If you stay in Makuhari, Chiba city or nearby, this walking tour is enjoyable.
Using train and monorail, we will visit the Chiba castle, the Chiba shrine, and Sogo department store.
Through the course, you can see traditional culture and historical things and enjoy Japanese food.
< Highlights >
< What you can expect in this tour >
We will visit the following spots to see Japanese culture and enjoy food by Monorail.
1. Chiba Castle
Chiba Castle is 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. 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. You can rest, drink tea, and eat Japanese sweets at a tea house near there.
2. Chiba Shrine
The Chiba shrine is a Shinto shrine originated in 11th century. Shinto is 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 sacred atmosphere.
3. Sogo Chiba department store's food floor
The Sogo Chiba is the largest department store in Chiba Prefecture and is located near the 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 with 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.
4. Chiba City Monorail
We use the monorail to go to the Chiba castle. The monorail runs at an elevated height of 30m 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 suspended monorail.
Meeting point: At Kaihin_makuhari station, or at Chiba station
Finishing point: At Kaihin_makuhari station, or at Chiba station
Stating time: 9:30 am (recommended, flexible)
Duration : 4 hours
Language : English
Tour type : Private tour (only for you) with a licensed guide
Number of guests : 1~5
(1) We walk about 2 km in total. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
(2) If the weather is not good to walk, we would use a taxi and stay at the department store longer, where there are variety of traditional Japanese artworks including pottery and kimono, and many souvenir shops.
(1~2 persons) 17,000 JPY
(3~5 persons) 20,000 JPY
< Including >
guiding fee, transportation fare of the guide
< Not including >
Transportation fee: about 1000 yen/person(you)
Drink and sweet
< Others >
(1) A taxi can be used for going from the Chiba Castle to the Chiba shrine, or from the Chiba shrine to the Sogo Chiba, if you like. (About 1000 yen/group)
(2) Entrance fee at the Chiba castle is free.