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See Japan’s defining flower like never before in Chiba

Things to Do | Visit Chiba | Latest update:2022/03/31

Photo Courtesy of the Kominato Railway

Chiba has some of the best cherry blossom spots in Kanto, and the southern part even sees some earlier blooms than Tokyo. If you find yourself eager to see this beautiful tree in March, hop on down south to Chiba where you’ll see fabulous, sweeping blooms, and better yet be far away from the tall buildings that can ruin the view. While you’re sure to find nice places in any route you choose to explore, we have three famous spots to get you started on a cherry blossom adventure.

Kominato Railway

Photo Courtesy of the Kominato Railway

The Kominato Railway is like a trip through a countryside dream. This local, diesel-powered line connects Ichihara City and Otaki Town, but the main appeal isn’t transportation, rather the views you’re treated to along the way. In spring, the nanohana yellow flowers and vibrant cherry blossoms adorn the sides of the tracks, ensuring you’ll be facing out the window the entire ride. Along the way, Itabu station is a popular place to stop, as it has one of the most lush collection of cherry blossom trees on this line. Start at JR Goi Station for the Kominato Line’s first stop, and take a slow journey through Chiba’s picturesque spring.

Mobara Park

If you’re looking for a good place to settle down for an afternoon, without having to journey along a riverbank or such to find good cherry blossoms, Mobara Park brings the joy of spring together in one place. Not only is there ample space to play, picnic, and stroll, but some 2,850 cherry blossom trees in Mobara Park have made it one of the top 100 places for cherry blossom enjoyment in all of Japan. Believe us, there are countless to choose from, so the top 100 is a major achievement. One thing that contributes to this is the stunning red “Benten Bridge” that crosses the lake in the middle of the park, creating a colorful contrast of red surrounded by pink and white cherry blossoms.

Aoba no Mori Park

Aoba no Mori Park, easily accessed from downtown Chiba, and a perfect day trip if you’re looking to get away from Tokyo, but not be too far from the luxuries of a city center. With a mix of early and late-blooming cherry blossom trees, this park is bustling with spring energy for a comparatively longer time than other spots. The park not only has open fields for play and barbecue, but also the “sculpture square” with 19 realistic statues to enjoy. If you want variety, accessibility, and are maybe looking for some dinner or shopping after your day in the park, then this place is for you. While it is popular, it’s guaranteed to be less crowded than the limited spots in Tokyo.

Sightseeing Spots

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 Kominato Line from JR Uchibo Line at Goi Station)

+81-436-21-6773

Accessibility

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

Mobara Park

Famous for the wide open "Benten Lake" at the center, and extensive collection of seasonal flowers, this park is also one of the most beautiful cherry blossom spots in central Chiba. The red bridge crossing the lake is a stunning sight in the pink bloom of spring.

1325-1 Takashi, Mobara City

(25-minute walk from JR Mobara Station, bus and taxi available)

+81-475-20-1548

Accessibility

  • Handicap parking
  • Handicap toilet
  • Service dogs permitted

Aoba no Mori Park

With four distinct zones (recreation, nature, culture, sports) this park is a solution to a free day in your schedule. Come stroll the massive, diverse landscape and gardens, or visit the museum to learn more about Chiba.

977-1 Aobacho, Chuo-ku, Chiba City

(Buses available from JR Chiba Station, and JR Soga Station, or an 8-minute walk from Chibadera Station on the Keisei Line)

+81-43-208-1500

Accessibility

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