Ushiku is situated approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Chiba and 35 miles (56 kilometers) northeast of the national capital, Tokyo.
From firmly-established, must-see spots to hidden gems that still await discovery, the area around Ushiku is brimming with cultural and natural attractions. You'll also find Matsudo, 19 miles (31 kilometers) to the northeast, and Ichikawa 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the northeast.
Around 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the south of Ushiku is Chiba, a regional center where you'll find LaLaport, Makuhari Messe and Chiba Castle. Blue Leaf Forest Park (Aoba no Mori Koen), Nakayama Racecourse and Chiba Port Tower are good places to visit.
One of the keys to unlocking culture is understanding the local language, so while in the area it's a good idea to learn a few useful Japanese sentences. "Isshoni odorimasenka?" is a good one to try. In English, it means "Would you like to dance with me?" "Benjo wa doko desu ka?" means "Where's the toilet?"
The 23rd of December is Birthday of Emperor Akihito, so if you're visiting at this time, be aware that banks, business and some attractions may have irregular opening hours as the country celebrates.
When your time is up in Ushiku, say farewell the way Japanese's do, with a hearty "Sayōnara."