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Museum Course

Art museum tour course

Chiba City Museum of Art [ Website ]
This collection includes paintings related to Boso, Edo period paintings and post-World War 2 contemporary art, as well as a renowned ukiyoe collection. Within the building, the neo-renaissance style Sayado Hall, is also available as a unique venue for holding a convention.

Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art [ Website ]
The collection includes 2,400 pieces in a variety of fields - works and related materials of artists connected to Chiba Prefecture, such as Kaii Higashiyama, works of the Barbizon school such as Millet and Japanese paintings, sculpture, Western paintings, crafts, and calligraphy. You can also relax in a cafe and restaurant while viewing the beautiful garden and sculptures.

Hoki Museum [ Website ]
This is an art museum specializing in miniature photorealistic paintings which are rare anywhere in the world. 350 pieces of around 40 famous artists are housed here, including the works of the master, Sosuke Morimoto. Among these, masterpieces from number 100 on produced by 14 artists for the Hoki Museum are the highlight. The building faces “Showa Forest”, which boasts the largest general park in Chiba City, and has been awarded a Japanese architecture grand prize.

Sanyo Media Flower Museum (flower art museum) [ Website ]
Around 1,600 species and 48,000 strains of plants are planted here. In the hothouse, tropical and sub-tropical plants are grown, and in the exhibition hall, you can enjoy a flower garden with flowers of each season. Also recommended is a meal in the restaurant while viewing the flowers and greenery.

Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art [ Website ]
Paintings of the famous artists are exhibited here, from the Impressionist paintings of Rembrandt, Monet, Renoir et al, and including modern Western art such as Picasso and Chagall. In addition, the museum also owns a folding screen with painting of crows and herons by Tohaku Hasegawa which has been designated an important cultural property. The usage of space is tailored to this extensive collection and the architecture takes advantage of the natural environment with which the surroundings are blessed By all means, please make use of the restaurant where you can enjoy a meal overlooking the leafy garden, or try the tea room where you can take a break with tea and Japanese sweets in between art appreciation.

Historical and Cultural Experience Course

Chiba Historical and Cultural / Gourmet / Sake Brewery Courses

1. Katori Shrine [ Website ]
The head shrine of around 400 Katori shrines around the country, Katori Shrine is a pre-eminent, famous shrine in Japan, and along with Ise and Kashima was given the title “Jingu” (shrine) before the Meiji era. The shrine precincts, with the solemn atmosphere drifting through, have attracted attention as a “power spot” in recent years.

2. “Little Edo” Sawara [ Website ]
[Michelin Green Guide Japan]
Communicating to the present the remnants of a mercantile city that flourished through ship transportation on the Tone River, Sawara is a town in which you almost feel like you have wandered into the Edo era. It was the first place in Kanto to be selected as an “Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings”, and twice a year the “Sawara Grand Festival”, designated by the nation as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property, is packed with highlights. Sawara is also used as a filming location, and we recommend strolling around the town where idyllic landscape such as waterfronts and woodlands open up.

3. Naritasan Shinshoji Temple [ Website ]
[Michelin Green Guide Japan]
Among the nation’s leading sacred sites with over 1000 years of history, over 10 million worshippers visit each year. You can feel the history and tradition of Japanese Buddhism as you pass through the main gate made from powerful Japanese elm to the Deva gate, the large main hall, the Shakado hall and the Komyodo hall. In the adjacent Naritasan park, enjoy the flowers and landscapes of the four seasons. From mid-February to mid-March the plum garden is splendid in full bloom, and the scent of plum pervades the park.

4. Naritasan Omotesando [ Website ]
Eateries and souvenir shops line the approach to Naritasan starting from in front of JR Narita station, and here you can enjoy specialized eel restaurants and Western restaurants serving multi-national cuisine. You can take a carefree stroll while feeling the bustle of a temple town.

5. Iinumahonke Shisui traditional house and Kinoene Farm [ Website ]
This is the direct sales office of the head family of Iinuma Kuramoto founded here after relocation from an old house in Niigata Prefecture. The first floor sells sake, foods and general merchandise, and the second floor has a gallery and a café space. Tours of the warehouse are available year-round excluding July and August, and after the tour you can enjoy a tasting and shopping. In summer, you can also try blueberry picking at Kinoene farm.

Chiba and Japanese History and Culture / Museums / Samurai Residences Course

1. Chiba Prefectural Boso-no-Mura [ Website ]
This is a hands-on, interactive museum where you can learn history through archaeological relics and samurai, merchant and farmer exhibits, and you can experience the traditional lifestyle and technology of Boso Peninsula. Through the 5 senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching you can deepen your understanding of the Boso region culture passed down from old times. A large number of events are held here, such as seasonal festivals and martial arts demonstrations, folk art performances and special exhibitions.

