Chiba is famous for offering a rich natural environment within the Greater Tokyo Area region. With excellent airport access, it attracts large numbers of business and leisure traveler from abroad
. The region also boasts numerous universities and research institutes, with particular strengths in medicine, robots and space engineering.
With a temperate climate and rich natural environment, Chiba is one of Japan’s leading agricultural prefectures and achieved the country’s third-highest agricultural production in fiscal 2013. It is Japan’s top producer of many crops, including daikon (Japanese radish) and edamame (green soybeans).
Largely surrounded by sea, the region has a flourishing fishing industry that boasts Japan’s biggest catches of sardines and Japanese sea bass.
Tokyo Disneyland, one of Japan’s largest leisure facilities, is located in Chiba Prefecture. Indisputably the nation’s most popular theme park, in fiscal 2013 it attracted around 31 million visitors, three times the number visiting Japan’s second-largest amusement park.
Narita Airport and several ports are also situated in Chiba Prefecture, providing excellent international access. For this reason, large-scale logistics centers and the headquarters of major domestic retailers are located in the prefecture.
Chiba is home to many universities with strengths in science and engineering, including Chiba University, the University of Tokyo Kashiwa Campus, Nihon University facilities, and the Chiba Institute of Technology. In addition to a range of industries, it has attracted high-quality research institutes, including many medical research centers. As well as Chiba University and Toho University’s Narashino campus, these include independent administrative institutions in the medical field, such as the National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology and National Cancer Center.