Chiba is Japan’s holiday capital. Hugging Honshū’s eastern shore, it’s a prefecture characterised by its dedication to amazing vacation experiences. Its line-up of theme parks includes heavyweights like Disneyland and DisneySea, both less than an hour’s drive from Tokyo. If history is more your thing, Chiba has plenty to offer, with a range of parks and preserved buildings like Tateyama and Ōtaki Castle. With that in mind, its touristic appeal doesn’t mean you’ll have trouble finding places to enjoy nature’s serenity – from seaside snorkelling to secluded alpine temples, there’s plenty of options. If you’re looking for a family-friendly holiday destination with an impressive selection of activities, Chiba is definitely worth a visit.
If you’ve booked a Chiba getaway, chances are that you’re thinking of exploring a theme park or two. Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are the most famous – positioned on the Chiba-Tokyo border, they’re complemented by attractions like the Raging Spirits rollercoaster, Aquatopia and the Mysterious Island. Alternatively, check out shorefront Kamogawa Sea World or Tokyo German Village in the Bōsō Peninsula. For something more lowkey, places like Mother Farm and Funabashi Anderson Park are good choices – the former offers capybara, alpaca and bungee-jumping on the slopes of the scenic Mount Kano.
Chiba’s history of upheaval during the Sengoku period has left it with a suite of fascinating historic attractions, including a number of ancient castles. Places like Tateyama Castle, for example, were used by the rulers of Chiba to guard Tokyo Bay, while Ōtaki Castle protected the north. Religious sites are also common – Naritasan Park, Katori Shrine and Tamasaki Jinja are all well-preserved Shinto shrines that are great for spicing up your itinerary.
A Chiba holiday wouldn’t be complete without some seaside adventuring. The Bōsō Peninsula means there’s plenty of beaches to choose from – the only challenge is finding the ones that are right for you. In the northeast, Byōbugaura’s magnificent cliffs have attracted photographers around the world. Made sheer by the pounding waves, they’re striped with ripples of crimson and chalk-white, leading to comparisons with the White Cliffs of Dover. Kujūkuri Beach offers traditional activities like swimming and surfing, while rocky Niemon Island is famed for its snorkelling.
Theme parks, beaches and ancient castles – it’s a family paradise. Book Chiba today with Club Wyndham.
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