Chiba Prefecture
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June to November

Chiba Prefecture

Kanto, Japan
Travel article
LAST UPDATED 07/01/2008
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introduction

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Lincun: Map of Japan with highlight on Chiba-ken; 2 March 2007

Chiba Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan, located east of Tokyo, in the Greater Tokyo Area of Honshū Island, and bordered by Ibaraki Prefecture to the north. Its capital is Chiba City. A large part of the prefecture is the Bōsō Peninsula, which shields Tokyo bay from the Pacific Ocean.

surfing

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NASA: Chiba Prefecture (Boso Peninsula, Japan); 2007

Forming a peninsula to the east of Tokyo, Chiba represents the hotbed of surfing in Japan. Home to some of the better known breaks it is also all too easily commutable from Tokyo which means that mid week crowds are crazy with weekend line-ups bordering on sheer chaos.

Surf in the north pacific can be a fickle event at times and extended flat spells are a reality of life here - don’t tell that to the 300 surfers that will be sitting out in the middle of a completely flat beach paddling round in circles though.

where to stay

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Capsule Hotel; Chris73; 29.09.2004

In most parts of Japan you’ll find a wide range of accommodation available both of typical Japanese and more westernised styles – as well as more novelty variations such as capsule hotels and temple lodgings.  One note worth taking though is that all prices advertised are per person and not per room.
Accommodation types you’re likely to come across are as follows:-

Ryokan

Ryokan are truly traditional Japan style Inns with authentically decorated rooms and Japanese meals included. These are a good option for a traveller wanting a real taste of traditional Japanese culture.

Minshuku

These are like a Japanese bed and breakfast, usually small places run by families that again offer a good Japanese cultural experience and the price includes a Japanese breakfast.

Western style hotels

You can find all the major hotel chains in Japan – particularly in the larger cities, this option can be expensive however.

Dormitories and Hostels

Backpacker hostels offering dorm style rooms can be found all over Japan for the traveller on a budget for a reasonable price and many offer single sex dorms.

Capsule Hotels

These offer bare the  minimum requirement of a single bed in a capsule – no standing room – these are pretty unique to Japan and not for the claustrophobic! Though it’s worth a night in one for the novelty value, some have a mini TV in there too and all have shared bathrooms, of course.
Temple Lodgings

Some Buddhist temples allow travellers to spend a night there for the cultural experience, worth doing as a one off.

Longer stays

There are many apartment blocks all over the major towns and cities in Japan offering weekly or monthly rates of rent for those wishing to stay longer – these can work out as a cheap option over a long period.

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