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city in Chiba Prefecture, Japan

Kashiwa (柏) is a city in Chiba prefecture, Japan. It is locally known as "Little Shibuya" due to the shopping.

Get inEdit

 
Street in front of Kashiwa station

From Tokyo

Kashiwa is served by the JR Joban Line from Tokyo's Ueno station. Rapid services take approximately 30-35 minutes from Ueno (some mid-day services take 25 minutes) at a cost of 450¥. The Joban Line serves 3 station in Kashiwa city - Minami-Kashiwa, Kita-Kashiwa and Kashiwa stations. Kashiwa station is main and is served by all type of trains on the Joban Line.

Local trains continue onto the Chiyoda Line of Tokyo Metro, with some going all the way to the Odakyu Line on the other side of Tokyo. Given the number of stops and routing combinations, taking the local service will be reasonable only if your starting or ending point on the Chiyoda Line. In other cases, taking rapid or special rapid trains on the Joban Line and transferring from/to other lines at major stations in Tokyo(Kita-Senju, Nippori, Tokyo, Shinagawa) will generally make the ride faster and easier.

Another major line connecting north-western part of the Kashiwa city with Tokyo is Tsukuba Express. There are only 2 stations, main one being Kashiwanoha-campus station(served by up to commuter-rapid trains), another one is Kashiwatanaka station(served by only local trains). Since the line is quite new and private, and also starts only from Akihabara station, fares are relatively high. Using Tsukuba Express will make sense only if you are coming from Akihabara/Asakusa area or you need to get exactly to north-western part of the city(with university campuses, Kashiwanoha stadium, baseball field and National Cancer Center).

From Funabashi/Chiba or Omiya/Saitama

There is also another line that connects the Kashiwa city with another cities of Chiba Prefecture and with Saitama Prefecture, avoiding Tokyo. Tobu Urban Park Line, formerly known as Tobu Noda Line, connects Funabashi station in Chiba Prefecture with Omiya station in Saitama Prefecture, making stop at the Kashiwa station(in fact, in most of cases you will have to change the train). Since this line goes from the south-east to north-west, repeating the orientation of the city, it has the biggest number of stations in Kashiwa city - Toyoshiki, Kashiwa(transfer to JR Joban Line), Shin-Kashiwa, Masuo, Sakasai, Takayanagi stations.

From Narita International Airport

2 buses per day operated by Narita Airport Transport directly connect Kashiwa station and Kashiwanoha-campus station with Narita Airport.

Fastest way getting from airport to Kashiwa station by train will be taking Keisei Narita Skyaccess to Shin-Kamagaya station and then transferring to Tobu Urban Park Line. Another way would be taking Keisei Line to Keisei-Narita Station and transferring to train on the JR Narita Line heading to Kashiwa station. It will take 10-20 minutes longer, but around 200¥ cheaper than first way.

Get aroundEdit

By train

While Kashiwa is serviced by three different train lines, usage of trains for getting around will be fairly limited. Especially considering that all three lines run by different companies and have different fare systems. For example, getting from Kashiwanoha-campus station to Kashiwa station by train(using only 2 lines) will cost you 380¥, while same route by bus will cost you only 210¥. Or getting from Kashiwanoha-campus to Kita-Kashiwa using all 3 lines will cost you whopping 510¥.

By bus

The bus system offers highest coverage for public transport at fairly competitive price. But it might be a little bit confusing for unprepared person, so better use google maps/NAVITIME.

By car

Since, except areas around the stations of Kashiwa and Kashiwanoha-campus, most of Kashiwa city is thriving suburbs, getting around by car might be best option.

By bicycle

Even though Kashiwa city does not have dedicated bicycle lanes(except area around Kashiwanoha-campus station) and bike sharing system, bicycle probably is one of best way to get around. Most drivers are polite as in the rest of Japan, but it is good to be careful riding a bike. Also you can rent a bicycle near Kashiwa station or Kashiwanoha-campus station (both for 1 day or 1 month). During weekends and holidays it is also possible to rent a bike near Teganuma lake, but it is more for recreational purposes rather than for getting around. By the way, there is 18-km cycling course around Teganuma lake and also Edogawa and Tonegawa cycling roads passes through west and east of Kashiwa city.

