What to Do in Tateyama

A visit to Tateyama City in Chiba involves an eclectic mix of outdoor activities and relaxing experiences that include nature, watersports, history, and delicious food. Thanks to its warm winter climate, the fun in this beautiful coastal city is accessible all-year-round in under two hours from Tokyo Station. Here are a few recommendations to get the best of this seaside gem.

Enjoying Its Beaches

Enjoying Its Beaches
Enjoying Its Beaches

Being at the tip of Boso Peninsula, Tateyama enjoys sandy beaches both along the water of Tokyo Bay and on the Pacific Coast, and thus a variety of water conditions perfect for leisure swims and snorkeling on one side, and enviable surfing conditions on the other. On the bay side, we suggest you pack light and do some beach hopping; Hojo Beach, which is located a 10-minute walk from the JR Station, is the most popular beach and plays hosts to numerous water-related activities and competitions.

Many visitors and locals spend the day at Hojo, but for snorkeling in more natural surroundings we recommend you keep driving along Roads 250 and 257 and beach hop between Okinoshima Beach, Hasama Beach, and Nishizaki Beach, all on the Tokyo Bay side. Surfers on the other hand, should drive a couple more kilometers further to reach the beautiful Heisaura and Aihama beaches.

Kayaking with RU Paddle

Kayaking with RU Paddle
Kayaking with RU Paddle

Tateyama city is the year-round first choice of many water sports enthusiasts who come to kayak, paddleboard, scuba dive, and windsurf. One of the best ways to explore the area is on a sea kayak or on a SUP, and RU Paddle is the company you want to trust with your adventure. Ru-san, as the owner and guide is known, provides his expertise and takes you along Tateyama’s coast while sharing his knowledge of the area. He offers a leisurely three-hour course for paddlers of all skill levels, or skill-up courses for those with more experience. Don’t worry if you cannot make it down to the coast during the summer season, the beauty of Tateyama is that you can have fun with the sea in every season. To Kayak in the winter you will need a wetsuit or warm clothes, as well as a good set of eyes to catch a glimpse of Mount Fuji off in the distance.

Explore Tateyama’s Historic Locations

Explore Tateyama’s Historic Locations
Explore Tateyama’s Historic Locations

Although less abundant than other coastal towns in the Kanto region, Tateyama is still home to a few historical spots well-deserving of a tourist’s travel time. To take a break from the water while exploring the spiritual side of the city, we suggest you pay a visit to Awa Shrine. Nestled in a mountain at the eastern end of Heisaura Bay, this magical powerspot is known as the ichinomiya, or main shrine of what used to be known as Awa Province. Its history can be traced back to the ancient Jomon period, and its importance backed up by the title of 1st ranked Imperial Shrine. Beyond the history, it is a great place to connect with the natural surroundings and with Japan’s spiritual side.

Explore Tateyama’s Historic Locations

Another vestige of the time of Awa Province, or at least the idea of the original, is Tateyama Castle. Located in Shiroyama Park, this replica castle houses the Tateyama City Museum and with it, a variety of artifacts from the Satomi Clan, the rulers of the region around 10 generations ago. Beyond the history, this hilltop spot provides awesome views of Tateyama City and Tokyo Bay, as well as beautiful, memorable sunsets.

Seafood with a View

Seafood with a View
Seafood with a View

You cannot leave Tateyama without first trying its food. As any well-respected seaside city, the seafood in town is a must and the place to enjoy it while take in the water views is Nagisa Cafeteria. The seafood donburi is packed with the freshest sashimi you can find, tasting even better than it looks. Finish off with refined fruit tart and an espresso, and relax as the sun slowly fades with Mount Fuji on the horizon.

Seafood with a View
Facility Name
Hojo Beach
Address
Chiba Pref. Tateyamashi Houjou 2307-46 Chi-saki
Phone
0470223346
Business hours
9:00 to 16:30 (monitoring and first-aid station)
Regular holiday
Swimming period mid-July -. In late August during the period open everday
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Oki A Shima Beach
Address
Chiba Pref. Tateyamashi Fujimi The vicinity
Phone
0470223346
Business hours
9-16 (monitoring and first-aid station)
Regular holiday
Swimming period mid-July -. In late August during the period open everday
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Aihama Beach
Address
Chiba Pref. Tateyamashi Aihama 170-22 Chi-saki
Phone
0470223346
Business hours
9-16 (monitoring and first-aid station)
Regular holiday
Swimming period in late July -. Mid-August during the period open everday
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Paddle Sports ru
Address
Chiba Pref. Tateyamashi Menuma 1207-46
Phone
0470283039
Business hours
9:00-18:00
Regular holiday
Monday
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Awa Shrine
Address
Chiba Pref. Tateyamashi Daijingu 589
Phone
0470280034
Business hours
8:30-17
Regular holiday
open everday
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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