Naritasan Shinshoji Temple / A temple dedicated to the fire god near Omotesando
Naritasan Shinshoji Temple is in Narita, near Narita Airport and at the end of the Omotesando
Symbolic to solve perpelxing issuesNaritasan Shinshoji Temple is dedicated to Fudomyoo, the god of fire. The temple has an altar and a fireplace where wood is kept. The fire symbolizes wisdom and the wood is the perpexling situations. In this belief, the "fire of wisdom burns out the wood of illusions. This is know as "goma" and is the center of the Shingon Buddhist sect's training. When this temple was built in 940, it was done so around the most sacred object to the Buddhist's, a statue of Fudomyoo.
Many buildings to exploreOn the grounds there are many buildings to explore and view. There are two halls, the new one and the former one, both equally interesting. A pagoda built in the style of Tahoto stands as the Great Pagoda of Peace in the temple grounds. There is also a three story pagoda. In addition to the buildings, there is also a park to enjoy during the visit to the temple.
Getting there is half the funApproaching the park is part of the fun of visiting. Along the path to get to the park, there are many stores. This strip of shops is know as Omotesando. Over one kilometer long, this street is very lively and full of restaurants and shops. Selling everything from traditional crafts and foods, to more touristy souvenirs these shops are not something to be passed up. In this area, the businesses make their living on the tourists and pilgrims that pass along the way.
Access/ How to go to Naritasan ShinshojiFrom JR Narita or Keisei Narita Station, it is about a 15-20 minute walk to the park. It is easy to find the way, simply follow the line of colorful shops and restaurants. ■Hours: Always Open■Access: 1 Narita, Narita-shi, Chiba■Tell: 047-622-2111■URL: http://www.naritasan.or.jp/index.html