To calm the warring world
The lives of the people were filled with anxiety and confusion due to the Taira-no-Masakado Rebellion of 939. A monk, under the orders of Emperor Suzaku, prayed with a statue of Fudo Myoo, which had been opened by Kukai, and it is said that Taira no Masakado was defeated and peace came to the people. That year is said to be the founding of Narita-san, and the area has a rich history of watching over people’s lives to this day.
Naritasan, which has attracted immense progress
It is famous that historical figures such as Minamoto no Yoritomo and Ninomiya Sontoku were devout worshippers of Narita-san. Naritasan is also famous for the devotion of the Kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro I, who took refuge in the doctrine of nari-tachifudo and named his house “Naritaya” (meaning “Naritaya” in Kabuki). The belief gradually spread among the common people, partly because Kabuki actors, who are immensely popular among the common people, performed plays about Fudo Myoo.
Collaboration in the Pacific War
In fact, Naritasan spared no effort in cooperating with the former Imperial Army and Navy, dedicating a fighter plane named after Naritasan Shinshoji Temple to each of them in 1938, and making a large donation the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. This was largely due to the fact that the temple became a spiritual refuge for people during the war, and it is said that many people wore Naritasan’s omu-fuda as a bullet repellent or a substitute for the omu-fuda.
Attractions of Naritasan Shinshoji Temple
Vast precincts and beautiful park
Naritasan Shinshoji Temple boasts one of the most extensive temple precincts in Japan. The temple also has a library, art museum and other facilities, and it is said that even if you tried to see all of them in one day, you would not be able to visit all of them. The temple also has a large and beautiful park, so even if you visit with your family, you can still enjoy yourself.
Naritasan Shinmangu Shrine
Naritasan Shinshoji Temple Highlights
Naritasan Shinshoji Temple is also famous for providing opportunities for hands-on training in order to pass on the teachings of Buddhism to the younger generation.
Naritasan Shinshoji Temple is famous for providing opportunities for hands-on training in order to pass on the teachings of Buddhism to the younger generation. However, many people who have actually participated in these experiential ascetic practices have found that they have learned a great deal, such as feeling refreshed and clear, and feeling grateful for the food they normally use and eat without thinking about it.
Let’s go to Naritasan Shinshoji Temple!
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Access
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple is visited by many tourists from overseas, which is related to the very good accessibility from Narita Airport. The temple is only a 10-minute walk from JR Narita Station and Keisei Narita Station, making it a very convenient place to visit by car.
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There are many visitors from Tokyo
If you take the Keisei Line, you can arrive at the temple without much fatigue, taking the limited express train from Ueno Station, which takes about one hour. Because of its easy access to Tokyo Station and other places, overseas tourists often include it in their first or last day of sightseeing in Tokyo. It is a power spot full of attractions and convenient for both Japanese and foreigners, so it can be said that it is a place you should visit at least once.