Narita san

This temple is really close to Narita airport, so I had an early morning flight, which meant staying overnight at Narita and I decided to take a look at this famous temple.

Narita-san, Shinshō-ji is a Shingon Buddhist temple located in central Narita, Chiba, Japan. 
It is a lead temple in the Chisan branch of New Shingon and includes a large complex of buildings and grounds, and is one of the best-known temples in the Kantō region.

The temple was established in 940 to commemorate the victory of the forces dispatched from the Heian capital to suppress a revolt by the powerful Kantō region samurai, Taira no Masakado.
For over 600 years, Narita-san remained a remote, humble, provincial temple—until Tokugawa Ieyasu moved his capital to Edo in 1603 after which its importance grew. 

Several of the structures at Narita-san temple have been designated National Important Cultural Properties.  Large crowds attend the major annual events at Narita-san: Oshogatsu in January, Setsubun in February, the taiko drum festival in April, firelight performances of Noh plays in May, the Gion Festival in July, Obon in August; Shichigosan in November; and the annual burning of amulets in late December.

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