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Update:June 15, 2016

 

Chiba Nanohana News (June 2016)

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 I.News   II. Festivals and Events    III.Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.

 I. News

 1) Don’t Pick Up Chicks

       If you find a chick on the ground, you may think that it has been abandoned by its parents and is in danger. You may be tempted to pick it up and take it home to take care of it. But the Japanese Society for the Preservation of Birds urges you to leave the chick where you find it.

       Chicks have dull-colored feathers, shorter tails, and a smaller body than adult birds, and may not be able to fly well yet. But after they leave the nest, they may spend some part of their life on the ground, being brought food by their parents. This is a natural part of their development, so it is important that they be left alone. If a human picks up the chick and takes it away from its parents, the chick could become weak and even die. The best person to take care of the chick is not a person at all, but its natural bird parents. It is important to remember that birds are still wild animals, and must be allowed to live without human interference.

       However, if you see a chick that is injured, unable to stand, or clearly unwell in some way, it is possible that the cause could be found in the nearby buildings and man-made developments. If an injured chick is left alone, its injury will only get worse, so it is OK to take it home temporarily and contact your local authorities or a veterinary hospital that takes in wild birds.

       If you see a baby bird that hasn’t grown in its feathers yet and can’t stand very well, you should search for its nest nearby and return the bird to its nest. If you can’t find the nest, treat it the same as an injured chick and keep it safe while you contact your local authorities or veterinary hospital.

  • Inquiries: Chiba Prefecture, Nature Conservation Division

                        E-mail  hogo9@mz.pref.chiba.lg.jp

 2) June 15 is “Chiba Kenmin no Hi” (Chiba Prefectural Citizens’ Day)

  In 1984, “Kenmin no Hi” (Chiba Prefectural Citizens’ Day) was established as a day for residents of Chiba Prefecture to learn about Chiba, love Chiba, and help make Chiba Prefecture into a place for the next generation to be proud of.

  Chosen by public vote, June 15 comes from the date June 15, 1873, when the Kisarazu and Imba Prefectures merged to form the present-day Chiba Prefecture.

  In celebration of Prefectural Citizens’ Day, there will be a variety of events held on and around June 15, a selection of which are listed below. The main event is the Chiba Wakuwaku Festa in Makuhari Messe on Sunday, June 19. Additionally, many facilities and tourist attractions around the prefecture will be offering discounts for residents of Chiba Prefecture. A list of some of these many events can be found here (Japanese only): http://www.pref.chiba.lg.jp/kkbunka/kenminnohi/index.html

Please take advantage of this day to enjoy Chiba’s history, culture, nature, and industries.

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Chiba Wakuwaku Festa

  • Date: Sunday, June 19, 9:30-17:00
  • Place: Makuhari Messe Exhibition Hall 6, 2 Chome, Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba City
  • Access: 5 min walk from Kaihimmakuhari Station (JR Keiyo Line); by bus from Makuhari-hongo Station (JR Sobu and Keisei Lines), take the Keisei Bus bound for “Makuhari Messe Chuo,” “QVC Marine Field”/“Iryo Center,” or “Kaihin Makuhari Station” (bus numbers 01, 03, and 04; board from platform 1) and get off at “Makuhari Messe Chuo” (takes about 15-17 min).
  • Inquiries: Chiba Prefectural Government, Cultural Promotion and Citizens’ Life Affairs Division (043-223-2408)

Imba Fureai Festival 2016

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   This festival celebrates the Imba region and puts the “ai” (love) in “fureai” (interaction) with local specialties and foods, regional mascot characters, and more. Visitors can try on samurai armor, check out a fire truck, and collect stamps to win CHI-BA+KUN merchandise and other prizes.

  • Date: Sunday, June 12, 11:00-15:00 (rain or shine)
  • Place: Makinohara More, 1-3 Makinohara, Inzai City
  • Access: 15 min walk from JR Inzai-Makinohara Station
  • Inquiries: Inzai Regional Promotion Office, Regional Promotion Division (043-483-1111)

Rediscover the Charm of Awa Region
<Shiosai Concert>

This concert features chorus and orchestra performances by groups of all ages.

