Having never traveled to Japan or Asia in general, I found Narita to be a good introduction to the country's unique culture. We arrived around nine in the morning and the temple grounds were not yet crowded with tourists.
After visiting the Naritasan Shinshō-ji Temple, our group ventured into the local market. The street is a narrow one and it's packed with local shops selling everything from fresh produce to traditional medicines. Although I don't speak Japanese, the locals seemed friendly and didn't mind me taking photos.
Narita is especially well-known for its restaurants that serve fresh eel, often grilled, and after trying it myself, I can't agree more. A trip to Narita works well for a day trip or even a half-day excursion depending on how much you want to see.