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Tokyo Daytripper: Wat Is A Thai Temple Doing In The Center Of Nowhere!

On condition that such a temple is one thing I’d barely give a take a look at if I used to be in Thailand, it’s maybe a bit of unusual that I made such an enormous effort to see one in Japan. Nonetheless, this  temple isn’t solely distinctive for being Thai but it surely’s additionally situated in the midst of nowhere, and the problem in getting there made it an much more interesting vacation spot for me again in early August.

I’m certain many may query the concept of a 7-8 hour spherical journey from Tokyo (together with 2.5 hours strolling!) simply to see a Thai temple however this place has been on my bucket record ever since I got here throughout it a number of years in the past simply by scouring Google Maps. Admittedly, as soon as I discovered how distant it was it all the time appeared like an excessive amount of effort to go there however I lastly received spherical to visiting it a few months in the past, and in the end cherished the journey.

Wat Paknam is situated in Chiba Prefecture to the east of Tokyo. It’s deal with could also be in Narita but it surely’s 11 kilometres north of the worldwide airport so it’s not like you might simply come out to see it in case you had a spare few hours earlier than a flight or no matter. Moreover, there is no such thing as a prepare station close by and buses don’t appear to go wherever close to it both.

A automotive is clearly one of the best ways to get there however with out that possibility the one selection was to only stroll for 75 minutes south of Namegawa station which is a few stops north of Narita station on the JR Narita Line. I assumed the temple would in all probability come into sight a lot prior to it did however there actually was no sight of it till the final minute when it abruptly appeared amidst the world of fields I used to be in on the time.


The stroll to get there was virtually double the size of what it took 5 years in the past to go to a Taiwanese temple in Saitama Prefecture on foot. Sometimes there was a brief downpour just about as quickly as I stepped on the premises however fortunately it didn’t final various minutes.

A brief stroll from the doorway took me to the temple which not surprisingly is the most important of its variety in Japan. It’s absolutely one in all only a few Thai temples within the nation.


What I used to be unaware of on the time was that the temple was lined by sheets and scaffolding earlier within the yr for rennovation. I do not know when it completed however am very grateful that it was accomplished earlier than my efforts in visiting.


It was a quiet and comfy place that I had all to myself. It’s actually no vacationer hotspot however is simply an genuine temple and Thai group centre. That is only a department of the principle authentic temple in Bangkok which was established method again in 1610. In contrast, this one in Narita opened in 1997.


Throughout from the principle temple corridor was a smaller one housing a few sizeable golden statues which have been fairly splendid and did remind me of a number of the lovely ones in Bangkok itself.


There’s a beautiful little pond and backyard simply behind the temple providing a slight change in ambiance.

I used to be really nearly to go away the temple grounds once I noticed a pair arrive on the scene and enter the corridor by way of the entrance door which I hadn’t tried as I by no means knew it was the principle entrance! I adopted them indoors however didn’t keep too lengthy as I didn’t wish to disturb their peace.


After I did go away I used to be very glad with what I had come to see and the journey in getting there and again. I took the marginally extra scenic route again to the station which was fairly fantastic and I realised I had been to Narita after which seen a Thai temple with out having to even step on a airplane!

  • Wat Paknam is situated at 294-1 Nakano, Narita, Chiba-ken. It’s open on a regular basis from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.

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