Officially called Meishozan Tōshōji Temple, Sōgo Reido Sanctuary is a Shingon Buddhist temple constructed for the purpose of memoralizing those who died in battle when the shogun Saka-no-ue-no Tamuramaro subjugated the Emishi people of northern Japan around the end of the 8th century. Although today Naritasan Shinshoji is the most prominent temple in Narita, it is predated by Meishozan Tōshōji. In fact, that is how Naritasan Shinshoji Temple got its name: After Tōshōji – whose kanji characters means “east” and “victory” – it was logical to use the characters “new” and “victory” for the new temple. Later nicknamed Sogo Reido after a folk hero, Meishozan Toshoji Temple is indeed a sanctuary from the pressures of modern life, and the grounds are especially beautiful in June when the hydrangea flowers bloom – a special festival is held to celebrate this seasonal event.
Tokyo (Narita) to Sogo Reido Sanctuary, Narita
Sogo Reido Sanctuary
1-558 Sogo, Narita City, Chiba Prefecture
All listed travel times and costs are approximate.