If you stay in Makuhari, Chiba city or nearby this tour is recommended for you. We will visit: (1) Chiba Castle (2) Chiba Shrine (3) The Sogo Chiba department store, food floor
This is a half-day tour around the highlights of central Chiba city with a local guide. You will visit the spots below: 1. Chiba Castle Chiba Castle is a reconstructed castle located in Chiba city. The original castle was built in 1126 by the lord Tsuneshige Chiba, who owned this region. The prefecture name “Chiba” comes from his family. It was attacked and then abandoned in the mid-1400s. The current castle is actually a reconstruction from 1967. It now houses the Chiba City Folk Museum. The exhibits are mainly related to the Chiba Clan. You’ll find all sorts of artifacts like swords, guns, and other samurai weapons. A small tea house is located beside the castle. You can rest, drink tea, and eat Japanese sweets there. 2. Chiba Shrine The Chiba shrine is a Shinto shrine originating from the 11th century. Shinto is the indigenous religion of Japan. It is based on the worship of nature and ancestors. The shrine is dedicated to the Shinto deity Myoken who is believed to offer protection from bad luck and bodily harm. The shrine buildings are painted a brilliant orange in a way that makes the surroundings seem peaceful. There are picturesque Japanese gardens around it. You can feel the sacred atmosphere. 3. Sogo Chiba department store The Sogo Chiba is the largest department store in Chiba prefecture and is located near the JR Chiba Station. It offers a wide range of quality products including traditional Japanese artwork, food and many more. Many famous food shops are located on its food floor which has a lively atmosphere. Some foods are cooked on site. The smell of freshly baked bread or the sound of tempura being deep-fried attract customers. You can enjoy having Japanese foods such as ramen, udon, soba, shushi, and more. 4. Chiba City Monorail We use the monorail to go to the Chiba Castle. The monorail runs at an elevated height of 30 m above ground level, so, you feel like you’re walking on air. This monorail was registered in the Guiness Book of World Records as having the longest running distance (15.2 km) of any suspension monorail.