Take Great Pictures at These 2 Japanese Gardens Between Narita Airport and Tokyo!

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  • Japanese gardens condense the beauty of Japan into one place. There are even beautiful Japanese gardens with local charm like you won’t find in the big city on the route from Narita Airport to Ueno, Tokyo. Come visit these secret gardens unknown to most travelers!

    1. Chiba Prefecture Makuhari Seaside Park: Mihama-en

    Shopping isn’t the only thing to do here! Enjoy the true charm of Makuhari!

    Mihama-en is a Japanese garden located inside Chiba Prefecture Makuhari Seaside Park. It is in a convenient location, just eight minutes’ walk from Kaihimmakuhari Station and five minutes’ walk from the nearby outlet mall. Makuhari is, of course, famous as a shopping area, but if you stretch your legs a little, you can reach this beautiful Japanese garden.

    The garden is designed so that you walk around the central pond, using the landscape to express mountains, rivers, seas, and forests. You can enjoy its natural beauty in all four seasons. Koi fish are kept in the pond, so you can also enjoy feeding them. Just clap your hands near the water and they will come looking for food.

    There is also a teahouse inside the garden where you can enjoy Japanese matcha and sweets. The view from inside the teahouse is excellent, so come enjoy the scent of matcha as you relax for a while in this urban oasis.

    Address: 2-116 Hibino, Mihama-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba-ken 〒261-0021
    Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Teahouse – 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM)
    Adults – 100 yen
    High school students or younger – 50 yen

    Mihama-en Website

    2. Chiba Kashiwanoha Park: Makigahara-en

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    The view from the teahouse is fantastic!

    This Japanese garden, with flowers and trees blooming every season, is made for strolling around the pond. Take your time and enjoy a relaxing walk.

    At the teahouse inside the garden called “Matsukashiwa-tei,” you can enjoy seasonal Japanese sweets and matcha while admiring the nature outside. It is built in the authentic “sukiya” architectural style, and its elegant building was made in harmony with the surrounding scenery, so you can get a glimpse of Japanese aesthetic here.

    The teahouse is also enjoyed by local residents as a place to hold tea parties, as well as haiku and tanka poetry gatherings, while gazing at the pond and garden in a subdued atmosphere.

    Address: 4-1 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa-shi, Chiba-ken 〒277-0882
    Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Chiba Kashiwanoha Park Website

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