Naritasan Shinshoji Temple
A Historic Temple with the Most New Year (Hatsumode) Visitors in Japan
In 940 AD, this historic temple was built to worship Fudomyo, or "The Immovable One", a powerful Buddhist deity. It was built to pray for the end of the Taira no Masakado War that had started the year before, in 939.
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.
It is now a popular temple attracting over 3,000,000 worshippers every year at Hatsumode, the first visit 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).
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- Official Name
- Naritasan Kongo-oin Shinshoji Temple
- Postal Code
- 1 Narita, Narita City, Chiba
- No holidays
- Open all day
(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)