Transportation

Located right next to Tokyo, Chiba Prefecture is covered by an extensive transportation network connecting Chiba Prefecture both internally and externally.

Driving in Chiba

Main article: Driving in Chiba

Public Transportation in Chiba

There are three main options for using public transportation to get around and out of Chiba.

Highway buses

Main article: Highway buses
Highway buses (高速バス kōsoku basu) are a convenient method of transportation for getting to/from Tokyo, Chiba City, and other major destinations, especially for JETs and Chiba-WI ALTs with outer coastal area placements.

Local buses

Main article: Local buses
These can be frequent or infrequent depending on your location, but can be handy in a pinch.

Trains

Main article: Trains
Trains are one of the main means of transportation for going to Tokyo and Chiba City, but they become more inconvenient the farther out you get.
How to check for train delays during typhoons, etc.

Taxis

The Chiba-tour website has a detailed guide on how to use taxis.

There is also a service called 代行 (daikou) that works like a taxi service except an extra driver will drive your car home for you. For example, if you drive to a bar, you can park your car, have a few drinks, and call a daiko service to drive you and your car home safely. You can also use it when going to the airport: you can drive to the airport, and then the daiko driver will return your car to your house for you (and come pick you up).

Airport

Chiba is well connected domestically and internationally thanks to its easy access to Japan's two most foremost international hubs by train, bus, or car.
  • Narita International Airport
  • Haneda International Airport

Ferry

While not so popular as the other forms of transportation, the Tokyo Bay Ferry (東京湾フェリー Tōkyō-wan Ferii) is a more leisurely option for traveling from Chiba to Kanagawa Prefecture. The ferry links Kanaya Port in Kyonan Town, Chiba Prefecture with Kurihama Port in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Bicycle

Read about how to register your bicycle and bike-related laws on the AJET website.

Chiba is a wonderful place to enjoy cycling. Roads are plentiful and traffic is pretty slim around the countryside. It's a perfect place to take advantage of the open road, get some fresh air, and some quality exercise. Chiba features a variety of roads both prominent in hills (some traversing rather short mountains) and long seemingly endless flats. There are also a few wonderful opportunities to follow the Pacific, enjoy the scenery, towns, and attractions along the way.

There are a number of different ways to get a bicycle that's worth riding in Chiba. Cycle shops tend to be in higher concentrations in city centers or larger malls. Seo-Cycle in Soga is a good place to start. You can get fitted, purchase, and register your bike at any cycle shop.

Japan is also incredibly friendly to cyclist who travel using public transportation. Bicycles are allowed in trains, buses, taxis and airplanes if properly stored in a bag designed for bicycle transportation. You can literally take your bike anywhere in Japan and enjoy a variety of different scenic rides. The cycle community is quite extensive throughout the country, and Chiba boasts some pretty awesome sites to encourage you to get pedaling.