【Plan9】Special Visit to Chiba Shrine and Lunch at a High-Class Japanese Restaurant
Chiba Shrine receives 600,000 visitors during the first three days of January, making it one of the liveliest shrines in the prefecture
Pay a visit to Chiba Shrine on a quiet weekday
Experience the History of Chiba Shrine and the Power of Myoken, then Taste the Luxury of Hanacho.
Introducing a special visit to Chiba Shrine, a popular place for hatsumode, the first shrine visit of the New Year. First, take a walk around the premises with a Shinto priest (approx. 1 hour). Make a dignified hatsumode visit while listening to explanations of the shrine’s over 1000 years of history and the origin of the god Myoken. For lunch, feast on delicacies at the well-established Japanese restaurant Hanacho (includes free local sake). This plan also includes red and white mame-daifuku (bean rice cakes stuffed with sweet bean jam) from Kimuraya, which are said to bring good luck.
Start off 2016 with the Chiba Asobi shrine visit plan!
A priest will explain the proper way to pray to those who are unsure
The premises include 14 subsidiary shrines – they say that the new year begins with many different wishes…
Transportation to Hanacho for lunch is provided
*After lunch, transportation to JR Chiba Station will be provided
Have an extravagant lunch at a well-established Japanese restaurant with 48 years of history!
Hanacho prides itself meals using carefully selected ingredients and prepared by skilled artisans, combined with a Japanese garden that provides a different view every season.
Be welcomed with a special menu and hospitality you can only get with Chiba Asobi
▲The carefully-selected all-natural ingredients make this straightforward cuisine nutritious and flavorful
Free local Chiba sake will also be provided specially for Chiba Asobi participants
Comes with a souvenir
Mame-daifuku Main Shop Kimuraya
A shop famous for its popular Japanese sweets that are only available in Chiba City. In order to preserve the ancient simple taste of mame-daifuku (bean rice cakes filled with sweet bean paste), only enough cakes for that day are made each day. The outside is made without mochi rice flour, only mochi rice, and filled with in-house an (sweet bean paste), made with beans and sugar from Tokachi and Obihiro, Hokkaido.
Take home a souvenir of 2 red and white mame-daifuku
The Deity of Chiba Shrine ” What is Myoken?
Myoken is the divine spirit of the North Star (also known as Polaris, near the Big Dipper) fixed in the center of the sky, who governs the destinies of humans. Myoken is often visited by worshippers who want to ward off evil, have good luck, and seek protection from all directions.
Prayers are also available for those who wish. Please apply at the shrine office after the tour.
(Prayer fee starting from 5,000 yen / approx. 30 minutes)
*Those who do not request a prayer may walk around on their own or visit Kimuraya
(Tue.) 1/19, (Wed.) 1/20, (Tue.) 1/26, (Thu.) 1/28, (Thu.) 2/4, (Fri.) 2/5
10:30 – 14:00
3.5 hours (1 hour shrine visit, approx. 30 minutes of prayer [for those who request it], approx. 1 hour for lunch)
17:00, three days in advance
3,600 yen for adults
*Includes lunch, and carefully-selected market souvenirs
*Prayer fee not included
20 (in order of registration)
■Things to bring
Chiba Shrine (shrine office)
10-minute walk from JR/Keisei/Chiba Urban Monorail Chiba Station
【Bus】 From stop #6 at the bus rotary at Chiba Station, take the Chiba Nairiku Bus bound for Chiba North Exit (千葉北口) or Nishi-Chiba Station (西千葉駅) and get off at Innai-cho (院内町)
In case of cancellation, you will be notified by 18:00 the day before. Please refrain from coming by car as lunch includes free Japanese sake. (Soft drinks are also available)
Meeting spot：1-16-1 Innai, Chuo-ku, Chiba-shi
On the day of your reservation, please go to the designated meeting spot 15 minutes before your reservation.
Please pay the fees in Japanese yen when you arrive on the day of your reservation.
Q: Can I make a reservation when a plan is already full?
A: Yes, you can. If someone cancels, your reservation will then already be in place.
Q: Are there any cancelation fees?
A: No, there aren’t.However, canceling can greatly inconvenience the other participants, so please refrain from doing so unless it’s really necessary.
Q: Do I get something if I make a reservation?
A: No, we don’t use tickets or anything like that.
Q: Can I pay in advance?
A: No, I’m afraid not. All plans must be paid in cash on site.
*There is a possibility that each plan may be photographed.
*Please be aware that you may end up being photographed as well.