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Things to Do | Visit Chiba | Latest update:2022/03/30

Photo Courtesy of Minamiboso City, Chiba

Travel is a blend of food, culture, and fun, and the cities of Japan do a good job of providing this in quick digestible packages. However, we have to top off those experiences a physical journey to places far and wide, to be treated to new and thrilling sights. Here are four spots in Chiba to add the element of scenic adventure to your trip.

A view sure to capture your heart

Photo Courtesy of Kimitsu City, Chiba

Tucked away in the Shimizu Mountain Stream Park, at the bottom the winding Lake Kameyama, is an interesting sight that many gather to see. The gorge is well known for its picturesque scenery, and the wooden walkway through makes for a calming outing, topped off with the “Nōmizo Onsen Senju-no-Yu” hot spring near the park. But the main draw however, is the rare but beautiful sight that the Kameiwa Cave near the Nōmizo Falls makes when it interacts with light at just the right angle. The sun shines through the cave to reflect off the water, creating a heart shape composed of both the sunlight itself, and the reflection off the water. You’ll have the best chance to see it in the early mornings of March and September, but the Shimizu Mountain Stream Park is a fun place to visit in most seasons regardless.

A lonely pier, waiting to join you for a photo

Photo Courtesy of Minamiboso City, Chiba

The Haraoka Pier (also known as Okamoto Pier) in the southwest of Chiba is a popular photo spot, not for its grandeur, but its simplicity, and feelings of nostalgia it invokes. The sparse wooden frame of the pier goes out only a few dozen meters, and a single strand of lights runs along the left side to illuminate it at night. On clear days, you can see Mt. Fuji far in the distance across the sea behind it, but in any weather, the pier tends to keep a special place in the heart’s of those who visit. It’s also been used in sets for commercial clips, still photographs and films, and holds its place as a humble but famous tourist location.

Reach for the sky on the coast of Chiba

On the far reaches of Futtsu Point sits an observation tower you’d think was a stairway to the sky! The Meiji 100th Anniversary Memorial Tower has a unique layered shape designed after a Japanese white pine. It’s 20 meters high, and is climbable to get excellent views of the ocean in front. On clearer days, see Mt. Fuji towering across the Tokyo Bay, and in summertime enjoy the “Jumbo Pool” and campground in the park. It is a good solution if you’re looking to get some time in the park as well as amazing views.

The force of nature formed into art

Photo Courtesy of Minamiboso City, Chiba

Deep down on the southern tip of Chiba is a unique natural formation. This rock formation resembles a Japanese folding screen, called a “byobu”, giving this spot its name of Shirahama Byobu-iwa Rocks. The ridged rocks jut out into the surf, and the changing tides reveal and cover different parts of it. Weathering, erosion, and tectonic activity have come together in the perfect spot to make this natural art, and seeing it really reminds us that the earth, although slow moving, is alive and continuing to create amazing designs in the land.

Sightseeing Spots

Shimizu Mountain Stream Park

You can take a calming walk through picturesque scenery here. Many however come to see the unique way the light reflects near the waterfall. The heart shape is an elusive yet stunning trick of light, and you may be lucky enough to see it yourself.

1954 Sasa, Kimitsu City

(15-minute by car from Kazusa-Kameyama Station on the JR Kururi Line)

+81-439-56-1325

Accessibility

  • Handicap parking
  • Handicap toilet
  • Service dogs permitted

Haraoka (Okamoto) Pier

The Haraoka Pier (also known as Okamoto Pier) is a neat little photo spot with Mt. Fuji towering far in the background. The pier itself is modest, with just a string of lights along one side, but the view is timeless and calming.

210-1 Haraoka, Tomiuracho, Minamiboso City

(8-minute walk from Tomiura Station on the JR Uchibo Line)

+81-470-28-5307

The Meiji 100th Anniversary Memorial Tower

This uniquely shaped tower stands tall on the edge of Futtsu City, surrounded by the the sea on three sides. Great views and photo opportunities year-round, you can also see Mt. Fuji across the bay on clear days.

2280 Futtsu, Futtsu City

(From Aohori Station on the JR Uchibo Line, take the bus bound for Futtsu Kōen, and get off at the last stop. The park is a 20-minute walk from the bus stop.)

+81-439-80-1291

Accessibility

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

*Inquire at the indoor swimming pool for wheelchair rentals and written communication for the hearing impaired.

Shirahama Sheer Cliff

Way down on the South end of Chiba is Byobu-Iwa, a ridged rock formation that resembles a Japanese "byobu" folding screen usually seen in rooms for partitions. With the wide open ocean in the back, it's sure to be an amazing photo.

Nemoto, Shirahamacho, Minami-Boso City (At the west end of Nemoto Beach)

(25 minutes by car from JR Tateyama Station)

+81-470-28-5307