10 Things to Do in Ichihara That You Shouldn't Miss

February 7, 2018 Tonie Szymanski

Ichihara is a city located in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. As of December 2015, the city has an estimated population of 275,776, and a population density of 749 persons per km². The total area is 368.20 square kilometres.
Restaurants in Ichihara

1. Country Farm Tokyo German Village

419 Nagayoshi, Sodegaura 299-0204, Chiba Prefecture +81 438-60-5511
Excellent
22%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 387 reviews

Country Farm Tokyo German Village

Reviewed By Maynard H - Vancouver, Canada

It was on TokyoWalker's list of the top ten winter illumination spots in the Kantō area, but getting there was something else.
We passed on the all-day bus tours via Kamogawa Sea World on the far side of the Bōsō Peninsula and settled for one half the price: via the Mitsui Outlets in just on the other end of the Aqualine tunnel and bridge. Approximately 70 minutes going; 55 minutes coming back.
The drawback was that we had to spend three hours at the shopping mall. The first hour we spent over a leisurely lunch in the food court. My choice was stewed pork over rice from Bairan (梅蘭), headquartered in Yokohama Chinatown. Best Chinese food I've had all month. Also the only.
Then I basked in the warm Sunshine, bought a heavily discounted baseball cap at GAP, and returned to the food court for a 3 pm snack.
We got to our final destination (TGV) just before dusk, so got to see Mt Fuji outlined in red and the lights as they came on.
I cannot say anything about the food and drink options because we saved the faux gingerbread village for last. Too bad because the short son-et-lumière performance was spectacular, the kind that takes several tries to properly photograph/video.
Ninety minutes was not enough time to see everything. I hope to go back next Xmas.

2. Ichihara Elephant Kingdom

937 Yamakogawa, Ichihara 290-0521, Chiba Prefecture +81 436-88-3001
Excellent
33%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 132 reviews

Ichihara Elephant Kingdom

Reviewed By SpookyMcgee - New York, NY

I went to Ichihara Elephant Kingdom in search of capybaras. What I found was tiny filthy cage after tiny filthy cage of neglected, miserable animals. Many of which had visible open sores. I can't believe a country as sophisticated as Japan allows facilities like this to operate. They kept heard animals such as sheep and seals in solitary confinement, and wild hogs in dirty cement cages with no sunlight.
Yes, they had capybaras you could interact with, but they had open sores on their feet and their teeth were in terrible condition. I should have known that a real animal park would never allow you to interact with animals like that.
I couldn't bring myself to stay for the elephant show. I got out of there as quickly as possible. The cost to just get there was about 9000 yen from Narita airport. That included 6 trains and 2 exorbitant 10 minute taxi rides each costing around 3000 yen.
If you want to see exotic animals, do yourself a favor and go to an actual animal park where they have humane facilities and some form of veterinary treatment for the animals they keep. I'm just disgusted with my whole experience.

3. ZOZO Marine Stadium

1 Mihama, Mihama-ku, Chiba 261-0022, Chiba Prefecture +81 43-296-1227
Excellent
32%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 273 reviews

ZOZO Marine Stadium

Reviewed By Acesouthpaw328

Marine Field was great, and if I hadn't gone to the Seibu Dome I would have to say that it sets the standard for Japanese baseball. The seats are affordable, the commute is easy, and the games are fun!

4. Chiba Kodomo no Kuni Kidsdom

1487 Yamakura, Ichihara 290-0201, Chiba Prefecture +81 436-74-3174
Excellent
35%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 73 reviews

Chiba Kodomo no Kuni Kidsdom

Reviewed By aikoyula

The weather was pretty good when we visited. Cloudy yet windy... We thought it might rain so we decided to ride the family bicycle.. (Our kids Seating in front and me and hubby doing pedal.) it was 600 yen per lap (2.5km) we are able to go around the whole place.
We went to roller blade rink, in there a lot of slides and other outdoor activities for the kids and adults can enjoy too.
Lastly, we do fishing... We are able to get couple of goldfish but only able to take home 2 goldfish per kid since we paid 300 for each kid...
Whole day gone quickly but we are able to enjoy the nature together with our kids.. Next time wr want to do BBQ there since there is a specific place for that..
Definitely a perfect place to visit with the whole family.

