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Kanto Chiba Sweeping shorelines, world-famous theme parks, and timeless temples

From Olympic surfing venues and mountainous trekking to historic villages, Disney resorts and outlet shopping, Chiba has something for all

Adjacent to Tokyo, Chiba is best known for being home to Japan’s two Disney parks, but the area overflows with natural beauty both inland and by the sea. Stretching 66 kilometers along Chiba’s coast is Kujukuri Beach, Japan's longest stretch of sandy coastline, ideal for watersports. Deeper inland are a number of spacious parks and towering Mt. Nokogiri, with its "Hell Peek Point." Chiba also has Japan's main international airport, Narita, making it the country's first entry point for most travelers.

How to Get There

Chiba is easily accessible via the JR Keiyo Line from Tokyo Station. You can also reach Chiba using the JR Sobu Line from various stations in the capital. Narita International Airport, Japan’s main international airport, is located in the prefecture.

The JR Sobu Line travels through several of Tokyo’s main stations, including Shinjuku, Tokyo and Akihabara. From Chiba Station, you can access many prefectural sights via the local train network. The Keiyo Line, which stretches around the bay, connects Tokyo to Chiba’s main urban attractions such as the Disney resorts and the Makuhari Messe exhibition center. You can use the Japan Rail Pass for JR train lines.

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Don’t Miss

  • Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, the latter of which is unique to Japan
  • Swimming, windsurfing, diving and more at Chiba's beaches
  • Traveling back in time at the historic town of Sawara
  • Soaking up the beauty of Shinshoji Temple in Narita, listed in the Michelin Green Guide Japan

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Local Specialties

  • Boshu Round Fans

    Sweltering Japanese summers make fans essential. The stylish Boshu uchiwa, made from bamboo, is covered with handmade washi paper, silk or cotton to produce its iconic paddle-like shape. Chiba is one of three areas including Kyoto and Kagawa that are famous for their fans.

  • Namero

    Namero is a traditional fisherman's dish from the coastal area of southern Chiba. It is a mix of Pacific saury, jack mackerel and various other freshly caught fish minced together with leeks, ginger and miso. It can be eaten on its own or as an accompaniment to a bowl of freshly boiled white rice. It was originally prepared on boats in rough seas and uses miso instead of easily spillable soy sauce as seasoning.

  • Peanuts

    Most of Japan's peanuts are grown in Chiba, and they're famous for their rich flavor and slight sweetness. Chiba peanut farmers have found some unique ways to prepare the humble peanut, including baking, steaming, boiling and even pickling them.

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Seasonal Highlights

  • Spring

    Visit one of Chiba's many parks to see flowers ranging from cherry blossoms and peonies to azaleas. April's Narita Drum Festival, one of Japan's leading taiko drum events, is a calendar highlight.

    mobara park
  • Summer

    Popular getaways for Tokyoites, surf, sun and lazy days await at Kujukuri, Onjuku and Okinoshima beaches. Fireworks festivals abound.

  • Autumn

    Fall highlights include autumn-leaf viewing at Yoro Valley, or seeing mountainous colors from above, riding the ropeway up Mt. Nokogiri.

    izumi nature park
  • Winter

    Winter in Chiba sees plenty of holiday celebrations and from the contemporary at Disneyland, to more traditional offerings at Shinshoji Temple. Tokyo German Village is particularly popular for its illuminations.

    Tokyo bay Ferry

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