Naritasan Shinsoji Temple

Omotesando StreetShinsoji Naritasan TempleIn August of 2018 on our way back to the U.S. to visit friends and family, we had an 11-hour layover in Narita, Japan. This afforded us the opportunity to visit two of the areas highlights, the Naritasan Shenosji  Temple and the adjacent Naritasan Park. Both are located a short train ride from the airport, and are accessed via the picturesque Omotesando Street, shown in the photo to the left. Over 1,000 years old, Naritisan Shinsoji temple (shown in the photo to the right) is Japan's third most visited temple, and is sacred to Shingon Buddhism. The Naritasan Park on the temple grounds is a wonderful green space and a respite in this highly urbanized enviroment. Key elements of both the temple and the park are explained the in the virtual tour below.


Virtual Tour of Naritasan Shinsoji TempleUPDATED
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Virtual Reality Tour for VR Headsets:

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There is also a version of this tour designed specifically for VR headsets such as Google Cardboard, and it works with both iPhones and Android devices. It may be access by scanning on the QR code to the left. If you are viewing this site on a mobile phone, you may access the VR tour by following this link.


For iOS devices: scan QR code with your device's camera app, tap on the prompt to open Safari. Select "Allow Device Motion" and the next prompt, "Allow Access to Motion Orientation." Turn the device to landscape mode and a split screen will appear. When the screen turns white, swipe up for fullscreen mode, and place in headset. Here is a video of how to do this--it is simpler than it sounds! [The video opens in a new window--close when done to return to this page]

For Android devices: Open the camera app and use the built-in scanner to scan the QR code above. Confirm that you want to open the website, and wait for it to load--it should load in stereo view. Select the fullscreen ("X" option) from the menu at the bottom. Turn the device to landscape mode and you are ready to go. Here is a video of how to do this--it is simpler than it sounds! [The video opens in a new window--close when done to return to this page]



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