  • Date: Sunday, June 12, 13:00
  • Place: Chiba Prefectural Nanso Cultural Hall, Main Hall
  • Admission: Free

<Light Music Festival in Awa>

This middle-of-the-road music festival features performances for all generations.

  • Date: Sunday, June 12, 12:00
  • Place: Chiba Prefectural Nanso Cultural Hall, Small Hall
  • Admission: Free

<Awa Dream Festival>

This festival features puppetry, panel theater, taiko, and other various styles of performance.

  • Date: Sunday, June 5, 12:30
  • Place: Chiba Prefectural Nanso Cultural Hall/Tateyama City Community Center
  • Admission: 300 yen in advance, 400 yen at the door
  • Inquiries: Awa Regional Promotion Office, Regional Promotion Division (0470-22-7111)

Try on Samurai Armor and Kimono at the Otaki Castle Museum( External link )

  At the Otaki Castle Museum on Kenmin no Hi, visitors can try on samurai armor and kimono for free. Put on the deer-antler helmet of Honda Tadakatsu and become lord of Otaki Castle!

  • Date: Monday, June 15 at 10:00 and 13:30
  • Museum hours: 9:00-16:30 (closed Mondays, or the next day if Monday is a holiday)
  • Place: Otaki Castle Museum, 481 Otaki, Otaki Town
  • Access: By bus: From Mobara Station (JR Sotobo Line), take the Kominato Bus bound for Otaki and get off at “Kubo” and walk for 20 min, or take the HMC Tokyo Bus bound for Otaki and get off at Otaki Station (“Otaki-eki”) and walk for 15 min. By train, take the Isumi Railway to Otaki Station and walk for 15 min.
  • Capacity: 10 people per session
  • How to sign-up: Sign-up by phone (until capacity is reached)
  • Fee: Free (admission is also free on June 15. On other days, general admission: 200 yen; high school and university students: 100 yen; junior high school and younger, age 65 and older: free)
  • Inquiries: Otaki Castle Museum (0470-82-3007)
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 II. Festivals and Events

 1) Tomisato Watermelon Festival and 33rd Watermelon Road Race (Tomisato City)

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     Take the opportunity this June to visit Tomisato City and enjoy watermelon at a variety of events!

      On Sunday, June 19 is the Watermelon Festival, an event where you can eat watermelon to your heart’s content. Tomisato City is one of the major producers of watermelon in Japan, so the fruit at this festival will be some of the best in the country. There will also be taiko performances and fresh, locally-grown vegetables for purchase.

      If you can’t get enough watermelon, visit the Tomisato Watermelon Road Race, held annually in June. This event consists of 3km, 5km, and 10km-events held in 12 different categories. The highlight of the race is no doubt the “watermelon station,” located along the final leg of the course. Here runners can quench their thirst with watermelon as they make their way to the finish line.

      Each year, over 13,000 runners apply to join the race. Previously entrees were first-come, first-served, but as spots for the most popular categories would fill up in just a matter of a few hours, participants are now chosen by lottery. Although the registration period for the race has already ended, you can join the fun by helping cheer on runners from the sidelines.

<Tomisato Watermelon Festival>

  • Date: Sunday, June 19, 9:00-14:30
  • Place: Tomisato Central Community Hall and parking lot, 652-1 Nanae, Tomisato City
  • Access: Take the Chiba Kotsu Bus from the east exit of Narita Station (Keisei Line) bound for either Ryogoku or Haniwadai-Shako and get off at “JA Tomisato-mae.”
  • Inquiries: Tomisato City Industrial Economy Division (0476-93-4943)

<33rd Watermelon Road Race>

  • Date: Sunday, June 26, 8:00-12:50 (rain or shine)
  • Place: Tomisato Junior High School, 652-226 Nanae, Tomisato City
  • Access: Take the Chiba Kotsu Bus from the east exit of Narita Station (Keisei Line) bound for either Ryogoku or Haniwadai-Shako and get off at the Tomisato Junior High School bus stop.

        * There will be a special shuttle bus (bus fare required) departing from the east exit of Narita Station (Keisei Line) on the day of the race.

