The Chiba Prefecture is known as “Toyko’s Secret Backyard” due to its relatively low visitor numbers and diverse range of attractions. Starting on the eastern outskirts of Tokyo and covering the entire Boso Peninsula, the region offers dramatic coastal and rural landscapes and a wide range of attractions from misty mountaintop temples to theme parks.
From central Tokyo, board a train to the Tokyo Bay area. Ride the roller coasters and meet your favorite Disney characters at Disneyland® Tokyo, then head to the neighboring city of Ichikawa to explore the interactive exhibits at the Chiba Museum of Science and Industry.
A little farther around the bay is Chiba City. Enjoy a concert, anime festival or sporting event at the Makuhari Messe, Chiba’s enormous convention and entertainment center. Watch a baseball game at the Chiba Marine Stadium. For a relaxing change of pace, investigate the lotus flowers and birdlife at Shinobazu Pond.
Best known for its massive airport, the Chiba city of Narita is also a surprising cultural gem. Stroll along Omotesando, a street lined with traditional shops and restaurants. Check out the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple and relax in the peaceful confines of Naritasan Park. Golfers can enjoy a round at one of many 18-hole courses, while art lovers will appreciate the collections at Sakura’s Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art.
A major highlight of the Boso Peninsula is Kujukuri Beach, a 37-mile (60-kilometer) sandy beach that attracts surfers, swimmers and fisherman. Inland, discover ancient temples and gardens, such as the 8th-century Shibayama Niouson and picturesque Mobara Park.
On the southern end of Boso Peninsula, marvel at the whale and dolphin shows at Kamogawa Sea World. Hike through the Oyama Senmaida rice paddies and then ride a cable car to Mount Nokogiri for stunning views toward Tokyo and Mount Fuji.
Getting around Chiba Prefecture is easy on the extensive rail network. The region is ideal for daytrips and weekends away from the Tokyo Metropolis.