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Chiba Prefecture

Chiba Prefecture in Kanto DistrictChiba PrefectureChiba is the the prefecture located east of Tokyo Metropolis.

The southen half of the prefecture is Boso Peninsula. The west coast faces Tokyo Bay, and the east coast faces the Pacific Ocean.
Chiba Prefecture is almost flat, and the highest mountain is only 408 meters high.

Chiba city is the prefectural capital, and is at the northeast end of Tokyo Bay.
The northweat part of the prefecture including Chiba city is formed the east part of Tokyo metropolitan area, then many population is concentrated in this area.
In other areas, pastoral farm lands and forests spread.

Because the warm current flows off the coast of this prefecture, the south part has mild climate.
There are some seaside resorts along the southeast coast, so many sea-goers visit here in summer.

Narita International Airport is in this prefecture.
Therefore the first steps of most foreigners in Japan are probably marked on Chiba Prefecture.

Between Tokyo and Chiba city, many trains of JR and Keisei Line run frequently.
Also between Narita Airport and Tokyo, many limited expresses and expressway buses are operated.

But other areas surprisingly lack traffic facilities.
Main JR Lines are Uchibo Line along Tokyo Bay, Sotobo Line along Pacific Ocean, and Sobu Line to Choshi city through Narita.
On the lines, limited expresses run every 1 or 2 hours. But because most lines are single-track, they are not so rapid.
From Tokyo to Tateyama (the southernmost city), it takes about 2 hours.
Also from Tokyo to Choshi (the northeasternmost city), it takes about 1 hours and 50 minutes.

Chiba, Japan Travel Guide : Chiba Prefectual Government official website

The climate in Tateyama
Highest Temperature (deg C) 11.2 11.4 14.1 18.8 22.3 24.9 28.5 30.5 27.4 22.6 18.2 13.8
Lowest Temperature (deg C) 1.0 1.4 4.5 9.3 14.1 18.0 21.9 23.2 19.9 13.9 8.4 3.4
Mean monthly rainfall (mm) 82 82 166 150 150 215 174 126 220 220 130 75

Tourist spots in Chiba Prefecture

Chiba Prefecture map

Tokyo Disney Resort /1/
    (Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea)
Makuhari Messe /2/
National Museum of Japanese History /3/
Narita-san Shinshoji temple /4/
Sawara /5/
Choshi /6/
Umi-hotaru /7/
Yoro Ravine /8/
Mount Nokogiri /9/
South Boso area /10/
Kamogawa and Katsuura /11/

Scenic or Nature / Park or Garden / Resort / City, Town or Village / Quarter or Street /
Temple or Shrine / Museum or Laboratory / Market or Commercial facility / Factory /
Other Building or Construction / Historic place / Remains / World Heritage Site

Main events in Chiba Prefecture

Shirahama Ama FestivalShirahama Ama Festival (July 20 and 21st)

Ama is the woman diver catching shells and lobsters under the sea. Shirahama is the southernmost town of Chiba Prefecture, and is one of the traditional fishing towns where amas work in Japan.
In the daytime of these days, a mikoshi (portable shrine) is carried in the town.
And after sunset, the highlight of the festival comes.
Dozens of amas with torchlight enter the sea. And they swim in a circle for some time.
In the meanwhile, we can see the fantastic scene.

Ohara Naked FestivalOhara Naked Festival (Septmber 23 and 24th)

Ohara is a town located on the east coast of Chiba Prefecture.
This festival has been held every year for some centuries.
In the small town, more than a dozen mikoshi (portable shrine) are carried wildly and valiantly by many shirtless men.
So the mikoshi, its carriers and visitors fill the town.
The highlight is "Shiomomi". All mikoshi are carried into the sea, and they jostle each other in the sea.

Local foods and products in Chiba Prefecture


Peanuts was imported from China in the 18th century. But its cultivation began in the end of the 19th century.
Now Chiba Prefecture gains more than 70 percent share of the Japanese peanut production.
Especially Yachimata city in the middle of the prefecture is known for the central area of production.

Boshu fanBoshu Fan

Japanese fan is called "uchiwa" in Japanese, and it has been one of the traditional livingware to cool off with waving.
Boshu fan is one of the Japan's three major uchiwas along with Kyoto and Marugame. ("Boshu" means "South part of Chiba Prefecture".)
It is made by processing a bamboo and putting papers on it.
Making an uchiwa needs 21 processes, and it is completely handmade.

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