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Updated:October 8, 2020

Lighthouses of Chiba


Chiba 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).

1. Inubosaki Lighthouse (Choshi City)


Inubosaki Lighthouse (Choshi City) is ranked on the IALA's list of 100 lighthouses in the world that are historic and architectural monuments. This Western style lighthouse was constructed in 1874 by English architect Richard Henry Brunton. At a height of 31.57 meters, it is the second tallest brick building currently standing in Japan. Climb the 99 steps of the corkscrew staircase for a panoramic view of the cape jutting out into the ocean. Once you’ve climbed down, grab a bite to eat or pick up a souvenir at the adjacent terrace market. 

Mapcode: 214 134 498*45

Public Transit Access: About a 10-minute walk from Inubo Station on the Choshi Electric Railway.

2. Iioka Lighthouse (Asahi City)


Iioka Lighthouse (Asahi City) stands above the sea on top of the 50-meter high Byobugaura cliffs, a coastline often referred to as “The Dover of the East.” This vantage point makes the lighthouse grounds a perfect spot to enjoy magnificent ocean views. There is also an observatory where you can catch a view of the ports and coastal plains of Asahi City. Stick around for the sunset too, as Iioka Lighthouse was chosen as having one of top 100 sunsets in Japan.

Mapcode: 92 089 723*10

Public Transit Access: From JR Asahi Station, take the bus bound for Futaba-cho and get off at Todai Iriguchi Bus Stop (approx. 30-min bus ride). The lighthouse is 10 minutes on foot from the bus stop.

 3. Taitosaki Lighthouse (Isumi City)


Taitosaki Lighthouse (Isumi City) sits atop the 60-meter ocean cliffs of Cape Taito. The lighthouse grounds extend to the edge of the cliffs, offering views looking straight out over the ocean, as well as views of the local beaches, surf spots, and rugged coastlines beyond.

Mapcode: 287 799 538*05

Public Transit Access: About a 50-minute walk from JR Taito Station.

 4. Katsuura Lighthouse (Katsuura City)


Katsuura Lighthouse (Katsuura City) is a symbol of Katsuura, a city also known for its morning fish market and beach resorts. The view of this solitary 21-meter tall tower standing guard over Cape Hachiman can also be enjoyed from the nearby Hachimansaki Park.

Mapcode: 287188139*01

Public Transit Access: About a 30-minute walk from JR Katsuura Station.

5. Nojimasaki Lighthouse (Minamiboso City)


Nojimasaki Lighthouse (Minamiboso City) is located within the grounds of historic Shirahama Nojimasaki Park, the southern-most point of the Boso Peninsula, and an area once known as a gathering place for inspiration-seeking writers and artists. Nojimasaki Lighthouse is known as one of the original lighthouses of Japan, with its roots dating back to a treaty with the U.S., the U.K., France, and the Netherlands in 1866. In addition to a climb to the top of the lighthouse, enjoy the scenic walking paths, shrines, and the ocean museum.

Mapcode: 756226749*01

Public Transit Access: From JR Tateyama Station, take the bus bound for Awa-Shirahama, and get off at the final stop, Awa-Shirahama Bus Station (approx. 50-min bus ride).

6. Sunosaki Lighthouse (Tateyama City)


Sunosaki Lighthouse (Tateyama City) is a registered national cultural landmark, and serves as Chiba’s guiding light for ships making their way into Tokyo Bay. From Sunosaki Lighthouse, you can take in the ocean views and a look down below on the seaside cityscape of Tateyama. On clear days, visitors are also treated with a chance to see Mt. Fuji and the Miura Peninsula on the other side of Tokyo Bay. 

Mapcode: 211181578*76

Public Transit Access: From JR Tateyama Station, take the bus bound for Nanbo Paradise and get off at Sunosaki Todai-Mae Bus Stop.