The 10 Best Things to Do in Sakura, Japan

April 8, 2018 Brandee Mangan

Discover the best top things to do in Sakura, Japan including National Museum of Japanese History, Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, Sakura Furusato Square, Sakura Castle Site Park, Samurai Houses, Sakura Tulip Festa, Sakura Kusabue no Oka, Sakura Garden, Sakura Museum, Sakura Juntendo Memorial Hall.
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1. National Museum of Japanese History

117 Jonaicho, Sakura 285-0017, Chiba Prefecture +81 43-486-0123
Excellent
51%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 146 reviews

National Museum of Japanese History

Reviewed By roy v - Traralgon, Australia

We spent a couple of hours there and could have easily spent twice as long .
This is a very big building and traces Japanese history basically from the first inhabitants up to modern times. It covers all aspects of Japenese culture and lifestyle. The displays are terrific and there are a couple of big town models that give you a good idea of life at that time .
We had the audio guides and found them a great help.
Admittance price is 420 yen per person,
If you are into museums and history you will love this one but give yourself plenty of time. We did not get to see it all so next time will allow more time. This is a must visit for anyone interested in Japan.

2. Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art

631 Sakado, Sakura 285-0808, Chiba Prefecture +81 43-498-2131
Excellent
46%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 100 reviews

Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art

Reviewed By scvrose - Fiddletown, California

We enjoyed the floral art display in May. We are not great lovers of modern art which this museum does have. We really enjoyed walking the grounds and getting a sorbert at the cafe.

3. Sakura Furusato Square

2714 Usuita, Sakura 285-0861, Chiba Prefecture +81 43-484-6146
Excellent
22%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 88 reviews

Sakura Furusato Square

Reviewed By willrunforcannoli - Melbourne, Florida

This 'groundsailer' windmill gift from Holland is locally popular with flower festivals throughout the year. There is a bike path & boats in the nearby river so these opportunities exist although we didn't see them being used while we were there. Most everyone was just walking from the cozy store (picnic tables outside) to the windmill and back.
To go upstairs in the windmill one has to change into slippers. My teen boys find this slipper thing more interesting than the actual sites usually... Good thing it's free.
This place is easier to access by car but I understand that during festivals there are buses running from the train stations to here (for about 100-en you get on the 'furusato hiroba' bus). There might be buses all year but I'm not sure. Also, downstairs from the JR Sakura north exit there are bike rentals for the day (500-en) which could be another way to get there.

4. Sakura Castle Site Park

Jonaimachi, Sakura 285-0017, Chiba Prefecture +81 43-484-0679
Excellent
20%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 94 reviews

Sakura Castle Site Park

Reviewed By roy v - Traralgon, Australia

We spent a bit of time here and bought lunch from one of the food vendors there on the day.
We then did what the Japanese have been doing for century's we sat under the Cherry blossom and had a picnic like hundreds of others were. It was a bit unreal but soo peacefull even though the place was full.how marvellous that people of vision planted all these Cherry Trees generation ago .
Their are a couple of nice statues near the entry of the American and Japanese guy who worked out and signed the agreement for Japan to open her doors and start trading with America , have a look and read the history of it. Very nice place to go and relax .

5. Samurai Houses

57, 60, 61Miyakojimachi, Sakura 285-0016, Chiba Prefecture +81 43-486-2947
Excellent
7%
Good
61%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
7%
Terrible
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3.5 based on 40 reviews

Samurai Houses

Reviewed By willrunforcannoli - Melbourne, Florida

This was my 3rd visit to these houses along the one street. I like that they are the actual locations of these houses and the enbankments are still there. I was told that this & other entrance features had to do with horses.
The fee is nominal (about 200-en for adults), youth are free on Saturdays, and these types of places tend to be closed on Mondays. Anyway, good idea to check schedules of any places before going through trains, buses & translations.
I haven't gotten to Sakura Castle yet but have been satisfied just going through these residences. There are other samurai residences scattered around town but I like how these 'buke yashiki' are an actual neighborhood.

