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Update:July 23, 2018

Chiba Nanohana News (July 2015)


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 I. News

 1) 150 Years of Friendship between Japan and Germany at the National Museum of Japanese History (Sakura City)

 The National Museum of Japanese History has an exhibit on relations between Germany and Japan and how it has changed throughout history. Through the relationship of these two countries, history fans can see the major shifts in government, ways of thought, and global political systems over time.

 Relations between Germany and Japan began right after Japan began opening its ports to other countries. Prussia sent an expedition to East Asia that met with the Tokugawa shogunate in 1861. Despite the changes in government—Prussia became the German Empire in 1871 and the Tokugawa shogunate was overthrown in the Meiji Restoration in 1868—close relations continued as Japan adopted systems, knowledge, and technology from Germany in fields like medicine and the military. Imperialist competition in East Asia deteriorated relations after 1890, and Germany and Japan were opponents in World War I.

 The period between World Wars saw renewed ties thanks to Ambassador Wilhelm Solf, who promoted exchange in culture, commerce, and military, and Germany and Japan were allies in World War II. Both countries underwent fundamental reconstruction during the post-war period, and since the end of the Cold War, Germany and Japan have resumed friendly relations.

 Today, many municipalities in Germany and Japan conduct exchanges in various fields. Chiba Prefecture has a friendly relationship with the city of Duesseldorf; Governor Morita traveled there in late May to attend Japan Day, an event that celebrates Japanese culture and exchange with Japan. Also, Ichikawa City and Rosenheim City conduct mutual exchange programs. These exchanges build upon the long history of relations to bring Germany and Japan even closer.

 The National Museum of Japanese History is celebrating this relationship with an exhibition from July 7 to September 6. On Saturday, August 8 from 13:00-15:00, there will be a special lecture on the Prussian East Asian expedition and Bakumatsu-period Japan (the end of the Edo Period). On Sunday, August 9, the Chiba Girls High School Orchestra will give two concerts featuring familiar songs related to Germany. There will also be a special event related to Grimm fairy tales and German toys.

  • Dates: Tuesday, July 7 – Sunday, September 6
  • Museum hours: 9:30-17:00 (last admission 16:30); closed Mondays or the next day if Monday is a holiday
  • Admission: 830 yen; 450 yen for high school and college students; free for junior high school students and younger. High school students get free admission on Saturdays.
  • Place: National Museum of Japanese History, 117 Jonaicho, Sakura City
  • Access: 15 minutes on foot from Keisei Sakura Station, 15 minutes by bus from JR Sakura Station
  • Inquiries: 03-5777-8600 (operator)
  • URL: http://www.rekihaku.ac.jp 

 2) Summer Tourism Campaign: “Gyutto❤ (Close❤Compact)” Charming Chiba


the logo of "Gyutto❤Chiba"



 The Chiba Prefecture summer tourism campaign, “Gyutto (CloseCompact)” Charming Chiba, begins on Wednesday, July 1.

 Summer in Chiba is filled with all kinds of exciting events: beautiful beaches, jibikiami fishing, festivals, fireworks, and summer scenery in full bloom. Chiba is easy to get to from Tokyo via the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line, which costs only 800 yen (for regular-size cars with ETC), and the newly extended Ken-O Expressway. Rejuvenate your mind and body with some fantastic Chiba summer fun!

Campaign Dates: Wednesday, July 1 – Monday, August 31

Campaign Highlights:

◇Tell Us What You Love about Chiba

Submit pictures of your favorite tourist attractions, places, local food, or accommodations via e-mail or the official website. Participants will be entered into a monthly drawing to win travel coupons and other fantastic prizes. Check out the photos on the official website or like the Facebook page.

All Around the Boso

Pamphlets with complimentary tickets to 390 facilities in Chiba are available at michi-no-eki roadside stations, rest stops, the Umihotaru rest area, and the CHI-BA+KUN plaza. Fill out a survey and enter a drawing for Chiba specialty goods!

Hometown Products Online Sales Promotion Project

Get a 30% off coupon when you purchase seasonal fruits, processed marine products, traditional crafts, and other Chiba products online at the Chiba Prefectural Tourism and Industry Association website.

