Day Trip to Choshi – Kujukuri from Tokyo. Choshi and Kujukuri area is surrounded by the vast Pacific Ocean. There are many tourist spots around the sea like Inubozaki lighthouse with a grand view of the Pacific Ocean, Kimigahama Beach with beautiful waves and white foam and Byobugaura on a sheer cliff. It also facinates many visitors with historic buildings such as a National Important Cultural Property of Hankoji Temple and Kasamori-Kannon that is built on rock.
- 1. Spot Ranking
- 5th Kimigahama Beach
- 4th Hankoji Temple
- 3rd Inubozaki Lighthouse
- 2nd Kasamori-Kannon Temple
- 1st Byobugaura Beach
- 2. Getting in
- 3. Other Area List
1. Spot Ranking in Choshi – Kujukuri area
5th. Kimigahama Beach
Kimigahama Beach is an approximately one kilometer-long beach next to the eastermost tip of Kanto region, Inubozaki. It is one of Japan’s best 100 beaches which overlooks the beautiful beach with white sand and green pines, also called Kanto Maiko. Although you cannot swim at this beach as the waves are high and currents are unpredictable, you can walk around in Shiosai Park where the beach is maintained. It is open all year round.
To Kimigahama Beach from Choshi Dentetsu Line Choshi Station, get off at Kimigahama Station and walk for 5 minutes.
4th. Hankoji Temple
Hankoji Temple used to be a gakumonjo, a place to study Hokke(Nichiren) school of Buddhism for 294 years from 1580 to 1874. It had 600 to 800 students at its peak and produced many renowned monks. It was closed with the promulgation of the school system in 1872, but it was carried on by Rissyo University. There is a monumental stone in the precinct declaring the birthplace of the university. The hall, the bell, the drum tower and the main gate are all designated as National Important Cultural Properties and the precinct of the temple is one of Chiba’s historic sites. You should definitely see huge Japanese ceder trees and 520 stocks of peonies planted in the back garden.
To Hankoji Temple from JR Sobu Main Line Choshi Station, get off at Yokaichiba Staion and take a City Loop Bus(Hanko/Sosa loop). Get off at Hanko Nakadai stop and walk for about 10 minutes.
3rd. Inubozaki Lighthouse
Inubozaki lighthouse is built on the eastermost tip of Kanto/Choshi Peninsula. It was designed by an Englishman Richard Henry Branton. Being the first western style brick lighthouse, it is one of Japan’s representative lighthouse, chosen not only as a National Tangible Cultural Property but also one of the world’s best 100 lighthouses and Japan’s best 50 lighthouses. It is a beautiful spot facing the Pacific Ocean that many tourists visit. Hours is 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (might be closed for bad weather). The fee is \200 for an adult and free for a child.
To Inubozaki from Chochi Dentetsu Line Choshi Station, get off at Inubo Station and walk for about 7 minutes.
2nd. Kasamori-Kannon Temple
Kasamori-Kannon is a temple of Tendai school, known as a “Temple of Prayer and Fragrance”, invites visitors to savor the scent of incense in the hall, of flowers on the grounds and of the forest along the approach, by which you can feel they strive to make every visit a pleasant one. The main hall is designated as a National Important Cultural Property and is the only example of the “Shiho-Kakezukuri” architectural style in Japan. A statue of an eleven-faced Kannon Bosatsu is enshrined in the main hall. From the corridor of the hall, which is built on top of a large rock, you can see the grand view of Boso mountains that is beautiful every season. Hours is 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM from April to September and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM from October to March (closed when it rains). The admission fee is \200 for an adult.
To Kasamori-Kannon from JR East Sotobō Line Choshi Station, get off at Mobara Station, take a Kominato Bus bound for Kazusa-Ushiku Station and get off at Kasamori. The temple is a 5-minute walk from the bus stop.
1st. Byobugaura Beach
Byobugaura Beach is a 10 kilometer-long beach cliff running from Naaraimachi in Choshi city to Iioka Gyobu Cape in Asahi city. It is also called “East Asian Dover” named after the White Cliffs in England at the Strait of Dover. With its impressive scenary, a lot of TV dramas, commercials, movies and promotional videos were filmed at Byobugaura beach. Its cliff as high as 60 meters, it was also chosen as one of the National Scenic Beauty for its scenic value and Natural Monument for its geological value in 2016.
To Byobugaura Beach from JR Sobu Main Line Choshi Station, take a bus bound for Chiba Institute of Science and get off at Chochi Marina stop. It is a 3-minute walk to Byobugaura.
2. Getting to Choshi (Choshi station) from Tokyo
From Tokyo station, take Express Shiosai No3 towards Choshi. Duration is 2 hours. The price is 4,130 yen.
3. Other Area List
Mt. Nokogiriyama, Kisarazu and Futtsu
Kamogawa, Katsuura and Onjuku
Yoro Keikoku – Otaki
Tateyama, Shirahama and Chikura
Choshi – Kujukuri
Narita, Sahara and Sakura
Chiba City, Funabashi and Matsudo