If you arrive or leave Japan at Narita Airport, don’t miss the chance to visit Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple. It is just 20 minutes from the airport by car. It is famous among Japanese and people often go there on the first day of New Year. Shinsho-ji Temple has a long history, it is said over 1000 years, the temple itself and the houses around have very unique structure and atmosphere, you will never find the same thing at any other places.
Here we are showing you around the Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple and a nearby Sawara Town, where Edo-period-style wooden houses still remain.
On the way to the temple, there is a very interesting shopping street called Omotesando, but it is not the modern Omotesando near Harajuku in Tokyo! Old-designed shops are along the street with local food and souvenirs.
They sell things such as: rice cake, pickles, grilled eel rice and also many cafés to satisfy your stomach.
I had duck noodle (kamo udon) here. The soup is naturely sweet, the duck meat and noodle smells good. Nothing left at the bowl just in 3 minutes :D. It was so delicous! I am sure I will come back here to eat!
I like mochi (stick rice) so I ordered mochi matcha icecream ball. Mixed with some black sugar syrup to flavor it then enjoy!
Here we are at the main gate of the Temple!
It is a quite huge temple with steep steps so keep an eyes on your foot.
I found a small pond here with a stone in the center looks like a turtle. And there are some turtles living there also. People throw coins there for luck!
If you are interested in Japanese gardens, I am sure that you won’t regret visiting here. The surrounding gardens and forests are very beautiful and peaceful with many kinds of plant. You can enjoy cherry blossoms in spring or red leaves in autumn with colorful carp in the ponds.
Sawara is an old town near Narita Airport. It is known as rice growing region and a connection to transport rice to Edo City (old name of Tokyo). Thanks to the development of business, merchants became wealthy and they built solid wooden houses along the river, which still remain now.
It is obvious that wooden houses are difficult to preserve but these houses seem to be very stable to the wind. It must have been built by good quality material and well maintained by the locals. I think it is the reason why Japan is famous for its remaining cultural property as the way it was.
Even offices, kindergartens and the clock around here are built in … wood 😀 There are some hidden restaurants here but you won’t recognize it if you don’t look carefully because it looks like a house in the same structure!
There are some wooden deck floating on the water (connected with the river bank by stone steps). You can step down, have a sit there and enjoy the breeze.
In March, when the trees and flowers go back to their splendid beauty, the locals hold a festival on boats on the river with traditional costumes. There is a botanical garden with many kinds of flower nearby. Sawara Old Town has its own very charming beauty!
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