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Update:September 10, 2018

Chiba Nanohana News (May 2017)


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

 I. News

 1.) A Digital Tourism Pamphlet for Visitors to Chiba

Chiba Prefecture has made an online tourism pamphlet highlighting 30 travel routes and nearly 250 tourism sites within the prefecture. Facing the Tokyo Olympic Paralympic Games and the growing number of tourists from abroad, the pamphlet aims to increase tourism within the prefecture by providing visitors with more information on popular sites.

The pamphlet introduces a wide variety of popular locations within Chiba Prefecture including routes for Naritasan Shinshoji Temple and the surrounding area, Sawara City’s Edo Townscape, Katori-jingu Shrine, and routes filled with the natural wonders of Minamiboso.

 2.) The Charm and Attraction of Chiba in Video

As the prefecture looks forward to the Tokyo Olympic Paralympic Games, Chiba Prefecture has released a second installment of the "Chiba Prefecture Image Enhancement Video" in an effort to increase the number of international tourists and entice international training camps to visit Chiba.

The video introduces the allure of Chiba Prefecture by expressing the seasonal wonders of the prefecture with dynamic aerial footage including the 2016 Chiba Aqualine Marathon and the Byobu-ga-Ura cliffs.

○Chiba Prefecture Image Enhancement Video on YouTube

Inquiries: Chiba Prefecture Press and Public Relations Division TEL: 043-223-2265 FAX :043-227-0146 

 II. Festivals and Events

 1) Minamiboso Firefly Fantasia: Fireflies of the Mountains and the Ocean/ Shirahama Flower Park (Minamiboso City)


The Minamiboso City Onsen Union, made up of 18 member establishments, is holding a special event in which visitors can learn about bioluminescence found in the mountains and in the ocean. Visitors can take a stroll inside the great dome of the Shirahama Flower Park and observe genji (Japanese) fireflies. The exhibit will also introduce bioluminescent algae and have a light show at the special exhibit corner. Take a moment to relax and bask in the wondrous glow of nature’s bioluminescence.

  • Date: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Friday, May 19 – Sunday, June 18, 20:00-21:00
  • Place: Shirahama Flower Park, 1454-37 Nemoto, Shirahama-cho, Minamiboso City
  • Access: Take the JR bus bound for Awa-Shirahama via Awa-Kambe from Tateyama Station (JR Uchibo Line) and get off at the Flower Park bus stop
  • Admission: 500 yen for adults; free for children (admission is free for guests of the Minamiboso City Onsen Union member establishments)
  • Inquiries: (0470)44-3581 (Minamiboso City Onsen Union (within Minamiboso City Tourism Association))
  • URL: http://flowerpark.awa.jp/ (Japanese only)

 2) Ichinomiya Chiba Open 2017 (Ichinomiya)


Ichinomiya's Tsurigasaki Beach, venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Paralympic Surfing Competition, prepares for the World Surfing League Women's QS 3000 and Men's QS 6000 Ichinomiya Chiba Open 2017 that will be held May 22nd to the 28th. A total of 190 world-class athletes will compete in the hopes of taking part in the World Championship Tour. Hiroto Ohara and Reo Inaba, Chiba Prefecture Special Certified Athletes, will also make an appearance. It’s a great opportunity to catch professional athletes in action.

 3) Café Terrace on the Sakai River 2017 (Urayasu City)


For only two days this May, the Sakai River will play host to a floating café as it sails down river to the center of Urayasu City. The town will be bustling with people riding in boats, stalls selling gourmet food, and performances on stages set up along the water. The main event is the “wedding boat,” in which newlyweds ride down the river accompanied by hayashi festival music and give their blessing to all the visitors. Come enjoy the delicious local food and exciting atmosphere!

