Narita is the home of Tokyo’s largest international airport, which is why it receives so many visitors each year. On your way into Japan, stop to explore what this small city has to offer. Though Tokyo is only 70kms away, Narita is still very different. The relaxing, laid-back charm of the city is delightful, with old wooden shops quaintly placed along winding streets and alleys. However, come night time, the city does turn into quite a festive place.
There are several noteworthy sites sprinkled throughout Narita. They provide the perfect getaway from the Narita Airport, even if tourists are visiting for just a few hours.
Naritasana Shinsho-ji Temple is the premier tourist attraction in this city. Believed to have been built in 800AD, this ancient site is home to some of the most beautiful Japanese-style pagodas in the country. It rests within a lovely park which is always bustling with locals and visitors.
For tourists who love the winter thrills of snowboarding, going to Kamui Ryugasaki Snowboard Park is a must. This fascinating parkland is a perfect spot for the whole family. Whether visitors are snowboarding experts or are first-timers, Kamui Ryugasaki Snowboard Park can accommodate and entertain all of them.
Restaurants and Bars
Narita has a large number of restaurants which range from Japanese noodle stores to Western cuisine establishments. However, one of the most popular dishes found in the city is unagi, which is broiled eel. It is mostly served on the street so is available anywhere. Takoyaki, fried octopus balls, is another local favourite. Downtown Narita has several pubs and bars too. They are popular hangouts for airline crew members, so are busy most nights of the week.
There isn’t much in the way of shopping here; however, Narita still features a large AEON department store which is situated a little bit out of town. It is certainly much cheaper than shopping at the airport. When it comes to cheap goods, the entrance to Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple is lined with vendors selling a range of products you can choose from.