(1) Chiba castle which houses the Chiba city folk museum
(2) Chiba shrine which is one of beautiful Shinto shrines
(3) The Sogo Chiba department store, especially its food floor
(1) Train ( JR Keiyo line )
(2) Chiba city monorail
Kaihin_makuhari station, Chiba station, Tokyo station, or at your hotel in Chiba and Makuhari
Chiba Castle ( see samurai costumes, swords, guns etc. )
Chiba Shrine ( feel sacred atmosphere.)
Sogo Chiba department store's food floor ( enjoy shopping and eating Japanese food.)
Chiba City Monorail (a unique suspended monorail)
Kaihin_makuhari station, or Chiba station
Chiba city is located about one hour from Tokyo by train.
We will visit the following spots to see Japanese culture, food and technology by the Chiba City Monorail.
1. Chiba Castle
Chiba Castle is a reconstructed castle located in Chiba city. The original castle was built in 1126 by the lord Tsuneshige Chiba, who owned this region. The prefecture name “Chiba” comes from his family. The current castle is actually a reconstruction from 1967.
It now houses the Chiba City Folk Museum. The exhibits are mainly related to the Chiba Clan. You’ll find all sorts of artifacts like swords, guns, and other samurai weapons.
A small tea house is located beside the castle. You can rest, drink tea, and eat Japanese sweets there.
2. Chiba Shrine
The Chiba shrine is a Shinto shrine originated in 11th century. Shinto is indigenous religion of Japan. It is based on the worship of nature and ancestors. The shrine is dedicated to the Shinto deity Myoken who is believed to offer protection from bad luck and bodily harm. The shrine buildings are painted a brilliant orange in a way that makes the surroundings seem peaceful.
There are picturesque Japanese gardens around it. You can feel sacred atmosphere.
3. Sogo Chiba department store's food floor
The Sogo Chiba is the largest department store in Chiba Prefecture and is located near the Chiba station. It offers a wide range of quality products including traditional Japanese artwork, food and many more. Many famous food shops are located on its food floor with a lively atmosphere. Some foods are cooked on site. The smell of freshly baked bread or the sound of tempura being deep-fried attract customers.
4. Chiba City Monorail
We use the monorail to go to the Chiba castle. The monorail runs at an elevated height of 30m above ground level, so, you feel like you’re walking on air. This monorail was registered in the Guiness Book of World Records as having the longest running distance (15.2 km) of any suspended monorail.
Transportation fare of the guide
Transportation fare (you); i.e. about 1000 yen/person from Makuhari
Drink and sweet (you)
I am not available after 6pm. Thank you.
(1) We walk about 2 km in total. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
(2) Entrance fee at the Chiba castle is free.
(3) If the weather is not good to walk, we would use a taxi and stay at the department store longer, where there are variety of traditional Japanese artworks including pottery and kimono, and many souvenir shops.
(4) A taxi can be used for going from the Chiba Castle to the Chiba shrine, or from the Chiba shrine to the Sogo Chiba. (About 1000 yen/group)
Eddy provides a very enjoyable experience. He tailored the tours to points of interest to me and educated me about Japan
Dear Jane, Thank you very much for your kind review. I was very pleased to hear that you enjoyed my tour around Tokyo. I hope that you will come back to Japan again soon. Best regards, Eddy
We booked a city tour with Eddy in Tokyo a few months ago. Eddy was very responsive when we contacted him. He was punctual, flexible, and helpful. He gave us background information on Japanese culture, history, and language. He was very patient waiting for us to shop for souvenirs and was also very accommodating when we asked to deviate a little bit from our general tour plan. He answered all of our questions and pointed out interesting sights along the way. He spoke good English and was friendly. We enjoyed spending time with Eddy and we thank him for his wonderful service.
Eddy was an absolute joy as a guide. We had a very unique request, of going to the Tokyo area flood control system, a huge underground cavern used to protect outer Tokyo. He gladly accepted such a unique tour. My wife an I were really surprised and pleased to see he even faxed our hotel to make sure we knew where to meet him! He also filled our long train rides with all kinds of fun activities, like learning about Japanese writing, history, and important phrases. Over lunch, he even taught us how to make oragami! He was very kind and patient, and we had a wonderful time. Thank you so much Eddy!
Thank you very much for the wonderful review. I was pleased to guide you, a nice young couple from US. I hope you will enjoy the rest of your honeymoon in Japan. Eddy
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip with Eddy who not only showed us what was described on the itinerary like the Castle Museum , the Shinto Shrine and the shopping centre (where we bought excellent sashimi at ridiculous low price) but also enlightened us on Japanese culture. He showed us the correct ways to pray at the Shinto Shrine for example which was interesting. As it was our first time navigating the public train and bus system his patience and guidance was invaluable especially if we plan to travel further in Japan. Travelling with a local really broadens the experience.
Dear Chun and Gwen, Thank you so much for the warm review. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour with me. I hope you will come back to Japan again soon. Best regards, Eddy