The capital of Chiba Prefecture on Tokyo Bay and about 25 miles southeast of Tokyo, Chiba is the perfect alternative city break destination in Japan.
Some of its major attractions are Chiba Shrine, the reconstructed Chiba castle, the Hoki Museum with its impressive art collection, and the Marine Stadium that offers a great experience for baseball fans and anyone curious to see a Japanese baseball game. The city’s Port Tower with an observation deck, rising at 112 meters, offers views of the curiosities of the city.
The closest airports are Narita and Haneda, with the first running a direct line to the city centre. About 30 miles 48 km from Tokyo, Chiba is well-connected to several Tokyo train stations. Just an hour train ride from Japan’s capital, visitors are introduced to welcomed into a real suburb of the metropolis, quieter and far less stressful, offering a feeling of spaciousness with and many leisure choices.
Chiba also offers plenty of less traditional tourist attractions such the comic book markets, surfing, and parks that provide a spectacular view in both spring and summer. A short bus ride away on the western outskirts of Chiba is Bay Town, standing out with its colourful architecture that is seldom seen in the region.