Stay in Chiba Special Offer Campaign Project

Buy a 4,000 yen hotel voucher for only 2,000 yen, and use it to stay at over 300 participating lodging facilities across the prefecture. 

  • First round: sales start Wednesday, June 24, valid Wednesday, July 1– Saturday, October 31
  • Second round: sales start Tuesday, September 1, valid Tuesday, September 1, – Sunday, January 31, 2016  
  • Inquiries: Chiba Premium Hotel Voucher Office (043-201-6334)

Chiba Prefectural Toll Roads are Free for the Summer

Toll roads operated by the Chiba Prefectural Road Company will be free of charge for the summer. Take advantage of this opportunity to go for a drive!

  • Date: Wednesday, July 1 – Wednesday, September 30
  • Roads: Toso Toll Road, Kamogawa Toll Road, Chiba Sotobo Toll Road, Togane-Kujukuri Toll Road, Tone-Kamome-Ohashi Toll Road, Choshi Renraku Road, Kujukuri Toll Road

*The Boso Skyline Toll Road is also free at this time.

*The Kujukuri Toll Road north of Magamegawa JCT will be closed for construction after September 1.

  • Inquiries: Chiba Prefecture Road Planning Division (043-223-3295)

                   Chiba Prefectural Road Company (043-227-9331)

Free Highway Buses from Narita Airport to Tourist Attractions in Chiba

4 round-trip highway buses per day will take passengers between Narita Airport and various tourist attractions in Chiba Prefecture. The buses are free of charge, and passengers can make seat reservations and get special coupons on the official website that will open in early July.

  • Date: Monday, August 17 – Wednesday, September 30
  • Routes: Narita Airport—Tateyama

                       Narita Airport—Kamogawa (via Kujukuri, Ohara, Katsuura)

                       Narita Airport—Choshi (via Sawara)

  • Inquiries: Transportation and Planning Division (043-223-2063)

 3) Free Consultation for Foreign Residents

 If you have any concerns about visas, immigration, start-up business, adoption, pension, insurance, labor problems, or any other legal issues, the Chiba International Center will be providing free consultation by specialists on Saturday, July 11. Interpreters are available upon request. Please make reservations at the Chiba International Center.

  • Date: Saturday, July 11
  • Time: 13:00-16:00
  • Place: Chiba International Center 14Fl. Marive East, World Business Garden (WBG) 2-6 Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba
  • Access: 5 min. walk from JR Keiyo Line, Kaihin-Makuhari Station South Exit
  • Inquiries and reservations: Chiba International Center (043-297-0245)
  • E-mail: kudo@ccb.or.jp

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 II. Festivals and Events    

 1) 61st Mobara Tanabata Festival/JR Mobara Station Shopping Arcade (Mobara City)

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 The Mobara Tanabata Festival is a huge summer event which welcomes over 800,000 visitors each year.

 This year the festival’s theme is “Amanogawa Fly to the Future Summer Festival.” The theme refers to the Amanogawa River in Mobara, is named for the Milky Way (Amanogawa in Japanese), which separates the two star-crossed lovers in the traditional story.

 Amongst the colorful Tanabata decorations, there will be a variety of events for everyone: Koen-ji Awa Odori dances, yosakoi performances, and more!

  • Date: Friday, July 24-Sunday, July 26  10:00-20:00 on Friday and Sunday, 10:00-21:00 on Saturday
  • Place: JR Mobara Station Shopping Arcade, Takashi, Mobara City
  • Access: By train, directly in front of Mobara Station (JR Sotobo Line), or by car, 20 minutes from Mobara-Chonan IC on the Ken-O Expressway
  • Inquiries: Mobara Tanabata Festival Planning Committee (0475-22-3361)

 2) 51st Shirahama Ama Festival and Great East Japan Earthquake Relief Fundraising Event “Maru-Gourmet ‘15”/Nojimazaki Lighthouse Park (Minamiboso City)


 This summer, the yearly Shirahama Ama Festival is collaborating with Maru-Gourmet ’15, a relief fundraising event for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake, to create a 3-day event with tons of activities.

