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Chiba city 千葉市Pictures of Chiba city, the capital city of Chiba Prefecture.
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Chiba Castle 千葉城


Chiba Castle is within Inohana Park 亥鼻公園 which is noted for cherry blossoms in spring. The reconstructed castle tower is a Folk Museum tracing the history of the Chiba clan who ruled Chiba during the 15th and 16th centuries.

44 files, last one added on Apr 14, 2006
Album viewed 323 times

Chiba Park 千葉公園


Great place to see a lot of weeping cherry blossoms showering the small pond. Over 600 cherry trees. About a 10-min. walk from Chba Station or one stop via monorail to Chiba Koen Station.

55 files, last one added on Apr 14, 2006
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Chiba Lotte Marines Baseball at Chiba Marine Stadium 千葉マリンスタジアム


Chiba Marine Stadium (QVC Marine Field) is the home field for the Chiba Lotte Marines pro baseball team. Saw a game between the Marines and Nippon Ham Fighters on Oct. 5, 2015. Near JR Kaihin-Makuhari Station on the Keiyo Line, about 40 min. from Tokyo Station.

39 files, last one added on Sep 27, 2016
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Other Sights


Other sights include Chiba Station, the monorail, and prefectural capital.

19 files, last one added on Apr 15, 2006
Album viewed 196 times

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Ichinomiya 一宮町Pictures of Ichinomiya-machi, Chiba.
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Kazusa Junisha Matsuri Festival 2009 上総十二社祭り


Also called the Hadaka (Nude) Matsuri, this annual festival is held by Tamasaki Shrine near Kazusa-Ichinomiya Station (JR Sotobo Line). On Sept. 13, 2009 (Sun.), the main festival day, portable shrines from twelve shrines (junisha) in the same area are paraded and rushed to the beach with hundreds of people surrounding each one. They run with the portable shrine. At the beach in ankle-deep water, they jostle and toss the mikoshi in the air. In the evening, they return to town near the train station and parade the shrines again. Also see my video at YouTube.

127 files, last one added on Jun 06, 2010
Album viewed 639 times


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Isumi いすみ市Pictures of Isumi, Chiba Pref. which includes Ohara.
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Ohara Hadaka Festival 大原はだか祭り


This annual festival is held in Ohara on Sept. 23-24, climaxing with many people carrying portable shrines into the ocean. Portable shrines from 18 shrines in the area join in the festival. "Hadaka" means nude, but no one is nude. They go into the ocean only on the 23rd. These photos were taken on Sept. 23, 2004. Also see the video at YouTube.

38 files, last one added on Sep 08, 2006
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Katori 香取市Photos of Katori, Chiba Prefecture.
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Sawara Traditional Townscape 佐原の町並み


Sawara is a designated traditional townscape (group of traditional buildings) along the Ono River near JR Sawara Station. Many traditional Japanese merchant buildings dating from the Edo Period.

82 files, last one added on Sep 07, 2016
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Sawara no Taisai Autumn Festival 佐原の大祭秋祭り


Festival of ornate floats paraded around Sawara in Oct. Floats (called dashi) are about 7 meters high and weigh 3 to 4 tons. They have intricate wood carvings and a large doll depicting a historical or legendary Japanese figure. Each float is from a neighborhood in Sawara. Most of the floats and dolls were made in the late 19th century or early 20th century.

Dating back 300 years, the festival is held for three days in July (10 floats) and Oct. (14 floats). The float pullers also dance and the main highlight is when they turn the float a few times. The festival is a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. In fall 2016, it will be one of the 33 Yama, Hoko, and Yatai float festivals in Japan to be inscribed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Held near JR Sawara Station (JR Narita Line) and along Ono River's traditional townscape.

101 files, last one added on Sep 07, 2016
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Katsuura 勝浦市Pictures of Katsuura, Chiba.
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Katsuura Big Hinamatsuri かつうらビッグひな祭り


The small coastal town of Katsuura holds one of Japan's most impressive hina matsuri doll festival during late Feb. to early March. A whopping 25,000 hina ningyo dolls are displayed all over town.

110 files, last one added on Mar 04, 2010
Album viewed 409 times

Hachiman Misaki Park 八幡岬公園


A scenic coastal park with dramatic views of the ocean, rocky shore, torii island, and Katsuura lighthouse.

36 files, last one added on Mar 04, 2010
Album viewed 155 times

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Matsudo 松戸市Pictures of Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture.
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Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki Welcome Home Parade 山崎直子宇宙飛行士歓迎パレード


After her first Space Shuttle flight in April 2010, astronaut Naoko Yamazaki returned to Japan briefly and included a visit to her hometown of Matsudo, Chiba where she had a homecoming parade on May 22, 2010. NASA photos of her training and STS-131 shuttle mission are also included. Also see my video at YouTube.

