Minamiboso (南房総市) is in Chiba, Japan.
Minamiboso City (南房総市) is at the tip of the Boso peninsula which offers a combination of mountains and beaches, now popular for cafes, surfing, flower fields, and 'hands-on' tourism.
The city was established in 2006 as a results of a merger between seven different towns and villages: (from north to south, west to east) Tomiyama, Tomiura, Miyoshi, Maruyama, Wada, Chikura, and Shirahama. Their names are still used to refer to the different districts of Minamiboso City.
The JR Uchibō Line (内房線) starts in Chiba station and runs through Minamiboso, with six stops within the city.
Another option are the highway buses.
The Boso Nanohana Line (房総なのはな号) runs from Tokyo station, while the Nanso Satomi Line (南総里見号) runs from Chiba station. There is also the Keikyu Limousine Bus (京急リムジンバス) that runs from Yokohama and Haneda Airport.
Minamiboso is about 90 minutes away from Tokyo via the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line and 70 minutes away from Chiba City.
Hokkezaki Yuuhodou (walkway) that goes along the Tomiura bayshore
The JR Uchibo Line
has six stops within Minamiboso City: Iwai, Tomiura, Chikura, Chitose, Minamihara and Wadaura.
The eight Roadside Stations within the City make driving pleasant --- not only do they provide public restrooms and rest areas, but they are interesting destinations in themselves, providing gifts, local foods, opportunities and sights. Some roadside stations also offer rental car services.
A few local bus lines run from the train stations, and regular and sightseeing taxies are available.
There are many hiking trails that go along the ocean and through the mountains, such as up Mt.Iyogatake or along the Tomiura bayshore.
Rental bicycles are available at various train stations, tourist information sites and roadside stations for 500 yen a day. You also have the option of dropping the bicycle off at a different location from where you picked it up.
Climb one of the oldest lighthouses in Japan, the Nojimazaki Lighthouse
The lush mountains and vast ocean create a beautiful backdrop for many sight-seeing attractions in Minamiboso.
- Nojimasaki Lighthouse, Chiba, Minamiboso City, Shirahama-chou Takiguchi 9240. 9-4pm. One of the oldest lighthouses in Japan, this Meiji-era tower is located on the southern-most tip of Chiba Prefecture. 200 yen. edit
- Takabe Shrine, Chiba, Minamiboso City, Minamiasai 164, ☎ 0470-44-5625. The only shrine in Japan dedicated to the god of cooking. It is known for its "Knife Ceremony" held only a few times a year, during which a skilled practitioner cuts up a fish without touching it with their hands. edit
- Local festivals. Various local festivals take place during the year, including the Shirahama Ama (female fishing divers) Festival in July and Sangyo (local industry) Festival in November. edit
- Minamiboso Flower March. Walk along the beaches and flower fields of Chikura for this annual event held every March. Choose a course from 5km to 40km long to walk with your friends or just to admire the scenery. edit
There are plenty of activities to spend the day doing. The city is known for its 'hands-on' tourism, which allows tourists to take on a more active role, sometimes picking fruits and flowers, making traditional Boshu fans, or learning how to make futomaki matsuri sushi.
Michi no Eki or Roadside Stations serve as focal points for these activities, either providing information about opportunities in the area, or providing the opportunity itself.
- Fruit picking. Depending on the time of the year, farms provide opportunities to pick strawberries, blueberries, musk melon, biwa (loquat), dragonfruit, and mikan oranges. Often times, for a small fee participants are allowed to pick and eat as many fruits during a set length of time, and then allowed to purchase more fruits to take home or send to others at farm-direct discount prices. edit
- Flower picking. Depending on the time of the year, farms provide opportunities to pick pinks, marigolds, lilies, stock, poppies, carnations and much much more. edit
- Jibiki-Ami (dragline fishing). The Iwai area provides opportunities to experience Jibiki-Ami, or pulled net fishing, and eat the freshly caught fish right on the beach. Groups of people work together to pull in a large off-shore net, bringing with it all the fresh horse mackerel and yellowtail fish caught inside. edit
- Workshops. Various workshops provide the chance to learn how to make different local specialties, such as futomaki matsuri sushi, boshu fans, buckwheat noodles, dried fish, and more. Bring home not just souvenirs, but new skills. edit
- Surfing. Beaches on the ocean-side or "Sotobo" of Minamiboso have waves that are perfect for surfers. There are also many professional and semi-professional surf competitions held in the area. edit
- Seaside Resorts. Over the summer, various beaches around the city open up as seaside resorts, providing lifeguards as well as summer beach houses that offer food and amenities. Beaches on the ocean-side or "Sotobo" offer dynamic waves, while those on the bay-side or "Uchibo" offer calm wading areas. edit
Each Roadside Station offers a variety of local items and souvenirs to purchase and take home, whether it is to gift to your colleagues or just to treat yourself.
