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A journey through the Chiba countryside

Things to Do | Visit Chiba | Latest update:2021/11/12

A trip of discovery for those both new and familiar with Chiba, the Kominato Railway will whisk you away to another Japan that’s just around the corner from Tokyo. Different from the suburbs around Chiba Station, or the beach vibes of Kujukuri or Onjuku, this one-night, two-day adventure will put you smack in the middle of Chiba’s bountiful nature and fascinating geography.

Arriving at Goi Station:

Photo Courtesy of the Kominato Railway

About an hour east from Tokyo on the Uchibo Line, Goi Station is the window into the countryside of Chiba. The Kominato Railway departs from here, and with the paper tickets and weathered train platform, you’ll feel right away that you’ve stepped into a version of Japan from a past era. Usually between one and three cars, the train is diesel powered, so you won’t see any power lines around as you chug along passing through the rural landscapes and tranquil forests. Open up the window to feel the breeze and admire the endless meadows of “Nanohana” yellow flowers and cherry blossoms in the spring, or the lush rice fields getting ready for harvest through summer.

Get more info on what to expect here!: https://www.visitchiba.jp/things/kominato-railway/

Hike the Yoro Valley:

After a refreshing ride through the deep Chiba countryside, you’ll arrive at Yorokeikoku Station, where a journey on foot awaits. Walk, taxi, or bus to the entrance of the Yoro Valley for a stroll among some of the most splendid scenery Chiba has to offer. This valley is complex and winding, with a river running through, and waterfalls along the way. The biggest waterfall near the main entrance, the “Awamata” waterfall is also a popular spot for wading through the fresh flowing water. This is an amazing place to feel like you’re truly getting away from the bustle of the city.

Find out more about the Yoro Valley here: https://www.visitchiba.jp/things/yoro-valley/

Some rest and relaxation at Kawanoya:

After exploring the Yoro Valley, settle down for the night at the Kawanoya. Nestled next to the river, this cozy inn is the perfect place to do some additional exploring of the area. The rooms are small and comfortable, and outside you’ll hear nothing except the soothing sounds of the river. The food is also a big appeal for visitors, using locally caught river fish as well as regional vegetables for a healthy and hearty dinner. And last but not least, the natural hot spring here is truly special, as the high mineral content actually makes the water black! Soothe your aching muscles while giving your skin a nutrient rich soak before bed.

Get more info about Kawanoya here: https://www.visitchiba.jp/things/kawanoya/

Feel the power of nature at Kasamori-Kannon Temple:

Located in Chonan Town (about 15 minutes by car, 25 minutes by bus from Kazusa Ushiku Station on the Kominato Railway; or 25 minutes by car, 45 minutes by bus from Mobara Station on the JR Sotobo Line), Kasamori-Kannon Temple stands as one of the most famous temples in Japan, largely for its unique architecture. The all-wooden temple is built high, using long stilts on its four sides to elevate it above a hill where the “Kannon” (Buddhist god of compassion) resides. This temple stands among gorgeous nature, and the high temple decks give a stunning view of the surrounding forest. While fertility and healthy births are an aim of many who come to pray, the temple is a sort of “spiritual site” as well, revitalizing and inspiring those who come to visit.

Read more on the temple here: https://www.visitchiba.jp/things/kasamori-kannon-temple/

Sightseeing Spots

Kominato Railway

The ride is the journey on this classic train line, putting you in some of the most beautiful countryside landscapes in Chiba. The diesel-powered train bounds along the tracks giving a different and exciting feel from an electric train. Pass by wooden, unmanned stations as you appreciate a slice of Japan's train history still running strong.

1-1-2 Goichūōhigashi, Ichihara city (Goi Station)

(Transfer to Kominato Line from JR Uchibo Line at Goi Station)

+81-436-21-6773

Accessibility

  • Handicap toilet
  • Written communication for the hearing impaired
  • Service dogs permitted

Yoro Valley

A beautifully complex valley running through the center of Chiba, 'Yorokeikoku', or Yoro Valley is famous for its nature, waterfalls, hiking courses, and also the natural hot springs flowing to both the inns and bath houses in the area.

157 Awamata, Otaki Town, Isumigun (Awamata Waterfall Parking Lot)

(1 minute walk from the last stop on the bus bound for Awamata Waterfall from Kazusa Nakano Station on the Kominato and Isumi Railways (Awamata Waterfall).)

+81-436-96-0055

Kawanoya

One of the many inns in the Yoro Valley, Kawanoya treats guests to delicious local food, sizzling natural hot springs, and a relaxing stay among the sounds of the trees and river. Explore the walking courses for hidden gems as well.

932 Kuzufuji, Otaki Town, Isumigun

(5 mintutes by car from Yorokeikoku Station on the Kominato Railway)

+81-470-85-0021

Kasamori-Kannon Temple

Built high on a hill, this temple is supported completely by stilts on all sides, making it a one of a kind design in all of Japan. Climb the stairs up to one of Chiba's most famous Buddhist temples, and soak in the dense nature spanning in all directions.

302 Kasamori, Chonan Town, Choseigun

(From Mobara Station on JR Sotobo Line, take the Kominato Bus bound for Kazusa Ushiku Station and get off at the "Kasamori" bus stop. From Kazusa-Ushiku Station on Kominato Railway, take the Kominato Bus bound for Mobara Station and get off at the "Kasamori" bus stop. The temple is a 5-minute walk from the "Kasamori" bus stop.)

+81-475-46-0536

Accessibility

  • Handicap parking
  • Handicap toilet
  • Ostomate restroom
  • Written communication for the hearing impaired
  • Service dogs permitted