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Updated:September 24, 2020

Kamogawa City Model Day Trip

We followed a model course in Kamogawa City, which is located in a hilly region on Chiba’s southern Pacific Coast. Awa-Kamogawa Station is only about a two-hour train ride or express bus from Tokyo, but feels an entire world away. Kamogawa is most well-known for its luxury seaside hotels and for being the home of Kamogawa Sea World, but it also has plenty of stunning natural and cultural spots to discover too. We explored both the coastline and mountains of Kamogawa on this course, starting off down by the sea.

Tai-no-Ura Boat Tour

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We started our trip by the sea for a ride on the Tai-no-Ura boat tour. The boat tour departs from the Kominato Port for a 20-minute trip (depending on the weather and the tide) out to a spot in Uchiura Bay that has been considered sacred by locals for centuries, as it is quite literally swimming with schools of Pacific sea bream (tai). The views of Kamogawa’s sea cliffs and surrounding islands from the boat’s position out in the bay alone make this trip worth it, but there’s also the spectacle of hundreds of tai fish flocking to the side of the boat when the shipmates throw them food. Unfortunately, on our trip the tai fish were outnumbered by a school of mejina (greenfish), but it still made for quite the scene.

Tai-no-Ura Boat Tour
Website: https://tainoura.jp( External link ) (Japanese)
Google Map Plus Code: 459W+PP Kamogawa, Chiba

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Tanjo-ji Temple

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After our return to port, we headed across the street to the 800-year told Tanjo-ji Temple. Nichiren Shonin, the founder of the Nichiren School of Buddhism, was born near the area and the temple was built in his honor. It was believed that the bountiful schools of tai fish in the neighboring port were one of three miracles that accompanied his birth. A statue of Nichiren Shonin was built on the temple grounds in front of the main hall.

Tanjo-ji Temple
Website: http://kominato.tanjoh-ji.jp( External link ) (English)
Google Map Plus Code: 459X+7F Kamogawa, Chiba

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Seicho-ji Temple

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From the coast, we headed up into the mountains toward Seicho-ji Temple. In 1233, when Nichiren Shonin turned twelve, he went to study in the mountains at Seicho-ji Temple. Once he turned sixteen, he officially became a monk and left Chiba to study all over Japan. After ten years, he returned to Seicho-ji Temple, and in 1253 he stood at the summit of nearby Mt. Kiyosumi, watched the sunrise over the Pacific, and prayed for guidance in founding the Nichiren School of Buddhism. Upon visiting Seicho-ji, you’ll start to understand how this serene natural environment inspired Nichiren Shonin.

Seicho-ji Temple
Website: https://seichoji.com( External link ) (Japanese)
Google Map Plus Code: 5562+9H Kamogawa, Chiba

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Oyama Senmaida

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We did some more traveling through the hills and valleys of Kamogawa while heading toward Oyama Senmaida. Oyama Senmaida was selected as one of the “100 beautiful terraced rice paddies in Japan” and is the closest terraced rice paddies viewing spot to Tokyo. Oyama Senmaida sits on a staggered slope of 375 terraced rice paddies, a picturesque scene reminiscent of classical Japan. The rice paddies operate on an “owner system” where locals and city dwellers alike can adopt and take part in cultivating the paddies. The paddies provide a splendid view no matter what the season, whether it's the vivid greens of the spring or summer, the harvests of fall, or light decorations in winter.

Oyama Senmaida
Website: https://senmaida.com( External link ) (Japanese)
Google Map Plus Code: 4XJF+2J Kamogawa, Chiba

Oyama-dera

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We also stopped by the nearby Oyama-dera Temple and Oyama Fudoson for even more lovely views of the terraced hills of Kamogawa. The secluded temple grounds were the perfect place to reflect on the natural beauty of the area, and catch some views from the shrine perched above a 300-step climb. The 200-year-old main hall was also quite a sight with its beautiful paintings and wood carvings.

Oyama-dera
Website: http://www.kamonavi.jp/ja/shisetsu/SPNG0003.html( External link ) (Japanese)
Google Map Plus Code: 4XP8+WJ Kamogawa, Chiba

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 Lookout Spots

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Josai International University

On our return back down to the coast, we stopped at two of Kamogawa’s best lookout spots. First, we headed to the lookout spot atop the main building at Josai International University’s Kamogawa Campus. Next, we visited Uomizuka Observatory, a spot recognizable from around the coast for its statue of a goddess sitting atop a cliff looking out over the sea. The ancient people of Kamogawa used to gather at this spot to survey the fisheries off the coast.

Uomizuka Observatory
Website: https://www.city.kamogawa.lg.jp/kankyo_sangyo/doro_toshikeikaku/1414243245027.html( External link ) (Japanese)
Google Map Plus Code: 33VX+GX Kamogawa, Chiba

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 Jumangame Sake Shop 

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After a full day of excitement traveling around Kamogawa, I was starting to get thirsty. Luckily, our last stop of the tour was at the Jumangame Sake Shop. Jumangame is owned by the Kameda Brewery, who has been making sake at this location for over 250 years, a location chosen for the first New Year’s festival held by Emperor Meiji in 1868. The Kameda Brewery still supplies Meiji Shrine with its shiroki-sake to this day. I got to sample four different types of their sake and couldn’t help but buying a bottle to take home as a souvenir.

Jumangame Sake Shop
Website: http://jumangame.com( External link ) (Japanese)
Google Map Plus Code: 42JF+F6 Kamogawa, Chiba