Chiba: Narita / Boso

Chiba: Narita / Boso

Chiba Prefecture is filled with places to see, including the Tokyo Bay area with a heavy concentration of modern buildings, and the Boso Peninsula, home to lots of theme parks to enjoy nature and animals. And Narita, where Narita International Airport is located, has Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, a popular place for overseas tourists to visit.

Recommended Sights

Kamogawa Seaworld
A performance by ShachiA performance by Shachi

Built around the theme of "wanting to interact with the marine world," Seaworld is an aquarium that raises and exhibits more than 11,000 freshwater and sea creatures representing 800 different species. The charm of the orcas—kings of the sea—dolphins, sea lions and belugas make their performances particularly popular. Seaworld has lots of other attractions, too, including Tropical Island where visitors experience the South Seas, and Rocky Stadium where animals can be seen in their natural state.
(5 minutes on the free shuttle bus from JR Awa-Kamogawa Station)

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple
Naritasan Shinshoji TempleNaritasan Shinshoji Temple

Founded in 940, Naritasan Shinshoji Temple has held the faith of people for more than a thousand years. Including some three million people visiting at New Year's, the temple sees more than 10 million visitors a year. Experience a bit of the monk's life yourself, copying a Buddhist sutra ("shakyo") or taking a religious session in Mikkyo Zazen, in which you learn to meditate and clear your mind of worldly thoughts.
(A 10-minute walk from JR Narita Station)

Mother Farm
Mother FarmMother Farm

Although not far from the urban center, Mother Farm is filled with nature and is beloved among children and adults alike as a favorite place to visit. Take the Mother Farm Tour (fee applies) where you can feed the alpacas and sheep, watch the sheep get shorn in the Sheep Show and enjoy the many other attractions and events Mother Farm has to offer.
(40 minutes on the free shuttle bus (reservations required) from JR Kimitsu Station (south exit).)

Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu
Mitsui Outlet Park KisarazuMitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu

Located in Kisarazu, Chiba Prefecture, this is one of the largest outlet malls in the greater Tokyo area. Its proximity to Narita and Haneda Airports makes it convenient to get there. The types of shops range from luxury brands and select shops to sporting goods, outdoor, accessories and fashion. And remember to stop by the food court. The rooftop terrace offers a view of Tokyo Bay, the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line, the Tokyo Sky Tree and Mt. Fuji.
(10 minutes by bus from JR Sodegaura Station)
(20 minutes by bus from JR Kisarazu Station)

Local cuisine

Suzumeyaki

Suzumeyaki, or broiled crucian carp, comes from the Sawara rivershed of the Tone (say "toh ney") River. It is prepared by cutting the fish down the back, skewering and then broiling. Although Suzumeyaki literally means "broiled sparrow," it is actually crucian carp named for the similarity in appearance to the sparrow. Sold as a specialty Chiba product, Suzumeyaki makes a great gift.

Chiba – Narita and Boso at a Glance
Chiba: Narita / Boso - LocationChiba: Narita / Boso - Access
  • Days needed: 1-2
  • Approximately 1 hour, 50 minutes from Tokyo Station to Tateyama Station on the Limited Express "Sazanami."
Suggested Tickets

As of April 2014.

JR Kanto Area Pass

For train travel from Tokyo to Chiba (Narita / Boso), use a JR Kanto Area Pass.

  • Good for unlimited travel for three days with reserved seats on Shinkansen, limited express and other regular trains for 8,300 yen.
  • Since this pass is also valid for travel from Narita and Haneda Airports, this is a great way to travel.

JR Kanto Area Pass