It is a middling prefecture in most respects – nothing special really, although I love it as for me it is home! It is known for its vegetables and seafood, which it supplies to Tokyo and other areas. It is particularly renowned for its peanuts and Japanese pears, of which it is Japan’s leading producer. Ichikawa, which is said to have begun cultivating pears in the 18th century, plays a central role in this regard.
As its housing and commodity prices are generally lower than in central Tokyo, Chiba prefecture is home to large numbers of commuters. Furthermore, if you fly to Tokyo, Chiba will be the first part of Japan you see as Narita airport is based there even though your ticket says “Tokyo”. Not surprisingly, Tokyo Disneyland is also in Chiba. We have an official prefectural mascot, a little red dog called “Chiba-kun”, who forms the shape of the Boso peninsula when he stands.