SeeEdit

  • 1 Old Yoshida Family's House History Park (旧吉田家住宅歴史公園). Tu-Su, 9:30-16:30. Historic samurai house turned into history park.
  • Suwa Jinja (Technically in Nagareyama city, right on the border with the city of Kashiwa, but closest station is Toyoshiki, making it an easy ride from Kashiwa station). Very popular among local people. During New Year time attracting people from all neighboring cities. If you want to visit during hatsumode (1st-3rd of January), you might stand in line around 1 hour.
  • Old Tega Church. Only Saturday and Sunday mornings. Oldest Christian church in the Greater Tokyo Area, established in 1881. In fact, it is an Orthodox Christian church in an old Japanese-style building. So, it may not be as impressive as Nikolai-do at Ochanomizu, but delivers a unique Japan-only experience.

DoEdit

Football - J-league 1 team Kashiwa Reysol play their home games in two stadia located out of the city centre. Built in the clubs most successful spell the newer Kashiwa no-ha stadium is used for higher profile matches. The clubs original Hitachi stadium is used for the rest and despite being smaller has no athletics track thus a better atmosphere. On match days, buses to Kashiwa no-ha stadium leave from the Bus stops on the West side of Kashiwa station and buses to the Hitachi leave from the East side, the large no. of yellow clad supporters should be a good indicator of where to queue. Tickets can be bought outside the stadium on match day or from the club shop before, if you can get a seat behind the goal prepare for uniquely Japanese coordinated singing.

Vampire Check out this strange pet shop on the westside of Kashiwa station. Featured animals are monkeys, bats, snakes, tropical birds, turtles, and a pig who is commonly found roped outside the shop.

Kashiwa Festival Usually held the last week of July or first week of August. Expect large crowds, an assortment of food stalls, Taiko drumming performances, and the locals decked out in their summer kimonos.

Information Kashiwa Information Centre, VAT bld. 3F, 1-1-11 (take the south exit from kashiwa stn. turn left and climb one set of stairs), +81 7168-8686. 9.00AM - 7.00PM. If you need to quickly check/ send emails this centre offers 30mins free access. Also a good place to pick up Tokyo listings magazine Metropolis and get general Kashiwa info. Occasionally there will be English speakers here to help out but all the staff are very friendly and will make an effort

BuyEdit

  • Takashimaya. This high-end department store chain is located within Kashiwa station.
  • Sogo. Large department store out the east exit of Kashiwa station features more mature fashion and a Chinese restaurant on the top floor.
  • Vat. This department store is similar to 109 in Shibuya. Shop list includes Rienda, Mecury Duo, Swordfish, Spiga, Anap, Uniqlo, Stussy, Tommy Hilfiger, Ash & Diamonds, Egoist, Rodeo Crowns, R&E shoes, and Shake Shake
  • Marui (0101). Girly shopping
  • Vintage and second hand shops These shops have high quality retro apparel but generally do not buy clothes.
  • Ario. This is a massive shopping center on Route 16, a little less than a half hour by car east of Kashiwa station. Not very easy or fast access by bus but easy access by car if driving on a road parallel to the often crowded Route 16. It has three floors of mall atmosphere, including a very large game arcade, a toy museum, and some chain boutique stores otherwise only in the Tokyo area. A good way to spend several hours. There are also plenty of stores and eating options on the road between central Kashiwa and Ario.

EatEdit

BudgetEdit

  • Sakana Club Hama, Kashiwanoha 5-1-5. Open during weekdays and during lunch on Saturday. Sushi place on the first floor of Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute of Tokyo University in Kashiwa campus. You can get seafood donburi for 550 yen and sushi set with udon for around 800 yen. Budget option if you somehow ended up near Kashiwanoha-campus station.
  • White Gyoza. Famous chain from neighboring Noda city. Serves two types of dumplings{ fried (more famous) and boiled 450 yen for each type of dumpling.

