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Travel Extras: 24 Hours in Narita

Date of travel: February 19-20, 2013

Text and Photos by Arthur Jeciel

Introduction

March 8, 2013 Visiting the city of Narita in the month of February turned out surprisingly to be a very fruitful experience for Mike and I despite the cold weather. We decided to take a quick tour of the city the first night we came and started by visiting the Narita Train Station.

Buying a train ticket from the vending machines is quite easy...

After having a short glimpse of the city, we decided to have our dinner at a local restaurant to end the day. The starter was some kind of tofu. I ordered fried chicken with rice (Japanese style) which came with the famous miso soup and a small portion of salad. Inside the miso soup were small cockles making it taste more flavourful. Of course, the Japanese green tea is a must to complete the meal. Wonderful!

The following morning after having our breakfast, we took the hotel's free shuttle bus to the city and from there started walking to the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. On the way, we saw lots of drink vending machines which is very common in Japan, as well as a bakery making some sort of Japanese cake.

One doesn't have to doubt whether it is safe to travel in Japan but nevertheless, these signs can still be found along the streets.

Next stop was a restaurant where you can actually see how they were preparing the fish....

Finally, we have reached our destination. This is the main hall of the Naritasan Temple.

The Komyo do (1701)

Sunset in Haeundae Beach, Busan

Three-storied pagoda (1712). The picture on the right side shows a man who was about to ring the bell in a few minutes.

I believe you can have O-mikuji from these machines. O-mikuji are random fortunes written on strips of paper. The picture on the right hand side is the purification pavilion called Chouzuya

Fake food samples are very common in Japan. I think it is very helpful in showing what kind of meal you are actually ordering.

And lastly...the shark fins shop. Well, I guess there are still a lot of things to do in Narita but having only 24 hours in the city, I thought we have seen a lot. Till next time. Sayonara!

 

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