Jul/5 - 7, 2019 Narita Gion Festival

Sightseeing information about Jul/5 - 7, 2019 Narita Gion Festival in Japan.

Jul/5 - 7, 2019 Narita Gion Festival4.0

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 from 7/5 '19 to 7/7 '19

Naritasan Temple is a large and highly popular Buddhist temple complex in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture. It is very near the Narita International Airport, the convenient location allows visitors in transit to visit the temple.
Naritasan Temple has a history of over 1000 years, and its main sacred object is a statue of the Buddhist "Fudo Myo-O" deity made by Kukai (Kobo-Daishi).
The Gion Festival is originally the shrine festival of Shinto religion, so it is highly rare that Gion Festival is held at the temple of Buddism.

The Okunoin cemetary which enshrines Dainichi Nyorai is opened to public only during the festival, and the incantation of AMAKUNI sword is performed in Komyodo Hall.

During the festival, 10 decorated ritual floats parade around Naritasan for 3 days, it's so energetic and powerful!
And the main features of the festival are the "So-odori" dance performance and the "So-hiki" parade of festival cars and portable shrines on the final day, you shouldn't miss that.

Also, there are a lot of food stalls on the street, enjoy the eat-and-walk!

July 5 (Fri)
the cutting ceremony of rice-cakes, the parade of decorated floats, So-odori dance performance
Time: 13:30 -
Venue: in front of the Naritasan Great Main Hall

July 5 (Sat)
the parade of decorated floats, So-odori dance performance
Time: 9:00 -
Venue: Narita Station Square

July 7 (Sun)
Time: 13:00 -
Venue: Yakushido Hall

The Return Ceremony of Portable Shrines
Time: 16:30 -
Venue: in front of the Naritasan Great Main Hall

Access: a 10-min walk from Narita Station

*Please check the official website for the latest information

PurposeFestivals,easily accessible,parade,night view,nature,kids,knows a lot about Japan,Japanese resort,shrine/temple,sightseeing,major,let's hang out!,an eating tour
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5.0a week ago

It fantastic place to met some history of Japan and it is for free which is a great bonus! Some structures are form X century so it is really very impressive. If you happen to be around it is simple must see! Great experience .

5.03 weeks ago

So i had planned to visit this place before coming to Japan. Yesterday i finally went and i was not disappointed. Its free admission and the place is huge! There is a park connected to the shrine and this was very worthwhile. The park has a waterfall and 3 ponds. The size of the structures are incredible and you can get hand drawn stamps in the temple. Enjoy.

5.02 weeks ago

Visited during a long layover in Japan. Definitely worth the trouble of leaving the airport! The temple is beautiful and the grounds and trails are such a treat to walk. Wasn't too overcrowded when I was there mid-week, and there was a neat ceremony going on mid-day. Highly recommend!

5.02 weeks ago

This is a beautiful place to visit and they like foreigners to participate in the ceremony chats they have. They have English pamphlets to help you understand more. As the guide who told me that a famous Kabuki theater family is a big contributor to this Temple. Totally worth a visit.

5.02 months ago

If you're anywhere near here, go to this temple. It's one of the largest in Japan. Don't miss the large traditional garden. The street between the station and the temple maintains a traditional look with many interesting restaurants and stores.