Looking for nature-based things to do in Narita? Whether you want to shake up your layover with a few hours of fresh air or simply explore local landscapes during an extended stay, Radisson Hotel Narita’s guide to the city’s best parks and Japanese gardens has something for everyone.
Undoubtedly the most popular Japanese garden in Narita, this 165,000 square metre sanctuary surrounds one of the country’s most famed spiritual destinations: Naritasan Shinshoji Temple[Internal link to: Naritasan Temple article]. First opened in 1928, this expansive outdoor oasis is now free to visit for travellers, who can spend hours walking beneath leafy canopies, lounging beside koi ponds and taking in the beauty of cherry blossom trees.
Conveniently located adjacent to the Narita Airport, Sakura-no-Yama Hill offers unparalleled views of planes taking off and landing on the tarmac nearby. Also home to Japan’s trademark cherry blossom trees, this miniature park is an excellent place to get a breath of fresh air in between flights.
Sanrizuka Goryo Ranch Memorial Hall
Part parkland, part museum, this 30,000 square metre pasture pays tribute to a former ranch founded by Toshimichi Okubo. A living relic of Japan’s livestock breeding history, this nature-based memorial’s most prominent feature is its towering horse chestnut trees, which line the grand entrance leading to the main hall.
Chiba Prefectural Botanical Garden
Want to learn more about Japan’s budding horticulture scene? Opt for an afternoon of lectures at the Chiba Prefectural Botanical Garden, where the basics of gardening are taught to locals and tourists alike. Travellers who’d rather browse the floral exhibits are equally spoiled for choice, with more than 55,000 plant species on display and an array of Bonsai trees available for sale.
An aquatic wonderland brimming with floating footbridges and tranquil ponds, Sakatagaike Park is a must-visit destination for nature lovers visiting Narita. Also suitable for families and children, this lush, tropical landscape features a playground facility, campsite and cookhouse, making it the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic.
Best known for its picturesque scenery at sunrise and sunset, this 13 square kilometre lake is equally popular with local fishermen who flock to its shores each March to fish for black bass and blue gill. Located just 30 minutes from Narita Airport, the banks of Lake Imba offer the perfect place for travellers to see Narita’s residents casting a line.
Ready to take a break from the hustle and bustle? Plan your stay at Radisson Hotel Narita and discover the best Japanese parks to visit, from the shores of Lake Imba to the waterside landscape of Sakatagaike Park.