This city is ahead of its times and is also referred in vague texts as the future city. You will get to visit the Chiba Port Tower, the Chiba Castle, Chiba Central Library among other places of visit which hold high cultural and historical importance. There are gorgeous parks like, Blue Leaf Forest Park and Makuhari Techno Garden. There are museums, places to shop and markets as well. You would be surprised to see the array of varied parks and museums on various themes and subjects that the city boasts of. Chiba is a mix of natural beauty and architectural splendour, hence, the things to do in Chiba have a vast range. It is truly a mix of the best of both worlds!
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What to Do in and around Chiba
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Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari is an outlet shopping mall that offers sample products, products with slight imperfections and discontinued products, from manufacturers at bargain prices. A variety of shopping zones- from young, career, children's, men's, women's fashions to outdoor, sporting goods, and lifestyle goods as well as cafes and restaurants are available. In total, there are around 97 stores within the shopping complex! A must visit for bargain hunters and shopaholics!
One of the most popular attractions in Chiba, the Chiba Zoological Park is a spacious home to many animals. The Zoological Park is comprised of seven zones, and maps provided at the entrance make navigating the area easy. The seven zones are- The Zoological Hall (houses the Information Desk and nocturnal animals, marmosets and tropical birds), the Small Animals Zone (home to red pandas), the Steppe Zone (home to elephants, giraffes, zebras and other herbivores), the Children’s Zoo (petting zoo), the Monkey Zone, the Ancestors of Domestic Animals Zone and the Avian and Aquatic Zone.
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1 Mihama, Mihama-ku, Chiba 261-0023
12:01 am - 12:00 am
If you are a baseball fanatic, head over to the Chiba Marine Stadium to catch a live game in action! Pro baseball is the most popular sport in Japan, and catching a game of one of the twelve Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) teams is a must for any baseball fan! Watching a Japanese baseball game is a unique experience. There's music, fight songs, beer girls in bright neon clothing pouring beer from kegs in their backpacks and ofcourse, sushi!
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1 Chuoko, Chuo Ward, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture 260-0024, Japan
09:00 am - 09:00 pm
Built in 1986 to commemorate Chiba Prefecture's population reaching the 5 million people mark, the Chiba Tower is 137 meters tall. It overlooks the port in Chiba Bay and gives visitors beautiful panoramic views. An architecturally stunning building, behind its mirrored glass exterior, the tower has only four floors! There is the ground floor and then directly the top three floors. The middle portion of the body of the tower is hollow! The top (4th) floor is an observatory. The third floor has a restaurant called Café La Plage. An eatery at 109 meters up in the air! An experience to be had in Chiba. The second floor is another observatory, but it is called ‘Lover's Sanctuary’. The floor is only for couples, with seats set together in close pairs near the windows. It also has a place to pray for matters of the heart. Visitors can buy heart-shaped locks and, after writing their and their loved one's names on it, fasten it onto a window grate for all to see. The ground floor houses the souvenir shop and an information deck.
The Inage Kaihin Park opens a water park every summer which is called as Inage Ocean Park to delight adults and children. There are thirteen pools, including waves, race courses and water slides. It is a nice park in Chiba located around the bay; the Inage Ocean Park has a baseball field, a tennis court, a BBQ Garden, jogging track, bicycle track and Botanical Gardens. A nice place for picnics and to enjoy the outdoor activities with your family or friends.
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3-15 Asumigaokahigashi, Midori Ward, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture 267-0067, Japan
10:00 am - 05:30 pm
The Hoki Museum is Japan's first museum dedicated to Realist painting. The Museum collections include 300 works by some 40 painters, ranging from great masters to young artists. The Museum's building is a work of art in itself. Made up of three stories, one above the ground and two stories below the ground, the galleries consist of long corridors filled with paintings. A section of the building is suspended in air. It looks like its floating! A must visit for every art lover and every architecture enthusiast.
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22 Toke-cho, Midori-ku, Chiba City, Japan
08:30 am - 05:00 pm
Included in the top 100 list of ‘Urban Parks in Japan’, the Showa no Mori park is the largest in Chiba City. It covers an area of approximately 100 hectares. Inside the premises is a 4.5km cycling course with rental bicycles, kids play area, lawns, ponds, tennis courts and baseball fields. The park is also home to a youth hostel and camping sites. A must visit while on vacation with your kids.
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3-1 Benten, Chuo-ku, Chiba City
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Chiba Park is famous for its Oga Lotus flowers, which bloom around late June. Within the park is a small information centre where visitors can learn more about this fascinating plant. The Oga Lotus is Chiba City’s official flower. The Park also has rowboats on hire. Boat rentals are available at Watauchi Lake inside the park from March 1 to November 30.
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1 Chome-16-1 Innai Chuo Ward, Chiba, Chiba Prefecture 260-0018
06:00 am - 06:00 pm
The Chiba shrine is dedicated to the Shinto deity Myoken, a bodhisattva who is the personification of Polaris, the North Star. It is believed that Myoken offers protection from bad luck and bodily harm. The main gates to the shrine are elaborate and intricate and feature the twelve animals that are represented on the traditional calendar. Surrounding the shrine are picturesque gardens. Winding paths lead through Japanese style landscaping while small bridges lead over koi-filled ponds.
Chiba Castle is a reconstructed castle located in Chiba city. It is also known as Inohana Castle. The original castle was built in the year 1126 by Tsuneshige Chiba. However, the royal family of Chiba couldn’t survive during the Sengoku period and they had to abandon the castle and escape. After that, the castle was left unattended and over a period of time, only rubbles were left. The present castle was re-built in 1967 and was converted into a museum. The ruins of the old castle can still be found around the castle grounds.
The Chiba City Museum of Art (CCMA) is well known for its variegated exhibitions and characteristic collections. The museum focuses on artwork falling within the three categories: Artwork connected with the Boso Region, Japanese painting and woodblocks from the Edo period on and Contemporary artwork. A popular exhibition of the museum is the Ukiyoe collection. With the museum, you will also find a public library, a museum shop and a restaurant.
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Yubinbango 270-1392 Chiba Prefecture Inzai central North 3-2.
09:00 am - 10:00 pm
Shopping, food, movies, gaming arcade, bookstore and a lot more, all under one roof! Head over to the Aeon Mall to have a fun filled and splurge worthy day. Spread across 4 buildings, many first time visitors to the mall claim that they could not explore the entire mall in one day!