Diamond Fuji, May 6-8

Your chance to view the spectacular Diamond Fuji is here! Diamond Fuji is when the sun aligns with Mt. Fuji's summit and appears to glitter like a diamond. This phenomenon happens twice a year (in May and August) and can be viewed on different days depending on where you see it. Minamiboso is a famous... Continue Reading →

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Haraoka Sanbashi

Haraoka Sanbashi 原岡桟橋 This scenic beach is a famous spot for viewing Mt. Fuji. Come on a clear day to get a perfect view of the dormant volcano! Because of the humidity it's clearest in the winter or spring when you can see its snowy cap. To witness the famous Diamond Fuji, when the sun... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Beach Views in the Boso

Nojimazaki Lighthouse & Surrounding Park My personal favorite coastal spot in all of southern Chiba. In the daytime you can enjoy a bird's-eye view from the lighthouse as well as a variety of seafood and noodles at the chain of restaurants nearby. Take a walk along the coast and snap a photo of yourself at... Continue Reading →

Cherry Blossom Festival, Feb. 4

Houko Park, Cherry Blossom Festival 抱湖園 桜まつり Date: Feb. 4, 2018 Time: 10 am - 3 pm Place: Houko Park (抱湖園) and surrounding area  *Will be canceled if it rains Activities: Koto recital (at 10:30 am and 12 pm) Festival music (throughout the morning) Shinobue Japanese flute recital (once in the morning and afternoon) Kamishibai picture... Continue Reading →

Onuki Trail

Onuki Trail 大貫の古道 The Onuki Trail (literally "old roads of Onuki") is a hiking path in Chikura centered around the beautiful Komatsu-ji Temple. The trail is a little rough in terms of maintenance, but that just makes it feel like a real adventure. The Trail: First, park at Komatsu-ji Temple and enjoy the scenery. Komatsu-ji... Continue Reading →

Mt. Takatsukayama

Mt. Takatsukayama 高塚山 Takatsukayama in Chikura is a small mountain with a great view of the Pacific Ocean. There's also a temple to enjoy at the summit. Do: Climb about halfway up for the first lookout, then to the summit. The climb has a lot of stairs, but the relatively short length of the trail... Continue Reading →

Reclining Buddha Statue

Jorakuzan Mantoku Temple 女楽山満徳寺 Photos by Amy Conley © Statues showing Buddha lying down, a pose that symbolizes reaching Nirvana, appear throughout Asia but are rare in Japan. This particular statue, built in 1982 on a hilltop in southern Tateyama, is among the largest of its kind. Regardless of its young age, this 16-meter, 30-ton... 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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