Chichibu

Chichibu is a quiet town in the mountains to the west of Tokyo, best known for it’s festivals. During other times of the year there is not much going on, but it’s a great place to go hiking.

Budget travel tips

  • Best to come here only during a festival or for a day or two of hiking.

Things of interest

chichibu_Hitsujiyama_parkHitsujiyama Park

A great park during the cherry blossom season. It’s most famous for Shibazakura no Oka, a garden that from early April to early May is covered in pink and white flowers. Travel report here.

Price: Free

Open: All day

Chichibu_Night_FestivalChichibu Night Festival

One of the three most famous float parade festivals in Japan, which has been held for over 300 years. Held on December 2nd and 3rd.

 

Chichibu_Kawase_FestivalChichibu Kawase Festival

A rather strange festival where people wash and move a portable shrine in the river. Held on July 19th and 20th.

 

chichibu_mount_bukoHiking in the mountains

Chichibu has some interesting mountains to climb, such as Mount Buko, which has amazing views over Chichibu and an ancient shrine at the top. It’s a bit tricky to get to, so go to the Tourist Information Center just outside Seibu Chichibu station and get a free map.

chichibu_buko_onsenBuko Hot Spring

A nice hot spring not far from the main station. There is a free shuttle service from Yokose station (penultimate station, before Chichibu station). Ask at the tourist information office if you want to walk.

Price: 700 yen

Open: 10AM to 10PM

How to get there

From Shinjuku, take the Yamanote line (green JR line) to Ikebukuro. From here take an express train on the Seibu Ikebukuro line to Hanno station, then transfer to a train to Seibu Chichibu station (940 yen, 2 hours).

Map

Hostels and hotels

There aren’t any cheap places around here, so its best to stay in Tokyo.

Compare prices at HostelWorldBooking.com and Agoda.

Tokyo Accommodation Guide

Links

Official Saitama Website

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