Narita Temple

Start of the fire ceremony

I didn’t pay attention to some of the itinerary changes to my flights, so I ended up with a 7 hour layover in Narita. When I called American Airlines to change it, the agent couldn’t change the flights due to capacity. She did recommend a tour of the Narita Temple to pass the time. I sent a few emails to Narita Rainbow Tours¬†and arranged the tour. (If you have a 4-5 hour layover, you can still do the tour.)

The Narita temple is one of the most popular Buddhist temples in Japan, and many Japanese continue to visit the temple today.

Main entrance. Rightmost one is for snakes. Recently constructed, built of a rare wood.
Water dragons protect the temple from lightning
Hot Dog plaque was donated by a Tokyo business a century ago
Previous main temple. Was moved 40 years ago as it did not meet fire code (replaced with concrete temple with ventilation)
Shinto shrine within temple complex. Named after landowner who donated the land.