What to do and see in Funabashi, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

February 11, 2018 Moriah Teneyck

Funabashi is a city located in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. As of February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 623,679, and a population density of 7,280 persons per km². The total area is 85.62 square kilometres.
Restaurants in Funabashi

1. Funabashi Andersen Park

525 Kanehoricho, Funabashi 274-0054, Chiba Prefecture +81 47-457-6627
Excellent
46%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 267 reviews

Funabashi Andersen Park

H.C.Andersen Park is the comprehensive park composed of 5 zones,including Kids Kingdom,Fairy Tale Hill,Children's Museum,Nature Experience and Castle of Flowers.The park that incorporates the natural features of the land and thicket is variegated with all kinds of seasonal flowers. People of all ages visit this leafy park and enjoy as a place of recreation and relaxation.The park derives its name from the world-famous fairy tale writer,H.C. Andersen who was born in Odense,Denmark,the sister city of Funabashi.

Reviewed By FirstVillage - Tokyo, Japan

This is a well-kept Hans Christian Andersen theme park in Funabashi, Chiba. It contains a beautiful replica of a Danish windmill, squares, flower Gardens, a pond and lots of greenery. There are plenty of activities for the children, from the pony ride at the mini farm to various playground equipments. A really nice place to spend the day with the children. On weekends, many families bring their own camping tents and have picnic on the grass. The park also features a Taro Okamoto sculpture.

2. Yatsu Rose Garden

3-1-14 Yatsu, Narashino 275-0026, Chiba Prefecture
Excellent
33%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 57 reviews

Yatsu Rose Garden

Reviewed By roy v - Traralgon, Australia

We had a very pleasant walk from near Tsudanuma Station to the Rose Garden to a great display of acres of blooming roses.
Very nice the way it has been set out with the central Fountain and ponds running off each way from there .
A few nice statues around the place but I don't know if they hold any significants as nothing is there to be read in English.
From what I could gather the ROSE GARDEN was part of a theme park that was in this area years ago before Disney Land opened it's gates.
There are two very long arbours which are very attractive and form a lovely tunnel to walk through. Over to one side of the park is a nice water area which contains some nice colourfull fish and beside it are a couple of nice apple trees full of fruit.
Entrance staff were very helpful and friendly , offered my wife an umbrella for protection against the sun which is a real Japanese thing, thank you for that. The place was in good nick and must take a lot of work to keep it that way. We noticed a few people working in the garden and some of them were seniors which is good to see and we wondered if they are volunteers, whatever they are all to be congratulated on a beautiful garden and great community asset.
We spent a nice couple of relaxing hours there and got some great photos.It was interesting that one of the garden beds contained roses named after some well known famous people mainly actors.
Well worth a visit if your in the area.

3. Hokekyoji Temple

2-10-1 Nakayama, Ichikawa 272-0813, Chiba Prefecture +81 47-334-3433
Excellent
33%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Hokekyoji Temple

Reviewed By Chic-backpacker

Good for walking meditation and to see the temple complex but unfortunately, it's not possible anymore to do picnic in the cherry blossoms season.
Also all Toshiba signs disturbs the view... I don't understand why to put signs to show off Toshiba is paying for some renovation.

4. ZOZO Marine Stadium

1 Mihama, Mihama-ku, Chiba 261-0022, Chiba Prefecture +81 43-296-1227
Excellent
32%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
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4 based on 273 reviews

ZOZO Marine Stadium

Reviewed By Acesouthpaw328

Marine Field was great, and if I hadn't gone to the Seibu Dome I would have to say that it sets the standard for Japanese baseball. The seats are affordable, the commute is easy, and the games are fun!

5. Lalaport Tokyo Bay

2-1-1 Hamacho, Funabashi 273-8530, Chiba Prefecture +81 47-433-9800
Excellent
23%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 220 reviews

Lalaport Tokyo Bay

Reviewed By ambamb8 - Hong Kong, China

Huge mall where lots of locals go to. Got a free shuttle bus from a nearby metro station. Got a huge baby supply shop there which my wife loves so much. Tax-free shopping for tourists.

