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Chiba is a big prefecture, and I would say this place is located in the middle of it, sort of. The story goes back to the 16th Century. The Hojo family was defeated by Hideyoshi Toyotomi at Odawara, then the first shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa entered...More
At 4 levels, Otaki Castle is the smallest Japanese castle I've seen. It has great views of the surrounding countryside from the top floor. Artifacts from the castle's history are displayed throughout the castle and it's very interesting to see the various relics. Since it's...More
easy to access by car, some bus tour available from Nishi-Funabashi station but it's necessary to book in advance (only in Japanese).
Nice walking around and chance to eat deep fried deer meat, very soft and delicious!
The current Otaki castle is a replica (not an accurate one, since there were no blueprints to follow) of the original stronghold of the Satomi clan, who ruled the whole Boso peninsula in the 16th Century. It has been destroyed many times during war times...More