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Chiba

Moderate climate and many sightseeing spots - Bay area under large-scale development
Located at the southeast of the Kanto Plain and adjacent to Tokyo, northern Chiba lies in the Kanto Plain and in the center and south of the Boso-hanto Peninsula. The gateway to Japan Narita Airport, the large-scale convention center Makuhari Messe and many other new facilities have been constructed in Chiba. The Bay Area along Tokyo Bay is one of the busiest development zones with Tokyo Disneyland, Lalaporte Shopping Mall and other large establishments.

The Boso-hanto Peninsula is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean in the east, Tokyo Bay and Uraga Channel in the west. Thanks to the oceanic climate that is warm even in winter, there are a number of attractions that take advantage of the warmth, such as the Mother Bokujyo Ranch, a vast picnic area with various animals and attractions, and Kamogawa Sea-World, which is famous for performances by killer whales and dolphins. In the southern Boso-hanto Peninsula which is particularly warm, floriculture is a popular industry. Meadows blanketed with rape flowers in spring are a symbolic sight of the southern Boso-hanto Peninsula. There is Mt. Nokogiri-yama with thrilling sheer precipices as well as the Kujukuri-hama Beach where sandy beach stretches over 55 kilometers. Chiba offers abundant charms of both the sea and the mountains.

Getting there
Forty-three minutes from Tokyo Station to Chiba Station by the JR Sobu Line
 

  • Kujukuri
    Gently extending long coastline - A place where you can actually feel the roundness of the earth
    The Kujukuri-hama Beach is a 66-kilometer-long coastline from Osakabe-misaki Point in Iioka-cho Town to the south of Choshi City to Taito-misaki Point in Misaki-machi Town, facing the magnificent Pacific Ocean. The Kujukuri-hama Beach has a long, straight coastline, which is rare in Japan where most of the coastlines are irregular. There are no reefs, so it offers wonderful opportunities for swimming in the sea as well as surfing and other marine sports.

    At the northern end of the Kujukuri-hama Beach, there is Inubo-saki Point, the easternmost peninsula in the Kanto Region. Inubo-saki Point is a 20-meter-high marine abrasion platform. A promenade stretches along the rocky beach where you can enjoy the sight of rough waves and feel the dynamic blasts of wind off the ocean directly.

    Around Inubo-saki Point, there are a chalky lighthouse built in 1874, "Chikyu-no-maruku-mieru-oka", or Seeing-the-round-earth Observatory, where you see the arched horizon, Inubo-saki Marine Park that exhibits 2,500 fishes of 230 kinds, and the Togawa fishing port where you can board a dolphin-watching boat from spring to autumn. To the west of Inubo-saki Point at the southern coast of the Choshi-hanto Peninsula, there is Byobu-ga-ura Cliff, a Dover in the orient. It is an awesome scenic sight of 10-kilometer-long sheer precipices with heights of 40 to 50 meters.

    Getting there
    Take a Limited Express of the JR Sobu Line for 1 hour and 50 minutes from Tokyo Station to Choshi Station. Transfer to the Choshi Dentetsu Line for 20 minutes from Choshi Station to Inubo-saki Station.

     

  • Narita
    The gateway to the sky of the world - Another face of Narita - temple town
    Foreigners who come from other parts of the world by air usually take their first step on Japanese soil at Tokyo Narita Airport, whose official name is the New Tokyo International Airport, in the city of Narita. Narita is in the northern part of Chiba and has prospered as the main gateway to Japan. The airport was renovated in 1999 and the terminal building has shopping malls and restaurants for travelers to enjoy their time before and after their flights.

    Narita has another important role, the temple town of Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple which attracts more than 13 million worshippers a year. Shinsho-ji Temple has always been much worshipped since it was erected in 940 and there are many Buddhist statues in towers that are characteristic of the mid-Edo Period in the 18th century. In early summer, the Narita Gion-matsuri Festival is held. Goshintai, or the Shinto object of worship, on a mikoshi (portable shrine) and many decorated floats and carts parade through the city. It is an exciting sight to watch.

