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
Nojimazaki, on the southern tip of the Boso Peninsula, has been an important marine waypoint for ships coming into Tokyo Bay. At the end of the Edo Period, Tokugawa Shogunate made a treaty with four Western countries to build eight lighthouses throughout the nation. Nojimazaki was one of the eight locations, and the second oldest Western style lighthouse in Japan was completed and lit there in 1870. This lighthouse was destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, and soon replaced by the one you see today. With a small admission, you can walk up the stairs to the top for a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the curve of the horizon.
9am - 4pm (October through April)
9am - 4:30pm (May through September)
Cosed on bad weather
630 Shirahama, Shirahama cho, Minamiboso City, Chiba Prefecture 295-0102
Legend tells that, in the time of the first Emperor Jinmu (2,670 years ago), a god with a family named Imbe came from the West by boat, and landed on the site near the present location. Awa Shrine was built to enshrine the god, and has been the area’s most important Shrine since then. As you pass the massive white Torii gate and proceed along the approach into the precinct, the quiet, holy air welcomes you. Walk among big, aged trees, and pay a visit to the main shrine building. This is the shrine where locals visit on New Year’s Day, for special occasions such as to celebrate children’s healthy growth, or to have weddings. If you have a chance, come visit in early April, when cherry tress along the approach are in full bloom.
589 Daijingu, Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture 294-0233
Issue of Shimpu emblems, Goshuin seal stamps
8:30am - 5pm
Specific prayers, receiving purified water, sand, etc.
9am - 4:30pm
Enjoy Hawaii in Minamiboso. Aloha Garden is one of the largest botanical gardens in Chiba Prefecture. The theme is Hawaiian, and palm trees lined up in the park creates this atmosphere. The large scale greenhouses are places where you can observe rare plants unique to tropical regions. In our zoo, you can meet capybaras, parakeets, and other animals. If you are here on weekends, do not miss our Hula and Tahitian shows!
9:30am - 5:00pm (entry finishes at 4:30pm)
Open every day (may close irregularly for inspection)
Sunflowers and zinnias in summer, and dahlias, cosmos, and salvias in autumn – our plants color the whole park. However, it is the 100,000 Iceland poppies in winter and early spring that we are most known for, and it is actually the largest planting of this kind in the Kanto area. In the park, mini golf is enjoyed by visitors of all ages, and the hand-craft workshops provide various craft experiences from pottery to herb wreath making. This is also a destination for dog lovers where their dogs can enjoy free entrance, walking, and meeting other dogs at the dog run.
A Season : 8:30am - 5:00pm
(3rd Monday of December thru 5/6 and 4th Monday of July thru 8/31)
B Season : 9:00am - 4:00pm (weekdays other than above)
Sat / Sun / National Holidays : 8:30am - 5:00pm
Thursdays in B Season calendar.
1210 Menuma, City of Tateyama, Chiba 294-0221
Adults (Age 13+) ￥550 / Child (Age 4 to 12) ￥350
※ Free Admission for Age 3 and under / Pets
※ Senior discount available at verification (Age 65+)
Minamiboso is the birthplace of dairy farming in Japan. Sudo Farm keeps 130 cows, goats, sheep and other animals, and we take great care with our animals to produce the best quality milk. With our fresh, high quality milk, we produce ice cream and sweets which are available now at AEON Town Tateyama. Come and try some hands-on programs, such as milking experience and butter making (reservations necessary), or have fun at our annual outdoor theatrical performance.
10:00am - 4:30pm
Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (irregular in Winter)
337 Ando, Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture 294-0005
Eaon Town Tateyama
The shop offers ice cream, french toast, and other sweets made from the milk we produce. Open daily (10:00am - 9:00pm).
Myoo-in temple is the only Koya-san Shingon-shu Sect temple in Minamiboso. In the precinct is a 100-year-old short version of the Shikoku 88 pilgrimage trail. On the 15-minute trail through a bamboo forest, 88 stone statues await you. A large tree in front of the main hall is a very rare ginko tree whose leaves bear nuts on them. A sacred fire has been lit in the hall, and it is from the “eternal fire” in Mt. Koya in Wakayama Prefecture. Another building, the hall of the Medicine Buddha, survived the air raids during the World War II. On the fourth Sunday of every May, the temple is crowded with visitors keen to see the well-known Fire-walking ceremony.
Open 24 hours (temple office hour : 8:00am - 5:00pm)
Okinoshima is an uninhabited island with a circumference of about 1km. It is connected with the Boso Peninsula by a sandy beach. The land represents a typical forest of the area, and one can observe local native plants. The shore is both sandy and rocky, and is the perfect place for beach combing, swimming and snorkeling. The water is so clear that you see some tropical fish swimming around among your feet, the rocks and corals. Tateyama is knowns to be the northern limit for where coral grows. It is hard to believe it’s just 2-hour away from Tokyo!
How about a cup of coffee on the quiet seaside just two-hours away from the bustle of Tokyo?
Hojo beach is a 3 minute walk from JR Tateyama station west exit. Tateyama Bay with its beautiful sandy beach is also called Kagamigaura, or Mirror Bay, as it is often calm like the flat surface of a mirror. As the bay faces the west, the sun sets over the horizon leaving a bright orange color. When the air is clear enough, Mt. Fuji can be seen. Twice a year, people come to see the unique phenomena called “Diamond Fuji”, when the sun sets behind the top of Mt. Fuji.
Free parking space is provided, and on the street lined with palm trees, one can find hotels, cafes, restaurants, and convenience stores. When the summer season comes, it gets crowded with people enjoying various marine sports.