Chiba Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kanto region and the Greater Tokyo Area. Its capital is Chiba City.
Chiba Prefecture borders Ibaraki Prefecture to the north at the Tone River, Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture to the west at the Edo River, the Pacific Ocean to the east and Tokyo Bay around its southern boundary. Most of Chiba lies on the hilly Boso Peninsula, a rice farming region: the east coast, known as the Kujukuri Plain, is an especially productive area. The most populous zone, in the northwest of the prefecture, is part of the Kanto region that extends into the urban agglomeration of Tokyo and Saitama. The Kuroshio Current flows near Chiba, which keeps it relatively warm in winter and cooler in summer than neighbouring Tokyo.
Thirty-seven cities are located in Chiba Prefecture:
-Towns and villages
These are the towns and villages in each district:
Chiba Prefecture is home to one national-level museum and several prefectural and local museums.
The National Museum of Japanese History is located in Sakura and focuses on the history, archaeology, and folk culture of Japan.
The Chiba prefectural museums consist of a main museum, the Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba in the central Chuo-ku ward of Chiba City, and six branch museums throughout the prefecture.
The Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art is in Chiba City.
The Chiba Prefectural Boso-no-mura in Sakae focuses on the local culture of the late Edo period, and the Chiba Prefectural Otone Museum in Katori focuses on the culture of the Tone River basin.
The reconstructed Japanese castles of Sekiyado and Otaki host regional historical museums.
The Chiba Museum of Science and Industry is located in Ichihara on the site of a former factory, and the Coastal Branch of Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba in Katsuura focuses on the marine environment of the Pacific Ocean coast.
Numerous other municipalities in the prefecture also host museums.
Libraries and archives
The Chiba Prefectural Library consists of three libraries.
The Chiba Prefectural Central Library is located in the central Chuo-ku ward of Chiba City directly southwest of Chiba Castle and in close proximity to the City of Chiba offices. The Central Library houses a general collection as well as the central research collection for the prefecture.
The Chiba Prefectural West Library is located in Matsudo next to the Matsudo Museum, and houses a research collection focused on natural history and the fine arts.
The Chiba Prefectural East Library is located in Asahi, and houses a research collection focused on the literature and history of the prefecture. The Chiba Prefectural Archives are located across the Miyako River from the City of Chiba offices. The archive maintains a collection of rare books and materials from across the prefecture, as well as materials related to the administration of Chiba Prefecture.
Each municipality in the prefecture maintains a local libraries, and many shrines and temples maintain archival collections related to their institutions.
Chiba University in Inage, Chuo
Chiba Economic University in Inage
The Open University of Japan in Mihama
The Meteorological College of Japan
Heisei Teikyo University in Mihama
Shukutoku University in Chuo
Tokyo Information Sciences University in Wakaba
Tokyo Dental College in Mihama
Kanda University of International Studies in Mihama
Tokyo University of Career Development in Chuo
Toho University - Narashino Campus
Nihon University - Funabashi Campus
Nihon University - Matsudo Campus
Ryutsu Keizai University
Chiba Commerce University
Wayo Women's University
Tokyo University - Kashiwa Campus
Chiba University - Kashiwanoha Campus
Nihonbashi Gakkan University
Nishogakusha University - Kasiwa Campus
Chiba Institute of Technology
Nihon University - Narashino and Mimomi Campus