Chiba Castle - Chiba City Folk Museum
One of the must see traditional architectures in Japan is the Japanese castle. For those who do not have the opportunity to visit Osaka or Nagoya, I recommend Chiba Castle.
Not only for the exterior, Chiba castle also provides an insight into the region’s history, folklore and local heritage, as well a panoramic view of the city from its 5th floor.
The journey takes under an hour from Asakusabashi Station in Tokyo to Kencho-Mae Station in Chiba. During which, you can enjoy the changes of the scenery from crowded city buildings to town houses, with more green and open spaces.
Upon arrival to Kencho-Mae Station, it is about a 7 minute uphill walk to reach the Museum. It can be seen from a distance as well and ia hard to miss.
The Museum also has various cultural activities and events like trying on Kimono (Traditional Japanese Clothes) and Samurai Armor on selected days. You can visit their website for more information about activities and opening days.
Another 20 minute ride back in the Tokyo direction is our next destination, Inage House.
Inage House - Chiba
This is another way to experience some of Chiba’s Heritage and Japanese architecture at the same time.
Inage House is a humble traditional Japanese house with an equally beautiful garden and a glimpse of history. Here you can peacefully sit back and enjoy the garden and imagine what it was like to live at that time and place.
It is only a 15 minute walk away from Inage station - Sobu Main Line. The station is about 40 minutes away from Tokyo, or 20 minutes back from Chiba Castle.
The location is also near Inage Seaside Park, if you want to end the journey with a fresh sea breeze :)