Choshi is situated approx.40 miles from Narita Airport ( just over one
hour by car, and an hour and a half by train).
It is famous for it's fishing port, having kept the number one spot as
the busiest port in Japan for a number of years. Fleets bring in record
catches of sardines and saury every day, as well as countless other varieties
The area around the old port boasts restaurants offering the freshest fish
dishes and open front stores displaying the day's catch. Stroll around
and feast your eyes on bright red kinmedai (alfonsino), crabs and even
sea oysters, in season.
Visit the port early in the morning to watch traders haggling over the
price of massive tuna and swordfish. Some are transported directly to Tokyo
but the freshest are to be sampled right here on the spot in Choshi!
Choshi Fishing port 1st fish market
Open on Monday-Saturday 8:00 and 11:30
Closed on Sundays and national holidays.
Enpukuji Temple (Iinuma kannon)
For those wishing to explore the city further, Choshi boasts the first
Western style brick lighthouse built by the Scotsman Richard Henry Brunton
in 1874. Situated on the easternmost cape of Honshu island (main island
of Japan), it offers great sea views from the top. Enjoy scenic walks along
the beaches, rich with fossils and unusual geological formations and try
the natural hot spring baths located in the resort hotels near the lighthouse.
(a small charge is made for visitors).
View of Inubozaki (Cape Inubo) lighthousefrom Kimigahama beach.
Carp streamers floating on the breeze on children's day (May 5th). The
image of a carp swimming upstream symbolizes strength and courage. Usually
displayed by parents hoping that their children will grow up to be healthy
and robust, the streamers also make popular decorations at various public
locations at this time of year.
As yet largely undiscovered by overseas visitors, a trip to Choshi offers
a unique experience and lets you enjoy the true taste of Japan! ITADAKIMASU!