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Updated:September 17, 2014

Fall Foliage 2013 (November,15, 2013 UP)

The best time to see autumn leaves in Chiba is from Mid-November to Mid-December. We would like to introduce some famous sights to see.


Narita-san Park

From the fall to early in the winter the park becomes alive with people enjoying a colorful display of autumn foliage mirrored in the still waters of its ponds. There are about 250 trees that put on beautiful autumnal tints such as maples, oaks (particularly, Quercus actissima and Quercus serrata) and ginkgo trees.


10 minutes’ walk from JR Narita Sta. or Keisei Narita Sta.


Narita-san Shinshoji Temple


Yoro Valley

With the spectacular fall foliage spreading across its Momijidani precipice, Yoro Valley is one of the most popular “leaf-peeping” spots. Enjoy colorful autumn leaves as the path goes across various torrential points while trailing through the valley.


50 minutes’ walk from Kominato Line Yoro Keikoku Station


Yoro River Valley located between Ichihara City and Ohtakimachi


Umegase Valley

The valley consists of 30- to 50-meter high eroded bluffs (geologically called “Umegase Strata”) on either bank of a 4- to 4.5-meter wide river. Scenery beautifully changes season to season across the landscape, but the valley is particularly known as a scenic spot of beautiful autumn foliage, the best in all Chiba Prefecture.


90 minutes’ walk from Kominato Line Yoro Keikoku Station


Tuzura, Ichihara City


Kururi Castle

Many people visit Kukuri-jo or Kukuri Castle in the fall to enjoy scarlet-tinged leaves surrounding the castle. Visitors can learn the local history in the archives built in the ruins of the ancient castle’s “ninomaru” (intermediate outworks) along with its restored “tenshukaku” (donjon).


25 minutes’ walk from JR Kururi Station


Kururi, Kimitsu City


Tateyama Shiroyama Park

The park is located at the site of the ancient castle of the Satomi clan, the feudal lord family of the region, on the south hill of Tateyama. The restored castle’s donjon (“tenshukaku”) commands a sweeping view of the whole town embracing the Bay of Tateyama called Kagamigaura. With a Japanese style garden with a tea house, a walk called Man’yo-no-michi, peacock garden and other facilities, the park provides a place of recreation for the citizens. It is also known as a place of cherry blossoms or sakura in addition to Japanese apricot blossoms or ume and azalea, with scenery change from season to season.


5 minutes’ walk from Shiroyama Koen-mae Stop by JR Bus for Ido or Nittoh/JR Bus for Tateyama Kokutai (These buses start from JR Uchibo Line Tateyama Station.)


Tateyama 351-2, Tateyama, Chiba


Seiwa Kenmin-no-Mori Forest

Located almost at the center of Boso Peninsula, this forest zone was arranged to conserve the nature of the province and provide people of the prefecture with the opportunity to familiarize more with forests and commune with nature.


10 minutes’ walk from Mishima-ko Stop by bus for Kenmin-no-Mori & Ozaki (The bus starts from JR Uchibo Line Kisarazu Station.)


Toyofusa 660, Kimitsu, Chiba


Katori Shrine

A colorful display of fiery red, pumpkin orange and yellow of fall leaves of maples, oaks (particularly, Quercus actissima and Quercus serrata) and ginkgo trees, spread across the landscape, relaxes visitors. A gorgeous carpet of fallen leaves on the approach to the shrine is really spectacular.


2 minutes’ walk from the last stop by bus for Katori Shrine (The bus starts from JR Narita Line Sawara Station.)


Katori 1697, Katori, Chiba


Hondoji Temple

Visitors are relaxed with more than 1,500 tree leaves tinged with beautiful, fiery red. It is the oldest temple in Chiba Prefecture and was designated as one of the nation’s important cultural properties, except its five-story pagoda which was constructed in 1991.


10 minutes’ walk from JR or Chiyoda Line Kitakogane Station


Hiraga 63, Matsudo, Chiba

Sakura Joshi Park (Sakura Castle Park)

The park is located in the ruins of Sakurajo or Sakura Castle built by Toshikatsu Doi, a feudal lord, in 1610 and destroyed at the time of Meiji Restoration.

This historical park blessed with an abundance of greenery is loved by people also because of the spectacular autumn foliage of maples and ginkgo trees, spreading across its landscape.


20 minutes’ walk from Keisei Sakura Station


Jonai, Sakura, Chiba


Kameyama Lake

Many visitors are impressed with Kameyama Lake’s brilliant reds of autumn leaves of maples and oaks (particularly, Quercus actissima). Located almost at the center of Boso Peninsula, the lake is one of few sites in nature with clean air and covered with boundless expanse of rich green.


10 minutes’ walk from JR Kururi Line Kazusa Kameyama Station


Kawamata, Kimitsu, Chiba