 The Shirahama Ama Festival will be held on Saturday, July 18, the first day of the event. The Ama Festival honors women in the fishing industry, and serves as an event to pass on the tradition of ama (female diver) fishing techniques, and prayer for the safety and success of those who work at sea. There will also be performances of the Shirahama Ondo Soodori (the local folk dance), the dance of the dragon god, fireworks, and more.

 The headlining event, the ama swimming performance, begins at 20:00. 60 ama wearing white uniforms and bearing bamboo torches will enter the water and create a mystical vision on the water. Around the same time, hundreds of fireworks, like the spectacular starmines, will be launched into light up the night sky and end the night with a flourish.

 The excitement continues all weekend long with the Maru-Gourmet ’15. Keep your stamina up at the Ama Curry Festa and enjoy taiko drum and other performances. Then, to revitalize areas affected by the 3/11 disaster and areas connected by local revitalization project Maru-Gomi Japan, two groups of 200 people each will face off as they pull a 1 ton, 150-meter-long giant rope; there will also be a picture scroll that weaves together historical facts and figures.

 Start off your summer with Ocean Day in Minamiboso!

  • Date: Saturday, July 18 – Monday, July 20
  • Place: Nojimazaki Lighthouse Park, Shirahama, Shirahama-cho, Minamiboso City
  • Access: From Tateyama Station (JR Uchibo Line), take the bus bound for Shirahama. It is 10 minutes on foot from the “Todai Iriguchi” stop.
  • Inquiries: Ama Festival Planning Committee, Minamiboso Tourism Association (0470-28-5307)
  • URL: http://www.mboso-etoko.jp/ 

 3) 7th Beachside Farmer’s Market and Ichinomiya Beach Opening Ceremony/Ichinomiya Beach Area (Ichinomiya Town)

 Here in Ichinomiya, where famous author Ryunosuke Akutagawa (Rashomon, In a Grove) spent a summer writing love letters, visitors can find the sea and field and love all around them. This farmer’s market has the theme of love, and will bring a healthy glow to all who stop by. Over 100 shops will participate. Enjoy fresh vegetables and relaxing cafes, then relocate to the Ichinomiya Beach as it opens for the summer.

  • Date: Sunday, July 19, 10:00-16:00
  • Place: Ichinomiya Beach, 2512 Sendokyu, Ichinomiya Town
  • Access: 5 min by car from Ichinomiya Tollbooth on the Kujukuri Toll Road
  • Inquiries: Ichinomiya Town Revitalization Promotion Division (0475-42-2113)

 4) Sawara Grand Summer Festival/Sawara-Honjuku District (Katori City)


 The Sawara Grand Festival, which is held both in the summer and the fall, was designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset in February 2004. In July, the Yasaka Shrine Gion Festival features gallant performances of dashi floats.

 The dashi floats glide through Sawara, which is called “Little Edo” and has been nationally designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. They brush against the eaves of buildings as they are pulled along to the spirited melodies of the “Sawara-bayashi,” a form of festival music that is one of Japan’s three great styles of hayashi music. These magnificent dashi floats, created by famous doll makers during the Edo and Meiji Periods, are decorated with exquisite Kanto-style carvings and larger-than-life figures, some of which are the largest in Japan. These floats are valued as cultural assets.

 The highlight of the festival is performances of “nonoji-mawashi (turning the dashi around in a shape of the hiragana symbol no) and other styles of turning the giant floats around and around. See one of Chiba’s most prominent festivals at its best as the locals show off their technique and power.

  • Date: Friday, July 10 – Sunday, July 12, 10:00-22:00
  • Place: Honjuku district (around Yasaka Shrine), Sawara, Katori City
  • Access: 10 minutes on foot from Sawara Station (JR Narita Line)

       *Parking will be available near the Tonegawa River. A shuttle boat (fee required) will transport visitors from the parking lot to the festival area.

  • Inquiries: Katori City Commerce & Tourism Division (0478-54-1111)

                    Suigo Sawara Tourism Association (0478-52-6675)

 5) 3rd Choshi Hawaiian Festival/Choshi Marina Seaside Park (Choshi City)

posterchoshi Against the backdrop of the wide Pacific Ocean, the 3rd Choshi Hawaiian Festival will bring live music and hula dance to Choshi Marina Seaside Park. Hula dance teachers from all over Chiba and beyond will join the festivities. The highlight of the day is the sight of over 500 hula dancers performing in unison on the beach. There will also be booths where visitors can purchase specialty products from Choshi City.

