History / Culture / Tour Spots in Chiba Area

  • Makuhari Messe
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    3.5
    450 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Chibashi Mihama-ku Nakase 2-1
    A convention center capable of hosting domestic and international trade fairs, product fairs, exhibitions, events, and meetings. There’s always a host of fun programs being conducted at Makuhari Messe. In addition to 11 exhibition halls, there’s also numerous conference rooms, restaurants, and other facilities; the size of the structure will astound you. The shortest access routes for international exhibition halls 1-8 and 9-11, the Makuhari Event Hall, and the international conference rooms all differ, so be sure to check where the event you’re interested in is before heading out.

    Makuhari Messe looked a little shabby compared to Tokyo Big Site. The site was big enough but it looked so much outdated.

  • Katori Jingu
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    4.5
    326 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Katorishi Katori 1697-1
    Katori Jingu shrine is located in the Katori district of Katori City. It is the Grand Head Shrine of all the Katori shrines in Japan, of which there are around 400. The shrine is dedicated to the worship of Futsunushi-no-okami, a deity who appears in the Japanese legend “Izumo no Kuniyuzuri.” The Main Hall and the Rou-mon (two-storied gate), which were built in 1700, have both been designated as national Important Cultural Properties.

    Katori Jingu Shrine is amazing! I found out about this place through Katoris official English Facebook page, Little Edo Sawara. They talk about the history of the shrine and have amazing pictures...

  • Naritasan Shinshoji Temple
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Naritashi Narita 1
    Naritasan Shinshoji Temple is a lead temple in the Chisan school of Shingon located in Narita, Chiba Prefecture. In order to suppress a revolt by Tairano Masakado which broke out in the Heian period, it began with the fact that Kobo Daishi was spiritually enlightened by the high priest Kancho as Acala was enshrined and became the principal image of worship at the temple. Many well-known figures had strong faith including such figures as Minamotono Yoritomo, Mito Mitsukuni and Ichikawa Danjuro, and Narita Fudo prompted many commoners to have faith. On the grounds of the temple, there are very big gardens maintained which cover an area of approximately 3.5 times that of Tokyo Dome, and you can see seasonal plants in the garden.

    安政年間に本堂として建てられ、大本堂が建てられた昭和期に現在の地に移築されました。本堂として建てられたとしたら、少し小ぶりかなと感じます。現在の本堂の西側に在ります。

  • Museum of Aeronautical Sciences
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    4.0
    296 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Sambugunshibayamamachi Iwayama 111-3
    The Museum of Aeronautical Sciences is the place to learn about the science of aviation and aviation technology. Museum visitors can enjoy the outdoor exhibition plaza, which displays Cessnas, helicopters, and other aircraft. The indoor portion of the museum contains exhibits of aviation-related art and serves as the site for pre-licensing seminars for aspiring aeronautical radio operators. The museum shop sells scale models of aircraft and a large selection of other aviation-related souvenirs and novelties.

    Big & spacious place to walk around to view the aeroplanes. I did not buy tickets to enter the building. I just hung around outside & walked around to peek into the aeroplanes.

  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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    4.5
    11 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Isumishi Misakichoukamone 1270
    "Kiyomizu-dera Temple is located near Otowa no Mori Park in Kamone, Misaki-cho, in the city of Isumi. It has long history, having been built in 807 by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro. Its principal votive figure is the Thousand-Armed Kannon, and this temple is the 32nd of the 33 places sacred to the bodhisattva Kannon in Bando (the old name for the Kanto Region). Within the precincts are sculptures of the 47 samurai of the Ako domain whose plot to avenge their lord was immortalized in the play ""Chushingura."""