6. Yatsu Tidal Flats

5-1-1 Akitsu, Narashino 275-0025, Chiba Prefecture +81 47-454-8416
Excellent
30%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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4 based on 49 reviews

Yatsu Tidal Flats

Reviewed By roy v - Traralgon, Australia

Had a nice walk to the Yatsu Tidal Flats from where we are staying near Tsudanuma Station. These wetlands are situated at the extreme end of Tokyo Bay and comprise 40 hectares. Sea water comes in and out with the tides of the bay and is home to large numbers of birds as there is plenty of food here for them.
The tide was out the morning we were there so the flats were fully exposed and we could see lots of crabs, small fish and clams etc. Apparently when the tide is in the flats are under a metre of water. It is a good 3.5 km. walk around the wetlands with good spots to view the birds from and nice garden beds to admire, it is all level walking on good paved pathways ,it would be a good spot for a picnic stop too . We visited the Nature Observation Centre there that was opened in 1994, it is a big building on the waters edge with lots of information and display areas. There are lots of binocular/ telescope stands for viewing the birds, good areas for kids , they can even get dressed up as birds. You can get drinks and food at the café while enjoying bird watching.
Admittance price is as follows, Adults 370 Yen, pensioners 65 plus with proof of age 180 Yen, I used my Aussie drivers license for proof, Children under 15 admitted free. On entry I was given a information leaflet in Japanese but underlined with English which was great. Definitely worth visiting especially if your interested in bird life but also to learn about the interesting history of the wetlands.

7. Nakayama Horse Tracks

1-1-1 Kosaku, Funabashi 273-0037, Chiba Prefecture +81 47-334-2222
Excellent
23%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 104 reviews

Nakayama Horse Tracks

Reviewed By Junichi38 - Takayama, Japan

It is the biggest house-racing course in this Chiba Area, and it is always crowded with usually elder Japanese men who bet their extra allowances into the BAKEN (horse-racing ticket). It is worth visiting even to simply observe the nice-looking race horses, and thrilling race, not really betting money on it.

8. Funabashi Daijingu

5-2-1 Miyamoto, Funabashi 273-0003, Chiba Prefecture +81 47-424-2333
Excellent
22%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
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4 based on 63 reviews

Funabashi Daijingu

Reviewed By roy v - Traralgon, Australia

Enjoyed a nice walk from Tsudanuma where we are staying to see this old Shinto Shrine with a very long history.
The biggest Shrine in Funabashi City it covers a big area and is very impressive no matter what grand gate entry way you approach it through. It is a huge complex containing the main shrine and smaller ones. All around the place there are Gardens and some very old big trees which shade just about every thing so therefore quite a lot of moss is growing to give the place even more of the old world look. Some magnificent stones stand in testament to ancient times , it would be lovely to be able to read what is carved into them, what a story they would tell. There are a couple of war memorials in the grounds with lots of names on them, I presumed of the locals who lost their lives in those battles long ago. There is nothing in English to tell one a bit about the place which is a shame. Lots of grave stones about. The place looks as if it is financially well off and their is significant renovations going on at one of the smaller shrines.
An unusual item in the complex is an old lighthouse that sits on the high point and is called Tomyodai, it dates back to the Edo era and was used for many many years.
History tells us there has been a Shrine here since A.D.110.
Apparently Emperor after Emperor supported it and kept adding to it.
It is a very significant place for the community and holds a very important place in the history of the area. Well worth a visit don't miss it if your in the area.

9. Coconut, Tsudanuma

1-13-16 Yatsu, Narashino 275-0026, Chiba Prefecture +81 47-472-9972
Excellent
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5 based on 10 reviews

Coconut, Tsudanuma

Reviewed By 8manami8 - Funabashi, Chiba

I get the Open Water Diving license here few days before. Stuffs are so kind and very nice and they teach me how fun the diving is.
They also doing a fun diving trip in Kanto area (Chiba, Izu and some others), so if you guys are interested in Diving in Japan, please visit here and get some fun and wonderful time :-)

10. Sapporo Beer Chiba Factory

2 Takasecho, Funabashi 273-0014, Chiba Prefecture +81 47-437-3591
Excellent
27%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 62 reviews

Sapporo Beer Chiba Factory

Reviewed By ねもちゅう - Fukushima, Japan

「サッポロビール工場」へ行ってきました。工場見学も出来ます。事前に予約してバスで送迎してもらいました。ビール、とっても美味しかったです。

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