Nicknamed “Little Shibuya” for its reputation as a shopping destination, Kashiwa is home to large-scale shopping malls and peaceful parks. It also boasts a historic family residence exhibiting fine Edo Period architecture.
Things to do in Kashiwa
Gain insight into the history of Kashiwa at the Old Yoshida Family House, an Edo Period residence that was owned by an influential soy sauce brewing family. Admire the intricately carved posts shaped like cranes and the expertly thatched roof.
Need some retail therapy? Head to one of the many big shopping malls dotting Kashiwa, including Lalaport, Aeon Town and Mallage Kashiwa. Browse the wares on offer in the big-name Japanese department stores and shop for your favourite international brands, with food courts serving global cuisines.
Escape the bustle of Kashiwa in Kashiwanoha Park, which centres around a tranquil pond and traditional teahouse. There are picturesque walking trails and a children’s playground, as well as a fragrant rose garden and cherry blossoms that flower during spring.
For a taste of the Netherlands in the heart of Japan, head to the Akebonoyama Agriculture Park. It’s home to a Dutch-inspired windmill, colourful tulip displays and a scenic pond where you can relax with a picnic. It’s particularly famed for its towering sunflowers that ignite the landscape in bright yellow during summer.
Getting around Kashiwa
It’s just over an hour by train from Kashiwa to Tokyo and around 1.5 hours to Haneda Airport. Both trains and buses travel throughout Kashiwa.