Naritasan Shinshoji Temple (成田山新勝寺) is a Shingon Buddhist temple complex founded in the 10th century. This historic site is located in Narita City, Chiba and about a 20 minute walk from JR Narita Station. Due to the station’s close proximity to Narita Airport, the temple is a perfect spot for travelers to sample the area’s rich culture during long layovers. The renowned temple is a must-see and known as the second most visited temple in Japan, after Meiji Shrine.
The journey to Naritasan is a cultural experience in itself. After exiting JR Narita Station, visitors must walk along Omotesando, which is a pleasant street lined with traditional craft shops and restaurants — some serving freshly grilled eel dishes. Once visitors reach the temple, they are greeted by Niomon Gate, a grand structure whose presence hints at the notable buildings and relics within.
Explore Naritasan’s highlights, though if time permits, guests should explore the entire temple and dedicate some time to prayer for an immersive and spiritual experience.