Daito, Narita-san Shinshō-ji Temple, Narita, Japan
Narita, is home to the Tokyo International airport. Since we had a flight that evening, we had moved from the Yokohama hotel to the Hilton airport hotel and gotten back to our Americanized comforts. Since our flight was not till 6 pm we had most of the morning and afternoon to explore and after some consideration of heading back to Tokyo, we decided to instead explore the Narita area. We are glad we did. Narita is also home to Narita-san Shinshō-ji, a Shingon Buddhist temple located in central Narita, Chiba, Japan. It was founded in 940 by Kanchō Daisōjō, a disciple of Kōbō Daishi. It is a lead temple in the Chisan branch of New Shingon, includes a large complex of buildings and grounds, and is one of the best-known temples in the Kantō region. It is dedicated to Fudō myōō (“Unmovable Wisdom King”, known as Ācala in Sanskrit), who is usually depicted holding a sword and rope and surrounded by flames. Often called a fire god, he is associated with fire rituals. For those flying through Narita it is defintely worth it to reserve a few hours to see Naritasan. Adjacent to the temple is the Naritasan park, and is perfect for some peaceful strolling after long flights into Japan.