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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan. Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan.
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare. An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare.
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife. Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife.
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan. Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan.
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara. The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara.
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower. Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower.
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving. Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving.
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky. The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky.
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

CHIBA Kujukuri & Choshi

Swim and surf at some of Japan's most pristine beaches, close to Tokyo

With miles of beaches, surfable waves, and a laid-back island vibe, it's hard to believe that Kujukuri and Choshi are just a short trip from Tokyo. The rugged coastline features cliff-side observation points with endless sea views.

Don't Miss

  • Japan's longest stretch of sandy shoreline at Kujukurihama Beach
  • Sunset views from Cape Inubo
  • The 360-degree panorama from the Chikyu-No-Maruku-Mieru-Oka observatory

How to Get There

The easiest way to access the area is by car, but there are a train and bus services, taking a little less than two hours from Tokyo.

From Chiba, you can access Kujukuri and Choshi by car via the Chiba-Togane Expressway. The JR Sobu Line has an express train from Chiba Station directly to Choshi Station, which is adjacent to Kujukurihama. To get to the beach, take the Sobu Main Line to Togane Station, and catch a bus from there.

The white sand and gentle waves of Kujukurihama Beach

Kujukurihama Beach is a long stretch of sandy shoreline on the northeast coast of Chiba's Boso Peninsula . The second longest beach in Japan, it offers 60 kilometers of sandy beach and clear water. People flock to the beach to enjoy kiteboarding and stand-up paddle surfing, while serious surfers paddle further out for larger waves.

Enjoy the slow life

The area around Kujukurihama has a charming, local feel, free of the big resorts and condos that often blight beautiful beaches. Small family restaurants sell freshly caught seafood, and beach-side shacks serve up barbecue lunches.

There's a wide variety of accommodations, from hotels to small guesthouses and traditional Japanese ryokan. The whole area has the funky, weather-beaten feel of a surfer town.

Panoramic views at Cape Inubo

Cape Inubo is a small peninsula jutting out over the Pacific Ocean. The cliff top offers many picturesque windswept lookout points around the soaring white lighthouse, that draw many to see the first sunrise of the New Year. Not far from Inubo Station is Manganji, an unusual Buddhist temple in vivid colors.

Get above it all at Inubosaki Lighthouse

At the top of the cliff, Inubosaki Lighthouse presents a 360-degree panoramic view of the ocean and the entire Kujukuri area. The lighthouse is 140 years old, going back to the early days of Japan's modernization during the 19th century.

A modern viewpoint

Choshi Port Tower overlooks the bay from the city of Choshi. Made of steel and reflective glass, the observation deck looks straight down into the fishing harbor at the mouth of the Tone River. You can try the local catch at the seafood restaurant on the ground floor.

See the curve of the earth

Mt. Atago is also known as Chikyu-No-Maruku-Mieru-Oka, which is Japanese for “the hill where you can see the curve of the earth,” and it lives up to its name. At over 400 meters in height, it's Chiba Prefecture's highest point.

Perfect sunsets

An observatory at the top offers a 360-degree panorama of the ocean, the surrounding countryside, and the curved arc of the horizon. It's also an excellent spot for watching sunsets. On a clear day, you can see as far as Mt. Tsukuba, Cape Inubo , and Kujukurihama Beach .

Mobara Park's stunning blossoms

Mobara Park is an extensive park in the city of Mobara, built around a huge pond stocked with colorful carp and traversed by red lacquer bridges. The park is especially gorgeous in spring when almost 3,000 cherry trees burst into flower.

Historical train rides

Train enthusiasts will enjoy riding the vintage cars of the Choshi Electric Railway between Choshi and Tokawa. Even the train tickets sold on the line are old-fashioned, thick cardboard. The quaint stations along the route feature European architecture; the whole line has the atmosphere of a charming animation. In fact, the Choshi line and its stations have been immortalized in novels and TV dramas.

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