  • Inquiries: Tomisato City Board of Education, Lifelong Education Division (0476-93-1145)

 2) Ocean Festa Tateyama/Hojo Beach (Tateyama City)

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     The Ocean Festa Tateyama is an ocean-themed sports event for all ages held on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19. The number one ocean athlete will be decided at the OCEAN+Z 10 (“Ocean’s ten”) race for elite competitors. Casual athletes can compete as individuals in the Beach Flags, SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboard) Race, Beach Sumo, and other events. Groups are invited to join the Beach Relay, Beach Tug-of-War, and Outrigger Canoe Race.

     Children can also join in the ocean-sport fun. Elementary school students can participate in the Lifesaving & Swimming Workshop, a free stand-up paddleboard workshop, and Mini-Sumo featuring active professional sumo wrestler Yoshiyuki Oiwato.

     Everyone from children to experienced athletes can enjoy sun, sea, and sports at the Ocean Festa in Tateyama!

  • Date: Saturday, June 18—Sunday, June 19
  • Place: Hojo Beach, Hojo, Tateyama City
  • Fee: See website for details.
  • Access: 5 min walk from Tateyama Station west exit (JR Uchibo Line)
  • Inquiries: Tateyama City Board of Education Sports Department (0470-22-3696)
  • E-mail: Tateyama Surf Club( External link ) (jimukyoku.tateyamasc@gmail.com)

 3) Cosplay as a Ninja and Samurai at Cosplay House (Sakae Town)     

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     Many people inside and outside of Japan are familiar with “cosplay,” an amalgamation of “costume” and “play” that describes dressing up in costume for fun. Sakae Town has taken advantage of this cosplay boom and has established a “Cosplay House” in November 2015. This facility is located next to the Edo-period experience museum Boso-no-Mura, and offers visitors the chance to dress up in samurai, ninja, Shinsengumi warrior, hakama, and townswoman clothes. Once the transformation is complete, visitors can walk around Boso-no-Mura in costume.

  • Place: Cosplay House, 1039-1 Ryukakuji, Sakae Town
  • Hours: 10:00-16:00 (reception closes at 15:00)

             *Closed Mondays (closed Tuesday if Monday is a holiday). Cosplay not available in the event of inclement weather.

  • Costume Fees: Yukata: 500 yen; Ninja: 500-1,000 yen; Townswoman: 1,000 yen; Samurai; 1,500 yen; Daughter of Samurai: 2,000 yen; Shinsengumi warrior: 2,500 yen

             *More costumes are available. Reservation may be required depending on costume.

             *Credit cards are not accepted.

  • Access: From JR Ajiki Station, take the bus bound for Ryukakujidai-Shako (10min) and get off at Boso-no-Mura and walk 3min.

                     From JR Narita Station west exit, take the bus bound for Ryukakujidai-Shako (20min) and get off at Ryukakujidai-2Chome and walk 10min.

                    By car, take the East Kanto Expressway and exit at Narita IC. Head straight for Narita-Ajiki (about 10km)

  • Reservations and Inquiries: Sakae Town Tourism Office (0476-89-0376)

 4) Race across Kujukuri Beach in the Hama Marathon( External link ) (Sanmu City/Kujukuri Town)

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  The Hama Marathon, held on Sunday, June 5, is a new type of race in which runners race across the beautiful curved coastline of Kujukuri Beach.

A unique feature of this race is that runners must carry water and anything else they need during the race with them on their backs. The race aims to raise awareness about environmental issues while allowing runners to enjoy the beautiful nature of Kujukuri Beach.

  • Date: Sunday, June 5, 2016 (Race starts at 10:00am)
  • Place: Motosuka Beach in Sanmu City (Start/Finish)
  • Categories: 40km, 20km, 10km, long distance relay race (10km x 4 people)

 5) Lavender Day at Sanyo Media Flower Museum(Chiba City)

      The Sanyo Media Flower Museum invites you to celebrate Lavender Day, which is Sunday, June 26, with a variety of events featuring the comforting scents of lavender and herbs.