  • ・Date: Sunday, July 5
  • ・Place: Choshi Marina Seaside Park, 15 Shiomi-cho, Choshi City
  • ・Access: From JR Choshi Station, take the Chiba Kotsu Bus bound for Chiba Institute of Science (“Chiba kagaku daigaku”), get off at “Marina-mae,” and walk 3 min.
  • ・Inquiries: Choshi Hawaiian Festival Executive Committee (0479-25-0438)

 6) Blueberry Picking, Andean Music and Reed Pipe Concert/Shingyoji Temple Blueberry Orchard (Yachimata City)

 The Shingyoji Temple Blueberry Orchard has a wide open area of 1,500 blueberry bushes of 30 varieties. It uses green farming methods like using shells from Yachimata’s famous peanuts as fertilizer. You can also pick raspberries, which are a rare find in Japan.

 On Sunday, July 12, blueberry-pickers can enjoy a concert of reed pipes and Andean music called folclore (derived from English “folklore” via Spanish).

  • Date: Sunday, July 12, 10:00-12:00 *canceled in the event of inclement weather
  • Place: Shingyoji Temple Blueberry Orchard, 301 Hijikai, Yachimata City
  • Admission: Free (blueberry picking is 1,000 yen per person)
  • Access: From Yachimata Station (JR Sobu Main Line), take the Chiba Kotsu Bus bound for Keisei-Narita and get off at “Utsugihori.”
  • Inquiries: Tourism and Agriculture Association Office (within the Yachimata City Commerce and Industry Division) (043-443-1405)  

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 1) Summer Fireworks

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 Nothing embodies the excitement and joy of summer like fireworks. The explosion of color ignites the night sky and brings smiles to the audience below. Many places across Chiba Prefecture will shoot off fireworks over the water. It’s a beautiful sight you won’t want to miss this season! Light up your summer at one of these fireworks shows.

Funabashi City Festival Fireworks Show

  • Date: Wednesday, July 29, 19:30-20:30
  • Place: Funabashi Harbor Water Park, Funabashi Fishing Port area
  • Access: 25 min on foot from Funabashi Station on the JR Sobu Line
  • Number of fireworks: 8,500
  • Inquiries: Funabashi City Festival Planning Committee (047-436-2473)

Kamogawa Fireworks Show

  • Date: Wednesday, July 29, 19:30-20:30
  • Place: Maebara・Yokosuka Beach
  • Access: 5 min walk from Awa-Kamogawa Station on the JR Sotobo Line
  • Number of fireworks: 4,000
  • Inquiries: Kamogawa City Tourism Association (04-7092-0086)

Makuhari Beach Fireworks Festa (37th Chiba City Fireworks Show)

  • Date: Saturday, August 1, 19:30-20:30
  • Place: Makuhari Seaside Park
  • Access: 15 min on foot from Kaihin-Makuhari Station on the JR Keiyo Line or 10 min by bus from Makuhari-Hongo Station on the JR Sobu Line
  • Number of fireworks: 15,000
  • Inquiries: Chiba City Fireworks Planning Committee Office (050-5548-8686)

119th Omigawa Fireworks Festival (Katori City)

  • Date: Saturday, August 1, 19:00-21:00 (postponed to Sunday, August 2 if rain)
  • Place: by the Tone River near Omigawa Bridge
  • Access: 20 min walk from Omigawa Station on the JR Narita Line
  • Number of fireworks: 8,000
  • Inquiries: Suigo Omigawa Tourism Association (0478-54-1111)

55th Sakura City Fireworks Show

  • Date: Saturday, August 1, 19:40-21:00
  • Place: Inbanuma Lakeside
  • Access: 30 min walk from Keisei-Usui Station, 40 min walk from Keisei-Sakura Station
  • Number of fireworks: 16,000
  • Inquiries: Sakura City Tourism Association (043-486-6000)

Choshi Port Festival Fireworks

  • Date: Saturday, August 8, 19:30-21:00
  • Place: by the Tone River
  • Access: 5 min on foot from Choshi Station on the Sobu Main Line
  • Number of fireworks: 6,000
  • Inquiries: Choshi Port Festival Planning Committee in the Tourism, Commerce and Industry Department (0479-24-8932)