    板東観音巡礼の26番目として、この32番札所を参拝しました。 これまでで指折りに「歴史を感じられる」素晴らしい寺でした。 いすみ市を訪れたのは久しぶりでした。 残念だったのは、行程で度々見かけた、景観を壊すソーラーパネル。 この寺がある周囲の山同様、自然環境を大切にしてもらいたいものです。

  • Chiba-jinja Shrine
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    145 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Chibashi Chuou-ku Innai 1-16-1
    Chiba-jinja Shrine is the main shrine of the bodhisattva Myoken, who offers protection for people who are of ages considerably considered unlucky. Myoken, the principal god enshrined here, is the spirit of the North Star, the Pole Star positioned at the center of the heavens, and he shares the shrine with the gods Futsu and Yamato Takeru no Mikoto. This shrine is said to be efficacious against bad luck during two types of unlucky ages, and it is a favorite place for people to pray for good luck or to celebrate special events in their lives.

    ここは、最寄りの千葉駅から15分ほどの神社です。有名ではないですが、建造物が珍しい形なので1度は行ってもいいと思います。 Chiba Shrine has 15min from nearest station by walk.Its not famous but very rare shape shrine so I think just 1 time should to go here...

  • Awa-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    106 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Tateyamashi Daijingu 589
    Awa-jinja Shrine, said to date from 660, includes the Kaminomiya (main shrine), Shimonomiya (auxiliary shrine), Itsukushimasha (subordinate shrine), and Kotohirasha (subordinate shrine). The primary Kami honored here is Ame-no-Futodama-no-mikoto, who is the kami of all Japan’s industry. After visiting, please stop at the Azuchi Tea House in the shrine grounds.

    日本三大金運神社の一つと聞き参拝いたしました。 清掃がしっかりされており澄んだ空気で、居て気持ちがいいです。 晴れた日の裏山(?)ハイキングも気持ちいいです。

  • Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art
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    4.5
    135 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Sakurashi Sakado 631
    An art museum located in Sakado, Sakura City. Its collection includes roughly 1,000 works gathered by DIC Corp. and related companies—from Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Chagall to abstract works, Dadaism, Surrealism, and even post-war Western art and modern Japanese art. Nearby, you’ll find walking paths surrounded by nature, a restaurant, a tea house, and a retail shop.

    The Kawamura Kinen Museum is a museum with a large, beautiful garden. I went there to see an exhibition featuring photographs of Japanese people, taken by a british photographer over 150 years ago...

  • Hondo-ji Temple
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    4.0
    140 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Matsudoshi Hiraga 63
    "Hondo-ji Temple is a famous temple of the Nichiren sect that has been nicknamed ""the hydrangea temple"" and ""the autumn leaf temple."" In early summer, over 10,000 hydrangea plants and 5,000 irises adorn the temple grounds with their blossoms, and in autumn, about 1,000 maple trees turn a brilliant red and yellow."

    We loved the Sakura and the peaceful atmosphere. Don’t miss the gold top of one building. It is pretty stroller friendly too.

  • Daifukuji Temple (Gake Kannon)
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    140 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Tateyamashi Funakata 835
    "The popular name for Daifukuji Temple is ""Gake Kannon"" (""Cliff Kannon""). Located in Funakata in the city of Tateyama, it was founded by the Nara period (eighth century) monk Gyoki, who was on a walking pilgrimage of the eastern provinces. It is said that he carved an image of Eleven-headed Kannon into the cliff face of Mt. Funakata as a way of praying for safety on the seas and bountiful fishing for the local fishermen. A temple devoted to Kannon is built in front of the image to guard it, and from inside, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Tateyama Bay and Izu Oshima Island."

    Traveling to the southern part of Boso Peninsular in Chiba Prefecture used to be a long trip on single lane roads, but with the completion of the motorway, it has become much more accessible. The...

  • Tanjoji Temple
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    3.5
    132 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Kamogawashi Kominato 183
    Tanjoji Temple was built in 1276 in the present-day Kominato area of the city of Kamogawa, the birthplace of Nichiren, the founder of Nichiren Buddhism. It was moved to its present location after an earthquake in 1703. In 1758, a fire destroyed all the temple buildings except Niomon Gate. This surviving structure has been designated a Prefectural Tangible Cultural Property. On February 16 of each year, a festival called Shuso Goko Tan-e is held to commemorate Nichiren's birthday. A portable shrine with an image of Nichiren as a child is carried around in a procession called O-Neri Gyoretsu.

