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Updated:August 6, 2020

What to do

Chiba Prefecture, adjacent to Japan’s capital Tokyo, is home to Narita International Airport and is visited by many travelers from Japan and abroad. There are countless sightseeing spots, among which include: historic sites and cultural institutions where you can experience history; nature areas such as the sea, rivers, and mountains; leisure and sports facilities; and shopping centers. You can also have your fill of Japanese delicacies that are only to be found in Chiba Prefecture, especially local seafood. Chiba’s mild summers and winters make it a great year-round destination. You can also enjoy seasonal scenes here, from the prefectural flower nanohana (rapeseed) blossoms and cherry blossoms in spring, to the beautiful foliage of late fall. Here we’ll introduce some of the best things to see and do here in Chiba, and invite you come check them out 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, including designated "National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties," and "Groups of Historic Buildings."

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 all four seasons in Chiba Prefecture with its two national parks, and numerous prefectural parks. You can experience stunning scenery year-round, and especially in early spring when the nanohana (rapeseed) blossoms, the symbol of Chiba Prefecture, are in full bloom. Hiking and camping in the summer are also recommended activities. In the Minami-Boso area, even beginners can enjoy a light hiking experience at locations such as Mount Nokogiri.

Dining

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

Local Products and Souvenirs

Chiba Prefecture is blessed with some of the best fishing grounds in Japan, thanks to the Kurushio Current. In addition to seafood products, the rice paddies of the Tone River watershed and coastal plains produce wheat, peanuts, and sweet potatoes, while 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 the Sotobo area, 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, observational tours of locations such as soy sauce factories, sake breweries and dairy farms are conducted in Chiba. You can also try your hand at making traditional Japanese handicrafts such as Boshu Uchiwa fans.

Sports and Leisure 

The Boso Peninsula is a mecca for marine sports. A variety of leisure activities like surfing and fishing are available, not to mention just relaxing by the sea. In addition, there are numerous tourist farms and campsites. Professional sports teams, such as baseball and soccer teams, are also based in Chiba Prefecture and you can catch a live game here at their local stadiums.

Events

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

Roadside Stations

There are many roadside rest stops here in Chiba, known as “Michi-no-Eki” in Japanese, which add fun to any road trip. You can buy local delicacies and specialty products that can only be found in the region at these roadside establishments.

Lighthouses of Chiba

lighthouse2020_inubosakiChiba Prefecture’s coastline is dotted with lighthouses, and a lighthouse tour around the peninsula makes for a great seaside trip! Six of Chiba's more famous lighthouses are: Inubosaki Lighthouse (Choshi City), Iioka Lighthouse (Asahi City), Taitosaki Lighthouse (Isumi City), Katsuura Lighthouse (Katsuura City), Nojimasaki Lighthouse (Minamiboso City), and Sunosaki Lighthouse (Tateyama City).