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...more
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...more
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.more
10293 Inubosaki, Choshi, Chiba Prefecture, 288-0012ã€€, Japan
Good for: Couples
9575 Inubozaki, Choshi, Chiba Prefecture, 288-0012, Japan
Good for: Solo
10293 Inubosaki, Choshi, Chiba Prefecture, 288-0012, Japan
Good for: Families
This restaurant is located on the northern shore just across from of the Choshi Fish Markets. What else can be said? Except that once you get accustomed to this standard, you end up becoming very particular about any other sushi or sashimi in the future.
Anyway, here at the "Tuna Warehouse", a full-sized tuna was dangling from a pulley and later hoisted up to the 2nd storey kitchen. We were there when this happened, and I think the staff were amused when we asked to photograph the event.
Ride the Limited Express "Shiosai" on the Soubu Line. Time required one hour and fifty minutes, running generally once every two hours from Tokyo starting from appx. AM7.30. The train fee is ticket 2,210yen and express fee 2,010 yen total 4,220yen (2008.1.1). If you do not use express, time required two hours and 30 minutes requiring only the...more
This one-car train links JR Choshi Station to Togawa Station with 10 stations total. It is 6.4 km in length, and each of the station buildings are built to be intentionally charming design, such as Holland windmill, Swiss chalet, Portuguese tiled building, and Japanese 1920's style countryside hut building.more
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Fresh or frozen local seafoods are available for purchase at the markets or shops (sardines, alfonsino sea bream, and even the mighty tuna are especially good local fishes). The local markets will be cheaper, but the posher tourist gift shops can prepare the goods for transport back home and/or present them gift-wrapped upon request.Notice the cat...more
As two major Soy Sauce factories Yamasa and Higeta (both open for public tours) are located in the area, local specialties include gourmet versions of Soy Sauce, such as those fermented with local sardine base, low salt, gift versions etc. Also moist rice biscuits flavoured with soy sauce is a local specialty.more
We encountered motorbike gangs typical of the Chiba-Ibaragi area, whose motorbiking style seems not to have changed for the past 30 years, in which the steering handles are deep set, and the long-backed seats are intricately decorated, with modified (rather non-existent?) mufflers. The riders journey in lots of dozens or hundreds of people. A typical way they celebrate the New Year's Holidays is to ride on the motorways dodging the fares sometimes in the middle of the night who are sometimes arrested at the exits. Sometimes drink driving or drugs driving is involved. Unlawfully modified vehicles (especially involving the noise level of the mufflers) usually indicate the gang type as opposed to the enthusiasts who enjoy their motorbikes following the vehicle regulations.
Well, rather than being a complete waste of time, it would be better to think of this place as a resting stop for those travelling by car, as it's inconveniently located otherwise.
What there is to offer here is a chance to pay a modest fee to see a panorama view of the area, free fee "high-tech" tourist information system on the ground floor, and the "Wosse 21" Tourist Shops. Car park available for up to 50 vehicles.
For those travelling by rail, there are similar shops lining the streets just outside JR Choshi Station, and a low-tech tourist information window at JR Choshi Station.
On the south coast at the Choshi Marine Research Laboratories, you may enjoy Dolphin and Whale Watching, some excursions even run several times daily. Courses are two types - either along the coast or further out to sea. However, any children must be over three- or ten- years of age respectively in order to be able to participate.
NB: This is not my photograph, rather from the URL listed below. Though they surely wouldn't mind in this case as I'm helping them with free marketing :-)
Other local businesses offer an assortment of tourist fishing excursions here.
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,...more
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...more
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...more