Mother Farm is located on the top of Mt. Kano and it has an animal farm which includes cows, sheeps, pigs, horses and other animals. They have various animal shows/events such as the sheep show, piggy race, sheep grand parade, duck parade. In the piggy race, the children had to smack the backs of the pigs and chased their pigs towards the end point of the race tracks.
There is no lack of fun for the children at the amusement park at the top of the mountain, a bungy jump, a big maze etc. You would be able to experience cow milking, horse riding and there are various workshops that teach you how to make ice-ceam, butter, art & craft etc. It has an orchard that offers activities such as fruit and flower picking. You would be able to pick strawberries from Jan to May and it cost 800yen for 300g of strawberries picked.
I visited Mother Farm during March and there were rape blossoms all across the fields, it was a beautiful sight. If I visit the farm during April I would be able to see cherry blossoms too. There would be different types of flower blooming depending on the season.
I bought my Mother farm package from Keikyu travel center which includes a round trip by ferry from Tokyo Ferry Bay to Port Kanaya, a round trip by bus from Port Kanaya to Mother farm and Mother farm entrance fee(3,300yen). If the tickets were purchased seperately, a round trip by ferry from Tokyo Ferry bay to Port Kanaya cost 900yen(adult) and the entrance fee for Mother farm cost 1500yen(adult). I was staying around Kurihama so I took a bus from Keikyu Kurihama station to Tokyo Ferry Bay then took the ferry across to Port Kanaya and transfered to a bus to Mother farm.
Mt. Nokogiri is located on the Minami-Boso area in Chiba and it gets its name because the face of the mountain has edges like a saw. I took a ferry ride to Port Kanaya and it is a short walk from Port Kanaya to take the Ropeway up to the Mt. Nokogiri. The observatory at the mountaintop offers 360-degree panoramic views, and on a fine day you may be able to see Mt. Fuji across the sea.
It is a good hiking trail that offers stunning sceneries. You need a good pair of walking shoes because you will be climbing a lot of steep stairs. Along the trail, you would be able to see Great Buddha carved into the side of the mountain, stone statues of Sen-gohyaku-rakan (1500 disciples of Buddha), Jigoku nozoki(Valley of Hell) a small rock platform which sticks out over a cliff that allows you to look deep into the valley from cliffs, stone carving of Hyaku Shaku Kannon(Godness of Mercy) and Nihon-ji. Great Buddha in Nokogiriyama is twice the size of the one in Kamakura and Nara Daibutsu, making it the largest Big Buddha statues in Japan, constructed in the 1780s by Jingoro Eirei Ono and his 27 apprentices.
A round trip by ferry from Tokyo Ferry bay to Port Kanaya cost 900yen(adult) and 450yen(child). A round trip for the Ropeway cost 900yen(adult) and 450yen(child). The entrance fee to the temple covered all it's attractions. 600yen(adult) and 400yen(child).
Do take note of the operating hours of the Ropeway: from Feb 16 to Nov 15 (9.00am to 5.00pm), from Nov 16 to Feb 15 (9.00am to 4.00pm). You wouldn't want to miss the last Ropeway back to the foot of the mountain. The public transport links are horrendous; no bus to take you down to the foot of the mountain or Port Kanaya or JR station.
If you miss the last Ropeway, you'll have to walk down from the mountain and all the way towards JR Hota station(1 hr on foot). The JR Hota train schedule has infrequent service about one train every hour. From JR Hota station, you can travel back to Tokyo or you can go one stop to JR Hamakanaya Station. Alight at JR Hamakanaya station and walk about 10mins back to Port Kanaya. I found out all these through the hard way.... Gulp.... because i missed the last Ropeway.
Kururi-jo, is a castle located in Kururi Kimitsu-city, was originally established by Mariya Takeda, but was taken over by Satomi Yoshitaka and became Satomi's home base and main fortification in his opposition to the Odawara based Hojo.
After several unsuccessful attempts to attack Kururi Castle, it was eventually taken over by the Hojo in 1564 but was then recaptured by Satomi in 1567.
Nihon-ji temple, located on Mount Nokogiri, was made by Gyoki who was Japanese priest and founded by Emperor Shomu in 725.
There are the following places where must sees in the precincts of a temple in whole Mount Nokogiri.
1) Nihon-ji's Daibutsu and Hyakushaku-Kannon, two Buddhist statues sculpted into the side of the mountain.
2) Jigoku-nozoki ("a peep at Hell"), a view seen looking down at the sheer cliffs of the mountain
3) 1500 Rakan Statues (Buddhist saint statues), stone images made in the Edo period, each said to have a different expression.
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Mount Nokogiri ("saw-mountain" in Japanese), as its name implies, is shaped like the teeth of a saw.
This mountain forms the boundary between the Kazusa and Awa areas of the Boso Peninsula.
In winter, we enjoy warmer weather in Kyonan-machi because the mountains here serve as a barrier from the cold northern winds. The name of our town, Kyonan-machi, meaning "south of Mt. Nokogiri", is taken from this mountain.
On Mt. Nokogiri's southern side you can find the Buddhist temple, Nihon-ji temple, dating back to 725 A.D.
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If you want to see the merchant life of Edo period (200years ago), stroll around the town of Sawara located next to Narita.
Stores and houses that retain traces of old times line both sides of Onogawa River, creating an Edo period atmosphere.
As testimony to the authentic style of these houses, samurai dramas have recently been filmed on these streets.
Ino Tadataka, a great men in the late Edo period, dedicated the latter half of his life to a national geographical survey, completing the first map of the entire Japan island, Dainihon Enkai Yochizenzu ( Great Japan Coastline Survey Map).
The museum exhibits various source materials of his accomplishment as well as the actual devices he used for the location survey.
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