Chichibu is a very attractive city about one and a half hours from Tokyo. It is very famous for its beautiful nature and every season has special attractions. I want to introduce you the spots you should go when you visit Chichibu.
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Nagatoro is a very popular touring spot for its beautiful nature.
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Especially the pile of rocks called ” Iwadatami ” is very famous.
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White water rafting is also popular as the main attraction in Nagatoro. It provides a thrill down the river rapid and also you can enjoy beautiful scenery around.
It is very fun to take a walk around Nagatoro station as there are a variety of eateries and souvenir shops. Also the steam locomotive runs on weekends and you can enjoy a ride and seeing the rice paddies, the Arakawa River gorge and the Chichibu mountains from the windows.
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Address: Nagatoro-machi, Chichibu-gun, Saitama 369-1300
Website: Chichibu Railway
#2. Hitsujiyama Park
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Hitsujiyama Park is very famous for its beautiful pink carpet of sakura called shibazakura which blooms on the ground. It has a breathtaking beauty and many people visit Chichibu to see shibazakura every spring. From Hitsujiyama Park, you can see the imposing spectacle of Mt. Buko which is the highest mountain in Chichibu. It is highly recommended to visit to see this beautiful place.
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Address: 6360 Omiya, Chichibu-shi, Saitama 368-0023
Access: Seibu-Chichibu Line 20mins from Seibu Chichibu Station, Chichibu Railway 20 mins from Ohana Batake Station
Hours: 8:00am ~ 5:00pm
300 yen (Adult)
Free (Junior high school student)
Website： Chichibu Sightseeing Navigator
#3. Chichibu Night Festival
The Chichibu Night Festival is the festival of Chichibu Shrine.
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It takes place on 2nd and 3rd December every year and is regarded as the three greatest parade float festivals in Japan with the Gion Festival in Kyoto, the Takayama Festival in Hida.
The most attractive scene about the Chichibu Night Festival is at night on December 3 and 6 floats which is 7 meters tall are drawn through the town. The scenery of floats lit up with countless lanterns is simply overwhelming. The fireworks illuminating the clear winter evening skies are another attraction of this festival.
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Chichibu Night Festival
Address: 1-3 Banba-cho, Chichibu-city, Saitama 368-0041 (Chichibu Shrine)
Period: 2nd and 3rd December every year
Website: Chichibu Sightseeing Navigator
#4. Icicle of Onouchi Valley
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The icicles of Onouchi valley is made artificially for tourism by local people living in Ogano-machi. It measures 80 meters tall and 150 meters wide. You can see the mystical view from a suspension bridge spanning the valley.
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The icicles illuminated by colorful lights is really beautiful and magical. During the period, small shops by local people are open and their local foods are popular. They serve a sweet alcoholic drink made from fermented rice called “Amazake” for free.
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Icicle of Onouchi valley
Address: 996-1 Kawarasawa, Ogano-machi, Chichibu-gun 368-0113
Period: Jan and Feb
200 yen (Junior high school age and over)
Website: Kanko Ogano (Japanese)
#5. Nakatsu Valley
Nakatsu Valley has a beautiful scenery of landscape and is a very popular tourist spot. It is said that here is the most beautiful viewing spot with great leaves in Kanto region in Autumn. The view of the contrast of beautiful leaves and river is spectacular. The air is pristine and it is very nice to walk around. There is also camping area and you can enjoy camping, fishing and hiking.
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Address: Otaki, Chichibu-city, Saitama 369-1901
Website: Chichibu Sightseeing Navigator
#6. Mitsumine Shrine
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Mitsumine shrine is very famous as a spiritual place and located on top of Mt. Mitsumine which is 1,102 meters above sea level. It has a sublime atmosphere. You can see the view of great mountains, beautiful and colorful shrine decorations, historical buildings and lots of stone monuments. Also there are hot spring around Mitsumine Shrine and you can enjoy them too.
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Address: 298-1 Mitsumine, Chichibu-city, Saitama 369-1902
Website: Sainokuni Kanko
#7. Nakamise Shopping Promenade
Seibu Chichibu Station is a gateway to Chichibu. In its shopping promenade there are a sake shop, souvenir shops and restaurants that only Chichibu can offer. It is very fun to browse local specialties and feel their flavor.
You can eat Chichibu’s local specialty food, Waraji pork cutlet with special sauce in the restaurant there. Waraji is a traditional type of Japanese sandal and its big pork cutlets are as large as the size of Waraji and looks like them. That’s why it is called Waraji pork cutlet. It is very popular foods in Chichibu.
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Seibu Chichibu Nakamise Shopping Promenade
Address: 1-16 Nosakamachi, Chichibu-city, Saitama 369-1902
Website: Seibu Group