Floral June Briderabendachibashi
Date: Tuesday, June 7—Sunday, July 3
Place: Atrium Garden

Feel and Enjoy Herb Display
Enjoy herbs with pleasant smells like thyme and mint.
Date: Tuesday, June 7—Sunday, June 26
Place: Sun Garden

Plant Forming Materials Workshop
Date: Tuesday, June 21—Sunday, June 26
Place: Multipurpose room

Gerbera and Herb Flower Arrangement Workshop
Date: Saturday, June 25—Sunday, June 26
Place: Atelier Posy
* Please inquire regarding participation fee

Pick Lavender and Make a Lavender Scent Stick
Date: Sunday, June 26, 13:00-15:30
Place: Lavender-picking: by the flowerbed; Scent stick: Flower Studio
Capacity: Lavender-picking: 500 people; Scent stick: 100 people (first-come first-served)
Fee: Lavender-picking: free; Scent stick: 300 yen

  • Date: Tuesday, June 7—Sunday, June 26
  • Place: Sanyo Media Flower Museum, 7-2-4 Takahama, Mihama-ku, Chiba City
  • *Museum is closed Mondays (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday)
  • Admission: 300 yen for adults, 150 yen for elementary and junior high students
  • Access: From JR Inage-Kaigan Station south exit, take the Kaihin Kotsu Bus Line #2 bound for Makuhari Seaside Park (“Kaihin-koen iriguchi”) and get off at the last stop and walk 5 min. Or take the same bus line from Inage Station west exit bound for Makuhari Seaside Park pool (“Kaihin-koen pool”) and get off at the Flower Museum (“Hana no bijutsukan”) or at Takahama Bus Depot (“Takahama shako”) and walk 5 min.
  • Inquiries: Sanyo Media Flower Museum( External link ) (043-277-8776)

 36 32nd Safflower Festival/Chofukuju-ji Temple(Chonan Town)

   benibana   Chofukuju-ji Temple was built in 798 under Emperor Kammu by Saicho, a Buddhist monk credited with establishing the Tendai school of Buddhism after his trip to China. One famous feature of the temple is its name: it has the longest name of any temple in Japan (“Sanzugato-gokurakutomon-rengedaijo- amidabo-taiheiyasan-honjitsujoin-chofukujuji”). Another famous feature is the 70,000 safflowers that bloom there every year.

      To celebrate the history of the temple and the beauty of the flowers, the Safflower Festival will be held from Friday, June 10 to Tuesday, June 21. During this period, visitors can enjoy cut flowers as well as edible products only available during the festival such as safflower-flavored ice cream, cookies, soba, tea, and more.

  • Date: Friday, June 10—Tuesday, June 21, 9:00-16:30
  • Place: Chofukuju-ji Temple, 969-1 Chonan, Chonan Town, Chosei-gun
  • Best time to view the flowers: mid-June
  • Access: 3 min by car from Mobara-Chonan IC on the Ken-O Expressway

                 By public transit from Mobara Station (JR Sotobo Line), take the bus bound for Chonan-eigyojo, Ushiku, or Tsurumai and get off at “Atagocho” and walk for 3 min.

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 1) Seasonal Flowers

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      In English there is the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” Though the timeline is a little different from Chiba’s June rainy season, the sentiment of rain bringing flowers is the same. Though the rainy season is not a popular one, it is a beautiful time of year in which many water-loving plants bloom. Here are some of the best places in Chiba to see flowers like irises, hydrangeas, and lotuses.

Chiba Park (Chiba City)( External link )

      In the heart of Chiba City, visitors can see early summer flowers and lotuses blooming in the pond.

  • When to go: Late June—early July
  • Address: 3-1 Benten, Chuo-ku, Chiba City
  • Access: 10 min walk from Chiba Station or 1 min walk from Chiba-koen Station (Chiba Urban Monorail)
  • Inquiries: Chiba City Chuo/Inage Park Greenery Office (043-251-5103)

Showa-no-Mori (Chiba City)

      18,000 flowers bloom in this expansive natural park filled with aquatic plants like Japanese iris. Hydrangeas also surround the observatory.

