Overview

Sosa City (匝瑳市; -shi) is a city in northeastern Chiba Prefecture. It borders Tako and Asahi in Block 5, Katori in Block 4 (no JETs) and Yokoshibahikari in Block 6 (no JETs).

Festivals, Events, Tourist Spots


Gion Matsuri (祇園祭)
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Every year, August 4th and 5th
Teams of people carry super heavy portable shrines around Yokaichiba. Stands sell drink and food.
Yokappe Matsuri

Every year, October
Yosakoi dance teams in the street, many stalls selling food and drink. One day usually.
Odaka Hadaka Matsuri

early January

Jinkumi Lion Dance

every January

Yōkaichiba Bon Festival Dance



Chiba City Museum of Art (千葉市美術館 chiba-shi bijutsukan)
Open 10AM-6PM (Fri/Sat until 8PM)
Closed the first Monday of every month
〒260-8733 千葉県千葉市中央区中央3-10-8
3-10-8 Chuo, Chuo-ku, Chiba-shi
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Restaurants


Name
Genre
Address (JP)
Address (ENG)
Access
Hours
Website
Notes
Hanagoya
ramen


Drive down highway 126 towards Yokoshiba/Togane (west) and Hanagoya is on the right side of the road after you pass GEO Hypermedia (DVD/Manga rental and game shop)


Christopher's favorite ramen in Sosa.
Otafuku
teishoku (set meal)


On the 126 beside Karaoke Ban Ban.


Ramen, curry, clam/pork cutlet based rice dishes.
Uchiyamaya
Japanese


Small, easy to miss building next to 7-Eleven on the road leading up to Sosa High School.


Tasty dishes cooked by a house full of mothers. Katsu Curry comes highly recommended. Udon/Soba/Tendon and cold noodles also available.
Ni bun no ichi (1/2 cafe)
Korean


Parking lot 25 metres down the road from the cafe. Opposite CAINZ Home.


It's a cafe with various coffees, teas, yoghurt drinks and milkshakes. Food is a selection of snack foods, delicious cakes, pastas and Korean noodles/Bi bin ba. The owner can make pretty much anything, but let her know you're coming in advance if you want specialty dishes made for you.
Coco's
family restaurant





Probably the best of the family restaurants in Sosa. Steak, hamburger steak, pasta and various other foods. Drink bar (all you can drink soft drinks) and a frequently changing selection of desserts available.
KFC
fast food





Expensive, unhealthy, fried chicken based meals for days when you can't be bothered to cook. Highly recommended.

Daily Life Resources


Shopping/Supermarkets

Name
Hours
Address (JP)
Address (ENG)
Access
Notes
PARCO (パルコ)
10-20:30
〒260-0013
千葉市中央区中央2-2-2
2-2-2 Chuo, Chuo-ku, Chiba-shi
Right across from monorail Yoshikawa-koen, 15 min walk from Chiba Station or take the bus from Chiba Station (boarding spot #16). Parking is available.
Parco has tons of shops and restaurants!

Government Offices

Name
Hours
Address (JP)
Address (ENG)
Access
Notes
Chiba Prefectural Office (県庁 kencho)
8:30-17:00
千葉市中央区市場町1-1
1-1 Ichiba-cho, Chuo-ku
10 min walk from JR Honchiba Station, right next to monorail Kenchomae Station
There are two buildings, the Honchousha (本庁舎) and the Nakachousha (中庁舎) that connect on 1F and 5F.
Chiba Central Police Station (中央警察署 chuo keisatsu-sho)

千葉市中央区中央港1-13-1
1-13-1 Chuo-kou, Chuo-ku
5 min walk from Chiba Minato Station (JR Keiyo, monorail)
You can update your driver's license information here.

Medical


Name
Hours
Address (JP)
Address (ENG)
Access
Notes
Araki Optician



On highway 126.
The only glasses shop with an eye doctor on site. Bring your insurance card to register at the clinic. As a bonus, Araki-san (the owner) is fluent in English. Spectacles are expensive but the service is top notch.













Entertainment

Name
Hours
Address (JP)
Address (ENG)
Access
Notes
Karaoke Ban Ban



25 minute walk from Yokaichiba train station.
Fun, reasonably priced karaoke.
GEO Hypermedia




DVD rental from 100yen. 300yen for new titles. Japanese films tend not to have English subtitles so be sure to check.














Car Stuff and Places to Park


Transportation

  • JR Sobu Main Line goes through Sosa, the main stop being Yoka-ichiba (八日市場) Station.
  • Main roads are Rt. 296 (Narita Highway) that starts from Funabashi and cuts through Tomisato and Tako to Sosa; also Rt. 126 goes north-south from Choshi to Togane.
  • Buses: No idea.

Local Tips and Tricks/Misc.

  • Free Japanese language classes weekly at Yokaichiba library. Every Saturday 10.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.

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