Mid-rangeEdit

  • Yakiniku bar Tomosankaku. Kashiwa-exclusive yakiniku chain. Promises high quality beef for reasonable prices. Has several spots near Kashiwa station.
  • Chaka, 1-5-4, Asahi-cho (Take the south exit from Kashiwa station and turn right Chaka is on the 5th floor of the building directly in front of you with fairy lights and a Jack Daniels sign.), +81 471-41-3633. 5.30PM - 2AM. Impeccable English speaking service, reasonably priced fusion cuisine, charming mellow atmosphere, extensive wine list as well as an exceptionally long staff sung birthday celebration. Good for a date.
  • Raja. Chain Nepalese Curry restaurant in Minami Kashiwa. Good service, reasonable curry (raja set Y1000) and cheap lunchtime deals.
  • Station Mall. Kashiwa station mall 7th floor has a bevy of restaurants from Chinese to Italian plus sushi and Tempura.
  • Sogo Mall (Directly outside Kashiwa station, turn left. 1st Floor.).
  • Mochi Cream, traditional Japanese sweets with 24 modern flavours. Sogo Malls are throughout Japan with the 1st floor dedicated to sweets.

SplurgeEdit

DrinkEdit

  • [dead link] Consent, 277-0021, 6-2 Umezawa bd (From Kashiwa stn. take the East exit go down the escalator near Bic Camera and walk straight until you come to a large crossroads. turn right and continue straight passing Kashiwa shrine on your left. Consent is on the 4th road on your right on the 2nd floor), +81 4-7107-8222, . 6PM-midnight. Design haven complete with bubble seat, flat screen TVs w. playable PS2, personable hip staff and endless reading material. Assorted light fare, cakes and a good range of beer. Try the pizza with raw egg. limited seating available call for reservations. drinks from ¥500 food ¥600-¥800.
  • The Hub (Near Kashiwa stn (West Exit)). Chain pseudo-British Pub. Friendly Staff, Big screen sports, English Menu and Easy order at the bar make up for slightly expensive drinks (pint of lager Y690) and occasional harassment from English teachers/learners. Reasonably priced bar food available.
  • The Cavern (Walk down the left hand side of Kashiwa Shrine and The Cavern is at the first crossroads.). Another, more accurate, rendition of a British pub, but this time with a twist. This "Beatles" theme bar is rammed with memorabilia of the Fab Four. The Beatles are unsurprisingly constantly playing but you can request your favourite track via the request forms on every table. The drinks aren't cheap and there's a steep seating charge but worth a look.
  • Warter, 14-13 Okunan Bld 1F (Near Minami Kashiwa station, walk straight away from the West exit 5mins), . 10PM til early morning. Only local nightclub crowded on the weekends, young crowd, predominantly hip- hop and psychedelic, often featuring local performers. Door varies with event check website generally around ¥2000 drinks from ¥500 although free shots sometimes available.

SleepEdit

  • Crest Hotel, 4-1, Suehiro-cho (Take the West Exit from kashiwa station and walk alongside the Takashimaya Dept. store The Crest is on your right after about 200m), +81 4-7146-1111, fax: +81 471461121. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. single/night ¥10395 double/night ¥16170.

Go nextEdit

Routes through Kashiwa
MitoTsuchiura  N   S  MatsudoKitasenjuUeno
TorideAbiko  N   S  Shin MatsudoKitasenju → into  Nezu
ŌmiyaKasukabeNoda  W   S  → Kamagaya → Funabashi
TsukubaMoriya  N   S  MisatoKitasenjyuAsakusa
MitoTsuchiura  N   S  → Nagareyama → Misato → into Shutoko Expwy → Tokyo
TsuchiuraToride  N   E  MatsudoSumidaAsakusa
ŌmiyaKasukabeNoda  W   S  FunabashiYachiyoChiba
NasuMashikoMooka  N   S  END



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