At the end of the year, there is an old tradition of holding a lantern and bonfire at Narita-san Shinshoji Temple in order to give thanks to the Gods and pray for fortunes in the future. There is an old tradition that a “Yamabushi” (mountain apprentice) will undergo training and study, and during this an old tradition to enrich their knowledge and fulfilment will approach the “Gomadan” (traditional type of altar in Japanese shrines) and pray for greater wisdom, traditionally using the “Shiba” plant. The Shiba plant is used by placing it in the centre of the Gomadan, with people’s wishes written down on it. This is then burnt in a bonfire which is said to bring these wishes to fruition.
Naritasan Shinshoji Temple
- Address: Narita 1, Chiba 286-0023
- Access: 15mins from JR Narita Station on foot