If you visit the Suigo Sawara Floats Hall, you can experience every aspect of the Sawara Grand Festival, which consists of the summer and autumn festivals. In the theater room of the facility, you can capture the whole picture of Katori City and the Sawara Grand Festival through a video. 2 floats actually used in the biannual festival are also on display at the exhibition room. The approximately 8-meter-high floats were initially made by temple and shrine carpenters, engravers, doll makers and other craftsmen invited from Edo (now Tokyo) by "danna shu" (wealthy people in local regions). A glance at those luxuriously-designed vehicles leaves a strong impression on viewers. The Suigo Sawara Floats Hall is 15 minutes by foot from JR Sawara Station.
For more information, please contact the Suigo Sawara Floats Hall.
Address: 3368 Sawara-i, Katori-shi, Chiba Japan (located on the grounds of the Yasaka Jinja Shrine)
Tel: +81-478-52-4104
URL: http://www.city.katori.lg.jp/dashikaikan/
Opening hours: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: 400 yen for adults and 200 yen for children
Note: Group discounts are available.

Sawara is a town where renowned Inoh Tadataka (1745-1818), who traveled all over Japan on foot to create a map of the country, was raised. Inoh Tadataka was adopted into the Inoh family, a sake brewery in Sawara, at age 17. He devoted himself to the family’s trade and expanded the business, so that he was finally able to run his own outlet in Edo (present-day Tokyo). When he turned 50, Inoh handed over the headship of the family to his son, and then moved to Edo, where he learned astronomy from Takahashi Yoshitoki (1764-1804). Inoh later obtained permission from the Tokugawa shogunate (the then government), and surveyed the coastline around Japan when he was between 55 and 71 years of age. Inoh is said to have traveled a total of 35,000 kilometers on foot over the 16 years. That is equivalent to about 40 million steps. At the museum, a map of Japan, the embodiment of his life and achievement, is on display. The 2,345 items related to Inoh that are owned by the museum were designated as national treasures in 2010.
For more information, please contact the Inoh Tadataka Museum.
Address: 1722-1 Sawara-i, Katori-shi, Chiba Japan
Tel: +81-478-54-1118
URL: http://www.city.katori.lg.jp/museum/
Opening hours: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: 500 yen for adults and 250 yen for children
Note: Group discounts are available.

Ayame-Park stands on the former site of a waterside district situated across Chiba and Ibaraki prefectures that has undergone land improvement to develop fields and paddies. The facility was opened in 1969, when the land improvement work reached its peak, to preserve some part of the old landscape so that people could recall the former splendor of the area. Ayame-Park covers an area of 6 hectares. In May, a 50-meter-long "tunnel of Japanese wisteria" can be enjoyed, while the "iris festival," featuring 1.5 million irises, is held in June. From July, more than 300 species of the sacred lotus can been seen in Ayame-Park at the "sacred lotus festival." Ayame-Park is about 20 minutes from JR Sawara Station by bus (bound for Itako). The festival venue is also accessible by car in 20 minutes from the "Taiei and Katori interchanges" on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway. If you take an express bus for Aso at Tokyo Station, get off at the "Shokubutsu En Mae" (In front of the botanical garden) stop. You can walk to the facility in 3 minutes from there.
For more information, please contact Ayame-Park.
Address: 1837-2 Ogishima, Katori-shi, Chiba Japan
Tel: +81-478-56-0411
URL: http://www.city.katori.lg.jp/sightseeing/ayamepark/index.html
Opening hours:
During the iris festival: 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
During the sacred lotus festival: 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Regular opening hours: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission fee:
April,September to November: 200 yen for adults and 100 yen for children
During the iris festival: 800 yen for adults and 400 yen for children
May to August (not during the iris festival): 600 yen for adults and 300 yen for children
December to March: Free
Note: Group discounts are available.

"Mizu no Sato Sawara," Japan's fist wide-area interchange base that incorporates both "michino eki" (roadside rest stop) and "kawa no eki" (riverside rest stop), was opened in 2010 on the elevated land facing the Tonegawa River that is located by a national road. Katori City is one of the most prominent farming areas in Chiba Prefecture, and fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as many other local specialties produced in the region, are available at michino eki. Meanwhile, kawa no eki is not only a leisure facility to offer hands-on activities related to water, such as a sightseeing boat ride and a pleasure boat trip on the magnificent Tonegawa River, but it is also designed to be used as a disaster management center in case of disaster. Mizu no Sato Sawara is 20 minutes by foot from JR Sawara Station. It also takes you 20 minutes to reach the facility from the station, if you take round trip buses running in Katori City.
For more information, please contact the Mizu no Sato Sawara rest facility.
Kawa no eki Tel: +81-478-52-1138 Opening hours: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Michino eki Tel: +81-478-50-1185 Opening hours: 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (April to September)
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (October to March)
Address: 4051-3 Sawara-i, Katori-shi, Chiba Japan
URL: http://www.e-sawara.com

"Michino Eki (roadside rest stop) Kurimoto: The production area of Benikomachi (a species of sweet potato)" is a 30-minute drive from JR Sawara Station, and is 25 minutes from Narita. If one visits the michino eki from Tokyo, it takes 20 minutes to reach the facility after getting off the Higashi-Kanto Expressway at the "Taiei Interchange." The michino eki is a facility to promote exchange between urban and rural regions, and visitors can buy and eat farm products made in local areas there. Guests can also harvest crops by themselves. Michino Eki Kurimoto is where one can fully enjoy such various exchange and experience activities.

Michino Eki Kurimoto is 20 minutes by bus from Sawara Station on the JR Narita Line.
Take a JR bus for Tako, and get off at Iwabe. You can also visit Michino Eki Kurimoto from Narita Airport Station on the JR Narita Line and the Keisei Line, if riding a Chibakotsu bus bound for Kurimoto for 25 minutes and getting off at Kaishin Iriguchi.
[By car] Michino Eki Kurimoto is a 15-minute drive from the Narita Interchange on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway.
[By Express bus] You can get to Michino Eki Kurimoto by taking a Keisei or Chibakotsu bus for Choshi that departs from Hamamatsucho or Tokyo stations and goes via Asahi. You should get off the bus at the Kurimoto stop.
For more information, please contact Michino Eki Kurimoto "Production Area of Benikomachi."
Address: 1372-1 Sawa, Katori-shi, Chiba Japan
Tel: +81-478-70-5151
URL: http://www.benikomachi.jp/
Direct sales depot: 9:00 a.m-6:00 p.m.
Cafeteria: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.