Top 5 Places to Visit in Noda, the Most Underrated City in Chiba

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  • Have you already been to many major sightseeing spots in Japan? Would you like to explore less touristy places where you can feel the genuine atmosphere of today’s Japanese life? Then I’d like to introduce you my lovely hometown, Noda (野田市), in Chiba Prefecture (千葉県), which offers its visitors many interesting and exciting things to do! To get to Noda from Tokyo, it takes approximately one hour and thirty minutes by train by taking the Tobu Line (東武線) to Nodashi Station (野田市駅).

    1. Sekiyado-Jo Museum (関宿城博物館)

    Sekiyado-Jo Museum is a castle with museum exhibitions about the local history inside. Sekiyado used to be a highly regarded place during the reign of Edo Bakufu (江戸幕府) in 1600-1868 because of its vicinity from Edo (Tokyo). This Sekiyado-Jo castle is not so huge, but nevertheless beautiful and historical.

    The admission to the museum is only 200 yen for adults and 100 yen for students. When the weather is fine, you can even see Mt. Fuji from the top floor. There is also a park and a small marketplace within the castle estate. Unfortunately, transportation from and to the castle is not very convenient. Make sure to check the bus timetables in advance!

    Sekiyado-Jo Museum website
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    2. Kikkoman Soy Sauce Museum (キッコーマンもの知りしょうゆ館)

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    Have you ever wondered how soy sauce is made? Are you a fan of soy sauce? Or do you simply like learning about the production of things? Then you should definitely go to Kikkoman Soy Sauce Museum!

    Here, you can learn the history and the process of Kikkoman soy sauce production. The best thing is, the admission is free! Plus, you will get a free souvenir (most likely a bottle of soy sauce) after the tour. The location of this museum is very convenient; only three minutes by foot from Nodashi Station (Tobu Line).

    Reservation is necessary, so don’t forget to book your places over the phone in advance! You can also eat Kikkoman’s special bento box at the restaurant at 770 yen per bento box. Booking is necessary, but you must reserve for two people or more.

    Kikkoman Soy Sauce Museum website
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    3. Shimizu Koen (清水公園) and Adventure Park

    This is a huge park where you can enjoy various activities including horse riding, a water labyrinth, flower gardens, adventurous athletics, fishing, a swimming pool in summer, and so on.

    My recommendation is to do hanami (cherry blossom viewing) here. During the hanami season, which is generally from middle March to early April, Shimizu Koen estate is full of beautiful cherry blossoms. Many people visit the park for hanami and the atmosphere is merry and festive. There are also a lot of street stalls where you can taste Japanese street food. In order to know Japanese people and culture, this is a fantastic occasion. Even if your time of visit is outside hanami season, this park is still worth visiting.

    Shimizu Koen website *Japanese only
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    4. Nodashi Shopping Street (野田市商店街)

    When you exit Atago Station (愛宕駅) on the Tobu Line, take a left and walk the narrow pedestrian path straight for three minutes. Soon, you’ll see Atago Shrine (愛宕神社) on your left. If you have time to spare, it’s nice to walk into the shrine, too.

    At the junction in front of Atago Shrine, take a left. Then you are already at the center of Noda City. Noda City Post Office (野田市郵便局) is a landmark. In this main shopping street, you can buy nice local products. They sell Japanese sweets, rice crackers, pickled vegetables, mochi, sandwiches, and so on. For example, Marushimaya (丸嶋屋) is famous for monaka (sweet-beans-paste covered with rice cake). Yonezawaya (米澤屋) sells senbei (rice crackers) of very good quality. Although this street is not very lively or modern, you can enjoy strolling and shopping to your leisure without the crowds.

    Nodashi Shopping Street website *Japanese only
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    5. Mogi-Honke Museum of Art (茂木本家美術館)

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    野田市は、キッコーマンの企業城下町。 駅を降りた時から、大豆や小麦の香ばしい匂いがする。 そしてどっちを向いても工場の建物やタンクが目に入り、業種は違えど、子供の頃父の工場の中で生まれ育ち、生活の全てが広大な工場の敷地内で済む暮らしをした懐かしい光景が蘇る。 茂木さんのご案内で、駅に近い野田工場を見学させて頂いた後は、歩いて5分くらいの茂木本家美術館へ。 ここがまた素晴らしい。 工場と茂木本家宅の間に、最低限の主張をしつつ、その地に溶け込む建築は、彦坂裕氏によるもの。 名誉館長の茂木七左衛門氏の収集品は、派手なものではないが、お人柄が滲み出るような優しい作品やふふふっと笑顔が溢れるような愛らしいコレクション。 富士山コレクションはこれらが毎日眺められるとは溜め息が出るほど羨ましく、企画展で展示されていた浮世絵(美人画)は圧巻。 真夏になると(もうすぐですね)、白い花をつけるという「百日紅」の緑が、床に写ってきれい。窓の外の大理石にも、別の高さ部分の枝葉が写ります。随所に細かいところの気遣いがみられる建物。 こちらは、本当にお勧め。また、きっと足を運びたくなる、そんな素敵な地域に溶け込んだ美術館でした。 #野田醤油 #キッコーマン #九日会 #茂木本家美術館 #茂木七左衛門氏コレクション #富士山の間 #梅原龍三郎 #中島千波 #小倉遊亀 #片岡球子 #白い花をつける百日紅 #また来てみたい #オトナの社会見学楽しい

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    The Mogi family is one of the most thriving families in Nodashi, being the founder of Kikkoman, the soy sauce and other foods company. They are famous for their economic and social contribution to Noda City.

    Mogi-Honke Museum is an art museum which exhibits a collection of Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎) Ukiyoe pictures and other famous works of Japanese art. Here again, reservation on the phone is desirable. The phone number is +81-(0)4-7120-1489. The museum is open every day from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is 700 yen for adults and 400 yen for kids up to junior high school.

    Mogi-Honke Museum of Art website *Japanese only
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    Noda City might not frequently appear in Japanese guidebooks, but it is rich in history and culture. If you have one day to spare, it’s really worth visiting. Just don’t forget to book a Kikkoman tour if you plan to go! Enjoy your trip to Japan!

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