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Closest in the world to Edo, a walk through history from Narita Airport ~ Narita/Sakura via Keisei Line ~

Closest in the world to Edo, a walk through history from Narita Airport ~ Narita/Sakura via Keisei Line ~ © yoojin

Keisei Electric Railway connects the northeastern part of Tokyo with Chiba Prefecture. This includes the Skyliner connecting Narita Airport and center of the city, and the Keisei Main line etc. which runs through the unique areas such as "shitamachi" which are nostalgic towns in Eastern Tokyo. This time we are introducing editor-selected recommended spots along the railways in the vicinity of Keisei Narita and Keisei Sakura Stations. (Suggestions are ranked by number of ☺ marks) This area is rich with history, featuring ancient temples and samurai residences.

Keisei Narita Station

Keisei Narita Station is about 10 minutes away from Narita Airport.

- Naritasan/Sando ☺☺☺

There are numerous souvenir shops and restaurants lined up on the path from the station to Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple.

Among these, the eel restaurants are popular. In Japan, eel is traditionally seen as high-quality food and often eaten as a nutrient supplement. This may not be a food you are familiar with overseas, but why not give it a try. ☺

Address 386, Nakamachi, Narita-shi, Chiba, 286-0027

- Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple ☺☺☺

Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple is a temple that was said to have been founded in the year 940. Even today, more than 1000 years since the temple was built, the “ogoma” flame (offering) is burned and many people pray here for their troubles to be solved and wishes to be fulfilled.

There is a park behind the temple where you can nature in every season.

Address 1, Narita, Narita-shi, Chiba, 286-0023

For a round trip from Narita Airport to Shinsho-ji Temple, the Narita-Kaiun Pass is a great deal!

Narita-Kaiun Pass is a ticket that allows you to receive discounted round trip train fares to Narita Station as well as special privileges at certain designated facilities

Keisei Sakura Station

- Sakura Ichirizuka ☺☺

Sakura Ichirizuka is an NPO corporation based in Sakura City. They use an old building that was formerly used by the Meiji-era kimono store “Surugaya” as their office space. The word “Ichirizuka” refers to rest areas placed about 4km apart from each other (a “ri” is a measure of distance that is about 4km, and “ichiri” means “one ri”) that profited from travelers during the Edo period. This location’s name comes from being a place to interact with those traveling to Sakura. If you’re interested in discussing walking around Sakura, by all means, come here.

Address 48, Shimmachi, Sakura-shi, Chiba, 285-0023
TEL 043-483-3535

- Tsukamoto Museum ☺

Tsukamoto Museum is a museum specializing in Japanese swords. It is located about a 5-minute walk from Sakura Ichirizuka. About 20 items on exhibit are from the collection of Mr. Tsukamoto Sozan, who is a soldier and a businessman from Sakura city.

Address 1-4, Urashimmachi, Sakura-shi, Chiba, 285-0024

- Sakura Samurai houses ☺☺☺

Within the Sakura Samurai houses, there are three houses here where actual samurai lived. To keep the house safe, advanced building techniques were used such as cutting trees to fit the stone foundation.

In the backyard there is a small field for a garden where tea leaves were cultivated.

Address 57, Miyakojimachi, Sakura-shi, Chiba, 285-0016

- Hiyodori Slope Old Samurai Road ☺☺

Hiyodori Slope, which is next to samurai residence street is an old road with bamboo forest which hardly has changed since the Edo period. It is a highly atmospheric road and before you know it, you’ll find yourself imagining riding a horse through here.

- National Museum of Japanese History ☺☺☺

The National Museum of Japanese History is a museum based on the folk culture of the Japanese archipelago. Exhibits are divided by era, from primitive/ancient to modern.

* Gallery 1 is closed for renovation from May 9 (Mon), 2016 to the Spring of 2019.

Address 117, Jonaicho, Sakura-shi, Chiba, 285-0017

Enjoy sightseeing immediately from the airport using Keisei Electric Railway!

What did you think of our recommended spots in Sakura and Narita? Since both Narita and Sakura are located near the airport, you can easily visit them on the day of arrival or last day of your trip. Please check related articles for information on sightseeing along the Keisei Electric Railway. There are also still plenty other unique areas!

Text and Photo by Yoojin Lee

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京成電鉄株式会社 / Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd.

京成電鉄株式会社 / Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd.

Keisei Electric Railway is an electric railway company established in 1868, connecting Tokyo, Chiba and Ibaraki. It operates a number of convenient routes for domestic travel such as the Skyliner, connecting the heart of the city and Narita airport, and the Keisei Main Line which provides total coverage of the region!