  • When to go: Mid to late June
  • Address: Toke-cho and Yasashido-cho, Midori-ku, Chiba City
  • Access: 30 min walk from Toke Station south exit (JR Sotobo Line) or take the Chiba Chuo Bus bound for “Asumigaoka Brand New Mall” and get off at Showa-no-Mori Nishi” and 5min walk.
  • Inquiries: Chiba City Parks and Greenery Office (043-294-2884)

Kasumi Park (Narashino City)

     This park is home to 500 Japanese iris flowers originally from Meiji Jingu Shrine.

  • When to go: Mid May to late June
  • Address: 5-16-1 Kasumi, Narashino City
  • Access: 10 min walk from Shin-Narashino Station (JR Keiyo Line)
  • Inquiries: Narashino City Park and Greenery Division (047-451-1151)

Noda General Park Aquatic Botanical Garden (Noda City)

      This 1,362m2 aquatic botanical garden inside Noda General Park will delight visitors with its beautiful Japanese irises and aquatic plants of all kinds coming into season.

  • When to go: Mid to late June
  • Address: 958 Shimizu, Noda City
  • Access: 15 min walk from Shimizu-koen Station (Tobu Urban Park Line)
  • Inquiries: Noda General Park (04-7125-1155)

Suigo Sawara Iris Festival at the Suigo Sawara Aquatic Botanical Garden (Katori City)

     This aquatic botanical garden is famous for its 1,500,000 irises of 400 varieties, celebrated in the Suigo Sawara Iris Festival from Saturday, May 28 to Sunday, June 26.

  • Date: Saturday, May 28 to Sunday, June 26, 8:00-18:30
  • Place: Suigo Sawara Aquatic Botanical Garden, 1837-2, Ogishima, Katori City
  • Admission: 700 yen for adults, 350 yen for junior high school students and elementary school students (during the festival)
  • Access: 25min by shuttle bus from Sawara Station (JR Narita Line).

        *Shuttle bus only runs during the festival and is 500 yen for junior high school students and older, 250 yen for elementary school students.

  • Inquiries: Katori City Commerce, Industry and Tourism Division (0478-50-1212)

                       Suigo Sawara Aquatic Botanical Garden (0478-56-0411)

Sodegaura Park (Sodegaura City)

      15,000 irises bloom in a 3,600m2 field in mid-June. Walk along the path and see irises and other rainy-season plants on the flower terrace.

  • When to go: Late May—late June
  • Address: 2360 Iitomi, Sodegaura City
  • Access: From Sodegaura Station (JR Uchibo Line), take the bus bound for “Nozomi-no Terminal” or “Hirakawa-gyosei Center” and get off at “Sodegaura-koen” and walk 15 min
  • Inquiries: Sodegaura Park Management Union (0438-63-6560)

Hattori Farm Hydrangea House (Mobara City)( External link )

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     The Hattori-noen Ajisai-yashiki will blow you away with over 10,000 flowers of 300 varieties that look beautiful from anywhere on the grounds.

  • When to go: June 1—early July (open every day 8:00-18:00 during this period)
  • Admission: 500 yen for adults, 200 yen for children
  • Address: 719 Sangaya, Mobara City
  • Access: 20 min by car from Mobara-Chonan IC (Ken-O Expressway), 10 min by taxi from Mobara Station (JR Sotobo Line)
  • Inquiries: Hattori Farm Hydrangea House (0475-24-8511)

Kujukuri Herb Garden (Kujukuri Town)

      In this large garden, there are an herb garden, restaurants, shops, seasonal flowers, and 150 varieties of herbs including lavender, mint, chamomile, oregano, and more.

  • Address: 4477 Katakai, Kujukuri Town
  • Hours: 10:00-20:00 (closed Tuesdays, or the next day if it is a holiday)
  • Access: From Togane Station (JR Togane Line), take the Kujukuri Railway Bus bound for Motosuka via Katoku or bound for Sunrise Kujukuri and get off at “Maezato” and walk 15 min
  • Inquiries: Kujukuri Herb Garden (0475-76-6581)

Fureai Hydrangea Road (Asahi City)

    This colorful walking course will take you past 1,500 hydrangea flowers.

