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  • Chiba Tokyo Bay View From Nokogiriyama

  • Tokyo Bay Chiba View From Nokogiriyama

  • Ruriko Observatory At Mt. Nokogiri In Chiba

  • Closer Look Ruriko Observatory At Mt. Nokogiri In Chiba

  • Chiba Hyaku Shaku Cannon Statue

  • Chiba 30m High Hyaku Shaku Cannon Statue

  • Chiba Nokogiriyama Buddha Statues

  • Chiba Nokogiriyama Buddhist Icons

  • Chiba Nokogiriyama Temple

  • Chiba Nokogiriyama Nihonji Daibutsu (Great Buddha)

  • Chiba Nokogiriyama Nihonji Daibutsu (Great Buddha Statue)

  • Chiba Nokogiriyama Little Jizo Statues

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Facts & Figures

The Chiba Prefecture is known to be Tokyo's Secret Backyard and covers an area of over 5,156 square kilometres. The capital of the prefecture is Chiba City. The popular tourist destination in Chiba the Nihon-ji temple complex with its Nihonji Daibutsu (Great Buddha) at the western side of Mount Nokogiri (329 meters high) is my must-see recommendation.

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In 1873 the Inba Prefecture and Kisarazu Prefecture were merged to the Chiba Prefecture. The creation of the Nihonji Daibutsu (Great Buddha) is dating back to the late 1700s. With 31m the statue is twice the size of Kamakuras Great Bhudda. After damages through earthquakes and bad weather conditions the Nihonji Daibutsu was restored in 1966.

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The Chiba Prefecture is located in the Kantō region east of Tokyo and belongs to the Greater Tokyo Area. Mount Nokogiri is located on the southern border of the city of Futtsu.

How to get to Chiba Mt. Nokogiri?

  • 1,5hrs from Tokyo to Hamakanaya station by JR Uchibo Line
  • 40min from Port Kurihama (Kanagawa) to Port Kanaya (Chiba) by Tokyowan Ferry

Sightseeing spots


Mount Nokogiri - nice hiking area, with great views over Tokyo Bay

Nihonji Daibutsu (Great Buddha) - largest pre-modern and stone-carved Buddha Statue in Japan

Nihon-ji Temple - located at Mount Nokogiri, founded 725 by priest Gyoki

Hyaku Shaku Cannon Statue - large Buddha carving

Ruriko Observatory - spectecular view

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)


Cherry Blossom (mid-April)
Chiba is a great place to enjoy the Sakura Season.