Byobu gaura Cliffs
Favorite thing: Located at the southern shore of the local peninsula, the geographical features of this cliff (10 km long and about 45 m tall) are invariably compared to those at Dover, England (why? as if the natural features don't have enough merits to stand out on its own? or as if comparing this place somehow raises its status?).
Well, however its marketed, still here is a nice relaxing view with virtually nobody else nearby not to mention crowds, regardless of whatever else in the world it supposedly resembles.
Favorite thing: This is a typical scene of Choshi northern coastline, which as it is protruding outward, is surrounded on all sides directly by the Pacific Ocean, and is the first location in Japan which receives the morning sunrise hence gets some crowds of tourist during the New Years season.
This lighthouse was constructed in 1874 designed by British architect Richard Branton, and is climbed by 99 spiral steps.
Accessible within walking distance to Inubo Station on the Choshi Dentetsu Line.
- Historical Travel
Iinuma Kannon Temple
Favorite thing: There are quite a number of temples here in this area, but we stumbled upon here. This particular one celebrates Choshi's wealth and prosperity.
Here is located near the northern shore a 5-min walk from Choshi Dentetsu Kannon Station.
Just another nice Japanese temple, yet.. another interesting thing as seen in the minor photos is that a 5-storey pagoda is currently under construction, complete with modern steel frame and very likely with the required earthquake resistant technology. It's the first time I've seen the skeleton of this sort of architecture, yet wondering how past construction techniques would give way to modern designs and materials whilst at the same time keeping the traditional design.
- Arts and Culture
Inubosaki Marine Park
Favorite thing: Located across from the landmark Inubo Lighthouse, this simple local-sized park is most appealing to children as the many fishes on display may be directly fed by hand, and several-time-daily dolphin shows may be seen (cancelled in case of bad weather).
Within walk distance to Inubo Station, car park spaces available (up to 100 vehicles), restaurant and souvenier shops facilities available.
- Family Travel
Tour the Soy Sauce Factories of Choshi
Favorite thing: Both Yamasa and Higeta soy sauce brewers have started operations since 17th century (1645 and 1616 respectively), and have evolved using technologies of any modern factory. Guided tours, video screenings, small museum and small take-away soy sauce samples are available for either factory, and both are located about 10 mins. walk from JR Choshi Station in opposite directions.
- Arts and Culture
- Food and Dining
Favorite thing: WHat can you explore here? Of course the cliff and the sunshine, the Japanese Jinjya near by, and the onsen surrounding.
Fondest memory: It was just a great place from a little week-end day trip from Tokyo. If possible, stay over night, enjoy the 'onsen' hot Spring surrongding this lovely fishing village.