2. National Museum of Japanese History [ Website ]
Nicknamed “Rekihaku”, within Japanese history and culture, it focuses particularly on “life history”. With real materials and models, and diorama, the museum exhibits make it easy to understand how people lived at that time in Japan.

3. Sakura Samurai Houses Hiyodori Hill [ Website ]
These are the largest remaining group of samurai houses in the Kanto region. Currently the 3 buildings of the former Kawahara residence, the former Tajima residence and the former Takei residence are open to the public. On the street is the Hiyodori hill surrounded by a bamboo forest that has changed little since the Edo period - we recommend sitting on the bench part way up the hill immersed in the atmosphere of the old days.

Market, Farm and Boat Cruise Experience Course

Around Makuhari Messe – Market / Farm / Shopping and Gourmet Course

1. Chiba Local Wholesale Market
At this market you can buy fresh items in abundance like fresh foods including seafood arrived fresh from the fishing port, as well as seaweed, dried bonito, meat and eggs. You can also watch close up as tuna is cut up. In the cafeteria, you can sample exquisite cuisine made with fresh ingredients from the market.

2. Tourist Farm “Dragon Farm” [ Website ]
It is in a peaceful place where you can hear the nightingale chirping in spring, and is a barrier-free farm where you can enjoy picking produce even in a wheelchair. You can pick then eat and compare 14 varieties of strawberry which are cultivated in a high position so this activity can be enjoyed in a comfortable position without bending down. Located in the suburbs of Chiba City, as transport access is easy, this tourist farm is also popular with foreign visitors.

3. Shopping and Gourmet Food around Chiba Station
You can indulge in shopping and try gourmet food at a large number of eateries and commercial facilities including department stores.

Around Tokyo Disneyland ® – Fish Market / Museums / Boat Cruising / Hot Spring Course

1. Urayasu Fish Market
In Tokyo Bay Resort’s “Food Kitchen”, glimpses of the fishing town, Urayasu, still remain. Around 34 stores are lined up, focused on seafood and also selling dried foods and groceries. Urayasu’s famous dish, grilled clams, is exquisite when freshly grilled. In the eateries, you can try the bowl of rice topped with sashimi, which is well-known and comes in large portions, or clams with rice.

2. Urayasu City Folk Museum [ Website ]
In this museum where you can rediscover the unique culture of Urayasu which has been built up from its period as a fishing town, Urayasu’s natural environment, history and culture, raised by the “Mother Sea”, are comprehensibly exhibited. You can experience making nori seaweed, shucking shellfish or riding on a Beka boat. Also, you can observe the manufacturing work at the Fundaiku workshop, through the Urayasu Fundaiku Technology Preservation Society.

3. Boat Cruises
You can indulge in a Tokyo Bay cruise, taking in the aroma of the sea and feeling the sea breeze, either on a route with a view of Tokyo Disney Resort or a compelling course around Tokyo Gate Bridge.

4. Urayasu Mangekyo Oedo-Onsen-Monogatari [ Website ]
On a site of around 10,000 square meters, this is a large hot spring facility providing a variety of relaxations including 38 types of baths. As well as natural hot springs, waters with traditional Chinese medicines and mixed baths for men and women in swimsuits, you can enjoy 45 large and small private banquet rooms and 9 types of beauty treatment salons.

Theme Park Course

Animal Petting and Illuminations / Flowers / Spa Course

1. Mother Farm and Tokyo German Village

Mother Farm [ Website ]
On a vast site of 250 hectares on the slopes of a mountain, based on the theme of the “interaction of humans with flowers, greenery and animals”, this is a tourist farm where many animals can be petted. You can enjoy a flower corridor with seasonal flowers in full bloom on a large scale, and picking tasty strawberries, tomatoes and blueberries. At the farm restaurant, you can treat yourself to our speciality of mutton barbecue with our secret sauce or other exquisite farm gourmet dishes which can only be tried here.

Tokyo German Village [ Website ]
This is a theme park with flowers and greenery where you can enjoy a full day in the spacious lawn square, the putter golf course or the amusement area. The highlights are the moss phlox flower garden spread over 40,000 square meters, the largest in Kanto, and the sight of 30,000 hydrangeas in full bloom in the rainy season. On winter nights, a large number of people visit to watch the grand Boso Peninsula light festival, recognized as one of the three major illuminations in Kanto.

