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

Many images come to mind when thinking of Japan, and they tend to be wildly different. One  hand, you have highly modern city sprawls, but also there’s the serene gardens, the sound of water soothing you as you drink tea in an old wooden house. We want to show you the latter one with these day trip ideas, along with the lush nature of Chiba.

Mihama-en Japanese Garden

With a serene pond at its center, Mihama-en brings together all the little things a picturesque Japanese garden has; stone artifacts, bamboo fences, a tea house overlooking it all, and naturally, beautiful seasonal colors growing all around. The garden was in fact opened in 1990 in order to introduce this aspect of Japanese culture to a wider audience, in a garden that could be easily accessed and enjoyed. Most will want to stop by the tea house for a cup of hot tea and small sweets, which are sourced locally from Chiba. Also, if you’d like to try and enjoy tea the traditional way, they have pamphlets in English to explain the process. Come to Mihama-en for a slow afternoon, the Japanese way.

Makigahara Garden at Kashiwanoha Park

Makigahara Garden sits within the larger “Kashiwanoha” Park, which is a major focal point of culture and sports for the surrounding communities. People usually have their sights on barbecuing, sports, and events, however Makigahara Garden is its own separate haven of relaxation and beauty, away from the bustling activity of the park. Makigahara Garden is packed with dense seasonal colors, creating some spots to sit down and admire the scenery. Although perhaps the best seat in the house is over a cup of tea at Shōhaku-tei Tea Room overlooking the pond. Come let yourself drift away in the sounds of the running water and rustling leaves at Makigahara Garden.

Japanese Garden at Akebonoyama Agriculture Park

Akebonoyama Agriculture Park brings together the best of many worlds when it comes to nature. A stroll through the grass, a picnic, or some games are reason enough to spend the day here, but this park keeps people coming back for its agricultural workshops, and the authentic Japanese tea house, which is actually the only one within the city limits. While you’ll enjoy yourself anywhere in the park, the tea house is a must-visit on your trip here, as it’s situated in a gorgeous garden. The tea house can be rented out for you and your party, and they also host tea serving ceremonies two to three times a year. Flowers bloom throughout the year, and the biggest attraction for visitors is the fall foliage of deep reds, called “Koyo” in Japanese.

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Mihama-en Japanese Garden

This Japanese garden covers 1.6ha within Makuhari Seaside Park. The "Shorai-tei" tea house inside the garden offers matcha green tea and sweets.

2-116 Hibino, Mihama Ward, Chiba City

(An 8-minute walk from Kaihin-Makuhari Station - South Exit)

Accessibility

  • Handicap toilet available
  • Handicap parking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service dogs permitted

Makigahara Garden at Kashiwanoha Park

The Japanese style garden located inside Kashiwanoha Park is a treasure trove of traditional beauty. With lots of water and foliage all around, you can enjoy serene walks here, or stop at the tea house within for a moment of zen.

4-1 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa City

(From the west exit bus stop of the Tsukuba Express Kashiwanoha-campus Station, take the bus bound for “Nagareyama-ōtakanomori Station East Exit” or “Edogawadai Station East Exit”, and get off at the “Zeikan-kenshū-jo (Customs Training Institute)” bus stop.)

+81-4-7134-2015

Accessibility

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

*The above is information for Kashiwanoha Park

Akebonoyama Agriculture Park

Both a great place to admire the scenery with a leisurely stroll, or join in a number of gardening workshops. Excellent views in all seasons also make this a great place to get in touch with nature.

2005-2 Fuse, Kashiwa City

(From JR Abiko Station North exit, take the Bando bus bound for “Akebonoyama Nougyou Kouen” and the park is a 1-minute walk from last stop.)

+81-4-7133-8877

Accessibility

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