What to do and see in Chichibu, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

December 17, 2017 Leida Jutras

Discover the best top things to do in Chichibu, Japan including Mitsumine Shrine, Michi-no-Eki Kaju Park Ashigakubo, Chichibu Shrine, Ashigakubo no Hyochu, Hitsujiyama Park, Terasaka Rice Terraces, Chichibu Muse Park, Misotsuchi Icicles (Misotsuchinotsurara), The Seizenji Temple on Mt. Seitaisan - 8th Pilgrimage Site, Chichibu Satsusho Meguri.
Restaurants in Chichibu

1. Mitsumine Shrine

298-1 Mitsumine, Chichibu 369-1902, Saitama Prefecture +81 494-55-0241
Excellent
61%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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4.5 based on 276 reviews

Mitsumine Shrine

Reviewed By StewieTokyo - Saitama, Japan

This shrine is very old and looks / feels it. It probably dates back about 2,000 years but since the founder is the reputed son of a legendary figure, it is not certain. It is also one of the few shrines in Japan where wolves were enshrined as the local deity. This is clear from the entrance, where the usual guardian foxes or dogs have been replaced by wolf statues.
Good points
1) The atmosphere is wonderful. Huge cedar trees that line the approach along with four sacred trees that form a 'power spot' in front of the shrine in which visitors are encouraged to take life force from the trees by touching them and praying.
2) The history - mentioned above but there are many little points of interest, e.g. a marble paving stone that shows up the profile of a dragon when wet (bamboo scoops provided) and is said to have first appeared in the year of the dragon.
3) Views - you are on top of a mountain and you can see great views from all angles, including sitting in the restaurant near the top.
4) Autumn leaves - this place would be amazing in the fall (and very crowded) - there is a special fall walk around the mountain top.
4) Wolf stuff - a souvenir shop with lots of wolf related stuff - not the average shrine souvenirs.
Comments
1) Access is not easy - this is a day trip to see the one shrine. It is an hours drive from Chichibu town (which I did) or there are only three buses a day (5 at weekends).
2) Small - you can see the whole of the shrine in one sweep of the eyes once you get to the top. This is despite it being a training shrine for young Shinto priests.
3) In winter I would guess this to be inaccessible (I noted a helicopter pad near the top for emergencies)
4) Car parking it 510 yen (but the shrine is free)

2. Michi-no-Eki Kaju Park Ashigakubo

1915-6 Ashigakubo, Yokoze-machi, Chichibu-gun 368-0071, Saitama Prefecture +81 494-21-0299
Excellent
8%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
39%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 48 reviews

Michi-no-Eki Kaju Park Ashigakubo

Reviewed By CAFE-GQ - Kawasaki, Japan

西武鉄道芦ヶ久保駅至近にある道の駅でクルマが無くても訪問できます。まだ新しい道の駅のようで建物は綺麗です。直売の農産物の種類は平均的、価格的にはもうひと頑張りして欲しいレベルです(このエリアでは道の駅ちちぶが頭ひとつ抜けてます)。
夕刻ということもあってか併設のレストランはクローズしてました。近隣エリアの観光パンフレットを入手しようと思ってましたが、パンフレット棚がクローズしたレストラン内にあり入手出来ませんでした。このあたりにお客目線が欠けてるように思えました。今後の改善に期待したい道の駅でした。

3. Chichibu Shrine

1-3 Banbamachi, Chichibu 368-0041, Saitama Prefecture +81 494-22-0262
Excellent
23%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 194 reviews

Chichibu Shrine

Reviewed By ridikumari - Tokyo, Japan

Chichibu is famous for its hot Springs close to Tokyo. If you have an opportunity to go to Chichibu, you should visit this shrine. Art lovers must be pleased to see the dragon sculptures. Hope every visitor feels something good from a spiritual perspective!

