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Updated:September 17, 2014

What to do

Chiba Prefecture, adjacent to Japan’s capital of Tokyo, is home to Narita International Airport and visited by many travelers even from overseas. Sightseeing spots are innumerable, among which include historic sites and cultural institutions where you can experience history, nature such as seas, rivers and mountains, and even leisure and sports facilities, and shopping malls. You can also have your fill of Japanese delicacies that are only to be found in Chiba Prefecture, including seafood. With the mild summers and winters, the years here pass comfortably. You can also appreciate the various faces of Chiba Prefecture that change with the seasons: Rapeseed blossoms, the prefectural flower, in early spring, cherry blossoms, the symbolic flower of Japan, in spring, and autumnal leaves in fall. We introduce the sights to see in Chiba Prefecture by activity, which will ensure you have a pleasant time every time you visit. Do experience these attractions for yourself.

History and Culture

There are hundreds of shell mound sites from the Jomon period (about 3,000 to 16,000 years ago), and Chiba Prefecture’s Kasori Shell Mound, in particular, is among the largest in Japan. There are various places in Chiba Prefecture where you can experience Japanese history and culture, such as National Cultural Properties including National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties, and Groups of Historic Buildings, modern-day representations of features of the recent Edo period.

Art Museums and Museums

Chiba Prefecture has a variety of national museums and art galleries, including the National Museum of Japanese History, the Chiba Prefectural Museum, where you can learn about Chiba Prefecture’s nature and history, and the Chiba City Museum of Art, famous for its collection of ukiyoe prints. In addition, there are also unique private museums, archives and science museums. Enjoy the intellectually stimulating side of Chiba Prefecture.

Nature

You will not be short of places to enjoy the changing seasons while in Chiba Prefecture, because aside from the two national parks, there are also numerous prefectural parks. In early spring, especially when rapeseed blossoms, the symbol of Chiba Prefecture, are in full bloom, you can experience stunning scenery. Hiking and camping in the summer are also recommended activities. In the Minami-Boso area, even beginners can enjoy a carefree hiking experience at locations such as Mount Nokogiri.

Dining

There is a range of delicious foods in Chiba Prefecture, where you can get fresh-caught seafood, as well as rich dairy and farm produce. You can enjoy Chiba-only local dishes and innovative cuisine, such as seafood like kaisendon (seafood bowl), and ramen or curry made with local ingredients. There are also a lot of places where you can enjoy cooking from all over the world, like Western or Chinese, as well as confectionery or sake.

Local Products and Souvenirs

A range of the best and tastiest from Chiba: Chiba Prefecture is blessed by some of the best fishing grounds in Japan, thanks to the Kurushio Current. It produces a large amount of sea products, while rice paddies are located along the Tone River watershed, while wheat, peanuts, sweet potatoes, and other crops are grown in the uplands of the Hokuso region.

The prefecture is also home to a range of wonderful handicrafts and crafts passed down by artisans through the generations.

Accommodations

Narita City, which is home to Narita Airport, has a variety of hotels from the economical to the luxurious. In addition, the Bay and Tokatsu areas such as Makuhari and Urayasu near Tokyo also have plenty of accommodation facilities. Onsen baths are available in parts of Sotobo, including Inubo, Kujukuri, Kamogawa and Shirahama.

Experiences

In Chiba Prefecture, you can experience picking a variety of fruits such as strawberries, pears and grapes. In addition, observation tours of the manufacturing processes of specialty products at locations such as soy sauce factories, sake breweries and dairy farms, will be sure to offer you an intriguing experience. You can also try your hand at making traditional Japanese handicrafts such as Boshu Uchiwa fans.

Leisure and Sports

Boso Peninsula is a mecca for marine sports. A variety of leisure activities like surfing and fishing are available, not to mention sea bathing. In addition, there are numerous tourist farms and campsites. Teams for professional sports, such as baseball and soccer, also have bases in Chiba Prefecture, so we also recommend that you catch a match while you are here.

Event

Seasonal events are held in various parts of Chiba Prefecture, including rapeseed blossom viewing in early spring, cherry blossom viewing in spring, and fireworks festivals in summer. There are also many traditional Japanese festivals. For example, the Sawara Grand Festival held in summer and fall and the Mobara Tanabata Festival (held in Mobara City) in July are very famous festivals. When the time comes for the customary visit to the shrine during the Japanese New Year, Narita-san Temple (in Narita City) receives one of the most visitors in Japan.

Roadside Station

There are many of these roadside establishments, which add fun to a road trip, in Chiba Prefecture. You can buy local delicacies that can only be found in the region and specialty products, and you can also have your pick from a variety of experiential activities.