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Recommended Family-Friendly Activities in Chiba

Things to Do | Visit Chiba | Latest update:2022/04/15

There are many ways to enjoy Chiba, from mountain and coastal activities, to strolling the charming towns and experiencing its rich culture. It goes without saying that there are ways to have a day of family fun as well. Here, we’ll introduce Lake Inbanuma in the Hokuso Area (Northern Chiba), and the Yatsu Higata tidal flats in the area above Tokyo Bay.

Cycling at Lake Inbanuma

The first activity for family fun is cycling at Sakura City’s Lake Inbanuma, the largest lake in the prefecture. We recommend the Lake Inbanuma West Course, which starts at Furusato Square. Here you can rent bicycles and cruise the designated cycling lanes around the lake. The ride is flat and easy, and family-friendly, as there are rental bikes for elementary school aged children, and adult bikes with attached seats for smaller children. There is even a limited number of adult tandem bikes available too! Furusato Square also features a beautiful Dutch-style windmill and flower garden, which make it an excellent place to relax and wind down at the end of your ride.

Observing birds and other wildlife at the Yatsu Higata

In the Tokyo Bay Area, we recommend bird and other wildlife watching at the Yatsu Higata. These higata tidal flats, which extend over about 40 hectares, are less than an hour from Tokyo Station, and the facilities at the Yatsu Higata Nature Observation Center make it a great spot for families to observe many kinds of birds and animals in nature! Migratory birds that move between Siberia and Australia, like sandpipers and plovers, use this area as a resting spot to munch on native crabs and shellfish. Thanks to this rich ecosystem, this area has been designated as a “wetland of international importance” under the Ramsar Convention in order to protect the birds’ migration patterns. This is also a great spot to see local flora and fauna up close, and you can learn interesting details from the park rangers here too.

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Lake Inbanuma

Lake Inbanuma is the largest lake in Chiba Prefecture, and is conveniently located along the Keisei Line, which runs between Narita Airport and Tokyo. The flat, open roads along the shores of the lake are perfect for cycling, and are sure to give you an appreciation of how Japan preserves its nature, even in close proximity to major cities.

2714 Usuida, Sakura City

(You can rent a bicycle at the Keisei Sakura Tourist Information Center in front of Keisei Sakura Station, Sakura Furusato Square, Sun-Sun Cycle, and Lake Pier Usui.)

+81-43-486-6000 (Sakura City Tourism Association) E-Mail : sakurashi-kankou@catv296.ne.jp

Sakura Furusato Square

A gorgeous park in Sakura City, and one of the best spots for seeing tulips of spring, the Sakura Furusato Square is recognized by its large windmill and rolling fields. Rent a bicycle here to explore the nearby lake, or find a spot to relax among the sights and sounds with a picnic.

2714 Usuita, Sakura City

(A 30-minute walk from Keisei Usui Station, 40-minute walk from Keisei Sakura Station. You can also take the community bus (Uchigo Route, about a 10-minute ride) from the north exit of Keisei Sakura Station.)

+81-43-486-8898

Yatsu Higata

Yatsu Higata is a protected area in Chiba's suburbs, and sees various migratory birds like plovers and sandpipers stopping to rest when the season is right. You'll see local birds enjoying the space as well, and there's even a Nature Observation Center to teach you more about the habitat and wildlife here.

5-1-1 Akitsu, Narashino City

(A 20-minute walk from either Shin-Narashino or Minami-Funabashi Station on the JR Keiyō Line)

+81-47-454-8416

Accessibility

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