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Nature Spots in Chiba Area

  • Cape Futtsu
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    Chiba Pref. Futtsushi Futtsu 2280
    Cape Futtsu is a narrow land formation resembling a crane jutting its beak into Tokyo Bay. At the tip of the cape is the Meiji Memorial Observation Tower from which one can see the expansive ocean, downtown Tokyo and even Mt. Fuji. Many people visit Cape Futtsu for swimming in the ocean or in the jumbo pool, and for clamming as well.
  • Ubara Risokyo
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    Chiba Pref. Katsurashi Ubara
    "This quintessential example of a ria coast was formed via erosion caused by the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. ""Ubara Risokyo"" refers to all of Cape Myojin in Ubara, Katsuura City. Coastal plants also grow thickly here and the area is a naturally rich, picturesque destination. A favorite of writers and artists since ancient times, Akiko Yosano, in particular, wrote many poems about the area. The name ""Risokyo,"" meaning ""ideal land,"" is derived from the plan to turn the area into a holiday villa community in the Tahsho period (1912-1926)."
  • Kamogawa Matsushima
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    Chiba Pref. Kamogawashi Kaisuka
    A general name used to refer to the islands in Kaisuka, Kamogawa City. The seven islands of Arashima, Bentenjima, Ushima, Suzumejima, Hattonejima, Igaijima, and Ashikashima floating in the Pacific Ocean create beautiful, renowned scenery that has even been selected for inclusion in a list of 100 Views of New Japan. The sight of the islands as the morning sun rises above the Pacific Ocean is particularly spectacular.
  • Kozawamata Falls
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    Chiba Pref. Isumigunotakimachi Kozawamata
    "A waterfall located in Kozawamata, Otaki Town, Isumi County, Chiba Prefecture. This waterfall is one of the many of varying sizes dotting the two-kilometer-long walking path which follows the Yoro River from the Awamata Waterfall in the Yoro Valley. The falls are also known as the ""phantom waterfall."" Situated beneath a cliff on the grounds of a teahouse, visitors must pay a small fee to view the falls."
  • Nakazato Beach
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    Chiba Pref. Chouseigunshirakomachi Nakazato
    Nakazato Beach is in Nakazato in the town of Shirako in Chosei County. Shirako is known as the original home of the beach seine in the Kujukuri region, and every once in a while, tourists can try their hand at fishing in this manner free of charge. Under the guidance of a local fisherman, participants can pull in the net and catch fish such as sardines or horse mackerel.
  • Lake Hakkaku
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    Chiba Pref. Touganeshi Tougane
    "Surrounded by the hills of Tokigamine on three sides, the lake was originally a bowl shaped basin with a pond at its center. A piece of land jutting out into the lake from its west side is nicknamed ""Bentenjima."" Some 1,000 cherry trees have been planted around the lake and it is a well-known destination for cherry blossom viewing in the spring. Each year in April the Togane Cherry Blossom Festival is held here, attracting large numbers of tourists."
  • Heisaura Coast
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    Chiba Pref. Tateyamashi Fujiwara
    This natural coast stretches along the Boso Flower Line on the southern tip of the Boso Peninsula, and its sandy beaches continue for approximately five kilometers. It was chosen as one of the Japan's 100 Best Beaches with White Sand and Blue Pine because of the beautiful Japanese black pine trees planted for storms. In addition, it is known as a surfing spot, and has become a place that bustles with many surfers.
  • Ushigome Clam Digging Beach
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    Chiba Pref. Kisaradushi Ushigome 1434-3
    This beach is in Ushigome, Kisarazu City. It's a well-known clamming spot, and from late March to early July visitors dig for them in the expansive tidal flat that extends several hundred meters from shore. The convenience of an adjoining parking lot and proximity to Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu ensures a flood of visitors every clamming season.
  • Takataki Dam (Lake Takataki)
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    Chiba Pref. Ichiharashi Takataki
    A dam and accompanying dam lake. Surrounding facilities include open grass fields, a memorial hall, and an aquatic plant botanical garden. The lake is also a fishing destination known for its black bass among other varieties, and a Japanese pond smelt fishing tournament is held here in winter. In addition, the Ichihara City Takataki Lake Sightseeing Fireworks Show is held at the lake each year in August.
  • Lake Teganuma
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    Abiko City, Chiba Prefecture, Kashiwa City
    A lake 37 kilometers in circumference located on the south side of the Tone River on the border between Abiko City and Kashiwa City. Area facilities include the Tega-ohashi Bridge, which spans the lake; walking paths; parks; museums; a botanical garden; and a roadside station. Visitors can enjoy cherry blossoms and other seasonal flowers, and as see a variety of water birds, such as ducks come here from Siberia to pass the winter. The Teganuma Fireworks Festival is held at the lake in summer.
  • Iwai Beach
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    Chiba Pref. Minamibousoushi Kushi Ground point
