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The top 20 attractions in Chiba

Historical Monuments in Narita
Naritasan-Shinshoji Temple
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His full name is Naritasan Shinshoji, is just 10 minutes by train from Narita Airport (Tokyo) and it has of many temples in different levels, surrounded by big gardens park of over 100,000 m2 The main temple was constructed 950 years ago to worship his main relic, a statue of the Buddhist deity Fudo Myoo, sculpted by the founder of the Shingon sect, a historical character of Japanese Buddhism named Kobo Daishi.
Theme Parks in Urayasu
Tokyo Disney Resort
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If you're in Tokyo I recommend visiting Tokyo Disneyland. You'll have so much fun at this theme park. There are all kinds of games to play, and then there's the haunted house, space mountain, train and boat rides, etc. You should make a single payment and then that entitles you to be able to enjoy all of the park's games.
Train Stations in Narita
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Villages in Ohara
Ohara
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Ohara is a lovely town close to the city of Kyoto and is not typically included in the tours. It is less crowded and you have temples, like Sanzen-in as popular and lovely as those of Kyoto. Ohara is north of Tokyo and to arrive we have to take the bus 17 from Kyoto Station but not one of the regular buses but those that go out of town.They don´t sell a day bond buying tourists to use this means of transport. Since there are 2 number 17s one must be careful: the 17 that we have to take says OHARA. The ride to Ohara is about an hour, because there are many stops. This village is situated in a beautiful valley in which were built many temples, some of which have achieved great fame. It is a highly visited area in spring and autumn because we can enjoy cherry red maples and Japanese respectively. The main temple, as I said above, is the Sanzen-in and to access it is a beautiful road runs along a river with trees on one side and the other traditional Japanese convenience stores. Other temples worth visiting are Shorin-in (very close from above) and Raigon-in (a little further but you get walking too). About 200 meters of the latter temple is a beautiful waterfall called literally "no sound waterfall". On the other side of town there is another area of ​​temples, among which the Jakko-in, smaller but also beautiful.
Temples in Ohara
Sanzen-in Temple
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In Ohara (a town in Kyoto) is the beautiful temple Sanzen-in of the Tendai sect, which was built in 788. It is a huge temple, though originally much smaller, as it has been expanded over the years. It is made up of many buildings, but the most spectacular areas are the gardens. You can walk inside your room or get lost in the wooded recesses of the gardens, that are filled with moss and trees. In one of the temples along the garden you can enjoy watching a small tea ceremony. In addition to the gardens, you can walk in the beautiful mountains that surround the temple. Ther is also a beautiful Japanese bridge that crosses the river nearby.
Gardens in Narita
Narita-san-koen
Situated within the temple Narita-san Shinsho-ji these incredible gardens are one of the nicest parks I've ever visited. Its greatness is worth mentioning, as the park has about 165,000 square meters full of native flora and fauna. What else that draws attention to a Westerner is that this type of gardens. It is amazing to take a walk through meadows, ponds and even small waterfalls. What's more, when we visited the park, the time coincided with the end of the cherry blossom, which made it more beautiful. In the park there were lots of people picnicking and enjoying the spring field and also thanks to that great day we went. So you know. If you want to enjoy a nice walk in the city, it is best to park close to Narita-san-koen. By the way you can enjoy a beautiful temple.
Airports in Narita
Narita International Airport
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Narita International Airport or 成 田 国际 空港 (Narita Kokusai Kūkō), is located in the town of Narita, which belongs to the Chiba prefecture in Japan. Although this is an impressive airport, maybe it's the tranquility of Japanese character, I personally found it very quiet and mostly well organized. It was contructed in order to make the airport from Japan's largest, Tokyo International, less congested. So, Narita has become the second busiest. Personally I love this airport. It is like a mini-city that has almost everything from restaurants, bars, duty-free shops, souvenir shops and even small stores, ATMs, banks, Currency exchange offices, etc ... But to me, it struck me as never seen before at other airports is to tell a hairdresser, beauty salon, showers and even rooms with beds. The truth is that I do not even think the Japanese, it is not invented!