  • Date: Saturday, May 27—Sunday, May 28, 10:00-16:00 (cancelled in case of rain)
  • Place: Sakai River near City Hall, Urayasu City
  • Access: 15 min walk from Shin-Urayasu Station (JR Keiyo Line) or 20 min walk from Urayasu Station (Tokyo Metro Tozai Line)
    By bus from Urayasu Station or Maihama Station, take the City Hall Line (“Shiyakusho-sen”) to City Hall (“Shiyakusho-mae”), or take the Tomioka Line, the Tomioka S Line, or the Maihama Resort Line to City Hall/Post Office (“Shiyakusho-iriguchi/Yubinkyoku-mae”).
  • Inquiries: Urayasu City Tourism Promotion Committee Office (within the Urayasu Tourism Convention Association) (047-350-7555)
  • URL: http://www.urayasu-kankou.jp

 4) 11th Sosa Garden Tree Festival/Sosa City Lifelong Learning Center (Sosa City)


Chiba Prefecture, and in particular Sosa City, is famous for ueki, also known as garden trees or “macro bonsai.” The prefecture has designated growers with exceptional skills and knowledge as “Certified Traditional Arborists.” Over half of these certified growers are located in Sosa City. In addition, more than half of the trees designated as the top 100 precious wood garden plants in Chiba Prefecture are located in Sosa City.
This Golden Week, the “bonsai city” welcomes visitors to the 11th Sosa Garden Tree Festival. Garden trees, flowers, decorative plants, potted garden trees, saplings, and more will be available for purchase for cheap at the market. This event is a great opportunity to brighten up your home this spring and see one of the highlights of Chiba Prefecture.

  • Date: Wednesday, May 3 (13:00-16:00) and Thursday, May 4 (9:00-16:00)
  • Place: Sosa City Lifelong Learning Center, 6489-1 Imaizumi, Sosa City
  • Access: 15min by taxi from Yokaichiba Station (JR Sobu Main Line)
    15min by car from Yokoshiba-hikari IC (Choshi Renraku Road)
  • Inquiries: Sosa City Industry Promotion Department (0479-73-0089)

 5) Keisei Rose Garden (Yachiyo City)

Keisei Rose

Welcome spring with the beauty and fragrance of 10,000 roses. The Kesei Rose Garden will be celebrating their Rose Festival between Saturday, May 6th and Monday, June 12th. The gardens eloquently display 1,600 different types of roses. There will also be a variety of concerts, performances, and events throughout the month of May. Events will mainly take place on the weekends in two sets starting from 10am and 1pm. For a full list of events, please visit the Kesei Rose Garden Website.


  • Date: Saturday, May 6th to Monday, June 12th
  • Place: Kesei Rose Garden
  • Admission: Single day multiple entry pass Adults 1200 JPY, Seniors 900 JPY, Children 200 JPY
  • Address: 755 Owadashinden, Yachiyo City, 276-0046
  • Access: Take Toyo Rapid Railway to Yachiyo Midori ga Oka Station, walk 15min
    Take the Toyo Bus for Yachiyo Medical Center or Yachiyo Chuou Stn. and depart at Keisei Rose Garden
  • Inquiries: Keisei Rose Garden (047-459-0106)
  • URL: http://www.keiseirose.co.jp/ (JPN Only)

 6) Mother’s Day Cake Decorating and Other Spring Events at Narita Yume Bokujo (Narita City)

Mothers Day

Narita Yume Bokujo, which translates to “Dream Farm,” is a 300,000 m2 tourist farm located in Narita City. Founded in 1887 as a dairy farm, the farm was transformed into a tourist destination in 1987. The delicious taste of the farm’s yogurt and ice cream is thanks to the skills honed by many years of experience. This spring, Yume Bokujo is hosting a variety of events for visitors of all ages. There’s something for everyone! Here are a few of the events:

Steam locomotive operational on the Farm Line
A few times a year, the trolley farm line at Yume Bokujo features a real, fully functional steam locomotive. The bright red and blue train puffs out a trail of steam as it chugs along the track. Don’t miss this rare chance to ride the train!
Period: May 3-5, 20-21 from 10:00-16:00
Place: Farm Line (Makiba-sen)
Fee: 500 yen for one trip around the Farm Line

