is a city
located in Chiba
, adjacent to the western seaside of Chiba City
, in Greater Tokyo
As of August 2006, the city has an estimated population of 158,782 and the density of 7,564.6 persons per km². The total area is 20.99 km².
Narashino is home to the Yatsu Higata (谷津干潟), a protected wetlands
for migratory birds
. The spring and summer months see an increase of jellyfish
and small crabs
to the wetlands.
Also found in Narashino is the Yatsu Bara-en (谷津バラ園), a rose garden which displays over 6000 individual blossoms in May and October. The garden was founded with Yatsu Yūen (谷津遊園), an amusement park which was managed by Keisei Electric Railway and closed in 1982. When the park was closed, the city bought the garden, and has managed it since that time.
Three railway companies, East Japan Railway Company
(JR East), Keisei Electric Railway
and Shin-Keisei Electric Railway
operate commuter railways in the city connecting it with the surrounding areas.
The local number
is 047 (omit the zero from overseas telephones). The postal code
The city was founded on August 1
replacing the town of .
is Narashino's sister city.