Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, Chiba
Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple is one of the three greatest Grand head temple of the Shingon sect Chisan-ha group of Kanto along with Kawasaki Daishi Temple and Takaosan Yakuo-in Temple.
It is known for Gomakito (ritual of consecrated fire dedicated to Myoken Bosatsu) or Traffic safety prayer, 3 million first-visit-in-the-year worshippers are the 2nd in the country and the temple of the number more than 10 million people of annual worshippers which rank second to Meiji-jingu. It is the tourist resort which has gained the Michelin two star, and is the spot where is popular among foreigners now. And the Monzen-cho (a town developed near the gate of a temple) full of the Japanese taste is proud of Kanto first-rate scale.
Kancho Dai-sojo (the head priest of a Buddhist sect) found the Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple for suppression of “Masakado Taira’s Revolt” which broke out in 939 of the Heian period. It is one of the head temples of the Cisan Branch of Shingon Sect, and the principal image is Fudo Myoo which having been held the consecration ceremony by Kobo Daishi.
To the nearest JR “Narita Station” or the Keisei Line “Keisei-Narita Station” is around ten minutes by a train from Narita Airport. When it goes down the station, it is the “Omotesando” (front approach) to come into view quickly. There is “Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple” about 800 meters ahead from the omotesando. In the area which follows the temple from the station, 150 or more restaurants, souvenir stores, etc. have stood side by side.
In Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, it is praying for global peace or Shogan-joju (realizing wishes) with practice of “Ogoma” since its establishment. It means the word “Goma” (an act of praying with a sacred fire burning) that “invests and prays for an offering into fire” by the religious rite of ancient India. This Ogoma is performed in this temple every day, without ceasing from founding more than 1,000 years.
About 60 stores which offer an eel are located in a line with the omotesando. It seems that it is related by the Tonegawa river or the lake Inba in Chiba, that an eel can be taken. There is also an anecdote of having treated to the eel with high nutritive value in order to relieve the tiredness of people visited to the Narita from afar once upon a time.
|Name:||Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple|
|Address:||Narita 1 Narita, Chiba 286-0023 Japan|
|Access:||JR Narita-sen Line “Narita-eki Station” (15 minutes walk)|