While most people never get past their terminal, there’s actually a town called Narita a few miles away. It’s the location of one of the most popular temples in Japan (12 million annual visitors) and has a very attractive temple approach lined with traditional buildings and housing small shops.
Narita and Narita-san also host a large Taiko festival every April, featuring dozens of Taiko groups from all over Japan. Stages are set up all along the Omotesando temple approach, and each morning all the groups assemble and engage in a massive performance in front of the main hall at Narita-san. If you love Taiko as I do, it’s quite an experience – especially seeing hundreds of drummers in synch in that setting. Here’s a selection of pictures and videos from the event.