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3 Places to Enjoy Fall Foliage: Late November & Early December, 2023

Things to Do | Visit Chiba | Latest update:2023/10/31

The height of the fall foliage season varies by region in Japan, and Chiba offers one of the last chances of the year to enjoy the peak beauty of autumn. Here in Chiba, next to Tokyo, the period of late November to early December is usually the best time to see the leaves displaying shades of yellow, orange, and red. If you’re in the Tokyo area during this time, below are our top three fall foliage recommendations in Chiba, along with information on how to visit these spots by train.

Hondo-ji Temple

Not only does Hondo-ji Temple boast over 740 years of history—having been founded as one of the major Buddhist temples of the Kamakura Period—it’s also known as a spot for enjoying the beauty of all four seasons in a classical Japanese setting. Found in the city of Matsudo, which borders Tokyo, Hondo-ji is a bit of a hidden gem, but at about a 10-minute walk from Kita-Kogane Station on the JR Joban Line, it’s also an easily accessible destination.

Naritasan Park

You’ll find this park behind the grounds of Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple, one of the most revered temples in Japan. The temple complex is conveniently located near Narita International Airport, and can be accessed just one train station away from the airport via JR Narita or Keisei Narita Station. Visitors here can take a stroll down the historic temple district road, called the Omotesando, which leads you to the temple and park in about 15 minutes from the train station.

Kominato Railway

The local Kominato Railway is a great way to journey through the countryside landscapes outside Tokyo, and the diesel-powered trains and unmanned stations provide you with a true Japanese retro train experience. Due to a recent typhoon, a portion of the line is currently not operational, but you can still ride the Kominato Line from the JR transfer point at Goi Station to Tsukizaki Station. Come to help support this local railway as it recovers from the recent typhoon damage and enjoy views of the fall leaves as you leisurely cruise through the hills of the Chiba peninsula.

Sightseeing Spots

Hondo-ji Temple

Hondo-ji Temple has over 740 years of history, having been founded as one of the major Buddhist temples of the Kamakura period. The temple also goes by the nickname “hydrangea temple” because of the estimated 50,000 hydrangeas that bloom there every June.

63 Hiraga, Matsudo City

(About a 10-minute walk from Kita-Kogane Station on the JR Joban Line)

Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple

Established in 940, this is one of the most revered temples in Japan. Visitors can tour the hallowed halls, stroll through the idyllic gardens, and witness sacred rituals here.

1 Narita, Narita City

(A 10-minute walk from either Keisei Narita Station, or JR Narita Station)



  • Handicap parking
  • Handicap toilet
  • Ostomate restroom
  • Elevator
  • Wheelchair rentals
  • Written communication for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair ramp
  • Breast-feeding room

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 the Kominato Line from the JR Uchibo Line at Goi Station)



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