    Shiseki-koen Park preserves a group of kofun, or burial mounds. Haniwa (clay figures) figurines and a skeleton model of a nauman elephant excavated in Chiba are exhibited in the Chiba Prefectural Boso Fudoki-no-oka Museum. More than 200 taiko drummers gather for the Taiko-matsuri Festival, the biggest drum festival of the Kanto area, in spring.

    Getting there
    From Tokyo Station to Narita Station, 1 hour 10 minutes by the JR Sobu Honsen Line or JR Narita Line Rapid Train.

     

  • Makuhari
    Enjoyable Convention City for Events and Baseball Games
    Makuhari, in the northwestern part of Chiba, used to be a tideland and was called Ukishima-no-eki, the Floating Station. It underwent a renovation of streets and buildings in the late 1980's to become the largest city complex in Japan as we see today.

    Makuhari consists of districts such as business research, education and culture, residence, park and town center. The center is Makuhari Messe, the facility for international events and conventions. More than 10 million people come to visit the biggest general convention center in Asia, and therefore Makuhari is called the Convention City. There are many different ways to enjoy Makuhari: shopping at big malls, watching baseball games at Chiba Marine Stadium or enjoying a relaxing time at a city hotel. Renowned companies of the world such as Sharp, Canon and Seiko have their showrooms here to introduce their most advanced technology.

    Around the skyscrapers, there are the Japanese gardens of Mihama-en and Makuhari Kaihin-koen Park along Makuhari Beach. Walking along the promenade will offer a chance to feel the sun, sea breeze and nature in this big city.

    Getting there
    From Tokyo Station to Kaihin-Makuhari Station, 30 minutes by JR Keiyo Line Rapid Train.

     

  • Mt. Kano-zan and Mt. Nokogiri-yama
    The highest mountain in the Kazusa Region, overlooking Tokyo Bay - The face of the mountain edged like a saw
    Mt. Nokogiri-yama, Mt. Kiyosumi-yama and Mt. Kano-zan are called Boso Sanzan or the Three Mountains of Boso. Mt. Kano-zan is located at the western end of the Boso-hanto Peninsula in the central part of Chiba. Being the highest mountain in the Kazusa Region (southern Chiba), 380 meters above sea level, the observation spot at the top commands a great view of Tokyo Bay. It is part of the Minami-Boso Quasi-National Park.

    The Mother Bokujo Ranch that has various facilities such as orchards, fields and an animal farm for tourists and an amusement park is near the mountaintop. Kuju-ku-tani, or Ninety-nine valleys, is in this mountainous region where the performance of the Hashigo-shishimai dance (ritual lion dance) is held in spring at Shiratori-jinja Shrine, overlooking the valley.

    Mt. Nokogiri-yama is 330 meters above sea level. It was known for Boshu-seki stone from the 14th to the 18th century, and the sites of the quarries left marks like the edge of a saw, or Nokogiri, on the face of the mountain, from which the name derives. The whole mountain is the precinct of Nihon-ji Temple at the top, accessible by ropeway. The Great Buddha and Sen-gohyaku-rakan (1500 disciples of Buddha), and Jigoku that looks deep into the valley from cliffs, are the spots to visit.

    Getting there
    To Mt. Kano-zan, 1 hour and 20 minutes by JR Uchibo Line Limited Express from Tokyo Station to Sanuki-machi Station. Take a bus from Sanuki-machi Station to Mt. Kano-zan Terminus, 30 minutes. To Mt. Nokogiri-yama, 1 hour 30 minutes by JR Line Limited Express from Tokyo Station to Hama-kanaya Station.

