Have you heard of Tokyo Disney Land?
They say "Tokyo" but actually it is located in Chiba Prefecture.
Urayasu is located in the west of Chiba Prefecture, just to the north of Disney Land, and is a very, very convenient place to visit from the Tokyo and Makuhari areas.
You'll feel relaxed visiting Urayasu--so come on and join us.
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Urayasu Station (The Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, T18)
Urayasu Fish Market
Urayasu Folk Museum
Urayasu Station (The Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, T18) (if you are taking limousine bus, please let me know in advance. I can take you to Shin-Urayasu station)
Urayasu is in Chiba Prefecture, bordering the east side of Tokyo. It is famous for the Tokyo Disney Resort which is located in Chiba just next to Tokyo.
Before TDR was constructed, Urayasu used to be “a fisherman’s town”, known especially for manila clam (asari) and seaweed (nori), producing more of these than any other place in the Kanto area outside of Tokyo.
a) Urayasu Fish Market (2 minutes walk from Urayasu Station)
You may have heard of "Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest fish market in Japan. Compared to Tsukiji Market, Urayasu Fish Market is much less crowded, with no turret trucks or motor bikes driving around.
It's a compact and cozy place, offering a wealth of fresh seafood from Tokyo Bay and the Pacific Ocean. You will find a number of small restaurants at the Urayasu Fish Market, where you can eat sushi, of course!
b) Urayasu Folk Museum (free on admission fee)
Another nice spot to visit is the Urayasu Folk Museum. You'll feel transported back to the old fishing town of Urayasu, the way it was before the 1950s. There’s a workshop for making wooden boats, called "beka-bune", and you can walk among reconstructions of old-time houses and shops and look at displays of old toys and other items. You may be able to see the seasonal workshops such as removing the shells of shellfish or making “nori” (seaweed).
If you have more time, Urayasu offers plenty more to do whether visiting shrines and parks or walking along the canals.
I recommend Urayasu if
a) you feel tired of being in crowded places.
b) your flight or train is in the late afternoon or in the evening.
c) you only have Sunday or Wednesday left staying in Tokyo and you want to visit a fish market.
(Tsukiji Fish Market is closed on Sundays and often also on Wednesdays.)
d) you want to use your time after or before visiting Tokyo Disney Resort.
To access Urayasu: about 20 - 30 minutes' train ride from Tokyo station
To access the Haneda Airport: about 50 minutes limousine bus ride from Shin-Urayasu station
To access the Narita Airport: about 70 minutes limousine bus ride from Shin-Urayasu station
transportation fee, food
a) comfortable shoes are preferred.
b) bring YEN cash with you. (almost all the shops in the fish market and the museum only accept cash.)
c) we use a commumity bus (100 yen) from Urayasu Fish Market to Urayasu Folk Museum.
Free for everyone!
It was our first day in Tokyo and Momoko was a great help with getting us around this huge city. We come from a regional town in Australia where there is only 100 000 population and Tokyo is so huge!! Momoko always ensured we kept up with her, ensuring we go to see the beauty of Tokyo by showing us the Gingko Trees and then she helped us purchase our Shinkansen tickets at Tokyo Station. She walked us through the beautiful Korakuen Gardens as there were a lot of people around, being a Sunday and there were a lot of celebrations going on in the city for the new Emperor she didn’t want us to be caught up in the crowds so we didn’t waste our time with her. Momoko managed to find us a place to eat Japanese curry while we were out and about - something we saw on YouTube before we came to Tokyo. We finished the day by visiting a Shrine where we were fortunate to see a traditional Japanese Bride dressed in her Silk Kimono. Even tho our time was finished with Momoko she escorted us back to our station. Thank you Momoko for a wonderful first day in Tokyo!!!
Roz, I would like to say how greatful I spent five hours with you and your husband. Your generous and friendly personalities helpted me a lot! Yes, we were lucky to see something traditional at Meiji Jingu Shrine. Enjoy the rest of your trip!