2. Ryugujyo Spa Hotel Mikazuki [ Website ]
In this set of hot springs, the largest in which you can enjoy the view overlooking Tokyo Bay, with a total of 70 types of spas and baths, you can enjoy the most relaxing and refreshing time in a pure gold bath with a market value of 150 million yen. Inside is a festival land where you can enjoy the largest store and trompe l'oeil in Kanto. This is a spa hotel boasting the largest size in Japan and fully equipped with entertainment such as karaoke rooms.

Aquarium / Open-Air Bath with Sea View and Gourmet Food Course

1. Kamogawa Sea World [ Website ]
With the exhibition theme of an “encounter with the world of the ocean”, over 11,000 river and sea creatures are reared and exhibited, and the dynamic performance of the king of the sea, the killer whale, is compelling with the majestic Pacific Ocean unfolding in the background. The performances of the dolphins, sea-lions and beluga are also popular. In addition, through tools using cutting edge 3D and CG video and the latest digital video technology, it is also filled with interactive, hands-on exhibition facilities at various corners. Inside, it is also fully equipped with a restaurant, the only such one in Japan, where you can enjoy a full course meal while observing the appearance of the killer whale.

2. Seaside Hot Spring (Kamogawa Hot Spring – Kominato Hot Spring)
You can enjoy the comfort of the seaside hot spring with a uniquely rich and colorful location, including an open-air hot spring with superb view, and the trademark food made from fresh ingredients unique to this area.

The World-Class Tokyo Disney Resort ® Course

1. Tokyo Disneyland ® / Tokyo Disney Sea ®

Tokyo Disneyland [ Website ]
Opened in 1983 as the first Disney Theme Park in Japan, Tokyo Disneyland is composed of 7 theme lands with the themes of adventure, fairy tales, the future and so on. A 3-D realization in which you can actually experience the world of Disney movies, in this park, the guests can enjoy the extraordinary world of Disney magic by experiencing the attractions and entertainment.

Tokyo Disney Sea [ Website ]
Located facing Tokyo Bay, Tokyo Disney Sea takes its inspiration from stories and legends associated with the sea. This new Disney theme park overflowing with adventure and romance, discovery and fun, is made up of 7 themed ports differing in both period and feel. In these 7 ports that stir the imagination, with never-before-seen attractions, brilliant live entertainment and wonderful meals and shopping, the guests experience heart-pounding adventures and romantic stories.

2. Ikspiari ® [ Website ]
This is a “town full of stories and entertainment” with around 140 shops and restaurants, and a cinema complex, Cinema Ikspiari, with 16 screens and 3,152 seats. In the Maihama area, it provides a slightly different kind of appeal with its shopping, gourmet food and entertainment.

Enjoying the Great Outdoors Course

Large Mountain Panorama / Sake Brewery Course

1. Mount Nokogiri Cable Car [ Website ]
You can enjoy a mid-air trip from the foot to the summit of Mount Nokogiri on this, the only cable car in Chiba prefecture. From the summit, you can see Mount Fuji, Izu Oshima island and Tokyo Sky Tree, and it is full of points of interest such as the largest stone Buddha in Japan, and the thrilling sight, “peering into hell”, where you peer down from the top of a steep rock near the summit.

2. Koizumi Sake Brewery “Sommelier House Shuzo-no-Kan” [ Website ]
Founded in 1793, brewer of the famous Boso sakes, “Tokai” and “Tokai zakari”, this is the direct sales facility of Koizumi Sake Brewery. As well as being able to taste around 20 varieties at any time, there is also a window of time available for a tour of the brewery. Seasonal (November – around the end of March) new sake brews made from new rice, line up with limited edition goods in this house. Soft cream containing daiginjo sake is also popular.

Local Railways / Valleys / Open-Air Baths with Spectacular View of a Ravine and Gourmet Food Course

1. Kominato Railway and Isumi Railway
On old-fashioned local railways, you can feel nostalgic for old Japan seeing typically Japanese rural landscapes, the streets of historical castle towns and valleys unfold from the train window. Alongside the tracks, you can see seasonal flowers, in particular the scenery of the flowering rape blossoms in spring is moving. We recommend the kaiseki train, in which you can eat traditional Japanese kaiseki cuisine while admiring the beautiful landscape.

2. Yoro Valley [ Website ]
You can enjoy the nature of the respective seasons, fresh green in spring and the autumn leaves here are the latest in Kanto. This is a spot where you can refresh yourself in the great outdoors away from the daily hustle and bustle, walking through the woodland and watching the waterfall while taking in plenty of negative ions.

3. Hot Spring (Yoro Keikoku Hot Spring Village)
As Boso’s premier hot spring village, it has been revered by many hot spring lovers for a long time. In one of the dozens of inns and guest houses dotted along the mountain stream, while enjoying the calm flow of the river and the beauty of the valley, immersed in the dark brown “black waters” of the open-air bath, you can spend some quiet moments. In addition, also recommended is the cuisine filled with the blessings of inner Boso, such as river fish, local mountain vegetables and grilled eel.

