Winding through the city, this street offers a glimpse and taste of old Japan, from temples and gardens to zodiac sculptures and freshwater eel dishes.
Narita Omotesando is a quaint and rustic street bordered by traditional Japanese buildings and charming stores. Floral displays, lanterns and market stalls paint a picture of old-world Narita. Wander along the street with your family and sample some of the local specialties from food vendors.
As you stroll along the somewhat steep and meandering lane, notice the many Japanese signs hanging from the façades of traditional shops. Expect to share this lively and narrow street with many other visitors as well as occasional scooters and cars. Be sure to walk the entire 2,600-foot (800-meter) length of the street to the large shrine at its northern end.
As you move north from the start of the street near Narita Station, sample ramen and sushi from the restaurants flanking this twisting lane. These restaurants are popular with the pilots and aircraft staff from nearby Narita International Airport. Back on the street, spot the 12 animal sculptures of the Japanese zodiac signs. Relax in the Garden of the Fudo Deity and visit the Narita Yokan Archives Museum.
Pass the Yakushido Hall to reach the Nakamachi–Saiwaicho area, where you can watch street vendors cooking freshwater eel dishes. Try the exotic delicacy and pick up a brochure about the street from the Narita Tourist Pavilion here.
Continue past the impressive sights of the Benzaitendō Hall and the Korinkaku Hall. Marking the northern end of the path is the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, which was founded in the 10th century. It is known for its large and spacious grounds and traditional tiered structures.
The Narita Omotesando is in the northern part of Narita, on the northern side of the Chiba prefecture. Ride a bus north from the town center to a nearby stop to get here in about 15 minutes.
While you’re in the area, check out some of the neighboring attractions, such as Kuriyama Neighborhood Park, Naritasan Park and the Naritasan Museum of Calligraphy.