Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
During Golden Week, we brought the kids to a man-made beach at Chiba Port Park for Shiohigari (潮干狩り/clam digging). We were determined to reach the beach as early as possible because the 250 car park spaces would have been gone in a snap during this holiday period. Thankfully, we had our car slot and was there at the right time (i.e. two hours before low tide). Best of all, the weather was excellent for our family’s first clam-harvesting event.After two hours of digging, we only managed to gather this amount, just enough for our miso soup (LOL). Since we did not have to pay a single YEN, and we had tons of fun, I am definitely not complaining. I guessed the amount of clams available on FREE beaches are less predictable than the Shiohigari-designated ones, which will definitely have more to bring home to but they come at a price. For instance, the various types of payments may includes entry fees charged individually based on age; the amount of clams collected are weighed and charged accordingly; as well as car park rates.
Tennis courts and barbecue sites are available, which require reservation.
Park Opening Hours:
9 am – 11 pm (Last entry at 10 pm)
On Mondays: 9 am – 9 pm (in Summers) / 9 am – 7 pm (in Winters)
250 car spaces / Free
See access to Chiba Port Park (Japanese website).
(1) The open space at the Chiba Port Park is for picnics, ball games, and even concerts. (2) The nearby viewing platform is a great place to take good pictures of the Chiba Port Tower.(3) The Water Plaza (ウォータープラザ) is a really spacious water play area, which will be filled with cool water (and kids) during Summer.
The Chiba Port Tower has three levels that offer 360-degree view of the surrounding area. The highest main observatory room is on Level 4, a great location to watch spectacular sunrise and sunset. Level 3 is a Cafe restaurant. Level 2 is a Lover’s Sanctuary. On the ground floor where the tickets are sold, there is a store selling Chiba souvenirs. Every year, for its Christmas Illumination event, they decorate the tower with a giant Christmas Tree Display with over 3500 light bulbs. There is also Flea Markets on every third Sunday of the month, from 9 am to 3 pm.