Highlights of Ibaraki and surrounding region

Many famous tourist destinations in the Northern Metropolitan Area

the Nikko World Heritage site, the Tokyo Disney Resorts, ski resorts in the Kanto area, etc.

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Country Clubs & Hot Springs: 127 county clubs and 135 hot springs.

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Eating & Shopping

Hitachi Beef, fresh seafood such as Angler Fish, delicious fruit, etc.
enjoy shopping at one of the largest gatherings of shopping malls in the Kanto Area.

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Nature & Science

Fukuroda Falls, Kairakuen Park, Tsukuba Science City, etc.

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Sightseeing Information

 

Kairakuen

Kairakuen

Kairakuen designed by Tokugawa Nariaki as “the place of recreation for the public” is one of the three great gardens in Japan along with Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Kourakuen in Okayama. “Mito Plum Blossoms Festival” and other events attract lots of visitors. Seasonal beauty of flowers such as Kirishima azalea in early summer and bush clover in autumn is worth seeing.

Fukuroda Falls

Fukuroda Falls

This is one of the three greatest waterfalls in Japan. The cataract falls against a rock cliff in four sections, and it is said that unless you come here every season, you couldn’t discover its real wonderfulness because it shows us seasonal beauty through the year. So it is also called “Yodo-no-Taki,“ or four times falls.

Kasama Inari Shrine

Kashima Shrine

Kashima Shrine is said to have been established in 660 B.C. and is the oldest and largest shrine in the Kanto area. The shrine is dedicated to Takemikazuchi-no-mikoto, a Shinto god of martial arts and has been revered by the Imperial Family since ancient times.

Mt. TSUKUBA

Mt. TSUKUBA

Mt. Tsukuba has been called for “Mt. Fuji in the west, Mt. Tsukuba in the east” in the old time, and it is also known as the “Purple Peak of Kanto” because of its color change from dawn to dusk. Mt. Tsukuba is 877 meters and you can enjoy climbing a mountain by using a ropeway and a cable car. In the mountain, more than 1,000 kinds of plants can be found.

Hitachi Seaside Park

Hitachi Seaside Park

With an area of about 190 ha, Hitachi Seaside Park boasts its wide variety of seasonal flower gardens such as narcissus and tulip in spring, nemophila in early summer, zinnia in summer and kochia and cosmos in autumn, which attracts lots of visitors.

Ryujin big suspension bridge

Ryujin big suspension bridge

The total length of the bridge is 375 meters. It is the longest in the main island (Honshu) of Japan as a pedestrian bridge, the height from the surface of the lake is 100 meters. Bungy Jumping from 100 meters-high is the highest one in Japan. You can enjoy viewing beautiful panorama of each season from the bridge.

USHIKU DAIBUTSU (A HUGE STATUE OF BUDDHA)

Ushiku Daibutsu (a huge statue of Buddha)

Ushiku Daibutsu (a huge statue of Buddha) is authorized by the Guinness Book of Records as the largest standing Buddha figure in the world. Its height is 120 meters high and you can enter the inside of Buddha by elevator. There is a flower garden on the site and beautiful flowers can be seen with seasons change.

AMABIKI KANNON

Amabiki Kannon (The goddess of easy)

Amabiki Kannon is a goddess of easy delivery, child-raising, ridding of bad luck and economic fortune and Amabiki Kannnon temple is 24th temple of Bando Kannon Reijyo (holy place) where amulets may be obtained This Kannon temple is also famous for the beauty of flowers, such as cherry blossom, peony, azalea, hydrangea and autumn colored leaves. There is a souvenir shop that you can buy original goods.

Hananuki Gorge

Hananuki Gorge

Beautiful landscape is spread out from Hananuki dam to Namerigafuchi and Otakizawa camping area. A promenade is equipped, so you can enjoy hiking and walking. A view seen from Shiomidaki Suspension Bridge over the gorge is magnificent. Especially in autumn, the scenery of colored leaves of trees, whose branches are developing along both sides of the river and make a shape of a tunnel, is splendid.

KASAMA INARI SHRINE

Kasama Inari Shrine

Kasama Inari Shrine is one of famous Inari shrines in Japan and it has been since 651.This shrine worships Ukanomitama-no-mikoto as a god of business and fire prevention. Approx. 3,500,000 people visit the shrine a year.

Hitachi beef

Hitachi beef

The meat is of Japanese black beef raised only by approved cattle-farmers. The quality and the taste are so high that it is one of the most popular Japanese beef.

Anglerfish

Anglerfish

Anglerfish is one of the special features of Ibaraki’s winter cuisine. It is said the best tasty fish in eastern part of Japan is anglerfish, and in western part globefish. Anglerfish tastes best in winter and spring. The anglerfish captured at Joban offshore, where warm current (Oyashio) and cold current (Kuroshio) meet, is superb. Joban anglerfish is so delicious that it’s called ‘Jobanmono’, and sells well at fish market.

Natto

Natto

Soybeans are often called ‘meat from a field,’ and Natto is Japan’s traditional food, fermented soybeans using natto fungus. Most of Mito natto is made of small soybeans, but other types such as made from big beans and black beans are also popular. Special Mito natto is called ‘Waratsuto natto,’ since it is wrapped with fragrant straws, and you can taste original flavor and chewiness that don’t exist in the natto packed in artificial packages.

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Melon

Ibaraki is the top producer of melon in Japan. Melon needs rich, well-drained land, a mild climate, and big temperature differences between night and day, and these conditions match the climate of Ibaraki. Several kinds of netted melons are shipped all over Japan. In May and June ‘Andesu melon,’ and in September and October ‘Earl’s Melon’ are in season.

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日光東照宮

日光東照宮(栃木県)

徳川家康をまつる神社で、境内には国宝や重要文化財を含むさまざまな建造物が並び、その豪華絢爛な美しさは圧巻です。建物には漆や極彩色がほどこされ、柱などには数多くの彫刻が飾られています。

草津温泉

草津温泉(群馬県)

日本三名泉の一つである草津温泉。自然湧出量は日本一を誇り、温泉街の中心には「湯畑」と呼ばれる圧倒的な湯量の源泉があり、湯けむりを舞い上げています。草津名物「湯もみショー」も必見です。

画像提供 富岡市・富岡製糸場

富岡製糸場(群馬県)

明治5年(1872年)、日本初の本格的器械製糸工場として誕生。和洋技術を混交した工場建築で、高品質生糸の大量生産を実現し絹産業の発展をもたらしました。2014年、世界遺産に登録されました。[画像提供:富岡市・富岡製糸場]

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