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Update:September 10, 2018

Chiba Nanohana News (October 2017)


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 I. News

 1) “Gyutto” Charming Chiba, Experience Autumn in Chiba

Fall is a great time to enjoy the Boso Peninsula of Chiba Prefecture. Seeking to share the beauty of autumn and famous fall tourist attractions, the tourism campaign, “Gyutto” Charming Chiba, is going on now until Thursday, November 30. Check out the latest Fall Tourism Pamphlet here!

E-book for the “Gyutto” Charming Chiba Tourism Campaign in Minamiboso

For more information on events as they become available, please visit the Chiba Prefectural Website

 2) “Gyutto” Charming Chiba Tourism Campaign in Minamiboso

The Chiba Prefecture tourism campaign, “Gyutto” Charming Chiba, is going on until Thursday, November 30. Southern Chiba is home to over 430 farcicalities that are participating in the campaign. By using tickets found in the e-book at the link below, visitors can receive discounts on merchandise, coupons for free food or drinks, and more. Fill out the survey at the back of the book and send it in to enter a lottery to win even bigger prizes! It’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy the many autumn festivities of South Chiba.

E-book for the “Gyutto” Charming Chiba Tourism Campaign in Minamiboso

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II. Festivals and Events

 1) Knife Ceremony/Takabe Shrine (Minamiboso City)


              Takabe Shrine, the only shrine in Japan dedicated to the god of cooking, overlooks the coastline of Chikura’s Yatsu District. According to the Nihon Shoki (“Chronicles of Japan”) and the Takahashi Ujibumi record (submitted to the Imperial Court in 789), “during Emperor Keiko’s visit to Awa, Iwakamutsukari-no-Mikoto prepared a meal of katsuo and shiro-hamaguri for the emperor. Emperor Keiko, extremely pleased with this meal, then welcomed Iwakamutsukari-no-Mikoto into the palace to prepare his meals.”

The god of Takabe Shrine is Iwakamutsukari-no-Mikoto, and this shrine is the only shrine in Japan to be dedicated to the god of cooking. Iwakamutsukari-no-Mikoto has also long been known throughout the country as the god of miso and soy sauce, and is often prayed to by cooks and spice/seasoning makers.

              During the knife ceremony held at Takabe Shrine, a person dressed in an ancient ceremonial court robe and headdress will prepare fish. This ceremony is unique in that the chef performing the ritual will never touch the fish with their hands, but rather will prepare the fish only through the use of a ceremonial knife and chopsticks. This ancient ritual requires true mastery in the art of fish preparation and is a tradition that continues to be passed down through the generations.

              The knife ceremony will be held during the autumn festival on October 17th as well as the harvest festival on November 23rd.


  • Date: October 17 (Tues), November 23 (Thurs)
  • Time: From 11:00 each day
  • Place: Takabe Shrine 164 Minamiasai, Chikura-cho, Minamiboso City
  • Access: Take the Nitto bus bound for Shirahama from Chikura Station (JR Uchibo Line). 10 minutes by foot from the “Sekiya Byoin-mae” bus stop.
  • Inquiries: (0470) 44-1113 (Chikura Urban Development Association “Kizuna”)

 2) 36th Nanso Satomi Festival/Hojo Beach (Tateyama City)


              This year marks the 36th Nanso Satomi Festival, Tateyama’s annual fall event. There will be a procession of floats and mikoshi from 24 districts around the city and about 200 hakkenshi warriors and soldiers dressed in handmade armor from the waterfront to the west exit of Tateyama Station. Following the procession are battle performances at the Hojo Beach special stage. There will be martial art demonstrations by hakkenshi warriors, realistic enactments of battle scenes, and matchlock gun demonstrations.


  • Date: Saturday, October 21, 10:00-18:45
  • Place: Tateyama Station West Exit and Hojo Beach areas, Tateyama City
  • Access: Get off at Tateyama Station (JR Uchibo Line)
  • Inquiries: Nanso Satomi Festival Planning Committee (Tateyama Tourism Association) (0470-22-2000)
  • URL: http://satomi.tateyamacity.com/

 3) Tanada Rice Field Illumination and Festivals


          Visit the Oyama Senmaida this fall to experience a world of fantasy illuminated by over 10,000 LED lights and 3,000 eco-candles as Kamogawa celebrates its Tanada Night Festival between October 20th (Friday) and the 22nd (Sunday). If you miss the main festivities, but still want to experience the wonder, the mountainside will be illuminated each night from October 23rd to January 4th. See below for special event schedules.