     

  • Southern Boso
    Moderate climate with warm ocean current - Enjoy sights of flowers, a taste of fruits, beaches and hot springs
    The Southern Boso (Minami-Boso) is a collective term for the area in southern Chiba and the southern Boso-hanto Peninsula around Tateyama, Chikura, Kamogawa and Katsuura, and is a part of the Southern Boso Quasi-National Park. There are many sandy beaches along Tokyo Bay in the west, while the Pacific Ocean side in the east displays rocky beaches and precipitous cliffs created by erosion of the sea. It is surrounded by the sea on three sides, and thanks to the warm ocean current, the climate is moderate throughout the year. There are Tateyama Family Park and other nature parks, and Shirahama Flower Park as well as a number of other botanical gardens and flower fields. The road from Tateyama to Chikura is called the "Flower Line" and there is a ceaseless flow of visitors. Meadows blanketed with rape flowers in spring are a symbolic sight of the southern Boso.

    There are also many orchards. Strawberries are especially famous and visitors can enjoy strawberry picking for a long period from winter to early summer. Visitors can also enjoy shellfish gathering in spring, swimming in summer and fishing throughout the year along the coast. There are an aquarium called Kamogawa Sea-World, an underwater observatory with a depth of 8 meters in Katsuura, and many other amusement spots. Southern Boso also has a number of hot springs. Visitors can enjoy spa resorts, thallasotherapy and a variety of other attractions at hot springs.

    Getting there
    Take a limited express of the JR Uchibo line for 2 hours from Tokyo Station to Tateyama Station or for 2 hours and 10 minutes to Chikura Station. Take the JR Sotobo Line for 1 hour and 30 minutes from Tokyo Station to Katsuura Station or for 2 hours and 5 minutes to Awa-Kamogawa Station.

     

  • Urayasu
    Fishing village atmosphere still remains - Tokyo Disney Sea, the newest theme park
    Urayasu, in the northwestern part of Chiba, was once a flourishing fishing village and the sea was rich in seafood such as seaweed and small clams. Reclamation of the mouth of the Edo-gawa River pouring into Tokyo Bay started in the late 1930's, which turned this village into a new residential and commercial center. However, the key to the development was the construction of Tokyo Disneyland. The Maihama District, where Tokyo Disneyland is located, opened a gigantic shopping mall, Expeari, in 2000. In 2001, a new theme park called Disney Sea, having for its theme old and new tales about the seas of the world, opened.

    Near Sakai-gawa River that pours into Tokyo Bay, some of the old fishermen's houses are open to the public. The oldest house was built in 1869, and at Kyodo Shiryokan Museum, there is the exhibition on the history of Urayasu. Shops selling traditional yaki-hamaguri, or roasted clams, and nori, or dried seaweed, also remind us of the olden days of this area.

    Getting there
    From Tokyo Station to Shin-Urayasu Station, 18 minutes by the JR Keiyo Line. To Disneyland, 13 minutes by JR Keiyo Line Rapid Train from Tokyo Station to Maihama Station.

     

  • Yoro-keikoku Valley
    Rugged bluffs - Big waterfall of 30 meters height
    Descending from Mt. Kiyosumi-yama, the clear upper Yoro-gawa River joins with its tributary, the Kaburai-gawa River, in the ruggedly bluffed Yoro-keikoku Valley in the southern part of Chiba.

    Upstream, is Kobun-do, better known as Katto-no-ketsudo, which is a path that was made 140 years ago but which collapsed in 1974, and Osawamata-no-taki Falls, often called Maboroshi-no-taki, or the Mirage Waterfalls. The best spot in this region is Awamata-no-taki Falls, or Taka-taki Falls, located in the mountains about four kilometers from Kobun-do, which is one of the biggest waterfalls in Chiba. Its height of 30 meters and clear water running down the stair-shaped rocks over a distance of 100 meters has earned it praise for looking like silk cloth spread out.

    On the west bank of the river, a walkway has been constructed for 1.7 kilometers where visitors can enjoy the sound of the stream as they walk. Bathing in a hot spring inn is possible without staying overnight. Take enough time to enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, barbecues and camping.

    Getting there
    From Tokyo Station, 45 minutes by JR Uchibo Line Limited Express to Goi Station. From Goi Station, 1 hour by the Kominato Tetsudo Line to Yoro-keikoku Station.

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