and his children were crucified as punishment. The story of Sogo has become known nationwide - also as a play called “Self-Sacrificing Man Sakura Sogo.” Toshoji is Sogo’s family temple.
http://www17.ocn.ne.jp/~sougorei/

Getting There

Get off at Keisei Sogosando Station, and 10 minutes on foot.

Otaiyasai
The 1st Saturday and Sunday in September (Sogo Reido)

On September 3, the death day of Sakura Sogo (Real name: Kiuchi Sogoro), a festival car is carried and the demonstration of archery and entertainment are offered. (Participation: Free of charge)

Contact : Sogo Reido TEL.0476-27-3131

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Narita Tourist Pavilion [Narita Kanko-kan]

Employing new media, this tourist information pavilion introduces Narita’s sightseeing spots along the front approach to the Naritasan Shinjoji Temple. At the entrance of the pavilion, there is a small park where visitors can rest and relax in-between sightseeing. Inside the hall, the tourist information section on the first floor introduces tourist spots in the city in a simple manner, using new media. From the first and second floors, splendid floats that are paraded in the Gion Festival can be observed, allowing people to envision the magnificent Gion Festival. The exhibition room on the third floor displays various exhibits. On every Thursday, tea ceremony is conducted through which Japanese traditional culture can be experienced free of charge.

Getting There

Get off at JR or Keisei Narita Station, and 10 minutes on foot.

Sanrizuka Imperial Pastures Museum
[Sanrizuka Goryo Bokujo Kinenkan]

It was constructed in Sanrizuka Memorial Park as a commemoration of an Imperial Pastures for over 100 years. Data of Imperial House as well as Imperial Pastures are exhibited there.

Getting There

15 minutes by bus from JR or Keisei Narita Station.

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