Decorate a Mother’s Day Cake
Decorate a cake for Mother’s Day!
Date: Sunday, May 14, 13:30-14:30
Fee: 3,000 yen per set (admission to Yume Bokujo is separate)
Capacity: 20 people (first come first served, reservations by phone)

  • Place: Narita Yume Bokujo, 730 Nagi, Narita City
  • Admission: junior high students and older 1,400 yen; 65 and older 1,200 yen; children 3 years old and over 700 yen
    Pets: medium-size dogs 1,000 yen; large dogs 1,500 yen
  • Parking: Regular cars 600 yen; large cars and buses 1,100 yen; bicycles and motorcycles 300 yen
  • Access: 10 min by free shuttle bus from Namegawa Station on the JR Narita Line
  • Inquiries: Narita Yume Bokujo (0476-96-1001)
  • URL: http://www.yumebokujo.com/

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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.

 Spring Art Collection at the Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art (Chiba City)


Until Sunday, July 2nd, the Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art will be displaying their Spring Collection. This exhibit will focus on the vintage feel of Mizue style painting from the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa eras. These beautifully water colored designs are a treat for the eye and fit right in with the bright colors associated with spring.

  • Date: Until Sunday, July 2
    9:00-16:30 (last admission at 16:00; closed Mondays)
  • Admission: 300 yen for adults; 150 yen for high school and college students; free for junior high school students and younger, age 65 and older (discounts also available for groups of 20 or more)
  • Place: 1-10-1 Chuoko, Chuo-ku, Chiba City
  • Access: 10 min walk from Chiba-minato Station (JR Keiyo Line or Chiba Urban Monorail)
  • Inquiries: Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art (043-242-8311)
  • URL: http://www2.chiba-muse.or.jp/www/ART/contents/1520270199902/index.html (English)
    https://www.chiba-muse.or.jp/ART/ (Japanese)

 Golden Week Events at the Chiba Museum of Science and Industry (Ichikawa City)


The Chiba Museum of Science and Industry in Ichikawa City shows the history of modern technology (especially Chiba’s key industries of electric power, petroleum, iron, and steel), explains how advanced technology has changed society, and considers the relationship between science and people. Here are some of the museum’s spring activities that are fun for the whole family!

Make Balloon Slime
Date: 4/29 (Sat) from 9:00 and 13:20
Capacity: 24 people per session (for junior high school students and younger; elementary school 3rd graders and younger must be accompanied by a guardian)
Sign-up: Same-day
Fee: 100 yen

Make a Flying Seed
Date: 4/30 (Sun) 10:10-12:00 and 13:30-15:00
Capacity: 50 people per session (for junior high school students and younger; elementary school 3rd graders and younger must be accompanied by a guardian)
Sign-up: Same-day

Make a Fossil Replica
Date: 5/3 (Wed) from 10:10 and 13:20
Capacity: 24 people per session (for junior high school students and younger; elementary school 3rd graders and younger must be accompanied by a guardian)
Sign-up: Same-day
Fee: 100 yen

Chiba-kun Origami
Date: 5/4 (Thurs) and 5/7 (Sun) 10:10-12:00 and 13:30-15:00
Capacity: 50 people per session (for junior high school students and younger; elementary school 3rd graders and younger must be accompanied by a guardian)
Sign-up: Same-day


  • Place: Chiba Museum of Science and Industry, Onitaka 1-1-3, Ichikawa City
  • Museum Hours: 9:00-16:30; closed Mondays (or the next day if Monday is a holiday)
  • Admission: 300 yen; 150 for high school and college students; free for junior high students and younger, age 65 and older
  • Access: 15 min on foot from Motoyawata Station on the JR Sobu Line, 5 min from Ichikawa IC on the Keiyo Road
  • Inquiries: Chiba Museum of Science and Industry (047-379-2005)
  • URL: http://www.chiba-muse.or.jp/SCIENCE/


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