Foreigners who come from other parts of the world by air usually take their first step onto Japanese soil in Narita City, where the Narita International Airport is located. The city has another important role; besides being a gateway to Japan, it is the temple town of Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple which attracts more than 13 million worshippers a year. Shinsho-ji Temple has always a time-honored place of worship since it was erected in 940.
The Chiba Prefectural Boso-no-Mura is a museum where the residences of merchants, samurais, and farmers, who lived in Boso from the late Edo Period to the Meiji Era, are reproduced with the scenery and environment of those days. At the museum, you can learn the traditional skills and lifestyles of the village by directly experiencing them yourselves, as well as from the displays.
At neighboring Sawara, the town that still preserves the atmosphere of the Edo Period is called "Ko (small) -Edo Sawara." There are a number of stores that keep business from the Edo Period. Walking fans will definitely love this town, as they can find classic streets and shop arcades once they step onto the byways. A number of new shops, utilizing the old buildings, are also there to welcome you.
Sakura City, where the former samurai residences stand in a row, is home to the National Museum of Japanese History, which exhibits Japanese history from primitive and ancient ages to the modern age, as well as the world of folklore. Shibayama Town has the Museum of Aeronautical Sciences, where you can enjoy learning about the transitional changes that have occurred in Japan's aeronautic technology.
Narita Airport has a special hospitality campaign for stopover visitors until the end of the year. See the Narita Airport news release for all of the fantastic free offers.
See the Narita City Tourism page for information on all the sightseeing spots.
Practical Travel Guide Narita & Area Access Map
The Haneda area, located to the south of the center of Tokyo and facing Tokyo Bay, is home to Haneda Airport, which is the closest international airport to Tokyo. Neighboring Kamata & Ota Ward has a blend of industry, commerce and popular downtown areas.
Enjoy getting a taste of small town Japan in this wonderful area just outside of the Tokyo city center. Wander the pleasant streets and meet with the friendly locals while visiting these beautiful sights.
Ikegami Honmonji Temple is a great stop; the area includes many temples and shrines dedicated to the Seven Deities of Good Fortune. The nearby Senzoku Pond is a nice spot to enjoy a sunny afternoon boating around the pond or just viewing the fall colors or cherry blossoms in the spring. It takes roughly 2.5 hours to complete the leisurely walking course and there are plenty of shops and cafes to stop at on the way. Also see the picturesque Pagoda and in the spring enjoy the stunning cherry blossoms.
Or why not go wandering in the beautiful neighborhoods, in autumn enjoy ginko lined streets or visit a family home that was built in 1951 and fully preserved by the family in its original state. Follow the water front down the Tama River and find parks and natural scenery; you'll see everything from a 300 year old black pine tree to an ancient burial tomb.
If you are a fan of literature and art, take a walk in the Magome area which was home to many famous Japanese writers and artists. Visit the free Folk Museum to learn all about the history of the Ota Ward from ancient times to modern, exhibits include materials about the Magome Writer's Village. Explore the former residences of the many famous figures that called the area home during their lifetimes.
Don't miss the relaxation of the many local sento (public baths) located in the Haneda Area. They are like casual hot springs for weary travelers.
Find your favorite sightseeing course on the Ota City recommended Tour page.
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