Tanada Night Festival

  • Date: October 20 (FRI) to October 22 (SUN)
  • Time: 16:30 – 20:00 (The event will conclude with fireworks)
  • Stage Events beginning at 17:00 each day
  • Access via Shuttle Bus Transport:
  • From Kamogawa General Sports Facility...........16:00~19:30*
  • From Oyama to General Sports Facility...............16:30~20:00*
  • From JR Awa Kamogawa Station.................15:20/16:30/17:30
  • From Oyama to JR Awa Kamogawa............16:40/18:00/19:00/20:15
    *Every 20min

Tanada Illumination

  • Date: October 23 (MON) – January 4 (THURS)
  • Time: 16:30 – 20:00

Shuttle bus tickets include the price of admission and can be purchased for 1000 yen before boarding the bus at the Kamogawa General Sports Facility and Kamogawa Station Information Kiosk. Discount tickets are available to those who purchase tickets in advanced (before 10/20). Discount tickets are 800 yen and can be bought at the following locations:

Kamogawa Station Information Kiosk, Kamogawa City Hall Tourism Platform 6F, Kamogawa Onsen Ryokan Association, and the Tanada Club

Information: Kamogawa Tourism Platform at TEL: 04-7092-0086

 4) Yoritomo Festival 2017 (Kyonan Town)

The Yoritomo Festival celebrates the landing of Minamoto Yoritomo on the shores of Kyonan in the 12th century. Minamoto Yoritomo is well-known in Japanese history as being the founder of the Kamakura Shogunate. Each year, the people of Kyonan celebrate this historic event by performing Kiyari, a traditional festival song. There will also be a parade of samurai, taiko drum performances, and rice cake throwing.

  • Date: 10/8 (Sun) 13:30-15:00
  • Place: Michi no Eki Kyonan Outdoor Event Space (Kyonan Town Community Center in the case of rain)
  • Address: Kyonan Rest Area, 517-1 Yoshihama, Kyonan, Awa District, Chiba Prefecture 299-1908
  • Access: 20min walk south on 127 from JR Hota Station
  • Inquiries: Kyonan Town Area Promotion Section (0470-55-1560)

 5) Sawara Grand Autumn Festival/Sawara-Shinjuku 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. It is famous for being one of the Kanto region’s three biggest dashi float festivals, and boasts over 300 years of tradition.
The magnificent dashi floats are decorated with exquisite Kanto-style carvings. Some dashi floats also carry enormous figures up to 4 meters tall that were created by famous doll makers during the Edo and Meiji Periods.

Slip back in time and immerse yourself in a scene from the Edo Period. Listen to the sounds of the “Sawara-bayashi,” one of Japan’s three great styles of festival music. Watch the dashi floats brush against the eaves of buildings and glide through the town, called “Little Edo,” an area which has been nationally designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.


 6) Fall Flowers in Chiba


Many people associate flowers with springtime, but there are many beautiful flowers that bloom in the fall. Chiba has a variety of gardens, nurseries, and farms where you can see these flowers and go flower-picking. We’ve hand-picked some places across the prefecture where you can see cosmos, roses, and chrysanthemums in full bloom.

Cosmos: Akebonoyama Agricultural Park (Kashiwa City)
From mid to late October, the 22,000sqm field by the windmill will be filled with cosmos flowers. They are also known as the “fall sakura” due to their pink, white, and red petals. There will be a special Flower Festival Event on Saturday, October 14th, 9:30-15:00.

Place: Akebonoyama Agricultural Park, 2005-2 Fuse, Kashiwa City
Access: From Abiko Station north exit on the JR Joban Line, take the Bando bus bound for “Akebonoyama-koen-iriguchi.” Get off at the last stop and it is 7 min on foot.
There will also be temporary shuttle buses available from Kashiwa Station west exit.
Inquiries: Akebonoyama Agricultural Park (0471-33-8877)
URL: http://www.akebonoyama-nougyoukouen.jp/

Roses: Yatsu Rose Garden (Narashino City)
800 varieties of rose are carefully cultivated in this 12,600sqm garden and bloom from mid-October to late November. As you stand surrounded by 7,500 roses, you will realize why this plant is known around the world as a symbol of love and beauty.

