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tomizuta1953
By tomizuta1953
We went to view the ancient Oga lotus in Chiba Park
Jul 2020
Although On May 25, 2020 the Japanese government lifted the declaration of the state of emergency in the remaining prefectures of Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama and Hokkaido, we remained cautious in particular because of the number of people diagnosed as positive in Tokyo. We therefore decided to make only short excursions in Chiba Prefecture for the time being. There was a lot of coverage of ancient lotuses in full bloom from end June to early July, and as we found that one of the most popular places with these ancient lotuses was in Chiba City, we made a visit to Chiba Park in Chiba City, only one kilometer north of central Chiba. Chiba Park was opened as a municipal park several years after WWII on the former site of Railroad Regiment No. 1, where a baseball ground, multi-purpose stadium (which used to host cycling races), gymnasium, swimming pool and other facilities were gradually opened. The baseball ground has been discontinued and planned to be converted to public open space. The multi-purpose stadium is in the process of being rebuilt. There was a temporary car park on the northern edge of the park for visitors coming to see the ancient lotuses. There is no parking fee or admission fee to the park. All of the athletic facilities are located on the north side of the park. From the car park, we passed by the outdoor swimming pools and headed south to the pond where the ancient lotuses are. Here I need to talk about the lotus, called Oga lotus. Peat for fuel used to be harvested in Kemigawa, about 7 kilometers west of the town center of Chiba City and part of the city. Several years after the end of WWII, a Neolithic canoe was found in the peat bog, which led to an excavation. Two more canoes and a lotus receptacle were found. Dr. Oga, a botanist and lotus expert carried out further excavation that led to the discovery of three lotus seeds, one of which he succeeded to germinate and bloom in 1952. The lotus gained worldwide recognition as the Oga Lotus. From the seeds and roots, Oga Lotus has been successfully cultivated all around Japan, including Chiba Park. It was during the monsoon season, but the rain had let up and with the sunshine it started to get quite warm, which made me feel uncomfortable wearing a mask. There were quite a few visitors already but everyone was quite conscious of keeping a social distance with other visitors. The lotus flowers were over their peak, but there were still more than three hundred to enjoy. The purple flowers are very beautiful and much bigger than I had thought. It is a pity that they only last a few days. The lotus receptacles are also very unique. There is a wooden passage that takes visitors through the middle of the lotuses. There are quite a few flowering plants in the park. Quite noticeable in the middle of the park was a field of purple agapanthus in full bloom and the hydrangeas also in their peak. There were also some scattered orange iris close by. It was a very interesting and rewarding visit that I would recommend to travelers especially around June and July.

