Day Trip to Tateyama, Shirahama and Chikura from Tokyo. South Boso: Tateyama, Shirahama and Chikura has number of swimming beaches and beautiful flower spots like popies in “Flower Garden of Shiramazu”and ”Tateyama Family Park”. This area also has many historic sites such as “Tateyama Castle”, “Kannon Hall” standing on top of cliff and “Akayama Underground Ruins” remaining the traces of war. It is a popular spot which gets a lot of visitors.
- 1. Spot Ranking
- 5th Akayama Underground Ruins
- 4th Flower garden of Shiramazu
- 3rd Tateyama Castle (City Museum Branch)
- 2nd Daifukuji Temple (Gake Kannon)
- 1st Tateyama Family Park
- 2. Getting in
- 3. Other Area List
1. Spot ranking in Tateyama, Shirahama and Chikura area
5th. Akayama Underground Ruins
Akayama Underground Ruins is one of the remains of the war that is relatively large compared to other underground ruins in Japan and that srepresents Tateyama city. Although it is not known about when it was built, as the gap between each shelter is narrower than other underground shelters, it is not likely to have been built systematically but made urgently in 1944 when the war was almost over. It is thought to be used around the end of the war when US air raid was intensified. Some people say that it was a bomb shelter of Tateyama Naval Air Corps inside which they did desk works and used as a hospital since remains of a power station are found. You cannot bring dangerous goods, food and beverages inside the underground ruins, and must wear a helmet.
Hours is 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM(reception closes at 3:30 PM) and it is closed on the third Tuesdays(if it is a national holiday, closed on Wednesday) and from December 29th to January 3rd. The fee is \200 for an adult and \100 for a high school student and younger.
To Akayama Underground Ruins, take Nitto Bus from east exit at JR Tateyama Station, get off at Miyagi bus stop and walk for 3 minutes.
4th. Flower garden of Shiramazu
Flower Garden of Shiramazu is a popular tourist spot which is located along national route 410 in Shiramazu area, Chikura town in South Boso city were you can enjoy various kinds of flowers because of the warm climate. It is a perfect location where you can see the vast ocean over the garden filled with the smell of flowers and the sea. Flowers are in full bloom from February to March. You can pick popies, calendulas and stocks, and experience the harvest of edible rape flowers. There are also some flower shops where you can get cut flowers.
To Flower Garden of Shiramazu, take JR Uchibo Line from Tateyama Station and get off at Chikura Station. Take a bus for about 15 minutes to “Flower Garden of Shiramazu”.
3rd. Tateyama Castle (City Museum Branch)
Tateyama Castle was built in 1580 by Satomi Yoshiyori, a samurai lord, and was largely repaired to finish by his son Satomi Yoshiyasu. Howerver, the current keep of the castle was rebuilt in 1982. The castle now displays documents relating to “Nanso Satomi Hakkenden”(a long novel written by Kyokutei Bakin) and introduces the world of Hakkenden which became familiar by plays and TV. As the keep is built on a hill, the watchtower overlooks the whole town including Kagamigaura Beach. There are also cherry blossoms, prums, azaleas and autumn leaves depending on the season in large Shiroyama Park near the castle.
Hours is 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM. It is closed on every Monday(if it is a national holiday, closes on Tuesday) and New Year. The fee is \400 for an adult and \200 for a child.
To Tateyama Castle, it is a 15-minute walk from JR Uchibo Line Tateyama Station.
2nd. Daifukuji Temple (Gake Kannon)
Daifukuji Temple, known as Gake Kannon is a temple of Chisan sect of Shingon Buddhism. The red Kannon-do Hall(a hall devoted to Kannon) in the middle of Funagata Mountain is called “Gake no Kannon”, literally meaning Kannon on a cliff. The principal image of this Kannon Hall is a “Eleven-Faced Bosatsu”, said to be carved in a natural rock of a mountain, praying for the local fishermen’s safe journeys on the sea and the large hauls of fish, which is worshiped by many locals. As the temple was damaged repeatedly by natural disasters and fire, the current Kannon Hall was built in 1925 and Main Hall in 1926. You can get the panoramic view of Tateyama Bay from Kannon Hall. It is popular for the nice view of Izu Oshima, which can be seen when the weather is good.
Hours is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. There is no admission fee.
To Daifukuji Temple from Tateyama Station, take JR Uchibo Line to Nako Funakata Station and walk for 15 minutes. Or take Nitto bus bound for Namuya from Tateyama Station, get off at Gake Kannon Mae stop and walk for 2 minutes to the temple.
1st. Tateyama Family Park
Tateyama Family Park has a 7,500㎡-wide flower garden in 33 acres of land. It has one million popies, 100 thousands of stocks, which is one of the largest number of flowers in Kanto region. Popies are in full bloom from the end of February to the end of March. You can pick popies from December 1st to early May. The park has all kinds of flowers and herbs throughout the year, taking the advantage of the warm climate of South Boso. At the park, you can also enjoy all day doing outdoor activities like putting golf and fishing, visiting “Torofuru Garden” with tropical fruits and taking foot bath.
Hours is 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM(depending on the day and the season). The fee is \550 for an adult and \500 for a child(free for 3 years old and younger).
To Tateyama Family Park from JR Uchibo Line Tateyama Station, take a JR bus(flower bus) “Nanbo Paradise” and get off at Family Park Mae stop.
2. Getting to Tateyama, Shirahama and Chikura (Tateyama station) from Tokyo
From Tokyo station, take Sobu Line (rapid) towards Kimitsu station and get off at Kimitsu station, transfer to Uchibō Line local service to Tateyama Station. The duration is 2 hours 40 min. The price is 2,268 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