Place: Yatsu Rose Garden, 3-1-14, Yatsu, Narashino City
Hours: 9:00-16:30, closed Mondays (or the next day if Monday is a holiday; open every day from October 1 to November 15)
Admission: 370 yen for high school students and older, 100 yen for junior high and elementary school students, 180 yen for age 65 and older
After November 16: 180 yen for high school students and older, 50 yen for junior high and elementary school students, 90 yen for age 65 and older
Access: 5 min on foot from Yatsu Station on the Keisei Line
Inquiries: Yatsu Rose Garden (047-453-3772)

Chrysanthemum: Chiba City Greenery Botanical Garden (Chiba City)
The chrysanthemum is the symbol of the Emperor and Imperial family in Japan. You can see this beautiful and bold flower arranged in a variety of bouquet styles from Tuesday, October 31 to Sunday, November 12.

Place: Chiba City Greenery Botanical Garden (Toshi Ryokka Shokubutsuen), 278 Hoshigukicho, Chuo-ku, Chiba City
Access: From JR Chiba Station, take the bus bound for Soga Station East Exit. Get off at “Kita-hoshiguki basutei (bus station)” and walk for 5 minutes. From JR Soga Station, take the bus bound for Chiba Station. Get off at “Ryokka-shokubutsuen iriguchi (Greenery Botanical Garden entrance)” and walk for 5 minutes.
*Please come by public transportation as the parking lot gets very crowded on weekends.
Inquiries: Chiba City Greenery Botanical Garden (043-264-9559)
URL: http://www.cue-net.or.jp/kouen/chiba-toshiryokka/


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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.

 Kinoko Wonderland at the Natural History Museum and Institute in Chiba City



Learn about the wonderland known as the world of mushrooms this October with special events at the Natural History Museum and Institute in Chiba City.


Make your own Mushroom Key Holder

  • Date: 10/15 (Sun)
  • Time: ① 10:30~11:30, ②14:00~15:00
  • Place: 1st Floor Hall
  • Fee: 100 JPY, capacity 30 people

Make a Mushroom Lantern

  • Date: 10/29 (Sun)
  • Time: ① 10:30~11:00, ②14:00~14:30
  • Place: 1st Floor Hall
  • Fee: 50 JPY, capacity 30 people
  • Place: Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba, 955-2 Aoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Chiba City
    Museum Admission: 300 yen; 150 yen for high school and university students; FREE for junior high school students and under and seniors 65 and older
    Museum Hours: 9:00-16:30 (last admission 16:00)
    Closed: Mondays (or Tuesdays if a National Holiday falls on a Monday)
  • Access:
    From Chiba Station east exit, take the bus from platform 7 bound for Chiba University Hospital (“Chiba daigaku byoin”) or “Minami-yahagi,” or take the bus from platform 6 bound for “Kawado-miyakoen.” Ride for about 15 min and get off at the Natural History Museum and Institute (“Chuo hakubutsukan”). From there it is about 7 min walk to the museum.
    From Soga Station east exit, take the bus from platform 2 bound for Chiba University Hospital (“Daigaku byoin”). Ride for about 15 min and get off at the Natural History Museum and Institute (“Chuo hakubutsukan”) and walk for about 7 min to the museum.
    The museum is about 20 min walk from Keisei Chiba-dera Station.
  • Inquiries: Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba (043-265-3111)
  • URL: http://www.chiba-muse.or.jp/NATURAL/

 Make your own Camera Chiba Museum of Science and Industry (Ichikawa City)


At the Chiba Museum of Science and Industry on October 9th (Holiday Monday), elementary and middle school students can learn about the basic functions of a camera by making their own from a magnifying class and a milk carton.

Date: 10/9 (Holiday Monday)

Time: 1) 10:10 2) 13:20

Class Fee: 300 JPY

Capacity: 24 (No registration in advanced)

-Class fee in addition to general admission



  • 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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