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tomizuta1953
Funabashi, Japan1,170 contributions
Jul 2020
Although On May 25, 2020 the Japanese government lifted the declaration of the state of emergency in the remaining prefectures of Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama and Hokkaido, we remained cautious in particular because of the number of people diagnosed as positive in Tokyo. We therefore decided to make only short excursions in Chiba Prefecture for the time being. There was a lot of coverage of ancient lotuses in full bloom from end June to early July, and as we found that one of the most popular places with these ancient lotuses was in Chiba City, we made a visit to Chiba Park in Chiba City, only one kilometer north of central Chiba. Chiba Park was opened as a municipal park several years after WWII on the former site of Railroad Regiment No. 1, where a baseball ground, multi-purpose stadium (which used to host cycling races), gymnasium, swimming pool and other facilities were gradually opened. The baseball ground has been discontinued and planned to be converted to public open space. The multi-purpose stadium is in the process of being rebuilt. There was a temporary car park on the northern edge of the park for visitors coming to see the ancient lotuses. There is no parking fee or admission fee to the park. All of the athletic facilities are located on the north side of the park. From the car park, we passed by the outdoor swimming pools and headed south to the pond where the ancient lotuses are. Here I need to talk about the lotus, called Oga lotus. Peat for fuel used to be harvested in Kemigawa, about 7 kilometers west of the town center of Chiba City and part of the city. Several years after the end of WWII, a Neolithic canoe was found in the peat bog, which led to an excavation. Two more canoes and a lotus receptacle were found. Dr. Oga, a botanist and lotus expert carried out further excavation that led to the discovery of three lotus seeds, one of which he succeeded to germinate and bloom in 1952. The lotus gained worldwide recognition as the Oga Lotus. From the seeds and roots, Oga Lotus has been successfully cultivated all around Japan, including Chiba Park. It was during the monsoon season, but the rain had let up and with the sunshine it started to get quite warm, which made me feel uncomfortable wearing a mask. There were quite a few visitors already but everyone was quite conscious of keeping a social distance with other visitors. The lotus flowers were over their peak, but there were still more than three hundred to enjoy. The purple flowers are very beautiful and much bigger than I had thought. It is a pity that they only last a few days. The lotus receptacles are also very unique. There is a wooden passage that takes visitors through the middle of the lotuses. There are quite a few flowering plants in the park. Quite noticeable in the middle of the park was a field of purple agapanthus in full bloom and the hydrangeas also in their peak. There were also some scattered orange iris close by. It was a very interesting and rewarding visit that I would recommend to travelers especially around June and July.
Written August 9, 2020
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totomai martinez
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates270 contributions
Apr 2013 • Friends
If you are tired of crowd especially during spring, Chiba Park is the alternate solution. It's not as popular or as big as Ueno Park, Yoyogi Park but it showcases a variety of cherry blossoms and flowers during the spring season. It is one of the underrated parks in Japan in my opinion. As I said, it's a small park but it's not crowded so you can enjoy o-hanami season here.
Written July 17, 2013
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219kensf
161 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
If you are near Chiba Station now, it's a good place for a walk. There's a pond, trees, flowers, some play equipments for the kids, Japanese teahouse, and so on. You can get on and row a boat. It might be a nice place for the kids.
I enjoyed little rose garden in the evening, and spent a relaxing time.
Written May 29, 2016
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Meghan M
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States114 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
The park was an impromptu stop but so worth the stop. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom and so beautiful to look at while walking around the pond. My favorite part was the Sakura ice cream we ate while watching all the locals picnic under the trees
Written April 26, 2016
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Jason moofang
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia55 contributions
Jan 2015 • Solo
It is simply a park, don't come expecting any special attractions, but it is a pleasant one. Even in the middle of winter with most of the flowers gone, the park is a relaxing place to stroll about on a sunny day, with the monorail tracks in the horizon over the duck-dotted lake providing a unique and very chiba-esque view.

Fans of the Oreimo anime series will also find a good few familiar landmarks here that appeared in the backdrop of the anime.
Written January 21, 2015
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Mune-MMM
Chiba, Japan15 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
Chiba Park is not so large. You can take a walk around the pond located in center of the Park.
In the early April, you can see gorgeous cherry blossom. And in June - July, also flower of ancient-lotus. A lot of people come to see these in season.
Written November 11, 2014
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SlyFoxTX
Montgomery, TX551 contributions
May 2013 • Solo
A spring or summer stroll through Chiba Park is a must stop for any seasonal visit to Chiba. Early spring brings the cherry blossoms to life. Late spring as illustrated by the photos attached to this review bring the lotus, iris and azaleas colors to full bloom.

The pond has boats for rent and a significant supply of carp, turtles an waterfowl. Be sure to make your way past the kids playground to check out the rose and peonies garden surrounded by ginkgo trees.
Written June 4, 2013
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Reynaldo Flores
27 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
Stayed at a hotel very near the JR Station. It's very quiet and laid-back here. Unlike the noise and hordes of tourists in Tokyo.
Chiba Eki has trees, shaded benches, a pond with ducks. There's a boat rental service if you wanna spend some time just paddling around the pond. Watched some tourists having fun .
Then I walked off to ride the Monorail at Chibakoen station. To see the animals at Chiba Zoo. But that's another topic for my next review...
Written November 29, 2019
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Jeremybr
Setagaya, Japan756 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
There is a boating lake whose serenity is lost on a nearby monorail. That said the park does generally offer an escape from the surrounding concrete jungle.

As is often the way with Japanese parks, I feel they could always offer a little bit more for kids, this one has a good climbing frame combined with slides, there are two swings, a couple of rockers for toddlers and some hanging bars.
Written October 26, 2018
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McG_Road_Warrior
Tokyo, Japan538 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
It has to be said, no one can quite ruin the scenery like the Japanese can. The ugly concrete jungle of Chiba city breaks 1km north of the main train station and is ultimately ruined by the hideous monorail that hanging over the park. Whenever I see something like this I just rack my brain trying to figure out what they were thinking. It just defies logic. There is also the horse racing track at the north end of the park, just to further ruin the experience.
Written March 25, 2017
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