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Scenic Photo Spots in Chiba

Things to Do | Visit Chiba | Latest update:2022/08/02

Photo Courtesy of Minamiboso City, Chiba

Most travel itineraries include a blend of food, culture and fun, and a visit to Tokyo provides a good starting point for checking off those boxes. However, many travelers also want to journey to places far and wide and be treated to new and thrilling sights. For those who want find discoveries off the beaten path, and perhaps want to snap an unforgettable photo, here are five spots in Tokyo’s neighbor Chiba that are sure to add an element of scenic adventure to your Japan trip.

A view sure to capture your heart

Photo Courtesy of Kimitsu City, Chiba

Tucked away in the Shimizu Mountain Stream Park is a unique sight that many gather to see. Visitors come here year-round to stroll on the walking path and enjoy a bath at the Nōmizo Onsen Senju-no-Yu hot spring next to the entrance to the park. But the main draw in the park however, is a rarely occurring, but beautiful sight. If the timing and conditions are just right, a heart-shaped formation appears when a beam of sunlight shines through the Kameiwa Cave and reflects off the water’s surface at the base of Nomizo Falls. You’ll have the best chance to catch this view on early mornings in March or September.

 

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, but in any weather, the pier tends to keep a special place in the hearts 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 stands 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 Tokyo Bay. On clearer days, see Mt. Fuji towering across the 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 reminds us that the earth, although slow moving, is alive and continuing to create amazing designs in the land.

A secret spot on the Pacific

Chiba’s Pacific coast is known for both its long stretches of sandy beaches and towering sea cliffs, and in the town of Onjuku you can see the full range of this scenery. Just east of the popular summer hangout Onjuku Beach, you’ll find towering bluffs that seem to rise straight out of the sea, and the Ohazuki Coast is one of many secret coves found nestled along the shores here. The Candle Island just offshore offers a perfect subject for a sunrise photo, and the caves that emerge during low tide offer truly unique exploring. When the seas are calm, you may also encounter awa, female divers who scour the reefs in a tradition that dates backs millennia.

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 sea on three sides. It offers great views and photo opportunities year-round, and you can also see Mt. Fuji across Tokyo 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 Byobuiwa

Way down on the southern end of Chiba is Byobuiwa, a ridged rock formation that resembles a Japanese 'byobu' folding screen. With the wide open ocean in the background, it's sure to make for an amazing photo spot.

Nemoto, Shirahamacho, Minamiboso City (at the west end of Nemoto Beach)

(25 minutes by car from JR Tateyama Station)

+81-470-28-5307

Ohazuki Coast

This tucked away cove is just a short walk from a coastal road in the resort beach town of Onjuku. Enjoy a view of the Candle Island just off shore, and when seas are calm you may even get to see 'Awa' divers scouring the reefs. A small cave also appears on the beach at low tide. It is not safe to enter the water here, and please take caution of the high surf and slippery rock surfaces.

626 Iwawada, Onjuku, Isumi District

(A 30-minute walk from JR Onjuku Station)