Hydrangea Festival 6/10

Come see the hydrangea plants in full bloom during the Hydrangea Festival! WHEN: Sun, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. *You can view the 20,000 hydrangea plants anytime during the month of June. Entry is free, although a small donation is appreciated. WHERE: Nichiun-ji Temple ADDRESS: Minamiboso City, Kamo 2124

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6 Must-see Spots in Southern Chiba

If you're visiting the southern peninsula and aren't sure where to go, here are the top 6 sights to see during your visit! The list includes the cities of Minamiboso, Tateyama, Kamogawa, and Kyonan Town. The View of Hell at Mt. Nokogiri, "Saw-tooth Mountain" KYONAN TOWN - Peer down into hell from the overhang infamously... Continue Reading →

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Onuki Trail

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Mt. Takatsukayama

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Reclining Buddha Statue

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Nichiun-ji Temple

Nichiun-ji Temple 日運寺 DO: In mid to late June, 20,000 hydrangeas come to bloom in gradients of deep purple to pink at Nichiun-ji. Though somewhat steep, take a walk throughout the vast grounds that are filled with nature, enshrinements, and great views of the countryside. The red main gates were built in 1726, but the history... Continue Reading →

Daifuku-ji Temple: Gake no Kannon

Daifuku-ji Temple: Gake no Kannon 大福寺:崖の観音 DO: See the amazing view of and from this temple built right into the slope of a cliff. Daifuku-ji is better known as “Gake Kannon” (goddess of mercy of the cliff) amongst locals. The red structure jutting out from the rocks overlooks parts of Tateyama City and Tateyama Bay.... Continue Reading →

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