Recommended Narita sightseeing itinerary

Come look at the samurai homes and old-time private residences with their Edo period atmosphere

The Narita area in inland Chiba retains much of its older townscape. Take a tour of the samurai and private homes that retain their Edo Period feel, and maybe take a boat ride to enjoy the town from the water.

Itinerary Map

Itinerary MapItinerary Map

Trip Details

Day 1 – Time needed: approximately 6 hours, including approximately 3 hours, 15 minutes for sightseeing and meals

Sakura Station

Bicycle

Bicycle – approximately 10 minutes

ColumnActivities

Rental Bicycles

Rent a bicycle from the JR Sakura Station Tourist Information Center (downstairs from the north exit) for a leisurely ride.

Hours of operation

  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed

  • During the end and start of the year

Fee

  • 500 yen per rental per day

Address

  • 235 Mutsuzaki, Sakura, Chiba Prefecture (downstairs from the north exit of JR Sakura Station)

Related websites

Official website of the City of Sakura (in Japanese)

Rental Bicycles
Rental Bicycles

The Hotta House

Bicycle

Bicycle – approximately 10 minutes

Sightseeing

1The Hotta House

The Hotta House was constructed by Masamoto Hotta, the last feudal lord of Sakura, when he moved from Tokyo after the Meiji restoration of the Japanese emperor. Made in traditional Japanese style, this valuable house is designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. On the grounds, Sakura Garden is always open for people to look at and stroll through.

Hours of operation

  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last entrance at 4:00 p.m.)

Closed

  • Mondays (the following day in case of a holiday) and December 28 to January 4

Entrance fee

  • Adults – 320 yen

Address

  • 274 Kaburagimachi, Sakura, Chiba Prefecture

Time needed: approximately 60 minutes

Hotta House interior
Hotta House interior

Boshu-ya
(main location)

Bicycle

Bicycle – approximately 10 minutes

Dining

2Boshu-ya (main location)

In its third generation of ownership, Boshu-ya is well-established, having maintained its excellent standards for more than 50 years. Although sightseers come in, its mainstay business is regulars. In addition to its soba served up straight on a wickerwork tray, the restaurant has special menu items available that use fresh seasonal ingredients.

Hours of operation

  • Tuesday to Friday – 11:00 am. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Weekends and holidays – 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    (Please note that products may sell out during business hours.)

Closed

  • Mondays

Address

  • 233 Shin-machi, Sakura, Chiba Prefecture

Time needed: approximately 60 minutes

Sakura Station

Trunk Lines

Train – approximately 45 minutes (JR Narita Line)

Sawara Station

On foot

approximately 15 minutes on foot

Ko-Edo Sawara
River Boat Tour

On foot

approximately 20 minutes on foot

Activities

3Ko-Edo Sawara River Boat Tour

Enjoy a relaxing water excursion in which you leisurely gaze up from the boat to the townscape. The storehouse-style (dozo-zukuri) merchant houses and townhouses (minka) incorporate many thin slats of wood in the traditional style, evoking the Edo period. One of the offerings is a machinami course that focuses on the town atmosphere.

Hours of operation

  • December to February – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • March, October, November – 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • April – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • May to September – 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closed

  • Not set

Fee

  • Machinami course, adult – 1,300 yen

Address

  • 1730-3 Sawarai, Katori, Chiba Prefecture

Related websites

Burekimera (in Japanese only)

Time needed: approximately 30 minutes

Ko-Edo Sawara River Boat Tour
Ko-Edo Sawara River Boat Tour

Suigo-Sawara
Museum of
Festival Floats

On foot

approximately 15 minutes on foot

Sightseeing

4 Suigo-Sawara Museum of Festival Floats

The Float Event of Sawara is counted among the three great float festivals of the Kanto Region. The assembly hall has exhibits of floats, giant figures, sculptures, musical instruments and other objects used in the festival, as well as a theater that shows videos of the events. Visitors can enjoy the festival culture that has been passed down from generation to generation for three centuries.

Hours of operation

  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (until 8:30 p.m. during the Float Event of Sawara period in July)

Closed

  • Mondays (open on holidays), New Year's holidays (open during the Ayame Festival)

Fee

  • Adults – 400 yen

Address

  • 3368 Sawarai, Katori, Chiba Prefecture (on the Yasaka Shrine grounds)

Related websites

Suigo-Sawara Museum of Festival Floats (in Japanese only)

Time needed: approximately 45 minutes

Suigo-Sawara Museum of Festival Floats interior
Suigo-Sawara Museum of Festival Floats interior

Sawara Station

Trunk Lines

Train – approximately 30 minutes (JR Narita Line)

Narita Station

On foot

approximately 10 minutes on foot

Naritasan Monzen
Ryokan Wakamatsu Honten

Lodging

5Naritasan Monzen Ryokan Wakamatsu Honten

A well-established traditional inn located right in front of Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. The guest rooms are entirely in Japanese style, and most rooms have a view of the temple. Unagi (freshwater eel), a local specialty, is one of the features of the cuisine, and other dishes are available that use fresh seasonal ingredients. There is also a large bathing facility open 24 hours a day.

Address

  • 355 Hon-cho, Narita, Chiba Prefecture

Related websites

Naritasan Monzen Ryokan Wakamatsu Honten (in Japanese)

A Japanese-style room in the Wakamatsu Honten
A Japanese-style room in the Wakamatsu Honten

An example of Wakamatsu Honten cuisine
An example of Wakamatsu Honten cuisine

Lodging

6Narita View Hotel

In the vicinity of Narita International Airport, Narita View Hotel is a luxury hotel. Inside the modern structure, you will find a large garden and a promenade designed to bring you peace of mind. The dedicated shuttle bus travels to the airport free of charge, and the restaurants in the hotel provide genuine French, Chinese and Japanese cuisines.