History and Famous Temples/ Japanese Countryside / Seaside Open-Air Bath with Spectacular View and Gourmet Food Course

1. Nami no Ihachi Gyoganji Temple [ Website ]
It is said that “to let it be carved by a wave is the best thing on earth”, and the “wave form sculptures” of Takeshi Ihachiroshinyu, known as “Nami no Ihachi”, can be seen in the reception hall. Overflowing with vibrancy, the works are said to have influenced the works of Katsushika Hokusai, Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso and others. He carried out the sculptures decorating the shrines and temples of the Kanto region, and left a large number of works over 5 generations. Many works are scattered about the prefecture.

2. Oyama Senmaida [ Website ]
These are the only rain-fed rice paddy in Japan, cultivated only with rain water. On the steep slopes with an area of 4 hectares, 375 large and small rice fields are connected like stairs, and as a valuable cultural landscape, they have been selected as one of Japan’s 100 best terraced rice fields.

3. Hot Springs (Kamogawa Hot Springs and Kominato Hot Springs)
You can enjoy the comfort of the seaside hot spring with a uniquely rich and colorful location, including an open-air hot spring with superb view, and the trademark food made from fresh ingredients unique to this area.

Dolphin and Whale Watching / Vast Ocean Panorama / Open-Air Bath with Superb Seaside View and Gourmet Food Course

1. Dolphin and Whale Watching [ Website ]
From a cruise ship in a pleasant breeze, you can watch the dynamic swimming of whales in the wild and the acrobatic jumps of dolphins. In addition, the view from the ship of the setting sun sinking below rough and majestic Byobugaura is truly spectacular.

2. Byobugaura Beach
From Naarai town, Choshi City to Cape Gyobumi, Asahi City for 10 kilometers, this lengthy coastal cliff, said to be comparable to the “white cliffs” of Dover in the English Channel, is a scenic spot known as the “Dover of the East”. Chosi’s unique terrain and geology, such as Byobugaura, are acknowledged as “Choshi Geopark”.

3. Hot Springs (Inubosaki Hot Spring Village)
Enjoying a beautiful sunrise from the Pacific Ocean, and located in Inubosaki, the easternmost point of Kanto, is this hot spring village. Spectacular ocean scenery unfolds from the large public baths and open-air baths. You can try the cuisine which makes use of the specially selected soy sauce from the brands of soy sauce as well as the local fish and vegetables.

Shopping Course

Around Makuhari Messe – Large Shopping Malls / Outlets Course

LaLaport TOKYO-BAY [ Website ]
The biggest among the LaLaports developed across the whole country and boasting the most number of shops, there are as many as 430 shops including specialty stores, restaurants and a cinema. It is packed with people at the weekend.

Mitsui Outlet Park, Makuhari [ Website ]
This is a full-scale outlet mall adjacent to the nearest station to Makuhari Messe. The best selection of high quality products from famous manufacturers and brand select shops from Japan and overseas are provided at outlet prices.

Aeon Mall Makuhari New City [ Website
This is a large shopping mall made up of 4 malls for adults, families, sports and consumer electronics, and pets. With 360 specialty stores, entertainment facilities and experience facilities such as “Yoshimoto Makuhari Aeon Mall Theater”, and equipped with a 5-a-side football pitch, tennis courts and a bouldering studio, you can enjoy activities other than shopping.

Around Kazusa Arc – Large Shopping Mall / Outlets Course

1. Umihotaru Parking Area [ Website ]
This is a parking area located above the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line. There are restaurants where you can have a relaxing meal while enjoying the ocean view, and a row of stores offering a large number of specialty products. There are plenty of facilities to enjoy such as the technology archive “Umimegane” and a footbath.

2. Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu [ Website ]
This is a large outlet mall with 248 stores, the most in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Japanese and overseas stores are lined up offering a high quality lifestyle starting with overseas luxury brands, as well as fashion, hobbies, and miscellaneous goods. You can enjoy gourmet food from around the country including popular local eateries at the large food court with around 1,200 seats. The Chiba Prefecture Tourism Information Center located in the mall is also recommended.

3. Aeon Mall Kisarazu [ Website ]
Consisting of a rich variety of fashion and hobby stores, fresh ingredients purchased directly from farms and fishing ports on the outskirts are also stocked. Also, on this vast site, in addition to the appeal of shopping, there are plenty of leisure facilities such as a cinema with the latest interactive movie screening system, 4DX, a barbecue field and a race circuit.