Overview

Asahi City (旭市; -shi) is a city in northeast Chiba. It borders Choshi, Tohnosho, Sosa (Block 5), Katori (Block 4, no JETs), and the Pacific Ocean.

Festivals, Events, Tourist Spots


Tanabata Matsuri

Around Asahi station usually on August 6-7
Trucks with ghettoblasters cruise around town at incredibly low speed followed by anywhere from 20 - 40 people dancing along to the music. Dancing styles include but are not limited to children's songs, "Soran-bushi" and faster pace practically hip hop "Yosakoi."
Shiosai Marathon

In Asahi/ Iioka area beginning of February
For interested runners, there are options to run 5km, 10km or even half-marathons. Entry period usually starts around mid-October and goes until the beginning of December.
YOU遊フェスティバル (You-yu- Festival)


The end of July (7/25/2015)
An exciting festival that takes place right alongside Iioka Beach. There is a beach volleyball tournament as well as many performances, but the biggest event is the hour-long fireworks display.
Asahi City Iioka You-Yu Festival (Iioka Beach 飯岡海岸), 20:00-21:00 (7,000 fireworks) Google maps
旭砂の彫刻美術展 (Asahi Sand Sculpture Display)


The end of July
Sand sculptors from all across Japan are invited to create impressive works of art out of sand right on the beach. The display usually lasts about a week or two, and they can be viewed during the day or at night. During one night there are performances as well as a fireworks display.
Iioka Beach (飯岡)

Sangawa, Asahi City 旭市三川 Google maps
Open July 11-August 23, 2015
Yasashigaura Beach (矢指ケ浦)

3260 Shiinauchi, Asahi City 旭市椎名内3260 Google maps
Open July 11-August 23, 2015


Restaurants


Name
Genre
Address (JP)
Address (ENG)
Access
Hours
Website
Notes
Denmaru
Ramen


Opposite Yamada Denki electrical appliances and a couple shops down the road from UNIQLO on highway 126.


An ALT favorite. Thin noodles and a lighter soup. All the usual flavors as well as Tsukemen (the kind where you dip the noodles in a separate bowl of soup).
楽今(ラッキョ) /Ninja Okonomiyaki
Okonomiyaki
千葉県旭市4499-9
Chiba, Asahi City, 2-4499-9
Along the 104 past Asahi 2nd JHS. About 8 minutes by car from Asahi Station.


Okonomiyaki. No windows so try to wear clothes that you don't mind smelling like Okonomiyaki afterwards. The "ping pong" button to call the serving staff is made out of an old Super Nintendo (famicom). Service is so-so.
とどろき
Okonomiyaki


Right outside the parking lot (car park) for Asahi Sun Mall (Aeon) on Highway 126.


Small place with tables for around 4-5 people.
まつ吉(Matsuyoshi)
Udon
千葉県旭市106
Chiba, Asahi City, 2-106
Opposite Asahi Sunmall on highway 126.


A small udon restaurant that makes its own noodles. The curry udon with korroke is one of their most popular dishes. Service is also very good; the Mama-san really loves ALTs.
Flavors Cafe
Burgers, Omurice, Curry, Milkshakes
千葉県旭市飯岡2221-1

From Iioka JHS, it's about 5 minutes away by car along the 30 heading towards Choshi.


If you're in the mood for American burgers and french fries, as well as having a milkshake from a Mason jar for dessert, this is the place for you! A small, cozy restaurant with a nice atmosphere and a beach view.
Home of Mothers
Sherbet, Ice cream





If there is any reason to come to Asahi, it's to eat ice cream from Home of Mothers. Handmade, with seasonal flavors.
Fry Pan
Omurice


Opposite Denny's.


Not a kind of underwear. Nice family owned place underneath a dance studio that sells great omurice (Omelette with rice inside).
Sushiro
Sushi





ALT favorite/Japanese favorite. Super cheap, surprising good. Often busy during dinner times but waiting times are usually short. You can amuse yourself with gacha gacha machines (capsule toys) while you wait.
Kappazushi
Sushi





Good sushi, not quite as good as sushiro in one's humble opinion. As a bonus, specially ordered sushi arrives on a model shinkansen. Easily worth going for this feature alone.
Gumbo
Bar





Excellent bar. The owner is the star of a local rock band and knows the ALTs very well (probably because we frequent the place so often). Occasionally holds live music gigs.

Daily Life Resources


Shopping/Supermarkets

Name
Hours
Address (JP)
Address (ENG)
Access
Notes
Unakami Cainz Home
10:00- 20:00
千葉県旭市三川字犬林 セの4334-1

On Highway 126 going towards Choshi.
Biggest supermarket in the Iioka area. Usually used by the Unakami JHS and Iioka JHS ALTs since it's the closest.
Asahi AEON Sunmall (Jusco Supermarket)




Not as big as Choshi AEON, but has the Jusco Supermarket, Daiso 100 Yen Shop, Sunmall Cinema, as well as many other clothing stores.
Big House
9:00-21:30
千葉県旭市ニ6017-1

On Highway 126 going towards Sosa, near Kappazushi
The best supermarket in the area, but is a little far away.
Gyomu Supermarket (業務スーパー)
9:00-20:00
千葉県旭市二3092

Along Highway 126, near the McDonalds
Supermarket that is usually used by restaurant owners. Wide selection of frozen food and sauces. There are also many foreign foods sold here, such as frozen tortillas.

Government Offices

Name
Hours
Address (JP)
Address (ENG)
Access
Notes
Asahi City Hall (旭市役所)
8:30-17:15
千葉県旭市ニ1920



Asahi City Board of Education

千葉県旭市高生1


Frequently used by Asahi ALTs since our supervisors work here. Whenever we have a problem, this is where we go to get some help.

Medical


Name
Hours
Address (JP)
Address (ENG)
Access
Notes
Asahi Chuo Hospital

千葉県旭市イの1326番地


Biggest hospital in the area.
Kitafusa Orthodontic Clinic
9:00-18:00


About a 3 minute walk from Asahi Station.
Although he is mainly an orthodontist, he also gives dental exams. Dr. Kitafusa also speaks fluent English and does teeth cleaning, wisdom teeth extractions, etc.

Entertainment


Name
Hours
Address (JP)
Address (ENG)
Access
Notes
SEGA WORLD




An arcade. Haven't been yet, but heard from students that it's really rather great.
Wonder Goo




The second main reason to visit Asahi. WongerGOO sells CD/DVD/Blu-ray, every game console currently on the market, new games, good selection of second hand games, all the newest manga, large selection on second hand manga, make-up and books. Point card available. Large discounts for buying on specific days. Make-up day/games day/manga day etc.
Book Off




The best place to buy cheap manga. Buy almost any series (except brand new volumes) for 100yen each. Bargainous.
Aeon Mall




  • Cinema
  • Games center - UFO prize grabber machines. Plenty of ways to enjoyably part with your JET salary.


Car Stuff and Places to Park

Name
Access
Notes
Nakanishi Auto Repair
Right across the street from Asahi 2nd JHS.
An auto repair shop. Mr. Nakanishi fixes cars for a really good price, and for ALTs looking to buy a car he helps look for a safe and reliable car. One of the nicest people in the world.
Yamamoto Car Insurance
Right next door to Nakanishi Auto Repair.
Car insurance place. Mr. Yamamoto is nice and will help set ALTs up with car insurance.

Transportation

  • JR Sobu Main Line runs through Asahi City.

  • Buses: Chiba Kosoku Bus (千葉高速バス). Stops in front of Asahi Chuo Hospital and Sunmall and goes all the way to Tokyo.

Local Tips and Tricks/Misc.



External Links