If you’re going to Narita, stop by Sawara
Sawara is also known as “little Edo,” and the area has prospered as a water transportation hub since the Edo period, and ancient homes, merchant houses, and storehouses remain on both banks of the river, with some of them now doing business as restaurants and other types of stores. One bridge in the area called “Jaja Bridge” is a remnant of ancient Japan that preserves the feeling of that time period, and for this reason it is a famous filming location used in many TV dramas and films. In summer and fall, a festival called “Sawara no Taisai” is held, and gorgeous floats with the largest dolls you’ll find anywhere in Japan riding atop them are pulled through the streets.
Where is it??
- Sawara I, Katori-shi, Chiba, 287-0003, Japan
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From Tokyo Station, Sawara is an approximately 1 hour and 20 minute ride on a highway bus. You can also take the train from Tokyo Station to Narita Station, and that’s an approximately 1 hour and 15 minute ride on the JR Sobu Line Rapid “Airport Narita” train. From Narita Station, Sawara Station is an approximately 30-minute ride on the Narita Line.