    "This beach with its calm, shallow sea is a great place for kids to play and a beautiful spot to watch the sunset. Mt. Tomi, a setting in the historic novel ""The Chronicles of the Eight Dog Heroes of the Satomi Clan of Nanso,"" is in the vicinity, and the lovely natural surroundings include flower gardens too. There are lots of inns nearby, and the beach has events like seafood barbecues and programs for activities like dragnet fishing. "
  • Cape Nojima
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    Chiba Pref. Minamibousoushi Shirahamachoushirahama
    "A plateau cape located in Minamiboso City, Chiba Prefecture. Situated on the southern tip of the Boso Peninsula, the cape projects out into the Pacific Ocean. Nojimasaki Lighthouse, nicknamed the ""Swan Lighthouse"" and the second oldest extant lighthouse in Japan, is located on the cape. The area is maintained as a park and visitors can enjoy walking its grounds. In the reef area just offshore, traditional ama women divers gather abalone and red algae."
  • Sakuma Dam
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    Chiba Pref. Awagunkyonanmachi Kamisakuma
    The area around this dam is maintained as Sakuma Dam Lake Shinsui Park, and facilities include walking paths, a field with picturesque views, and a daffodil garden. There's also a campground open from May to September. The park is a renowned destination for cherry blossoms, and some 2,200 cherry trees are planted on the grounds. The Yoritomo Cherry Blossom Festival is held at the park in line with its early blossoming Yoritomo cherries, which come into bloom from around mid-February; an additional Cherry Blossom Festival is held when varieties such as the park's Yoshino cherries bloom around mid-March.
  • Lake Imbanuma
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    Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture, Narita City, Inzai City etc.
    Straddling Sakura City and Narita City, this lake is the largest in Chiba Prefecture. Frequent land reclamation projects have been conducted at the lake since the Edo period (1603-1868), and today it is divided into two stormwater management reservoirs, one to the west and one to the north. The surrounding area is maintained as Chiba Inbanuma Park, with facilities such as a wild bird forest and cycling roads. Many freshwater fish inhabit the lake, making it a popular fishing destination as well.
  • Mishima Dam (Lake Mishima)
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Kimitsushi Masaki
    A dam built for irrigation purposes and an accompanying dam lake supplied by the Koito River. There are walking paths in the area, and visitors can enjoy landscapes interweaving the beauty of the lake with seasonal scenery such as fresh verdure in spring and fall foliage in autumn. The surrounding area, including Mishima Lake and Toyofusa Lake, has been designated the Seiwa Kenmin no Mori park, and facilities include a campground and activity center. On weekends, many fishing lovers come to the lake to catch Japanese crucian carp.
  • Naruto Togane Carnivorous Plant Colony
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Sanmushi Shima Hatada
    A community of plants located in a marshy lowland area sprawling from Sammu City to Togane City. Various rare plants, include eight species of carnivorous plants, grow wild across a 3.2 hectare area, and to date more than 300 species of plants have been recorded here. The community was designated one of the first Natural Monuments in Japan in 1920.
  • Jigoku Nozok
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    Aibayama-gun, Chiba Prefecture Ajangancho Jyoyama Nihonji Temple
    "This site can be reached by taking the ropeway from JR Hamakanaya Station and getting off at Nokogiriyama Sancho Station, or by following National Route 127 from the Futtsu-Kanaya Interchange on the Futtsu-Tateyama Road. This picturesque destination is located at the top of Mt. Nokogiri at a former quarry where tuff was dug, a type of rock that in ancient times was known as ""Boshu (Chiba) stone."" The site is located on the southern slope of the mountain, an area designated as the grounds of the Nihon-ji Temple. The site consists of rock jutting out over a precipitous cliff created by stone excavation. Visitors can look down 100 meters into the quarry and, with a glance, take in sweeping scenery encompassing Tokyo Bay and, on clear days, Mt. Fuji."
  • Yoro Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Isumigunotakimachi
    This gorge runs along the Yoro River, which stretches from Ichihara City to Otaki Town, Isumi County. Visitors can experience the seasonal nature of the gorge in a number of ways including fishing, camping, and playing in the river. Hikers can also use the promenade built around Awamata Falls to visit the waterfalls and other places of scenic beauty that dot the gorge. The area is also home to the best hot springs village on the Boso Peninsula. There, visitors can enjoy outdoor baths with views of the Yoro River, and the Yoro Gorge Autumn Foliage Festival in the fall.
  • Nomizo Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Kimitsushi Sasa
    The light shining on the surface of the water at Nomizo Falls of Kameiwa Cave are beautiful. The mystical scene is popular and it feels as if it is from the world of Ghibli.
  • Awamata Waterfall
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Isumigunotakimachi Awamata A landmark
    This famous waterfall flows gently over the stony cliff for approximately 100 meters. Its beauty is out of this world, and the spectacular view of the gorge with autumn leaves is simply breath-taking. Enjoy a stroll on the promenade too.

Chiba Main Areas

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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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