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  • Makuhari Messe
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Naritasan Shinshoji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Chiba City Museum of Art
    61 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Chofukujuji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Chouseigunchounanmachi Chounan 969-1
    Chofukujuji Temple was founded by the Tendai monk Saicho in 798 in response to a request from Emperor Kanmu. It is famous for having the longest official name of any temple in Japan: Sanzugato Gokurakutomon Rengedaijo Amidabo Taihei yasan Honjitsujoin Chofukujuji. An elephant stone statue on the grounds named Kichizo-kun is supposed to fulfill wishes for health and long life. Increased wealth, and a happy family life to people who rub its feet.
  • Hondo-ji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    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."
  • Chiba-jinja Shrine
    127 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    During a recent family trip through Chiba we stopped off at this shrine to share with our children a little about Japanese culture. This shrine was inviting to us and my children loved seeing the...

  • Awa-jinja Shrine
    85 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    I came here on Saturday noon. There aren't much people, which make the place silent harmonically with a lot of trees. This shrine is surrounded by mountains, so you can feel good Japanese nature...

  • National Museum of Japanese History
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Chiba Pref. Sakurashi Jounaichou 117
    The National Museum of Japanese History was founded in 1981 as a research institution to promote education with material displays and exhibitions on historical, archeological and folkloric research. In addition to its permanent exhibits, the museum also has plans for special exhibitions offering a limited chance to view highly valuable items, making it a place that truly deepens access to Japan’s history.
  • Museum of Aeronautical Sciences
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art
    17 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Chiba Pref. Chibashi Chuou-ku Chuoukou 1-10-1
    "Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art is located in Chiba Port Park. Its collection is centered on artists who have a connection with Chiba Prefecture and materials related to them. Its 2,800-piece collection includes paintings by such artists as the early modern Japanese Western-style painter Chu Asai, Jean-Francois Millet, and Pierre- Auguste Renoir, along with the works of metal sculptors such as Hotsuma Katori and Shinobu Tsuda. The one-story architecture, with no entire differences in level, was designed by architect Masato Otaka. The adjacent ""Resident's Studio"" building contains lecture halls, an information and documents library, and studios."


  • Daibutsu Hiroba
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Awagunkyonanmachi Motona 184 Nippon Terauchi
    Daibutsu Hiroba is an open space in the precincts of Nihonji Temple. In 1783, Ono Jingoro Hidenori worked with the monks for three years to carve a large statue Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai, one of the forms of the Buddha, surrounded by small statues of the Jizo bodhisattva, representing prayers. There is also a cluster of 1,500 stone sculptures representing rakan (people who are on their way to enlightenment), as well as a Hyakushaku Kannon near the summit of Mt. Nokogiri. These are lots of statues scattered around the temple precincts.
  • Ninomiya-jinja Shrine
    19 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Funabashishi Miyama 5-20-1
    "This Shinto shrine is said to have been built by decree of the Emperor Saga between 810 and 823. It was a popular place of worship as it was the guardian shrine of the area's 23 villages. Compiled in the year 905, the Engi-shiki Jinmyo-cho lists it as Samukawa-jinja Shrine, one of the two leading sanctuaries in Chiba County, but the bell installed in 1303 has an insignia reading ""Ninomiya,"" so some think its name was bestowed in the Kamakura period. It's an important venue for the Shimosa Miyama Seven-Year Festival, a Chiba Prefecture Intangible Folk Cultural Property. Portable sanctuaries from the area shrines converge on the grounds during the Anzan Orei Taisai Festival."

    1200年ほどの歴史ある神社です。 七五三と年末年始は大変賑わいます。 丑年と未年に開催の7年祭には、付近の4市9神社を挙げての大祭があり、次回は2022年でしょうかね。

  • Tamasaki Shrine
    40 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    It's nothing special, but it's the only shrine around, so we went for New Years. It's been under construction for a very long time, no end in sight. That means it's not very pretty looking right now...

  • Aqua Line Naruhodokan
    6 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Chiba Pref. Sodegaurashi Shimonitta 1133 Sodegaura City Museum
    This is one of the Sodegaura City Local Museum's exhibition facilities. It's in Sodegaura Park. Established to commemorate the first anniversary of the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line, it has Aqua Line related models, items, and displays on the civil engineering technology used for its construction. The venue is sometimes used for other exhibitions, too.

    袖ヶ浦公園の中にあります。映像展示室、歴史展示室,民俗展示室等に分かれていて、古代から近代まで袖ヶ浦にまつわる歴史を、模型や写真を多用して、わかりやすく解説していました。 また、すぐ近くにはアクアラインなるほど館や移築した古民家があり、公園でのんびり過ごす以上の価値があるところでした。

  • Shojoji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Kisaradushi Fujimi 2-9-30
    "This temple located in Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture belongs to the Jodo Shinshu Honganji sect, and it is the only Jodo Shinshu temple in the Uchibo area with its many Shingon sect temples. It is the location told in the ""Tanuki-bayashi,"" known as one of Japan's three great tanuki (racoon dog) legends, and the nursery rhyme ""Shojoji no Tanuki Bayashi"" (Racoon Dogs Dancing at Shojoji Temple) was also made based on this legend. In the autumn, the ""Tanuki Festival"" is held as a memorial service to tanuki."
  • Atago-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Nodashi Noda 725
    "This Shinto shrine on the Nagareyama Highway in the Noda section of Noda City was founded in 923. Its god is worshiped for fire prevention, and local people familiarly refer to it as ""Atago-sama."" The current shrine dates from 1824, and the main hall features carvings by the Edo Period master carpenter Ishihara Tsunehachi II. It's been designated a prefectural Tangible Cultural Property."
  • Ichinomiyakan Akutagawa-So
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Chouseigunichinomiyamachi Ichinomiya 9240-1 (Ichinomiya building)
    This annex is part of Ichinomiyakan, a traditional Japanese inn. It was built in 1897 and got its current name because the novelist Akutagawa Ryunosuke stayed there during the Taisho period. He sent a letter from there proposing to Tsukamoto Fumi, who later became his wife. Memories of his stay appeared in several of his works. Built with traditional minka (private house) architectural techniques, it's a national Registered Tangible Cultural Property.
  • Kururi Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Kimitsushi Kururichiba 1019
    This castle site in Uchiyama, Kururi, Kimitsu City formerly belonged to the Satomi and Kuroda clans. It's also known as the Rain Castle as after completion it rained every three days, hiding it in a shroud of fog. It was abandoned in the early Meiji era (1868?1912), but the castle tower was restored in 1978, and today hosts the Kururi Castle Museum. The area around it is now a park.
  • Old Kamiya Denbe Inage Villa
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Chibashi Inage-ku Inage 1-8-35
    "This Western-style villa was built by the businessman Kamiya Denbe, also known as the ""King of Wine"" for his activities as a wine importer and domestic wine maker. Built as a guest house in the Taisho period (1912?1926), it's a National Tangible Cultural Property. Entry is free, and groups are also welcome. Its Gallery Inage is available for exhibitions and events."
  • Kyu-Abuso Shoten
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Katorishi Sawara I-503
    This historic structure is on the Onogawa River in Sawara. It was a wholesaler and Nara style pickle maker that moved to its current location in the Edo period (1603?1868). The shop was destroyed by a big fire in 1900 and rebuilt. Both it and the 1798 earth-walled storehouse are Prefectural Tangible Cultural Properties. The surrounding area as a whole is designated an Important National Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.

Chiba Main Areas


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ーmost famous as the home of Narita Airportー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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