Chiba prefecture, where Narita Airport, the gateway to Japan’s sky, is located.
Chiba has a warm climate and abundant nature, and lots of charms that are still unknown.
You don’t know what you’re missing going directly to sightseeing spots such as Tokyo and Kyoto.
So, please try to stop by sightseeing spots in Chiba when you have a chance.
First of all, why not go to such a wonderful temple or shrine?
1. Naritasan Shinshoji 成田山新勝寺
Naritasan Shinshoji is a temple of the Chisan Sect of Shingon Buddhism located in the city of Narita in Chiba prefecture. It is one of the main temples of the sect.
The principal image is Fudo Myoo, and this temple is major center of Fudō Myōō faith.
It is a sacred place that many people including famous Kabuki actors have visited since ancient times in Edo.
Also, it is one of the best temples in the Kanto region in terms of the number of worshipers.
As a shrine and temple, it is the second largest shrine in Japan after Meiji Jingu. As far as temples are concerned, it has the largest number of worshipers in Japan. They often visit here to pray for preventing illness and disaster.
成田山新勝寺参拝終わったので嫁の実家に向かいます🚗 pic.twitter.com/o2AvB3TUXP— やまねこ@タヌキスト (@Yamaneko_LYNX_) July 2, 2021
Address: 1 Narita, Narita-city, Chiba 286-0023
Access: 10 minutes on foot from JR or Keisei Narita Station
2. Katori-jingu Shrine 香取神宮
Katori-jingu is one of the oldest shrines in Japan.
It is known as a deity in Futsunushi who plays an active part in the transfer of the land of Okuninushi in Japanese mythology.
You can see valuable exhibits, for example, one Kaiju Budo Kyo (bronze mirror with a design of animals and grapes) designated as a national treasure and several buildings designated as an important cultural property.
Address: 1697-1 Katori, Katori-city, Chiba 287-0017
Access: 10 minutes by taxi/15 minutes by bus from JR Sawara Station
3. Daifuku-ji 大福寺
Daifuku-ji is a Buddhist temple of the Chisan, Shingon sect of Buddhism.
Because it is on a steep mountainside, it’s called “Gakekannon 崖観音” which means “Cliff Goddess of Mercy”.
Stone-cliff eleven-faced Goddess of Mercy engraved on the natural wall of the main inner room is a designated cultural property of the city.
おはようございます😃— じわじわジンジン (@jMnzNds785hzMxc) December 7, 2020
Address: 835 Funakata, Tateyama-city, Chiba 294-0056
Access: 15 minutes on foot from JR (Uchibo-sen) Nakofunakata Station
4. Itsukushima Shrine 厳島神社
Itsukushima Shrine (Itsukushima Jinja) is a Shinto shrine located in the Awa District in Chiba prefecture.
It’s surrounded by pine forest, and an old shrine with a solemn atmosphere.
Seven Lucky Gods enshrined in the precincts are made in 1779 by a mason, Sekio Takeda from this area. These seven lucky gods are attracting tourists from afar due to their rich expression and elaborate construction.
Address: 629 Shirahama, Shirahama-cho, Awa-gun, Chiba 295-0102
Access: 3 minutes on foot from the bus stop “Nojimasaki Todai mae”
You can take the bus bound for Awa Shirahama at JR (Uchibo-sen) Tateyama Station.
5. Atago Shrine (Noda-city, Chiba) 愛宕神社
Because there was a big fire when the village was built, it was decided to worship Kagu-tsuchi, the god of fire.
The main shrine is made of bare wood without painting and uses a lot of sculptures. In other words, it fully demonstrates the characteristics of shrine and temple architecture at the end of the Edo period.
愛宕神社 千葉県野田市— れい (@reiko_k_o) February 22, 2020
Address: 725 Noda, Noda-city, Chiba 278-0035
Access: 1 minute on foot from the bus stop “Atago Shrine mae”
You can take the 2 types of bus: Mame bus and Ibakyu bus.
6. Atago Shrine (Sakura-city, Chiba) 愛宕神社
Successive samurai who are highly trusted by the Tokugawa family had done ceremonial transfer of a divided tutelary deity, the guardian deity of fire and disaster prevention in Edo to a new location. That new location is here, sakura-city.
The stone steps leading up to the main shrine are long. But, it’s a shrine full of greenery, so the air is nice and it feels very good.
Address: 102 Kairinji-machi, Sakura-city, Chiba 285-0013
Access: 10 minutes on foot from Keisei Sakura Station
7. Inage Sengen Shrine 稲毛浅間神社
Inage Sengen Shrine (Inage Sengen Jinja) is a Shinto shrine located in the city of Chiba in Chiba prefecture. The god of easy delivery is the deity.
Kagura, sacred music and dance of this shrine received designation as an intangible cultural property from Chiba prefecture.
Address: 1-15-10 Inage, Inage-ku, Chiba-city, Chiba 263-0034
Access: 5 minutes on foot from Keisei Inage Station/15 minutes on foot from JR Inage Station
8. Awa Shrine 安房神社
Awa Shrine (Awa Jinja) is known as a spiritual energy sites, a place where vitality flourishes. So, it’s said that it brings you good luck if you worship here. Scientifically, it seems to be a place with strong Earth’s magnetic field.
Cherry blossoms are planted on the approach to the torii (front guard frame). It’s in full bloom in spring and, needless to say, it’s really beautiful.
【安房神社】安房の国（千葉県）一ノ宮。主祭神は天太玉命（日本の全ての産業創始の神）です。創建は今から2670年以上前になり、神武天皇が初代天皇に即位した年とされています。— 涼風堂 (@Kj_Y1972) May 5, 2018
Address: 589 Daijingu, Tateyama-city, Chiba 294-0233
Access: 30 minutes by bus from JR (Uchibo-sen) Tateyama Station→5 minutes on foot from the bus stop “Awa Shrine mae”/30 minutes by car from Tomiura interchange
9. Tanjo-ji 誕生寺
Tanjo-ji is a Buddhist temple of the Nichiren sect located in the city of Kamogawa in Chiba prefecture.
It’s the head temple of the Nichiren sect, and was erected in the place of origin to commemorate the birth of Saint Nichiren. There is a childhood Nichiren statue in temple precincts. You can visit facilities related to Saint Nichiren here.
Address: 183 Kominato, Kamogawa-city, Chiba 299-5501
Access: 5 minutes by bus from Awakominato Station
10. Akagi Shrine 赤城神社
There is a legend that it was built in the Kamakura period. Also, this is said to be the origin of the place name “Nagareyama”.
There is a huge shimenawa (a Shinto straw festoon) in the torii. It can prevent uncleanness dividing the inside and outside by hanging over in front of the gods and sacred areas.
Autumn festival is held in October every year at this shrine, and people make the shimenawa in advance for preparing the festival. The event to make this shimenawa is a city-designated intangible folk cultural property.
赤城神社✨✨千葉県流山— ゆり (@cenrmHmFEByl4Sr) January 14, 2018
Address: 649 6-chome Nagareyama, Nagareyama-city, Chiba 270-0164
Access: 10 minutes on food from (Nagareyama-sen) Heiwadai Station