146 files, last one added on Jun 05, 2010
Album viewed 2600 times

Tojotei and Tojogaoka History Park 戸定邸・戸定が丘歴史公園


Built in 1884, Tojotei was the residence of Tokugawa Akitake (1853-1910), brother of the last Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu. Akitake was supposed to be the next shogun after Yoshinobu, but the Tokugawa reign and Edo Period ended before his time. Akitake only became the last daimyo of the Mito Clan in Ibaraki. He retired at age 30 and lived the rest of his life at Tojotei, a spacious, Japanese-style residence on a hilltop. Tojotei is within the garden-like Tojogaoka History Park that was part of Akitake's estate. It now has the Tojo History Museum displaying Akitake artifacts, plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, lots of azalea, and fall foliage. Short walk from Matsudo Station. Park hours are 9 am to 5 pm, closed Mon. (open if a national holiday) Free admission. Small admission charged by Tojotei and the museum.

49 files, last one added on Mar 26, 2016
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Other Sights in Matsudo


Photos of Ozeki Kotoshogiku's victory parade in Feb. 2016, Matsudo Shrine, Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms, Matsudo-juku, and JR Matsudo Station.

62 files, last one added on Mar 26, 2016
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Narita 成田市Pictures of Narita, Chiba Prefecture.
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Narita-san Setsubun Bean-Throwing Festival 成田山節分会・特別追儺豆まき式


Shinshoji temple (Narita-san), Japan's most famous temple for Setsubun Festival was jam-packed on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. Most people came to see the celebrities throwing the beans for mamemaki. They included sumo wrestlers Yokozuna Hakuho, Ozeki Kisenosato, Baruto, and Okinoumi. Also Haruka Ayase, Ayame Goriki, Kotaro Koizumi and other stars of the current NHK Taiga Drama, "Yae no Sakura." Also see my video at YouTube.
The first time I saw this was on Feb. 3, 2001. Celebrities then included Yokozuna Musashimaru and actresses Riho Makise.

114 files, last one added on Feb 06, 2013
Album viewed 295 times

Narita-san Temple 成田山


Narita-san Shinshoji Temple is Chiba Prefecture's most famous temple. Belonging to the Shingon Buddhist Sect, it holds many of Narita's major festivals such as Setsubun. Four buildings are also Important Cultural Properties. It also has a large Japanese garden, including cherry blossoms. A short walk from JR and Keisei Narita Stations.

63 files, last one added on Apr 18, 2014
Album viewed 237 times

Narita Taiko Festival 成田太鼓まつり


The biggest taiko drum festival in the Kanto region is held annually in April. Various taiko drum troupes perform for two full days on various outdoor stages in Narita, including the main stage in front of the Narita-san temple. Most of these pictures were taken on April 9, 2005.

44 files, last one added on May 02, 2005
Album viewed 113 times

Narita Gion Festival 成田祇園まつり


Held in July, this is a festival of ornate floats pulled on the streets of Narita and to Narita-san temple. These pictures were taken in 2002.

31 files, last one added on May 02, 2005
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Other Sights


Other pictures of Narita city including the Museum of Aeronautical Sciences near Narita International Airport.

12 files, last one added on May 02, 2005
Album viewed 109 times


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Onjuku 御宿町Pictures of Onjuku-machi town, Chiba Prefecture.
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Onjuku Beach


Onjuku is a well-known beach town famous for its beach and ama women divers (no longer topless).

39 files, last one added on Feb 21, 2009
Album viewed 585 times


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Sakura 佐倉市Pictures of Sakura, Chiba.
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National Museum of Japanese History 国立歴史民俗博物館


Opened in 1983, the National Museum of Japanese History is a large museum in a large park in the city of Sakura which is on the way to Narita Airport. It traces the entire history, archaeology, and folklore of Japan from the Stone Age. Near Keisei Sakura Station on the way to Narita Airport.

14 files, last one added on Jul 02, 2011
Album viewed 150 times


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Yotsukaido 四街道市Photos of Yotsukaido, Chiba.
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Warabi Hadaka Matsuri 和良比裸祭り


This hadaka (nude) festival held on Feb. 25 has a unique is being a mud festival. Men wearing loincloths wrestle in the mud in a rice paddy. They also make it fashionable to have mud on your face.

36 files, last one added on Feb 27, 2005
Album viewed 366 times


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