4. Ashigakubo no Hyochu

Ashigakubo, Yokoze-machi, Chichibu-gun 368-0071, Saitama Prefecture +81 494-25-0450
Excellent
30%
Good
70%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Ashigakubo no Hyochu

Reviewed By 町田の熊 - Machida, Japan

奥武蔵のハイキングのついでに寄って見ました。西武秩父線の芦ヶ久保駅から歩いて10分弱の沢に氷柱はありました。駅からの道は、凍結する可能性もありますので、それなりの靴で行くことをお勧めします。ハイキングの帰りに西武秩父駅から電車に乗りましたが、車窓からはライトアップされた氷柱が見えましたが、とても綺麗でした。ここは、ライトアップされる時間帯が良さそうです。

5. Hitsujiyama Park

6360 Oyama, Chichibu 368-0023, Saitama Prefecture +81 494-25-5209
Excellent
24%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 255 reviews

Hitsujiyama Park

Reviewed By YTCHENG - Hong Kong, China

Whenever we visited Japan in springtime, we would try to spare the morning session to take the direct express train from Ikekukuro to Hitsujiyama Park and spend at least three hours there to see the beautiful shibazakura and took pictures around the park. There were many temporary stalls selling food and souvenirs including shibazakura at the entrance of the park. Payment of fee was required since the past few years and it was still considered worthwhile. Recommend you to come here and have a view but bear in mind to check whether the shibazakura were still in full bloom there or not.

6. Terasaka Rice Terraces

1854 Yokoze, Yokoze-machi, Chichibu-gun 368-0072, Saitama Prefecture
Excellent
30%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
7%
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4 based on 13 reviews

Terasaka Rice Terraces

Reviewed By 528956John_C - Gosford, Australia

There is parking and toilet facilties at this location and Japanese love to visit the terraced Rice paddies

7. Chichibu Muse Park

2518 Nagaru, Ogano-machi, Chichibu-gun 368-0102, Saitama Prefecture +81 494-25-1315
Excellent
11%
Good
66%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
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4 based on 17 reviews

Chichibu Muse Park

Reviewed By 高橋伸利 - Saitama, Japan

秩父市と小鹿野町にまたがるリゾート法に基づき整備されたテーマパーク。ギリシャ神殿風のデザインのパルテノンやミューズの泉は異国の地にきたようで、時が過ぎるのも忘れてノンビリできる。

8. Misotsuchi Icicles (Misotsuchinotsurara)

4066-2 Otaki, Chichibu 369-1901, Saitama Prefecture
Excellent
34%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 47 reviews

Misotsuchi Icicles (Misotsuchinotsurara)

Reviewed By Erik T - Veszprem County, Hungary

I was just staring at this beautiful phenomenon (there are two big places, one of them is partly artificial by flowing the water to specific spots) for a long time. It was a perfect end after hiking nearby. I arrived in good time to see in natural light and with the unbelievable illumination. Try to come by car or do some fine planning for public transport and some walk. One can only see this miracle in February, but try to manage to catch it.
2月以外に見られないもので、本当の限定です。にぎやかな場所と離れて、行き方が難しいかもしれませんけど、いつか是非見てください。16時前に着いて日が差す時とライトアップの時にも見るのはきっと忘れられない経験になると思います。こういう所が日本の自然を美しくするので、皆は大切にしてください。

9. The Seizenji Temple on Mt. Seitaisan - 8th Pilgrimage Site

598, Yokoze, Yokoze-machi, Chichibu-gun, Saitama Prefecture +81 494-23-3413
Excellent
33%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

The Seizenji Temple on Mt. Seitaisan - 8th Pilgrimage Site

Reviewed By AllanMurphy - Tokyo

It is very pleasant to wander around he Yokose area in any season, but in November, the leaves are in their glory. There is no place better to see them than Seizen-ji Temple. It is a 2 km walk from Yokose station. It is the #8 temple on a pilgrimage route and, so, is well signposted.

10. Chichibu Satsusho Meguri

Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture +81 494-25-1170
Excellent
41%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

Chichibu Satsusho Meguri

Reviewed By Coconeal - Tokyo, Japan

I've just visited some of this pilgrimage temples and strongly been interested in. This historical Japanese pilgrimage is still working. I saw some dressed in white with canes. It was sincere and touching. Traditionally, we must walk through. But Modern pilgrimage can be done by bicycle, bus, car or taxi. To do as a day trip from Tokyo is possible. But to complete 34 temples must take time.
Temples are situated by Mountains or villages. You can experience pristine Japan which might be difficult to find out at city.

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