    This is the Buddhist temple of the Nichiren sect built in the place where Nichiren was born. This is a sacred place located in Kominato, in Southern Chiba, facing the Pacific Ocean. Nichiren was born...

  • Otaki Castle Museum
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    3.5
    99 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Isumigunotakimachi Otaki 481
    This history museum’s permanent exhibition focuses on Boso’s castle and its castle town, both in the medieval era and in recent times. The museum exhibits artifacts related to it, like armor, antique equipment, and ancient documents, as well as materials on life in samurai society and the castle town. Since Honda Tadakatsu was once the castle’s lord, it was built on the famous Otaki ruins of the Kazusa clan’s inner citadel (Tadakatsu was one of the four generals that served Tokugawa Ieyasu).

    Ootaki is an old castle town that was ruled by Katsuie Honda, a prominent subordinate of Ieyasu Tokugawa in the late 16th century. The township has preserved many of its Edo period merchant houses...

  • Ino Tadataka Memorial Hall
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    4.0
    109 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Katorishi Sawara I 1722-1
    This museum showcases the achievements of Ino Tadataka who created the first surveyed map of Japan. It is located south of JR Sawara Station on Prefectural Road 55, across the river from his former residence. The memorial is divided into periods depicting Tadataka's life until he was 50 years old and the period incorporating his work on the national survey. It also features interesting aspects of his life such as his character and the fact that he traveled to various shrines and temples starting in his 30s. There is also a display of his journals and the tools he used for surveying, and you can compare his map to others of the period from around the world to understand the extent of his precision.

    Tadataka Ino is a historical Japanese who made the first Japanese map by himself using his foot. This Museum has his maps on display. The map is accurate even if compared to todays one. And it is...

  • Hokekyoji Temple
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    4.5
    95 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Ichikawashi Nakayama 2-10-1
    This temple is located at Nakayama2-Chome, Ichikawa City. This temple was established by combining the Hokkeji and Honmyoji temples during the Kamakura period. The shrine of the founder within the premises is built in a rare hiyoku-irimoya construction style and is designated a national important cultural property. Also known for its beautiful cherry blossoms, in the spring and autumn the Senbue and Oeshiki ceremonies are held, and an open market antique is hosted at the same time.

    Hokekyouji is one of the main temples of the Buddhist Nichiren sect. Nichiren is the founder of the sect founded in the twelfth century, one of the newer Buddhist sects that emerged in the Kamakura...

  • Kasamori-Kannon Temple
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    4.5
    82 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Chouseigunchounanmachi Kasamori 302
    Founded by Saint Saicho, the patriarch of Tendai Buddhism in 784, this ancient Kasamori Kannon temple, is so called because of its eleven-faced Kannon. Designated the 31st Kannon in the Bando 33 Kannon Pilgrimage, the Kasamori Kannon Temple has been recognized as a sacred place for centuries. The kannon hall is built atop a large boulder, and is the only four directional kakezukuri structure in Japan, and thus designated a National Important Cultural Property.

    Kasamori Kannon was founded in B.E.1327 and the main hall of the temple was built in B.E.1571. The temple is located on the mountain surrounded by the forest. To reach the temple, you must climb up...

  • Sakuragi-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    68 Reviews
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    Chiba Noda-shi Sakuradai 210

    住宅街の中にある御朱印で有名な神社です。季節毎に変わる御朱印は、収集家には人気らしく御朱印の貰いかたをテープレコーダーでくりかえし放送していました。 自分にはこの趣味はないのでお参りをして帰りました。トイレがとても綺麗で豪華でした。 Go-shuincho is a book of red seals. You go to many shrines or temples, and get...