Getting there

  • 30 minutes by shuttle bus from JR Narita Station

Related websites

Narita View Hotel

Narita View Hotel
Narita View Hotel

Day 2 – Time needed: approximately 7 hours, including approximately 6 hours for sightseeing and meals

Naritasan Monzen
Ryokan Wakamatsu Honten

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple

On foot

A few steps away

Sightseeing

7Naritasan Shinshoji Temple

Founded in 940, Naritasan Shinshoji Temple has held the faith of people for more than a thousand years. Including some three million people visiting at New Year’s, the temple sees more than 10 million visitors a year.
Experience a bit of the monk's life yourself, copying a Buddhist sutra ("shakyo") or taking a religious session in Mikkyo Zazen in which you learn to meditate and clear your mind of worldly thoughts.

Hours of operation

  • Sutra copying – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (last entry at 3:00 p.m.)
  • Mikkyo Zazen – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Open 365 days a year

Fee

  • Heart Sutra copying – 2,000 yen, Gohogo Sutra copying: 1,000 yen, others available

Address

  • 1 Narita, Narita, Chiba Prefecture

Related websites

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple

Official website of the Narita City Tourism

Time needed: approximately 120 minutes

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple
Naritasan Shinshoji Temple

Naritasan Park

On foot

approximately 10 minutes on foot

Sightseeing

8Naritasan Park

Naritasan Park is extensive, 165,000 square meters in area, located in the hilly terrain behind the Great Main Hall of Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. A path leads from the park entrance into the forest, perfect for shinrin-yoku, or forest therapy. Some 250 old trees inhabit the grounds, such as ume (Japanese plum) with its red and white flowers, cherry blossom, wisteria, sawtooth oak and oak proper, allowing you to enjoy flowers in each season.

Open 365 days a year

Address

  • 1 Narita, Narita, Chiba Prefecture (Naritasan Shinshoji Temple)

Related websites

Official website of the Narita City Tourism

Time needed: approximately 30 minutes

A section of Naritasan Park
A section of Naritasan Park

Kawatoyo Honten

On foot

approximately 15 minutes on foot

Dining

9Kawatoyo Honten

Since opening in 1925, Kawatoyo has won a great following as a restaurant dedicated to genuine unagi (freshwater eel) cuisine. The unagi is broiled with a secret sauce passed down through the generations, giving the meat a soft, full texture. Come taste perfection.

Hours of operation

  • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed

  • Mondays (the following day if Monday is a holiday); no closures in January, February, May and September

Price

  • Broiled unagi on rice – 2,300 yen; other dishes available

Address

  • 386 Naka-machi, Narita, Chiba Prefecture

Related websites

Kawatoyo Honten (in Japanese only)

Time needed: approximately 60 minutes

Narita Station

Bus

Bus – approximately 20 minutes

Chiba Prefectural
Boso no Mura
Museum

Bus

Bus – approximately 20 minutes

SightseeingActivities

10Chiba Prefectural Boso no Mura Museum

This is a participatory museum in which the transitions of clothing, food, shelter and technology are recreated through exhibitions and performances. Covering all of the ages from primitive and ancient times down to the present, the Chiba Prefectural Boso no Mura Museum aims to enrich the local culture. In all, there are more than 350 hands-on activities, performances to attend and exhibits to look at.

Hours of operation

  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

Closed

  • Mondays (the following day if Monday is a holiday)
  • December 24 to January 1
  • Special holidays (January 4, February 14, September 1)

Entrance fee

  • Adults – 300 yen (some activities have an extra charge)

Address

  • 1028 Ryukakuji, Sakae-machi, Inba-gun, Chiba Prefecture

Related websites

Chiba Prefectural Boso no Mura Museum

Time needed: approximately 150 minutes

A kofun, or ancient grave, at Chiba Prefectural Boso no Mura Museum
A kofun, or ancient grave, at Chiba Prefectural Boso no Mura Museum

An old-style townscape of merchant houses
An old-style townscape of merchant houses

Get out and exploreActivities

Choshi Electric Railway Nure-Sembei

To save itself during financial difficulties, Choshi Electric Railway developed a new product, its Choshi Electric Railway Nure-Sembei rice crackers. The soft, glutinous texture makes for a superb sembei, or rice cracker. At Inubo Station, you can try your hand at baking rice crackers yourself. Why not give it a whirl? (Reservations at least three days in advance are required.)

[Rice cracker baking]

Hours of operation

  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Price

  • Adults – 600 yen (one baked per person, four-pack gift)

Getting there

  • From JR Narita Station, take the Narita Line to JR Choshi Station, about 80 minutes, then transfer to Choshi Electric Railway to Inubo Station, about 17 minutes

Related websites

Choden nure rice crackers (in Japanese only)

Time needed: approximately 10 to 15 minutes

Nure-Sembei rice cracker baking
Nure-Sembei rice cracker baking

Narita Station

As of June 2014.
Prices, business hours, transportation and other details are subject to change.

Trunk line

Trunk line

Bus

Bus

On foot

On foot

Bike

Bike

JR Kanto Area Pass

For train travel from Tokyo to Narita, use a JR Kanto Area Pass.

  • Good for unlimited travel for three days with reserved seats on Shinkansen, limited express and other regular trains for 8,300 yen.
  • Since this pass is also valid for travel from Narita and Haneda Airports, this is a great way to travel.

JR Kanto Area Pass

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