With a view to sharing the idea of Realism among the locals as well as the tourists, the Hoki Museum was established. The spacious museum has been constructed with an abstract style of architecture such that the exterior instils a sense of curiosity amongst onlookers, about what lies within. There are more than 300 pieces on display at the museum and it includes works by Tomohiko Yamanashi & Taro, Noda Hiroshi, and Morimoto Sōsuke.
While Chiba is not short of beautiful parks, the Makuhari Kaihin Park definitely stands out as one of the best. Surrounded by modern buildings of the city, the park offers much-needed serenity away from all the traffic and bustle. The lush lawns, flower decorations and cobbled pavements will lead the visitors to the side of the park which offers breathtaking ocean views. Perfect for a picnic day, the park is a must-visit.
Located amid the busiest area of the city, the Chiba Shrine is a brilliant example of Japanese architecture and landscaping. Awash in a fiery red and dedicated to the Shinto deity 'Myoken', the shrine was built in the year 1181 and holds a lot of religious significance. Well-preserved even today, the shrine is surrounded by idyllic Japanese gardens dappled with glistening Koi fish ponds and arched bridges. From worshippers, those who wish to admire the remarkable architecture, to those who simply wish to experience peace amid the bustle of the city, the Chiba Shrine is visited by hundreds of locals and tourists alike.
One of Chiba's most visited attractions, the Chiba Zoo is a delight for animal lovers. The park is divided into different habitats and sections where visitors can explore all the animals housed in this charming zoo. The Small Animals Zone is the home of the zoo's mascot Futa-the red panda, the zoological hall houses breathtaking tropical birds and two-toed sloths while the Steppe Zone is dominated by the elephants, giraffes and ostriches. With so much of diverse wildlife, the park makes for a great family visit.
Overlooking the Chiba city from the port, the Chiba Port Tower is a glistening urban monument. Built in the year 1986, the tower was constructed to mark the city's population growth that exceeded five million. Rising at an elevation of 125 meters (410 feet), the lozenge-shaped building forms the semblance of a tall, flat glass sheet from afar. The observation deck at the top offers breathtaking views of the city and its port while other floors comprise of cafes, shops and 3D artwork. An iconic structure in the city, Chiba Port Tower makes for a pleasurable visit with family and friends.
For some peaceful moments amid the city's bustle, the Chiba Park is a must-visit. Located in the city center and close to public transportation systems, the Chiba Park is one of the most visited public parks in the city. Beautiful across seasons, the park is a canvas of changing colors. Painted in reds and oranges in autumn, the park looks breathtaking in pink come April as the cherry blossom season approaches. The lotus ponds are also a sight to behold in this park. Ideal for a romantic stroll or some quiet alone time, the Chiba Park is not to be missed.
A humble city, shadowed by the might of Tokyo, Chiba is a bustling urban town and the capital of the Chiba Prefecture of Japan. As with the rest of Japan, this city can trace its origins to ancient times, though it was officially founded in 1921, and received government designation of a city much later in 1992. The city is famous for the Chiba Urban Monorail, considered to be the longest suspended monorail. The city also has its own share of attractions, including the Chiba Zoo and Makuhari Messe, a sprawling public event space in Chiba. From lush urban parks, beautiful shrines to spectacular retail malls, the city blends traditional Japanese as well as modern urban culture.