Locations - Kanto: Chiba

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Chiba

Chiba prefecture is a coastal area located just east of Tokyo. It is home to the region’s main international airport and numerous places of interest such as amusement parks, shopping malls, gaming and convention centers, and restaurants. The location is also ideal for a day trip to the beach.

Chiba is one of Japan’s largest suppliers of agricultural produce, growing a range of goods including rice, nashi pears, dried seaweed, daikon radish, cabbage, corn, and peanuts.

With both urban and rural settings a mere train ride away from each other, Chiba Prefecture has more than enough to satisfy the residential needs of those who want the action of an urban environment, but also want the option of enjoying the peace and simplicity of a more rural setting, or even find a suitable compromise between the two.

"Chiba is the perfect place to live and work in Japan. Our instructors and Japanese staff are fun and talented, and there’s an awesome spirit of teamwork. The rent is cheaper and the apartment sizes larger compared Tokyo. The air is also cleaner, and it’s less crowded. Most importantly, because commuting to Tokyo is easy, I’m never far from the action whenever I want to go there!

- Jan, Instructor Support Manager

Get whisked away to the “magical kingdom” at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Despite the name Chiba is actually home to Tokyo Disneyland. With convenient access for many stations in the Chiba area you can easily visit Disneyland every day you have off. The complex is also home to the very popular nautical themed Tokyo Disney Sea.

Not your average convention hall, Makuhari Messe, a large convention center in Kaihinmakuhari, has a weekly rotating schedule of everything you could ever want, including concerts, festivals, giant flea markets and more. Regular events include Summer Sonic [a large weekend concert], The Tokyo Game Show [video game exhibition], Tokyo Auto Saloon [modified car exhibition] and Jump Fest [manga, anime, and more]

“I like Chiba because I can enjoy the close vicinity of Tokyo on my days off and get the peace and quiet in my apartment at the end of the day.”
-Aubrey, Funabashi instructor
“Chiba is great because I get to enjoy the quiet atmosphere and play lots of golf”
-Bryan, Kaihinmakuhari instructor

Hit the links in Chiba which has hundreds of golf courses to choose from, which would keep even the most avid golfer happy. From country clubs to public courses you are sure to find a course that is relaxing or able to take your game to the next level. There is even a course designed and supervised by the PGA of Japan.

Have your own endless summer off the east coast and southern peninsula of Chiba, which has beautiful beaches that are rarely crowded. Kujukurihama covers a large section of the Pacific Ocean side of Chiba and is the first sight of land for most people arriving to Narita airport. Onjuku beach is located closer to the Southern tip of Chiba and hosts a yearly surfing carnival.

“The surf is decent. There are also some nice courses for the avid golfer.”
-Colin, Chiba instructor

Lift off from the Narita International Airport located in Narita and see all of Japan and beyond. A central hub for trans-Pacific as well as domestic; taking a vacation from Chiba is a breeze. If you prefer to travel by rail, Chiba is in close proximity to two Shinkansen stations which can whizz you off to your destination in no time.

“Everything is conveniently located, and the people are friendly. ”
-Lionel, Soga instructor
“I enjoy the shopping and close proximity to the beach.” -Marie, Chiba instructor

If you are interested in shopping but don’t want to break the bank, Chiba has many options to choose from. Kashiwa is home to a few large department stores as well as many trendy boutiques and second hand stores. On the bayside you can find other options such as LaLaPort (a large shopping mall), Ikea, CostCo, and Aeon Mall which has around 350 shops and restaurants.

“There are lots of great places to eat and drink, but the prices are cheaper than in Tokyo!”
-Adrian, Kaihinmakuhari instructor

Find some inner peace in Narita at one of Kanto’s larger temples, Naritasan Shinsho-ji. It is notable for its many pagodas and its expansive garden (both Japanese and English style). The temple is also famous for its New Year’s celebration and while you’re on your way don’t forget to try the freshly prepared grilled eel at one of the many restaurants that line the road leading to the temple.

Take a step back in time and learn about the Edo era in Sakura. The town has many museums, the crown jewel of which is the National Museum of Japanese History. Or bask in the glory of the several samurai houses or the ruins of Sakura Castle as you lounge under cherry blossoms.

Rising above the relatively flat plains of Chiba Prefecture is Nokogiriyama. Enjoy the stunning view of Tokyo Bay as you ride the ropeway to the top of this sacred mountain. The mountain is the home of the largest pre-modern stone carved Buddha in Asia standing at 31 meters tall. As you descend the mountain, stop and catch your breath by looking at the 1,500 hand carved Buddha statues that line the walking path down the mountain.

“Chiba is the best place in Japan because it has all the convenience of Tokyo, but without the crowds and high prices. ”
-Alex, Kaihinmakuhari instructor

Be a part of Team 26 and join some of the most enthusiastic baseball fans at QVC Marine Field in Kaihinmakuhari. For over 20 years, the Chiba Lotte Marines have played at this open air stadium located right next to Tokyo Bay and situated in a Makuharikaihin Prefectural Park.

Come be a part of the “one hundred year vision” in Chiba and support your local soccer team. There are two J-League teams in Chiba, the recently strong Kashiwa Reysol in the north and their cross prefectural rival JEF United Ichihara Chiba.

Make it a day at the races at the almost 100 year old Nakayama Racecourse in Funabashi. This course rivals that of Tokyo’s and hosts several large events each year including the Arima Kinen one of two major races held in Japan each year.

Who wouldn’t want to be emperor for a day? Well you can try it out at the Sakura Jidai Festival in Sakura. For a small fee, participants suit up in the traditional clothing of a samurai, princess, or other royalty and march in the parade. The fee also gives you access to the many museums for the day.

Experience the ground shaking at the Taiko (Japanese drumming) Festival in Narita where over 700 drummers play in unison to ring in the morning. Throughout the day, groups from all over Japan play at various stages around town and showcase regional styles. Not only a concert but a physical performance, taiko is truly a sight to behold.