Cities in Narita
Narita
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Narita is a city of about 120,000 natives east of Tokyo, in Chiba. This village is well known for hosting the main international airport in Japan, it is a city with a lot to offer and unknown to tourists. To get from Tokyo to Narita is easy. By train you can catch the Narita Keisei or JR Narita line. The station is central and you can use it to get a map and a brochure from the Tourist Information Centre in Narita JR station. We visited the city during the Matsuri Taiko, and the city itself I really liked. The main street is called Omotesando, like its namesake track Harajuku, it is full of shops and restaurants, though not as posh as the Tokyoites. It forms a sort of curve and descends towards the Narita-san temple. This reminds me of Kyoto Omotesando for their old style low houses. Then the Narita-san is one of the most impressive temples I've ever seen for size and beauty. Other attractions of this city are the Museum of Calligraphy or History Museum. If you are there for several days and do not know what to do, I recommend a half-day visit to this lovely city.
Museums in Chiba
Museum of Folklore of the City of Chiba
This is the building that houses the "Museum of Folklore Chiba City" (千叶 郷 土 博物馆). It was built in 1967 on the remains of the medieval castle which belonged to the Chiba family. It is built in the shape of a medieval Japanese castle. It is very beautiful during the time of the cherry blossoms.
Villages in Chiba
Chiba
This Daibutsu (Giant Buddha) is located on Mount Nokogiri, right on a small peninsula in the province of Chiba. You can get there by train from the station called Hamakanaya but I think the best option is to take a boat from Kurihama. To access the port Kurihama you take a bus from the station Keikyu Kurihama and it took about 15 minutes. The crossing takes 35 minutes and costs 700 yen (and often more or less every hour). When we arrived, we finally got to the base of the mountain by taking a little walk. There, we took a cable car to reach the summit of Mount Nokogiri. My advice, though, is to get a one-way ticket from a different route. The views from the hill are stunning. On the road leading from the top to the square where the Buddha is located is another artistic wonder: 1500 Buddhist stone figures carved by Jingoro Eirei Ono (between 1779 and 1798. These sculptures punctuate all the way down stairs. There, we saw the lovely landscape and the sea and we could also see this Buddha which measures 31.05 meters. On the other hand, there is also the giant Buddha of Nara (more famous than this)which measures 18.8 and Kamakura (also more famous) 13.35. In 1783, this Buddha was built. It is a symbol for peace and tranquility. The Daibutsu, or the Big Buddha, has made Kamakura famous. This is the third largest Buddha in Japan (the most in Chiba and the second most in Nara), but for me, it's the most beautiful, especially the outdoor seating. It dates from 1252 and it was inside a temple until a tsunami destroyed the building. It's best to go early to avoid crowds and to take good pictures. Admission is 200 yen and only 20 more to access the inside of the statue. This inner part is nothing special, but it's interesting to see the guts of this Buddha.
Zoos in Chiba
Chiba Zoo
A walk through the Chiba Zoological Park. The Chiba Zoo is a zoo not that't not too big and is ideal for going during the day, especially for those of you who are traveling with children. It's famous for its red pandas, one of which knows how to go up on two legs (which is rare for its species). We weren't lucky enough to see such a magnificent feat while we were there. Besides the zoo, there's a small amusement park.
Festivals in Narita
Narita Taiko Matsuri
Narita is for many the name of Japan's most important airport. However, for us it has particular significance as the name evokes one of the most special days on our second trip to Japan. April 11 was a long day, not least because we had to get up at 7:30 to go to Matsuri Taiko. At first I wasn't quite sure, as it meant sacrificing a day in Tokyo for visiting a small town which we knew almost nothing about. Narita was a very pleasant surprise. It has a very authentic old town. In a way it reminded me a little of Kyoto. Their houses with history and very coquettish, street stalls with aromas and flavors of yesteryear, color, lots of color and music. The Matsuri at its peak. Suddenly drums surprised us. African, Southeast Asian and Indian drummers mixed with the typical Japanese matsuri. What a joy. After this we attended the traditional dragon dance, brilliantly played by a man with many matsuris behind him. Fantastic. This led us to an esplanade in front of the steps of Naritasan Shinsoji. There we saw early taiko choreography, the coordination, energy and rhythm of the drummers was amazing. Hundreds of Japanese, many with photographic supercomputers, immortalized and recorded the choreography and drumming. Then, we spent a good time watching the show. It was worth it and doubts about Narita were dispelled. It was a great, authentic Narita.
Nature Reserves in Chiba
Villages in Sawara
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Cities in Onjuku-machi
Historical Monuments in Onjuku-machi
Viewpoints in Onjuku-machi
Nature Reserves in Chiba