52nd Tateyama Tourism Festival Port Fireworks

  • Date: Saturday, August 8, 19:30-20:45
  • Place: Hojo Beach area
  • Access: 3 min walk from Tateyama Station West Exit on the JR Uchibo Line
  • Number of fireworks: 10,000
  • Inquiries: Tateyama Tourism Festival Planning Committee in the Tourism and Commerce Assembly (0470-22-8330)

68th Kisarazu Port Festival Fireworks Show

  • Date: Saturday, August 15, 19:15-20:30
  • Place: Kisarazu Port area
  • Access: 15 min walk from Kisarazu Station on the JR Uchibo Line
  • Number of fireworks: 10,000
  • Inquiries: Kisarazu Port Festival Planning Committee in the Tourism Association (0438-22-7711)

31st Ichikawa City Fireworks Show

  • Date: Saturday, August 1, 19:15-20:30 (postponed to Sunday, August 2 if rain)
  • Place: by the Edogawa River near Osu 3chome, Ichikawa City
  • Access: 15 min walk from Ishikawa Station South Exit on the JR Sobu Line, or 20 min walk from Konodai Station on the Keisei Line
  • Number of fireworks: 14,000
  • Inquiries: Ichikawa City Fireworks Planning Committee Office in the Tourism Exchange Promotion Department (047-711-1142)

39th Nagareyama Fireworks Show

  • Date: Saturday, August 22, 19:00 (postponed to Friday, August 28 if rain)
  • Place: Nagareyama 1chome-3chome by the Edogawa River
  • Access: 5 min walk from Nagareyama Station or Heiwadai Station (Nagareyama Railway), free shuttle bus from Nagareyama Central Park Station (Tsukuba Express)
  • Number of fireworks: 10,000
  • Inquiries: Nagareyama City Commerce and Industry Division (04-7150-6085)

 2) Chiba Prefecture Beach Guide

  The below table lists beaches throughout Chiba Prefecture, and the dates they are open for swimming. Check below to find the perfect beach location for your summer fun in Chiba. photoumi



Beach  Name

Dates  open


Chiba City


July 18-August 31


Choshi City


July 18-August 23



July 18-August 23


Choshi Marina

July 18-August 23


Asahi City


July 11-August 23



July 11-August 23


Sosa City




Yokoshibahikari Town


July 13-August 23



Closed due to beach erosion


Sammu City


July 11-August 30

(closed 7/13-7/17)



July 11-August 30

(closed 7/13-7/17)



July 11-August 30

(closed weekdays in July)



July 11-August 30

(closed weekdays in July)



July 11-August 30

(closed 7/13-7/17)



July 11-August 30

(closed 7/13-7/17)


Kujukuri Town


July 11-August 23



July 1-August 31



July 1-August 31



July 11-August 23


Oamishirasato City

Shirasato Chuo

July 1-August 31



Closed due to decrease in visitors


Shirako Town


July 17-August 23


Chosei Village


July 16-August 23


Ichinomiya Town


July 18-August 24


Isumi City


July 18-August 20



July 18-August 25


Onjuku Town


July 11-August 31



July 11-August 31



July 11-August 31


Katsuura City


August 1-August 16


Katsuura Chuo

July 18-August 23



Closed due to beach erosion



July 18-August 23



July 18-August 23



July 18-August 23


Kamogawa City


July 18-August 23



July 18-August 23



July 18-August 23



July 18-August 23



July 18-August 23


Minamiboso City


July 18-August 17



July 24-August 253



July 24-August 23



July 24-August 23



July 24-August 23



July 24-August 23



July 18-August 16



July 18-August 16



July 18-August 16



July 18-August 17


Tateyama City


July 18-August 16



July 18-August 23



July 18-August 16



July 18-August 23



July 18-August 16



July 18-August 23



July 18-August 16



July 18-August 16


Kyonan Town


August 1-August 16



August 1-August 16



August 1-August 16



August 1-August 16



August 1-August 16


Futtsu City


August 1-August 16



August 1-August 16



July 18-August 16


Onuki Chuo

August 1-August 16



July 18-August 23


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