Izumi Nature Park in Fall, Chiba

Top 10 location in Chiba City for fall foliage viewing

By Jessica A Paje    - 2 min read

Izumi Nature Park is one of the top ten locations in Chiba City to enjoy fall foliage viewing. Hues of red, gold and green are sprinkled throughout the spacious park during the months of November and December. You can stroll across the focal point of the park, Izumi Bridge, to capture the reflection of the autumn landscape in the duck pond. Or, hike down trails to catch the sunlight shimmering through the surrounding trees.

Also known as momiji and koyo, the fall foliage during my trip in mid-November was nothing short of a perfect picture for the season. I spent most of my time walking around the duck pond with friends, and as I watched others bundled up as they walked their dogs, feed the carp, and stroll hand in hand underneath the sycamore & trident maple trees, I thought this was the essence of Autumn in Japan. There are many benches situated around the pond for a quiet and relaxing time. Pick up a few snacks from the neighborhood to enjoy, like imocchi, as you capture some of the most spectacular colors of the season!

Not only is Izumi Park a wonderful location for fall foliage viewing, it is a fantastic park during Cherry Blossom season. The north section of cherry trees is one of the top 100 most famous areas to view sakura in Japan. As usual, you can enjoy hanami viewing by picnicking in the grassy areas.

There are a few rules one must adhere to such as no fishing, no bonfires or fireworks, and dogs must be leashed (owners are responsible for droppings). It is free admission to the park and an up-to-date calendar of events is available for reference on their website.

Izumi Nature Park is 43 hectares in size and is located about 11km southeast of Chiba City’s center. You can easily travel by car as day parking is provided for a total of 400yen between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm. To access the park by train, exit Chiba Station and then take the Flower Bus bound for “Nakano Soshajo” (Nakano Switchyard), get off at “Izumi Koen Iriguchi” (Izumi Park Entrance).

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Jessica A Paje

Jessica A Paje @jessica.paje

Originally from San Diego, California, I lived in Yokosuka, Japan, for 5 years. In 2010, I arrived with a new outlook on my future. Mainly, to refocus on family and let my curiosities take us to places we’ve only dreamt of. Along the way, we’d hopefully develop new friendships and simply collect memories to last a lifetime. Then, there was the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. I will never forget that experience and the devastating effects it had on the entire country. I asked the community, “What can I do to help?” Collecting, sorting, and packing donations, was the least I could do. I also went to California for 1 month, raised a monetary donation for Red Cross, and secured phone interviews to help spread the word on how others from the USA could assist. I was determined to show my family, friends, and folks across the world that it would be okay to return to Japan. I wanted them to know that the little things that make up this beautiful country still existed. What better way than to use a platform such as Japan Travel to share photos and stories full of life, history, and culture. It is a pleasure to say I have contributed more than 150 articles to a database that now collectively holds more than 15,000! This journey has not only allowed me to realize my initial goals, but I’d like to think that it has somehow played a role in sparking an interest locally and across the globe for others to experience all that is published here and more. I invite you to also share your wonderful stories, offer comments, and ask questions right here. Feel free to contact me at jessica.paje@japantravel.com. Safe travels! ٩( ๑╹ ꇴ╹)۶

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Elena Lisina 5 years ago
I think I MUST go to Chiba in autumn! Thank you!
Shaymaa Barakat 6 years ago
Thank you for both the article and the photos, would love to go there if I'm ever in Chiba, Seems like nice and peaceful place.
Mandy Bartok 6 years ago
It's nice to know that such a beautiful place to go to see the foliage is free.