Kidding aside, with all these excellent guide books and travel guide magazines available in Japan (iPhone app, pdfs), there’s definitely a reader who’s got the hardest job in the entire world! (Just ask the San Francisco Apple Store.)
So to share in the crowds and avoid the crowds, and out of boredom, we decided to wander through the area of Japan in Tokyo. (Now do we need a map?)
If you’re in Tokyo, you’re bound to have a place to visit, or at least a place to stop for some respite. Chiba to be specific. This was a big inspiration for us in the last part of the year as we planned our trips for the holidays, so we thought we’d share our visits below.
Chiba Bus Station – Particularly exciting was when we discovered the multi-level glass doors onto one of the new sky train stations.
Emi Garden – It’s important to take a break at least once in a while. We can’t believe that there’s not already a booth like this in every mall (perhaps Japan needs to export the retail revolution to Europe?). Chiba has plenty of on-site attractions for all ages, including art galleries, cinemas, and indoor/outdoor dining options.
Chiba Arena – If you like baseball, there’s no better way to spend a day in Chiba than taking the subway to the stadium and watching a game. There’s also professional singing exhibitions, a 9,000-seat stadium, and plenty of shops and restaurants for you to shop and eat.
Enchanted Forest – One of the most spectacular, albeit creepy, experiences we have (in fact, I’d say it’s our number one site on every trip).
The glass of the Ryogoku Sky Harbor Hotel (aka The Glass Mill), Shibuya has a great assortment of restaurants for all tastes, with the views if a view of Tokyo is what you’re after.
Namita Green Hill – Although it may seem like an unremarkable street to the outside observer, this is an incredible compound of towers with a children’s play park, park benches, restaurants, and private meeting rooms.
Chiba World Museum – It may be strange for some outsiders to travel to Japan to see Takahashi, but for locals it’s an ingrained part of being a Japanese person. This place has everything you could think of from views of Tokyo to a little quiz and museum. It also has several area museums but not one traditional one like Hokusai’s Hayao Miyazaki.
There are hundreds of experiences to be found in Chiba. We’re not here to beat all the parks, aquariums, museums, and attractions you can have, but if you want to spend a few days in this area, we think you will have an unforgettable visit. (And a great palate cleanser, we’re sure!)
Read more about our trip here.