Things to Do | Visit Chiba | Latest update:2022/05/11
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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/
1-1-2 Goichūōhigashi, Ichihara City (Goi Station)
(Transfer to the Kominato Line from the JR Uchibo Line at Goi Station)
157 Awamata, Otaki Town, Isumigun (Awamata Waterfall Parking Lot)
(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)
932 Kuzufuji, Otaki Town, Isumigun
(5 mintutes by car from Yorokeikoku Station on the Kominato Railway)
302 Kasamori, Chonan Town, Choseigun
(From Mobara Station on the 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 the 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.)