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Naritasan Shinshoji Temple
A Historic Temple with the Most New Year (Hatsumode) Visitors in Japan.
This historic temple, which was established in 940 by High Priest Kanchō, is rooted in prayers for the pacification of the Taira no Masakado revolt.
This Fudomyo statue was carved by Kukai, the founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, who prayed as he created it.
When visitors step inside the Great Main Hall, they can pray to Fudomyo, too.
The Ichikawa family, a long line of kabuki performers, created a play in which Fudomyo makes an appearance. This play gathered the faithful of Naritasan among commoners during the early Edo Period.
Today, it has become a popular temple attracting over 3 million visitors during the first three days of the New Year.
Important cultural structures such as the giant Great Main Hall and the vividly colored Three-Story Pagoda are found here.
Over 150 shops span the approximately 800-meter-long Omotesando Shopping Street leading from the station to the temple.
The expansive park covering the temple grounds extends over 165,000 square meters.
It is convenient to access by a 10-minute train ride from Narita International Airport.
By appointment only, visitors can experience Shakyo (hand-copying a sutra), Zazen (seated Zen meditation) and Danjiki-Shugyo (ascetic fasting).
Frequently Asked Questions have been vetted and answered directly by each listing.
Do you have pamphlets in other languages? (If so, please also inform us of the supported languages)
English pamphlets available.
Do you have temple’s red ink stamps?
We have six types of Goshuin.
Is parking available?
There are private parking lots in various locations.
Are coin lockers available?
- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 1 Narita, Narita City, Chiba
- No holidays
- 8:00am - 4:00pm
(1) About 10 minutes on foot from Narita Station on the JR Narita Line
(2) About 10 minutes on foot from Keisei-Narita Station on the Keisei Main Line
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)