Travel Information | Visit Chiba | Latest update:2021/03/08
Chiba Prefecture is located just to the east of Tokyo, the capital of Japan. The prefecture is mostly situated on the Boso Peninsula, its eastern and southern coasts surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, and its western shores bordered by Tokyo Bay.
Chiba Prefecture is divided into six areas, each with its own distinct features and characteristics.
The Bay Area shares a border with Tokyo, and is home to: Makuhari Messe, one of Asia’s leading convention facilities; numerous international corporate offices; and world-class amusement facilities.
The Hokuso area (home to Narita International Airport, Japan’s gateway to the skies) has many destinations where visitors can immerse themselves in a traditional Japanese setting, like the historic townscape of Sawara.
The Kujukuri area, and its 66 kilometers of Pacific Ocean coastline, is a popular destination for enjoying marine sports such a surfing.
The nature-rich Minamiboso area is known for its seaside resorts, as well its charming fishing and farming villages.
The Kazusa/Seaside area also borders Tokyo Bay, and is the entry point to the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line. The Aqua-Line’s bridge and tunnel connect Chiba Prefecture to Kanagawa Prefecture on the other side of Tokyo Bay. This area is a favorite of visitors for its natural attractions, like the beautiful views at Mt. Nokogiri and the autumn foliage of the Yoro Valley.
The Tokatsu area has developed as a highly productive urban agricultural area near Tokyo, perhaps best exhibiting the balance of city and agrarian life that can be found in Chiba. Many of the prefecture’s signature agricultural products are grown here.
Chiba Prefecture is blessed with a mild marine climate and rich soil, and is among the 5 most agriculturally productive prefectures in Japan, including being the nation’s largest producer of peanuts and Japanese pears. Chiba also has a thriving fishing industry, thanks to being surrounded on three sides by the sea. A wide variety of seafood—such as Japanese spiny lobsters, clams, and bonito—is harvested from the rich waters of Chiba’s fishing grounds. Chiba has also historically served as an industrial food processing center for neighboring Tokyo. During Japan’s Edo period (1603-1868), Chiba’s brewing industry became active producing soy sauce, miso, and sake; which were then shipped to Edo (Tokyo’s former name) by river. For much of its history Chiba has been a breadbasket for the Tokyo metropolitan area, so please be sure to taste the variety of fresh food products Chiba has to offer, right where they’re made.