Before I even left to Japan, my parents informed me about their seven-hour stopover in Narita, Japan on their way to the United States. Seven hours is quite a significant amount of time, but since Narita airport is not even in Tokyo, but in a nearby prefecture called Chiba which is about two hours away from where I currently stay.
I honestly wanted my parents to go out and show them Japan, because it been literally more than a decade ago since they visited the land of the rising sun. My sister and I have been in and out of Japan several times: once for travel and another for an extended amount of time for a student exchange. I wanted to show them why she and I love this place so much
I’ve searched the internet for possible quick, nearby tour places and the small town of Narita was frequently suggested.
I met my parents at Narita and rode a local train a couple of stops away. It was about 10-15 minutes to arrive at Narita. Narita is a great choice to visit for such a short amount of time.
Narita is a microscopic view of Japanese life, history and culture. My parents and I walked through Omotesando Street, a traditional street filled with restaurants, souvenier shops and inns. It leads down to Shinshoji temple.
We put our luggage inside a coin locker so we don’t need to pull these baggage along with us. It made walking around and sightseeing more freeing and comfortable.
My dad being a tourist. But I can’t blame him. The place is really picturesque. It was also quite early in the morning so it wasn’t crowded at all. We enjoyed the place for ourselves.
Taking a rest from walking!
It’s amusing how comfortable my mom was with this statue. She made a friend, for sure!
There was a shop selling local produce. My mom looked around and was pointing how she could use certain things for cooking.
I made my parents taste traditional Japanese senbei (rice snacks). My mom got a sweet type and my dad got a salty one.
Finally arrived in Shinshoji temple! There were vendors outside the temple, so take a look if you do have time.
Stairs. Japanese like their stairs.
Really cute chopstick holders. I was deciding what to buy for my sister for my parents to take back home. I didn’t buy these, but a small stone necklace for her instead.
Old postal boxes. I’m sure they’re still being used. Japan is quite known as a country that still uses snail-mail for many occasions and the lover of paper.
A proper photo of the senbei shop we bought senbei from. They sell some in packs in which you could bring as a souvenier!
We then had some ramen for lunch. My pastor recommended to eat some eel in Narita, because it’s their specialty. Though my parents wanted ramen in Japan, so they did get some ramen instead.
We also had soft serve vanilla ice cream for dessert afterward. Their Narita/Japan layover adventure ends here, but my mom did comment that she liked the whether and the environment. “Should we live here?” She asked my dad, in which my dad did not reply.
Well, If not live, I’m sure my parents will come back for a longer period of travel. I’m sure if you visit Narita, you’ll fall in love with Japan too!