There are many Farmer's Markets that sell fresh produce and seafood directly from farmers and fishermen. Not only do you get the freshest products available, but you have the peace of mind knowing exactly where your food came from. Many places will list the grower or fisherman's name, adding a nice touch of personality as well. Prices are also quite low, as the middle man is eliminated.
Various whale products (fresh and processed) available at the Roadside Station in Wada
Fresh seafood from the bountiful ocean, fruits that grow sweet in the warm climate, and dairy from the cows that roam the mountains are all a part of Boshu cuisine.
- Namero and Sanga-yaki. Fresh horse mackerel (aji) or sardine (iwashi) is minced and blended with miso paste, ginger, scallions and shaped into a patty. Namero is the raw sashimi form, while Sanga-yaki is cooked. edit
- Whale cuisine. Wada-chou is home to the only whaling port in the Kanto region, where a limited number of whales per year are allowed to be caught. Whaling has long been a part of Japanese culture, and locals have various ways of preparing the meat, and no part of the animal goes wasted. Try it raw as sashimi, fried as tatsuta-age, or simmered as tsukudani. edit
- Biwa (loquat). Tomiura-chou is known for biwa, or loquat, a large citrus stone-fruit. The biwa grown here are top class, and are thus presented to the Imperial Family yearly. Some popular savory and sweet dishes made using these biwa include biwa curry, ice cream, juice and sweet bean youkan. edit
- Flower cuisine. These organically grown flowers aren't just pleasing to the eyes, but also the palette. Try some marigold-ice cream, or a variety of tempura flowers. edit
- Boshu sushi. Boshu sushi is known for its larger size --- befitting of the hearty appetites of the local fishermen. Visit any sushi restaurant in the area and you are sure to get the freshest local ingredients. edit
- Biwa (loquat) juice. Available bottled or at the take-out cafe in the Roadside Station Tomiura Biwa Club. Also try biwa leaf tea (very similar to matcha), or if you have a sweet tooth, a biwa float with locally made ice cream. edit
- Awa beer, . Locally brewed in the Miyoshi area, this craft beer is available bottled at various Roadside Stations and served at various restaurants. In addition to a dark, light, and pale ale, they also have a hotarumai beer made from Miyoshi-grown rice, as well as seasonal strawberry and blueberry fruity ales. edit
- Chikura cafes, . The Chikura area is home to a great number of popular cafes, each offering creative menus and ambiance. Locals banded together to make Chikura known as a 'cafe town,' befitting of the relaxing surrounding environment. edit
- Kazoku Jikan Yado, . Translated as "Guest Houses for Quality Family Time," this local program offers a network of guest houses (minshuku) in Minamiboso. edit
- Minshuku (guest houses). Though they aren't luxurious, minshuku guest houses offer an at-home coziness that larger hotels can't offer. For a very reasonable price, you can opt for meals with your stay, and the small scale of facilities allow hosts to take great individualized care of guests. edit
- Camping. During the summer, camping out on the beach is a popular activity. There are also opportunities to fish and grill your catch right on the seashore. Meanwhile, up in the mountains of Miyoshi, there are a few log cabins that allow a quiet and relaxing stay. edit
Tourism Website, "Iitokodori Minamiboso"
Contact the Roadside Station Tomiura Biwa Club
part of the Minamiboso City Tourism Promotion Section
Chiba Prefecture, Minamiboso City, Tomiura-chou Aoki 123-1
Tateyama: Adjacent to Minamiboso, it has been known as a summer beach resort for years.
Kamogawa: North on the Sotobo (ocean) side, home to Kamogawa Sea World where you can watch dolphin shows.
Futtsu: North on the Uchibo (bay) side, home to Mother Farm where you can make your own dairy products and pet farm animals.
Kisarazu: North on the Uchibo (bay) side, home to the new Mitsui Outlet Mall.