  • When to go: Early to late June
  • Address: Nittama, Asahi City
  • Access: 15 min walk from Asahi Station (JR Sobu Main Line)
  • Inquiries: Asahi City Commerce, Industry, and Tourism Division (0479-62-5338)

Hananobe-no-Sato (Katsuura City)( External link )

      Hydrangeas bloom early here, in mid-May, but afterwards come ajuga (also known as bugle), lilies, water-lilies, gardenias, and hostas. It’s open every day while the hydrangeas are in season.

  • When to go: mid-May—mid-July
  • Admission: 650 yen for adults, 450 yen for children
  • Address: 1830 Kushihama, Katsuura City
  • Access: From Katsuura Station (JR Sotobo Line) take the Kominato bus bound for Matsuno and get off at the Shinden bus stop (“Shinden-basutei-mae”).
  • Inquiries: Hananobe-no-Sato (0470-70-1127)

Mamenbara Plateau (Otaki Town)

     Hydrangeas bloom at Mamenbara-kogen.

  • When to go: early July—mid-July
  • Address: Tsutsumori, Otaki Town, Isumi-gun
  • Access: From Awa-amatsu Station (JR Sotobo Line), take the bus bound for “Kiyosumi-dera” and get off at “Kiyosumi-dera” and walk 60 min.
  • Inquiries: Otaki Town Tourism Association (0470-80-1146)

 2) Bake Bread, Go Hiking, and See Fireflies at Uchiurayama Prefectural Forest (Kamogawa City)

  Uchiurayama was the first Prefectural Forest to be established in Chiba Prefecture. The evergreen broadleaf forest is mainly comprised of trees in the chinkapin and evergreen oak families, and flourishes thanks to the subtropic climate of the region. Originally, the forest was shared land in the Uchiura District used for a charcoal production, but due to the growing need for environmental conservation and leisure use of the forest, and because of strong appeals from the local town of Amatsu Kominato, the area was opened as a Prefectural Forest on November 21, 1970.

     Uchiurayama Prefectural Forest has 294 hectares of beautiful woods and is furnished with a main building, log cabins, camping grounds, a gymnasium, and walking paths through the best parts of the forest.  Visitors of all ages enjoy walking, hiking, and other recreational activities in nature.

    This June, the Uchiurayama Prefectural Forest (kenmin no mori) is holding events to take advantage of the seasonal beauty of the forest. Bake bread out of natural ingredients, go on a hike to see the nature of early summer, and see the fireflies dance at night.

Bake Bread in a Stone Oven

  Bake bread from scratch, cook it in a stone oven, and enjoy with vegetable stew.

  • Date: Saturday, June 4, 9:30-13:00
  • Capacity: 15 people (junior high school students and younger must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Sign-up: Sign-up closes two days before the event or when capacity is reached
  • Fee: 1,100 yen
  • Bring: health insurance card, hand towel, apron, handkerchief to tie back hair

Early Summer Hike

  This 9km hike takes you from Kamogawa Ocean Park past famous natural sites to Fisherina Kamogawa.

  • Date: Wednesday, June 8, 9:30-15:30
  • Capacity: 25 people (junior high school students and younger must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Sign-up: Sign-up closes two days before the event or when capacity is reached
  • Fee: 1,700 yen
  • Bring: health insurance card, hand towel, 

Firefly Viewing

  This nighttime walk through the forest takes visitors to see the beautiful fireflies. In the event of rain, visitors will listen to a lecture inside.

  • Dates: Saturday, June 18; Sunday, June 19; Saturday, June 25, 20:00-21:30

         *Meet at the General Center at 19:50

  • Capacity: 25 people per day (junior high school students and younger must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Sign-up: Sign-up closes on the day of the event or when capacity is reached
  • Fee: 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for ages 4-junior high school, 100 yen for ages 4 and younger
  • Bring: health insurance card, flashlight, long sleeves and pants, no open-toed shoes

Place: Uchiurayama Prefectural Forest, 3228 Uchiura, Kamogawa City

Access: 4.5km north of Awa-kominato Station (JR Sotobo Line)

Inquiries: Uchiurayama Prefectural Forest( External link ) (04-7095-2821)

 

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