Naritasan Shinshoji Temple [成田山新勝寺]

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Naritasan Shinshoji Temple is the main temple of the Shingon Esoteric Buddhism where many people come to worship the Fudomyoo, one of the deities of this religion.
Ever since it opened in 940, the Fudomyoo carved and consecrated by Kobodaishi is enshrined at this temple.

On the vast temple grounds are many new and old buildings. The five architecture from the period between mid-Edo to late Edo periods (Niomon Gate, Three-storied Pagoda, Shakado Hall, Gakudo Hall, and Komyodo Hall) are designated as important cultural assets. Additionally, a new Somon (main gate) was constructed in 2007.
Large carps swim gracefully in the grand garden’s pond while you will find the Shodo museum, historic museum, and Buddhist library here as well. Various flowers such as cherry blossoms, Fuji (type of wisteria), and hydrangeas bloom every season and you can also enjoy a nice stroll in the woods where crimson foliage can be viewed in autumn.
Additionally, along the 800-meter path that leads to the temple, there are many inns, restaurants, and souvenir stores standing next to each other which are one of the features you can look forward to when visiting this temple.
On New Year's Day every year, the temple is visited by a great number of worshippers. It indeed turns into the second busiest place after Meiji Jingu (Tokyo) during this time of year.

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Name Naritasan Shinshoji Temple
Japanese Pronunciation Naritasan shinshoji
Address 1 Narita, Narita-shi, Chiba-ken
Phone Number 0476-22-2111
Access 10 minutes on foot from Narita Station on the JR Line and Keisei Narita Station on the Keisei Line.
Price Free
URL http://www.naritasan.or.jp/english/

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Update:01/21 2009

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