Proximity to Tokyo. Only an hour by fast Keiyo or Sotobo line train from Tokyo Station brings you to peaceful Kazusa Ichinomiya station. There you can pick up your parked car (station-side parking: 3-4,000 yen/month) or take a taxi to the site about fifteen minutes away.
Some long-term residents have been heard to say that the express Tokkyu train commute from Ichinomiya to central Tokyo can be faster and much more comfortable than commuting from most of Tokyo’s outer suburbs.
The Center is also within walking distance from the local Chojamachi station, which has similar parking and taxi services.
Car access via the Aqualine or the very attractive Kujukuri Beach highway is equally fast. The Aqualine is especially convenient for anyone living in the Yokohama area or south Tokyo, and quite cheap for ETC users. (See How to Get There for detailed directions.)
large, covered bonfire/ barbecue area serves as communal
kitchen and gathering place.
There is a tennis court, squash court, canoes, climbing wall, hiking trails and open field for activities - and Nakadaki is less than 10 minutes from some of the best surf in Japan. Free internet is available.
First-class surf beaches. Strung out along the east coast of Boso Peninsula, from Ichinomiya in the north down to Ohara, Katsuura and Kamogawa in the south, they are a mecca for board surfers, wind surfers and hang gliders. They also sustain a thriving surf culture centered on ocean-front shops, bars, discos and cafes.
From Nakadaki Center, the closest surf beach is at Chojamachi - only ten minutes drive away. The surf championship beach at Torami is a further five minutes away.
The 36-hole Ichinomiya Country Club golf course nearby is also open to residents (about 10,000 yen on weekdays).
Nearby public tennis courts can rented for large groups and tournaments.
The wide Isumi River. Winding behind Nakadaki Castle hill on its leisurely way to the ocean, it is ideal for boating and water sports. Its broad estuary has rental water-ski equipment and a child-friendly beach.
Clark’s Kiwi Farm. Two acres of terraced kiwi vines, vegetable gardens and open space of the side of a southward facing hill, it hosts the traditional kiwi festival at harvest time when all are welcome to pick their full.
Excellent shopping and other services. A variety of large chain-stores along the nearby north-south Highway 128 make shopping more convenient than in the heart of Tokyo itself.
For hikers, bikers and weekend drivers the Boso Peninsula is a cornucopia of attractions, from the all-year flower farms bathed by the warm kuroshio (black current) in the south to the little-known steep hills and gorges in north centre region (sometimes described as the Tibet of Chiba) where you can walk or bike for hours without seeing more than half a dozen or so humans.
Just five minutes walk from the Center is a reliable car repair station, the first-class Otowa children’s playground, and an excellent sushi shop. The Nakane primary school and the Chojamachi shotengai (shopping center) are equally close by car.
A 40 hectare wilderness area. Good for camping, hiking, orienteering and jungle sports, it extends all the way from Clark’s kiwi farm in the west, down to Ohara town in the south and close to Highway 128 in the east. Tokyo and civilization feel light years away.
Our Shangri-la development - a 3,000 tsubo (three acres) hillside of camp sites and virgin forest on the northern edge of the wilderness area and facing a large lake suitable for boating. It provides a handy jumping-off point for wilderness excursions.
The famous 600-year old Kiyomizu Kannon temple. A favorite destination for Buddhist pilgrims, its large grounds and many buildings occupy the entire summit of a jungle-covered hill close to the Center. The one-hour walk to the temple and back makes an ideal excursion for visitors, with time out to pray and bang the temple gong.
Other holy places include the Nakadaki temple and the Kumano shrine, both in attractive surroundings and located at the front and back of our Nakadaki Castle hill.
Nakadaki Castle Overlooking the Center is the site of an historic hilltop castle tracing its origins back to the 15th century. Cloaked in native vegetation (mainly thick camphor trees), the hill is a prominent landmark on the broad Misaki plain extending from the Boso hills to the Pacific.
Today nothing remains of the castle other than the original ditch-like fortifications. But both the shrine and temple, which traditionally guarded the front and back entrances of Japan’s castles, remain – a reminder of how the spiritual can outlast the material.