On my first visit to Japan I did three weeks in Korea in the middle of my visit. On returning to Japan I was tired of planning and booking accommodation so I decided to stay in Narita for a bit, since the airport was there.
What a surprise! A beautiful historic city with a thousand year old temple complex.
Here is the entrance
This first photo is of the water fountain for cleansing as you enter. I couldn’t wait to revisit the temple, so I went there on the first night, – hence the evening light.
On your right as you enter is the pagoda
The temples are more assembled than built. Nothing is fixed and so the building is wonderfully earthquake resistant.
In Japan every temple has its garden, as much a part of the temple as the building. In Narita, it extends as a wood on the hill behind the temple.
After a while, as you wander around the forest, you hear the sound of water rushing.
Near the top, you find the fountain, and behind it the calligraphy museum.
In Japan simplicity is very important. This is the work of one of their most famous calligraphers.
The view from the museum
As you go out there is another scene
Lanterns are very popular, and very beautiful, especially when they are lit at night.
This one seemed to need a bit of help on the lighting front..
That’s all for now, I will add another mini-tour of a Japanese garden for you soon.
They are and remain some of my favourite places on earth.