6. Sakura Tulip Festa

Sakura Furusato Square, Sakura, Chiba Prefecture
Excellent
37%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Sakura Tulip Festa

A festival held at Sakura Furusato Square in Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture every April. Against the background of the Dutch windmill standing in Lake Inbanuma, about 700,000 tulips of 70 species bloom in vivid colors. During the festival you can rent Dutch costumes and take commemorative photos against the background of the windmill and the tulip fields. In addition, you can pick tulips to buy, there are street organ Performances that transport you to the Netherlands, and with such one-night-only events as an illumination and a mini fireworks display, the venue is crowded with many people every year.

Reviewed By totomai m - Chiba, Japan

Spring in Japan continues with or without the cherry blossoms. Most of the times, people assumed that spring is over once the sakura blooms fall. But there are still lots of flowers all over Japan this season. Just like the tulips which are currently taking the centerstage in Kanagawa prefecture.
At Sakura Oldness and Open Space in Chiba, an annual Sakura Tulip Festival was held. A small part of the field was converted into a mini-Holland the complete with a symbolic windmill.
The field is not that big and there are lots of space to shoot especially to photo enthusiasts like me. It is also a family friendly area. There's a picnic space for those who just want to enjoy the weather. Also, no need to bring food and drinks as there are small stores around the area.
A place I can recommend during spring. You can enjoy the other side of Japan - celebrating tulips and not cherry blossoms. There are cherry blossoms trees though. So the place is busy from March to April I guess.
Transportation is quite easy. From the station (Keisei Sakura), there's a bus available to bring you to the field. Last bus is 6 pm though. If you miss the bus, you have to walk to the station (30 mins or more).

7. Sakura Kusabue no Oka

820 Iino, Sakura 285-0003, Chiba Prefecture +81 43-485-7821
Excellent
16%
Good
69%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
9%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 31 reviews

Sakura Kusabue no Oka

Reviewed By DoubleO7佐倉 - Sakura, Japan

10月の三連休に4歳と2歳の孫が遊びに来て「草ぶえの丘」に行きたいと言っているので家内と一緒に下見に行って来ました。京成佐倉からバスもありますが本数が少なく車がお薦めです。佐倉市にある自然豊かな野外体験施設です。入場料は大人410円、小中学生100円、未就学児童は無料です。広々とした芝生の広場に遊具、園内を周るミニ鉄道、動物とのふれあいコーナー、アスレチック、古民家(農家)等があり家族連れで大賑わいでした。そして今月の土日祝日はサツマイモ堀り(別料金390円)と落花生堀り(別料金300円)が楽しめます。隣接した契約農園まで15分程歩きますが、幼児、子供連れに大人気でした。園内には食堂と小さなカフェがありますが、各処にテーブルやベンチもありお弁当持参もいいと思います。孫達を連れて行くのが楽しみです。

8. Sakura Garden

274 Kaburagimachi, Sakura 285-0025, Chiba Prefecture
Excellent
22%
Good
69%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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4 based on 22 reviews

Sakura Garden

Reviewed By scvrose - Fiddletown, California

A world class rose garden, worth visiting. We spent two different days here.

9. Sakura Museum

210 Shinmachi, Sakura 285-0023, Chiba Prefecture +81 43-485-7851
Excellent
3%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
34%
Poor
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3.5 based on 29 reviews

Sakura Museum

Reviewed By 4ar6 - Montreal, Canada

This is not a big museum, but rather an exposition venue. Very well tended, with extremely polite and attentive personel. We saw an expo on cycling that was near-perfect, with the possibility to ride ancient models (or their copies). Fun. The walk from the Keisei train station was interesting, with the small town unfolding before us. We even found a liquor store that carried Hibiki scotch, almost impossible to find nowadays in Japan. We happened to visit on "Free Museum Day". It seemed to me that the staff was even happier than us about that! Great fun. About a one hour visit.

10. Sakura Juntendo Memorial Hall

81 Motomachi, Sakura 285-8501, Chiba Prefecture +81 43-485-5017
Excellent
12%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
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4 based on 24 reviews

Sakura Juntendo Memorial Hall

Reviewed By shirojiro - Saitama Prefecture, Japan

京成佐倉駅から、ちばグリーバスで『順天堂病院」下車すぐです。徒歩なら20分ほどです。天保年間に佐倉城主が蘭方医を招いて開いた塾兼治療所です。当時の建物の一部が残っていて千葉県の史跡に指定されています。室内には、治療に用いた道具や医学書、古文書が展示されています。なお、古文書に関しては撮影禁止でした。

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