Sawara is a serene little part of the town Katori in Chiba prefecture, famous for its Meiji period architecture. Easy accessible from Tokyo, I can highly recommend this place if you want to experience a traditional Japanese town. I would love to go there again, especially when they have one of their festivals held in July and October. These festivals are known for their floats with HUGE dolls riding on top of them. You can still see some of these floats at the festival museum all year round. The boat ride through the town is also a great way to see this serene town from another perspective. They also have a website worth checking out.
I recently went to Choshi where I had the opportunity to grill my own Japanese rice cookie (senbei). And as you all now, a senbei taste much better when you grill it yourself. I can highly recommend going here, not only to grill your own senbei, but to also visit some of the tourist attraction where you can view the pacific ocean. Places worth visiting are the Inubo lighthouse and the observatory on top of Mt. Atago (Chikyu no maruku mieru oka), the latter where you will get a panoramic view over the horizon. Stay at one of the hotels scattered along the coast and you will most likely have a view over the ocean from your window.
Given the location of this area, standing atop this observatory commands a 330-degree view of the Pacific Ocean, giving the illusion of a markedly rounded earth with your line of sight including your peripheral line of sight. Not having photographed with a fish-eye lens, I can't reproduce this illusion here.
In Edo period (18th century-19th century), Choshi was alive as a hub of shipping transportaion. Because people brought many stuffs by ships from capital city Edo along the Tone river and they brought them from Choshi port to northeast Japanese area. And this city is famous for fish industry, with three different fish markets. Of course Choshi is famous for soy sause manufacture city in Japan.