Chiba Travel Guide

Chiba Travel Guide

Chiba Travel Guide

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Introduction

While is a capital of the prefecture that bears its name, Chiba is close enough to Tokyo that it can be visited on a day trip from the latter destination.

With art museums, castles, and modern attractions that includes a nationally famous zoo, it is definitely worth the trip.

Come check out our Chiba travel guide as we cover the best things to do in Chiba, Japan.

Top Attractions

Begin your time in the Chiba area by checking out the exhibits found within the walls of the Hoki Museum. An institution for the arts dedicated to promoting Realist painters, this post modern structure will captivate you with its unique architecture before you even set a foot inside.

Housing the private collection of Masao Hoki, the stunning interior design and lighting enhance these vivid works more than they already are, creating a deep and immersive experience for attendees that will have you talking about your experience hours after your departure.

If you would rather discuss it over food or a coffee, though, stop by the on site cafe or Italian restaurant before moving on to your next destination in Chiba.

Still haven’t had your fill of visual art? Make the Chiba City Museum of Art at your next stop of your tour of this city. This establishment is more about local artists, and the form of the Japanese print. Here, you’ll find excellent examples of moku hanga and wood block printings, which are arranged over the 7th and 8th floors of what was formerly the Kawasaki Bank, but is now a building owned by the city of Chiba.

While it may not be as impressive as other Japanese castles elsewhere in the country, the Chiba Castle is still a relatively faithful recreation of its former form. Start outside, where the ruins of the former castle can be looked over, but it is inside where you’ll learn the past history of this fortification.

Built by the Chiba clan in the 12th century, it was a keep that never got to realize its potential before the shogunate lost their influence to the Meiji reformists. In the displays, you’ll get to check out their weapons, art which details their exploits, along with information that provides information about the development of Chiba as a city.

English can be at a premium here, so be sure you have downloaded the Japanese pack in Google Translate before making the trip over here.

Those looking for a religious site of interest in Chiba will want to check out the Chiba Shrine. A Shinto hall of worship, this place is an oasis of calm and serenity amidst the steel and concrete which define much of the city centre.

The shrine is dedicated to the Shinto deity Myoken, who the Japanese believe offer protection from bad luck and bodily injury. After exploring this building’s two floors, finish your visit in the garden, where its greenery and koi-filled ponds will restore peace to your soul before departing into the hectic world outside.

Other Attractions

If you consider yourself a sports fan, saunter over to Zozo Marine Stadium and see if a home game of the Chiba Lotte Marines is set to go off during your visit to the city. A team competing in the top tier of Japan’s baseball leagues, the atmosphere in the park is one that differs greatly from anything you’ve seen back in North America.

It is also a venue for major performances; in 1990, the stadium was opened to the public with a concert by Madonna, who was touring in support of her recently released Truth Or Dare album at that time.

Travelling as a family? Make a point of including Chiba Zoological Park in your plans. A sizable park that provides big enclosures for the animals which call it home, it can be difficult to see the entire park in one day, especially if you are travelling with small children.

In this case, it is important to prioritize animals you want to see; this often includes its star attraction, which is its collection of red pandas. In addition to these cute guys, they also have giraffes, elephants, lemurs, and other exotic animals that your little ones will be overjoyed to see.

Need to kick back and relax during your visit to Chiba? Go for a walk through Inage Ocean Park. Facing the Pacific Ocean, it exposes you to the big advantage residents of this satellite city have over those residing in Central Tokyo.

An attractive place for a stroll, a picnic, or thoughtful contemplation, it is a place that can provide you with a boost of energy to get through the remainder of your tour of Chiba.

If your day in Chiba has turned into a washout, indulging in some retail therapy at Aeon Mall Makuhari Shintoshin will help salvage your time out here. With 350 stores, a multiplex cinema, a rock climbing gym, and more, you’ll find enough to do here to burn an entire afternoon, if need be.