Chiba City is the seat of the Chiba prefectural
government and is situated about 40 kilometers
from the center of Tokyo, which takes about 40
minutes by train. The city is spread over a vast
area with two urban zones: the area around Chiba
Station, lined with department stores and so-
called "fashion buildings" with many boutiques;
and energetic Makuhari Shintoshin, or Makuhari New
City, which is the home of the Makuhari Messe, an
outlet park, and a baseball stadium. The bay area
with its long, artificial beach is yet another
amusement area, complete with a yacht harbor.
To enjoy the area around Chiba Station, take the monorail to Chiba Minato. There, you can go on a cruise and receive plenty of refreshing sea breezes, or visit the port tower that attracts many visitors with wonderful sights that can be viewed from a height of 113 meters. Above all, the sunset viewed from the observation lounge is magnificent.
Makuhari Shintoshin is lined with many skyscraper office buildings and the Makuhari Messe, one of the largest convention facilities in the East. It contains the International Exhibition Halls with 72,000 square meters of exhibition space, and the International Conference Hall that can be occupied by a maximum capacity of 1,600 people. Various events are held there, such as the Tokyo Game Show. Nearby is the Chiba Marine Stadium, the home field of the Japanese professional baseball team, "Chiba Lotte Marines." During night games in summer, a number of fireworks are displayed, coloring the night sky of Chiba. Furthermore, an outlet park, shopping center, and large city hotel also welcome visitors.
The bay area can be enjoyed in various ways: You can play on the beach at Chiba Port Park and feel the atmosphere of a port town at Chiba Port. In Inage-kaihin-koen Park, the Civil Aviation Memorial Hall and the Floral Museum are open for visiting, and you can also enjoy cycling with rented bicycles, experiencing a yacht voyage at the public yacht harbor, or plenty of other activities.