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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.

Free Clams on the Beach at Chiba Port Park

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.Clam DiggingAfter 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. ShiohigariI 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.

Tips to have a great Shiohigari experience:
  1. The season of clam harvesting is usually in late April to end of June. (Some Shiohigari-designated beaches are available up to August and even September).
  2. 2 hours before low tide is the best for clam harvesting, so check Tide Timings (干潮時刻) to know when to go.
  3. Go on a good weather but bring items with UV and wind protection, such as sunscreens, wide-rim hats, shades, jackets etc. Wear clothing that dry easily and sandals that are right for beaches (covered ones will provide the best protection). Stay clear of Akaei (アカエイ/Red stingray), they can be found hanging around on shores during low tides.
  4. Harvesting clams with small rakes, bucket or nets, and cooler box with ice packs. Clams need to be purged of sand before eating. So collect some sea water and soak the clam in for at least 2 hours. If you don’t have sea water, use water mixed with 3% salt will do. Ideally, eat the clams on the same day.
  5. Clams tend to bury themselves vertically, with breathing holes on the top. So look for areas with lots of 1-2mm tiny holes, and dig widely with depth less than 15cm.
List of things to bring:
  1. Rakes
  2. Bucket or Nets
  3. Cooler box with ice packs
  4. Folding stools (the ones sold at ¥100-stores will do fine)
  5. Towels
  6. Wide-rimmed hats
  7. Sunglasses
  8. Beach sandals
  9. Sunscreen
  10. Leisure sheet

Park Information & Other Attractions

Tennis courts and barbecue sites are available, which require reservation.Chiba Port Tower

Admission Fee

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)

Car Park
250 car spaces / Free

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See access to Chiba Port Park (Japanese website).

A Stroll along the Park:

(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.Chiba Port Park(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.

Chiba Port Tower

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.Chiba Port Park


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This entry was posted on May 12, 2015 by in Kid-Friendly Places, Life in Japan, Places / Travel and tagged , , , .
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