SPRING IN BOSO
att.JAPAN Issue63, Spring 2013
Using the Aqua-Line, the Mitsui Outlet Park in Kisarazu is a one-hour bus ride away from Tokyo Station. In this complex, you can and 171
stores (9 of them duty-free), with a food court that allows you to enjoy the local food specialties of Chiba Prefecture. At CHI-BA+KUN Plaza,maps in foreign languages and tourism information are available.
Mount Nokogiri-yama is famous for its saw-tooth rock surface. A ropeway runs up to the mountain top, where you can and Nihon-ji,a Buddhist temple established about 1,300 years ago. On the mountain
top, part of the temple grounds, you can see Mount Fuji and the Izu Islands, and for a “View of Hell,” the bedrock walls of the mountain
seen from the top create a thrilling landscape to observe. You can also see Hyakushaku-Kannon, which is a 30-meter tall rock statue of the goddess Kannon, the rock-carving scars etched on its surface. Also present is a 31-meter-tall stone Buddha statue, built in 1783 and said to be the largest of its kind in Japan.
Driving along the Boso Flower Line is another great springtime activity. Field mustard spread out along the roadside in the early spring, and is replaced by marigolds in the summer. The sea bream swimming in the seaside inlet are said to be the incarnation of the Holy Priest Nichiren (1222-1282), the founder of the Nichiren sect of
Buddhism. If you’d like to take a look at these mysterious fish, you can take a pleasure cruise on the water. The local, yellow train running
along the woodlands is the Isumi Railway. From early March to early April, eld mustard surround the rail path, and from late March to early April, the cherry blossoms are a sight to see.
Recommended culinary specialties are fresh seafood dishes and Katsuura tantanmen. The latter is a spicy noodle dish with generous amounts of red pepper and spiced oil in an onion and minced meat based soup that is very popular in Japan as well as in the area.
Check out the att.JAPAN website”http://www.att-japan.net” to find out more about Chiba Prefecture and Boso, and start planning your spring trip!
Chiba Prefecture is currently working hard to provide as much tourist information as possible in English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplied)and Korean for the convenience of foreign travelers.