Chiba, situated next to Tokyo in the Kanto region of Honshu, is one of the most attractive prefectures in Japan. It abounds in parks, beautiful temples, castles, entertainment farms, hot springs, beach resorts, and the first Disney theme park to open outside the USA.
There are also vast expanses of lush green rolling hills, hidden valleys, flowing clear rivers, waterfalls and many kilometers of sandy beaches. The mild semi-tropical climate of Chiba is due to the kuroshi (‘black current’), a warm ocean current that sustains the northernmost coral reefs in the world.
Located on Tokyo Bay just minutes from the big city, Chiba is also a shopper’s paradise. Befitting its popularity with both international and domestic visitors, you will find mega stores providing an incredible variety of goods, large scale convention center facilities at Makuhari Messe, hotels, restaurants, cineplexes, sports stadiums and the ever-popular Tokyo Disney Resort (including unique DisneySea).
Chiba’s Narita City is a favorite stop to and from the country’s busiest airport, and it has one of the most spectacular temple grounds in Japan. Yearly millions of visitors visit Narita-san to take in the splendor of the many shrines and temples, and to experience the large festivals. Just a short walk from either the JR or Keisei railway stations, the street leading to the grounds is lined with small shops selling all kinds of goods and foods.
For beach and ocean adventures there is Kujukuri-hama, a spectacular 66km Pacific beach coastline. As you fly into Narita airport you can see it stretching as far as the eye can see. This is one of the most popular spots for swimming, surfing and fishing tourism. Dolphin-watching is possible (spring to fall) from the Togawa fishing port.
You can delight your palate dining on an amazing variety of fresh agricultural and seafood delicacies.
One of the most spectacular views can be seen from Nokogiriyama ('Sawtooth Mountain'). Take the gondola to the top on a clear day you can experience a panoramic view of Chiba, Tokyo, Yokohama, Mt. Fuji and Izu.
Chiba is conveniently accessed from Tokyo by train, car or ferry, with most destinations less than an hour or two from the city center.