Nanso Satomi Festivel now has become an autumn tradition in Tateyama. It is the event that recreates the world of the civil war lord Satomi clan, with motives from a fantasy novel “Nanso Satomi Hakkenden” written in the Edo Period. Warriors in traditional armors, princesses and maids in costumes are all chosen from public, and total 200 go on parade with 24 portable shrines and floats. At Hojo beach, demonstrations on traditional battle scenes are performed. Wild and energetic gathering of the portable shrines and floats and the fantastic collaboration of lantern lights and fireworks display at night can be seen nowhere else but in Tateyama.
Yawata Shrine in Tateyama City has a 1,000 years of history, and its annual festival is the largest in the area. It was designated as Chiba Prefecture Intangible Cultural Asset in 2004. In the middle of September, food stands line up along the street, bustled with visitors from all over the prefecture. Eleven portable shrines pay a once-a-year visit to this main shrine of the area, and the revelers roll and lift their mikoshi with shouts, showing off how sturdy they can be. Five neighboring communities also participate with their gorgeous floats.
Taking place in the calm of Tateyama Bay and within the Tateyama Self Defense Force Base, the race attracts beginners as well as experienced athletes.
The biking and running courses are set in the Self Defense Force Tateyama Base, giving the runners the privilege to compete at this venue which is usually off limits to the public.
Entries are accepted on a first-come first served basis.
On the evening of the Tateyama Fireworks Display, 10,000 fireworks color the night sky for over 75 minutes.
The highlight is the “Water fireworks”, which explode in the water and create a semicircular flower of fire with a diameter of 250 meters over Tateyama Bay. On the shore, a special stage is set for college students to perform flamenco dances against a backdrop of fireworks. This night truly represents the summer of Tateyama.
In Tateyama, where spring comes early, spring flowers can be enjoyed from January. Along the Flower Line, a coastal road that runs around the tip of the Boso Peninsula, orange poppies and bright yellow mustard flowers welcome drivers and bikers. Facilities are available so that visitors can pick their own flowers.
Blessed with a mild climate, Tateyama bustles in spring with tourists who come to enjoy strawberry picking. Different species are each characterized by their own flavor, sweetness, sourness, and texture. The strawberry picking farms are open from January to the middle of May. Available species and admission times differ depending on the season, so ask the farm for specific details.
Full marathon course, a 10-k course, and a 2-k family course. Participants come from all across Japan, as well as from Tateyama’s sister cities in the US and Australia, to enjoy the variety and beauty of the Wakashio course: the 6-km flower-lined coastal road, the inalnd hills and valleys, the views of Mt. Fuji floating above Tateyama Bay. Local residents turn out to cheer the runners on.
Shiroyama Park is located on the hill where Lord Satomi once built a castle on top in the 15th Century. Today, the park houses Tateyama City Museum, Tateyama Castle (inside is Hakkenden Museum), a tea house, a peacock aviary, a playground for children, and a lawn yard. Along the several trails are planted flowers of seasons, such as narcissuses, camellias, cherry blossoms, azaleas, and hydrangeas, just to name a few. In the early April, the park is bustled with locals and tourists for cherry blossom viewing. The panoramic view from the top include the whole city, Tateyama Bay, and Mt. Fuji occasionally.
Free parking is available 24 hours. Buses can be charged in high season.
351-2 Tateyama, Tateyama City, Chiba Prefecture 294-0036
+81470-22-3610 Tateyama City Hall City Planning Section
Hakkenden Museum (Tateyama Castle)
Open : 9:00am - 4:45pm (enter before 4:30pm)
Closed : on Monday (or the next day when Monday is a public holiday), 12/29 - 1/3
Daifuku-ji temple of Shingon sect in Funakata is also knowns as “the cliff temple” by locals. The main image is the eleven headed Goddess of Mercy (Kannon) carved directly on the cliff. Its origin dates back to 717 when Priest Gyoki visited the site and prayed for the safety of marine traffic. In 1715, it was consolidated as a peaked roof building temple. Many visit this unique temple as the third temple of Awa Kannon Pilgrimage, or to enjoy the splendid view of Tateyama Bay.
Doors are open to show the interior of the temple during the day.
835 Funakata, Tateyama City, Chiba Prefecture 294-0056