Chiba city is the biggest city in Chiba Prefecture and its prefecture capital. This city is the center of Chiba prefecture: governmental, economical and cultural. Their sister city is Odense, in Denmark; thus there is a theme park relating to the Danish city. They also have a large area of wildlife so this area is suited for family sightseeing.
Visitors have to visit Chiba Port Tower at once. The tower is located at the biggest Japanese port; people can see the whole Chiba city from the tower. When the weather is nice; visitors are able to see Tokyo Skytree as well as MT. Fuji. Please come and visit the tower.
- 5th Forest and Park for the 21st Century
- 4th Funabashi Daijingu
- 3rd Chuka Soba Tomita Ramen
- 2nd Funabashi Andersen Park
- 1st Chiba Zoological Park
1. Spot Ranking
5th. Forest and Park for the 21st Century
Forest and Park for the 21st Century is a new style park that located in Sendabori, Chiba. It is a 50.5ha nature respected city park.
The center of the park is Sendabori Pond which is an artificial pond, 1000 tons of water flow to the pond everyday. The park was opened in 1993, it’s divided into three different sections: nature, recreation and culture. There are three buildings: a nature observation center, a park center and a museum. There are also outside spaces for light and wind observation, gathering and BBQ.
The opening time is 9:00～17:00 but it may change, depending on season. Closed from 30th of December to 1st of January.The entrance to the park is free. There is a fee for BBQ.
From Tokyo Main station, take JR Musashino Line towards Fuchūhommachi Station, and get off at Shin-Yahashira Station, and about 15 min walk.
4th. Funabashi Daijingu
Funabashi Daijingu is loved by the local people. Their official name is Ōhi Shrine; they attract many people over the new year holiday season. This shrine has more than 1990 years history; it has a deep connection with Ise Grand Shrine. Inside the shrine, there is a traditional Japanese wooden lamppost which is a symbol of Funabashi city. The opening time is Open all year around. The entrance is free.
From Tokyo Main station, take JR Sōbu Line (Rapid service) towards Chiba, get off at Funabashi station. From its south exit, it’s about 15 min walk.
3rd. Chuka Soba Tomita Ramen
Tomita Ramen is arguably one of the top ramen shops across Japan. Don’t take my word for it either — at the time of writing it proudly sits at the top of the Ramen Database with an average 99.22 score in Number 1 spot, twice winner of the Grand Tsukemen Festival, several times winner of Tokyo Ramen of the Year and countless other magazine/industry awards.
Owing to Tomita’s popularity, waiting times of 1-2 hours are not unheard of, even on a weekday and despite the fact this place opened as far back as 2006.
Tomita Ramen is a five minute walk south-east of JR Matsudo station – take the east exit.
2nd. Funabashi Andersen Park
Funabashi Andersen Park is Danish themed park due to Funabashi and Odense have been sister cities. The Danish city is the home town of famous Danish author Hans Christian Andersen; the name of the park came from those reasons.
Their BBQ spot Restaurant Märchen offers hassle free BBQ experience. This huge park offers a lot for visitors from local area to other cities.
The opening time is 9:30～16:00. The ticket price is 900 yen for adult／600 yen for studyent／200 yen child under 15／100 yen for child over 4
From Tokyo Main station, take JR Sōbu Line (Rapid service) towards Kimitsu, get off at Funabashi station. From Funabashi station, take a bus towards Komuro Station and get off at Kenmin no Mori.
1st. Chiba Zoological Park
Chiba Zoological Park is a place where people can learn about animals and have fun at the same time. Animals in the park are living as natural environment as possible. This park is known to Japanese people as the place for famous Red panda Futa that stands on its two feet.
There is a children zoo in the park where visitors can pet animals; there are goats, sheep and guinea pigs. The best place is Monkey Zone where visitors can see lots of monkeys including the endangered purple-faced leaf monkeys.
The opening time is 9:30～16:30. Closed on Wednesdays and 29th of December to 1st of January. The ticket price is 700 yen for an adult. Under 15 is free.
From Tokyo Main station, take JR Sōbu Line (Rapid service) towards Chiba, get off at Chiba station. Then transfer to the Chiba Urban Monorail and get off Dōbutsukōen Station, and about 1 min walk.
2. Getting to Chiba station from Tokyo
From Tokyo Main station, take JR Sōbu Line (Rapid service) towards Chiba, get off at Chiba station.
3. Chiba – Boso Peninsula area List