Sawara 佐原

Chiba's Little Edo

Sawara, a charming town now integrated into Katori, is famous for its matsuri with oversized floats, its iris garden and its nostalgic atmosphere of yesteryear.

Matsuri de Sawara (octobre)

Sawara no taisai, October matsuri.

Katori City


What to see, what to do?

The village of Sawara is peaceful and pleasant to visit in any season.


  • A 30-minute boat trip on the Ono River for 1,300 yen (10€).
  • To visit, the house and the museum of Inô Tadataka , a famous surveyor who made the first map of Japan. He walked and measured all over Japan for 17 years to carry out his mission.

See also: Visit Tokyo in the footsteps of Inô Tadataka



Matsuri de Sawara (juillet)

Sawara Matsuri (July)

Jerome Laborde



  • Katori Jingu , 10 minutes from Sawara, is a Shinto shrine , at the head of the Katori shrines (there are 400 of them). A majestic building , the most prestigious sanctuary in the country of Shimousa (old name for northern Chiba), very old and already very important during the Nara period (710-794).
  • You can also visit a traditional sake factory , Tôkun Shuzô, in operation since 1825. The visit will be accompanied by a tasting!



Sanctuaire Katori jingû

Katori jingu shrine

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Address, timetable & access

  • Address

  • Timetable

    1h30 by bus from Tokyo Station (Yaesu South Exit) to Sawara

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