Although Chiba is located in the metropolitan area, this promotional movie expresses the great nature of the prefecture including eautiful sceneries of Sakura (cherry blossoms) in the springtime, fireworks in summertime, festivals in autumn and more!

 

 

Although Chiba is located in the metropolitan area, this promotional movie expresses the great nature of the prefecture including eautiful sceneries of Sakura (cherry blossoms) in the springtime, fireworks in summertime, festivals in autumn and more!

 

What kind of place is Chiba Prefecture?

Chiba Prefecture is located beside Tokyo with an amazingly rich nature that can be enjoyed throughout the year. Since Chiba faces the Pacific Ocean, many people visit and enjoy diving and swimming in the ocean in summertime. Also, Sotobo area is popular for surfers because of its good waves. Not just the ocean, but also many family, friends and couple orientated fun activities are offered in Chiba throughout the year. Flower gardens, unique theme parks, hiking courses etc. are just the tip of the iceberg. Chiba being blessed with the ocean and a rich nature brings delicious food as well. Surprisingly, there are many great Onsens (hot springs) that are not well known and therefore could be a great find. Chiba prefecture offers good food, hot springs and fun activity and is highly recommended for a day trip from Tokyo!

 

 

 

Access to City of Chiba

Arriving by train:
Approximately 30 mins from Tokyo station to Chiba station by JR Sobu Main Line Shiosai Express train.

 

Arriving by bus:
Approximately 2 hours from Tokyo station to Chiba station by highway bus.
Approximately 1h 15min from Haneda Airport to Chiba station by Airport Limousine bus.

 

Arriving by car:
Approximately 1 hour from Tokyo station to Chiba station by taking the Keiyo Doro.

 

 

 

Three Must-see places in Chiba Prefecture

Kamogawa Sea World

Kamogawa Sea World was opened in October, 1970, with the concept of “encountering the ocean world.” You can experience how precious life is through the meeting with the marine life. It’s an aquarium where you can learn about marine life and natural envoroment.

 

 

Narita-san Shinshoji Temple

Narita-san Shinshoji Temple has a history of over 1000 years and has more than 10 million visitors every year. Narita-san Shinshoji Temple is especially famous for traffic and driving safety and many people who bought a new car come to be blessed. Narita-san Shinshoji temple has a huge ground including a park and plum garden, many small restaurants and souvenir shops that are always flourishing with tourists.

 

 

Yoro-Keikoku Valley

The valley is located in the southern part of Chiba across the town of Otaki to the city of Ichihara. Yoro-keikoku is a soothing place with a beautiful scenery, clear streams and hot springs. A lot of tourists visit the valley to see azalea in the springtime and red coloring of leaves in autumn.
Kobundo-ato is the best scenic point of Yoro-keikoku with a clear stream in between cliffs. There are 6 different waterfalls in Yoro-keikoku and tours of all waterfalls are very popular. The beautiful nature filled with negative ions has the power to let us forget about the urban busy life and impresses us with fantastic scenery. If you like the outdoors, camping sites are available as well.

 

 

 

Three Must-eat dishes in Chiba Prefecture

Namero

Chiba Prefecture is blessed with the ocean and therefore has a lot of fresh fish that you can enjoy through Sashimi, Sushi and Hamayaki (Grilled fresh seafood). There is also a local food called “Namero” that has become popular nationwide and is a must-try. Namero was invented by fishermen who cooked fish on an unstable boat. The recipe is therefore very simple. Chop and mince up fresh fish until it gets sticky and then mic it with Miso and green onions. The name came from a Japanese word “Nameru”, which means “lick”. Namero is so delicious that you can’t help but lick even the plate. “Sanga-yaki”, the grilled Namero version, is also very popular and worth the try!

 

Unagi (eel)

Chiba Prefecture faces the ocean and is famous for luxurious seafood such as Ise Ebi (lobster), Kinmedai, abalone etc., but another thing you can’t miss is river fish. Especially Naritasan is very famous for Unagi because Inbanuma lake used to be the best spot to catch eels. Nowadays, it is hard to find restaurants that serve wild Unagi, but you can definitely find them in Naritasan.

 

 

Whales

Eating whale meat has been a part of the Japanese food culture for long time. However, with the decreasing number of whales, there are not many places that allow their catching. The city of Minami-boso, Chiba Prefecture is the only place that legally allows to catch whales in the Kanto region. Sashimi, deep-fried and smoked like bacon are classic dishes but each restaurant offers their own recipe like croquette, curry and herb marinated grill which are recently gaining popularity. Whale meat has low calories, high protein and helps to recover from fatigue quickly so it’s also very popular among women.

 

 

 

Three Must-buy souvenirs in Chiba Prefecture

Peanuts

Chiba Prefecture is the top producer of peanuts in Japan. The commonly roasted peanuts as well as raw peanuts are available on the market. There are also many souvenirs made with peanuts such as ice cream, peanut butter and other popular sweets.

 

 

Dairy products

Not many people know that the birthplace of dairy farming in Japan is “Rakuno no Sato” in the city of Minami-boso, Chiba Prefecture. In the end of Edo period, Yoshimune Tokugawa, the 8th Shogun imported cows from India and began producing dairy products. It is designated as a historical site of Chiba Prefecture. Prize-winning cheese, butter, yogurt and sweets are popular for souvenirs.

 

Soy sauce

Soy sauce is essential for the Japanese dining table. The city of Noda and Choshi are famous for producing Soy sauce and Chiba is the number one producer in Japan. The history of making Soy sauce has started in the Edo period. Getting the Japanese traditional sauce as a souvenir is highly recommended.
 

Dialect of Chiba Prefecture

The dialect of Chiba is called “Chiba-ben” and/or “Boso-ben” and it’s classified into 3 types. One of them is “Noda-ben” spoken in the city of Noda and is similar to the dialect of Saitama Prefecture and Ibaraki Prefecture. The second one is “Toso-ben,” similar to the dialect of Boshu and Ibaraki, and is spoken mostly in northeastern part of the prefecture. It’s close to the dialect of Tohoku. The third one is “Boshu-ben” that is spoken mostly in the south of the Boso Peninsula. The characteristic of the dialect are the sounds of “pe”, “dappe”, “se” and “she” that come at the end of a word. However, those 3 dialects have some common words and expressions so there is no big difference. Most people who live in the northwestern part of Chiba Prefecture speak standard Japanese because they work in Tokyo.

 

Shitakke … and then

Uccharu … throwing out, dumping

Keh … Eat it

Ikuppe … You are going, aren’t you?

Okashi … shameful

 

 

Why don’t you visit Chiba, the prefecture with full of blessings of nature, food and activities?

 

 

Chiba Prefecture Tourism Infomation Site「Marugoto eChiba」

http://maruchiba.jp/