5. Kominato Tetsudo - Railway

Ichihara 290-0054, Chiba Prefecture +81 436-21-6771
Excellent
29%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 47 reviews

Kominato Tetsudo - Railway

Reviewed By Joy_Sinha - Kolkata (Calcutta), India

Being a railway fan, this is one of the must tries if you are living in Tokyo. The Kominato Tetsudo - Railway provides a nostalgic ride along the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture. Connects the Goi station (JR Uchibo Line) to Kazusa-Nakano (Isumi Line).
The Railway uses the KiHA Diesel cars passing along the country side and stopping at many antique station buildings. It is a third party railway operation and offers scenic views along the Railway route. The railway route is approximately 40 Kilometers and the services are mostly 3 trains every 2 hours.

6. Chiba Zoological Park

280 Minamotocho, Wakaba-ku, Chiba 264-0037, Chiba Prefecture +81 43-290-8989
Excellent
26%
Good
62%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 211 reviews

Chiba Zoological Park

Reviewed By Dian M - Tokyo, Japan

Zoo has all main animal a zoo should has (except cats, no tiger and lion). It is big zoo with lots of tree, very nice considering many other zoo in Tokyo and surrounding area. But the facility is getting old. Many thing doesn't work at the amusement park (part of the zoo).
Entrance fee is cheap, about 500 yen. A nice place to bring your kids. But be ready with old (they have the oldest zebra in Japan) animal and old facility.

7. Chiba Shrine

1-16-1 Innai Chuo-ku, Chiba 260-0018, Chiba Prefecture +81 43-224-2211
Excellent
25%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 113 reviews

Chiba Shrine

Reviewed By Jamok65 - Chiba Prefecture, Japan

I went to the Chiba Shrine for 'a prayer for the family safety'. There were some women wearing like kimonos in Chiba Shrine, and I bought a 'Omamori' and Omikuji. My Omikuji was 'Kichi' (good luck), It was so happy that I donated Yen here again. Now I am waiting a good luck...

8. Takataki Lake

Takataki, Ichihara 290-0555, Chiba Prefecture
Excellent
11%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
47%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 44 reviews

Takataki Lake

Reviewed By Joy_Sinha - Kolkata (Calcutta), India

The Takataki Lake and dam are located in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture. It is easily accessible using the Takataki station on the Kominato Railway.
The Lake area is large, divided in 2 sections and is aligned with Cherry trees in some areas, offering wonderful views in spring time. The Takataki Dam is located on the left section of the lake close to the Ichihara City Hall.
The lake offers wonderful views of the surrounding areas on a clear sunny day.

9. Ostrich Kingdom Sodegaura Farm

1506-10 Kamiizumi, Sodegaura 299-0205, Chiba Prefecture +81 438-60-4100
Excellent
26%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Ostrich Kingdom Sodegaura Farm

Reviewed By koro3 - Tokyo, Japan

久々に再訪しました。
以前より動物達も増えて、更に楽しめました!
アルパカもいて可愛い~♪ダチョウは、大きくて迫力があり、以前も餌やりがちょっと怖くて・・・。今回もややビビりました(笑)
ダチョウの卵が売っているのですが、ホント大きいです。(ビックリするほど高い)
前は人も少なくて、リーズナブルな感じでしたが今回は人も多くいたし、いろいろお値段も上がってました。
でも、楽しいのでまた行くと思います。

10. Inage Ocean Park

7-2-1 Takahama, Mihama-ku | Inage Yacht Harbour, Chiba 261-0003, Chiba Prefecture +81 43-279-8440
Excellent
26%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 130 reviews

Inage Ocean Park

Reviewed By Norli85 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This place is enjoyable for a relaxing and refreshing weekend stroll during spring and summer. There is not much activity one can do other than that.

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