  • Minato Oasis Nagisanoeki Tateyama
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    96 Reviews
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    Chiba Tateyama-shi Tateyama 1564-1
    "Tateyama Beach Station is multipurpose facility located along the Uchibo Nagisa Line Highway. It is adjacent to the Nagisa no Hakubutsukan (Beach Museum), a satellite collection of the Tateyama City Museum, which displays Boso Peninsula fishing implements (designated as Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property) and other exhibits related to the fishing industry on the Boso Peninsula. In addition to Umibe no Hiroba (""Seashore Plaza""), which exhibits living things found in Tateyama, there is an observation deck where visitors can watch the sunset over Tateyama Bay or see Mt. Fuji, as well as well as Tateyama Sunset Pier, the longest such pier in Japan. The commercial building contains a market where visitors can buy seafood and agricultural products directly from those who produced them, as well as a restaurant that serves dishes made with fresh, local ingredients."

    お土産を買いに立ち寄りました。物産店には新鮮な地物野菜が売られてました。子供が喜びそうな水槽展示もあり、隣の資料館ではさかな君展をやってました。魚君が館山市民ということを初めて知りました。

  • Chiba City Museum of Art
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    4.0
    71 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Chibashi Chuou-ku Chuou 3-10-8
    The collection at Chiba City Museum of Art focuses on works by artists with a close connection to the Boso Peninsula and paintings of scenes from the Boso Peninsula. Its collection includes paintings from the Edo period (1603?1868), woodblock prints from the Edo through early Showa periods (1926?1989), and Japanese and Western modern art. It has no permanent exhibits but instead sponsors rotating exhibitions and exhibitions of its holdings, lectures, and workshops. The museum is housed in the remodeled and restored Chiba branch of Kawasaki Bank and shares the building with the ward office of Chuo-ku. There is also a restaurant and a library in the building.

    Not a grand gallery but provide a good glimpse of works from local artists. The set up is nice and is worth a visit if you are in the area. The very friendly atmosphere made me feeling welcome...

  • Tamasaki Shrine
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Chouseigunichinomiyamachi Ichinomiya 3048
    The Engishiki Jinmyocho, a list of shrines compiled in the Heian period, includes the name of the Tamasaki Shrine. It has long been the primary shrine of the Kazusa region, and has kept the ancient rites all that time. The main building is rare in that it is built in the black-lacquered Gongen-zukuri style, and is quite beautiful. Other sights are t a monument with a haiku from Basho, and the stands of yew plum pines. The Kazusa Kagura sacred music is present seven times a year, and is designated an Intangible Folk Cultural Property by Chiba Prefecture.

    ご祭神は玉依姫命、特に女性にご利益があるそうです。その昔、源頼朝の妻、政子が安産祈願をした神社だとか。広い境内ではないので、拝観時間はあまりかかりません。願掛けの[はだしの道]がきれいでした。また、こちらはサーフィンで有名な九十九里浜に近くに鎮座、[波乗守]という御守が授与所にあります。人生の荒波にも耐え、開運の波に乗れる御守のようです。

  • Oohi-jinja Shrine (Funabashi Daijingu Shrine)
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    4.0
    80 Reviews
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    Chiba Pref. Funabashishi Miyamoto 5-2-1
    This Shinto shrine is three minutes on foot from the Keisei Main Line's Daijingushita Station and 15 minutes on foot from Funabashi Station on the JR Sobu Line. It was founded when Yamato Takeru-no-Mikoto enshrined Amaterasu Sume Omikami there for worship after suppressing Japan's eastern regions. It is the largest and oldest shrine in the Funabashi region. Sumo wrestling takes place at its main annual festival on October 20 and has a history of more than 400-years. It's even recorded the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu watched Sumo bouts here.

    Beautiful arrangement of shrines located in central Funabashi near the old lighthouse, we had a pleasant and peaceful walk through ,i noted there is a small arena also for young Sumo wrestlers.The...

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The Boso Peninsula forms the main body of Chiba prefecture, and this is where you’ll find its endless warm water beaches and jagged mountains. Further inland, Narita - most famous as the home of Narita Airport - is a secret haven of tradition and history in the form of centuries-old Shinshoji Temple and quaint wooden Edo buildings. Chiba prefecture is also home to both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.

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