Sightseeing & leisure


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Northern Part

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.

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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.

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Hitachi Seaside Park

Hitachi Seaside Park

With an area of about 200 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

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Izura Rokkaku-do, a hexagonal building

Izura Rokkaku-do, a hexagonal building

Rokkaku-do was designed in Meiji era by Tenshin Okakura, the forerunner of modern Japanese arts. It is a red hexagonal building and is named “ Kanran-tei “. Tenshin and Taikan Yokoyama, a famous Japanese-style painter, spent time deep in thought on the steep, broken cliff.

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TENSHIN MEMORIAL MUSEUM OF ART, Ibaraki

TENSHIN MEMORIAL MUSEUM OF ART, Ibaraki

Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art, Ibaraki is located in Izura that is known as a picturesque place for its beautiful seashore with different shapes of bays and a pine tree forest, which is one of the Top 100 beaches. The sound of its melodious waves is also selected for the Top 100 beautiful sound scenic spots.

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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.

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日立かみね公園

Hitachi Kamine Park

This park spreads out in the gentle hilly area. Approximately 1,000 cherry trees such as Someiyoshino are in full bloom from the early April to mid April. Kamine Park mainly consists of 3 areas, Leisure land, Amusement park and Zoo. You can enjoy going on a Ferris wheel and other attractions at “Leisure land”, a merry-go-round and others at “Amusement park”, and you can see lions, tigers, capybaras and Japan’s oldest living hippopotamus. There are 500 animals of 70 kinds at the zoo.

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Central Part

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.

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AQUA WORLD, Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium

AQUA WORLD, Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium

AQUA WORLD Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium boasts the largest number of sharks in Japan. You can meet approximately 580 kinds of 68,000 creatures in the world’s sea here.

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Kasama Pottery

Kasama Pottery

Kasama pottery features its sensitivity expressed with a liberal idea. Kasama pottery originated during the Anei era from 1772 to 1781 during the Edo period, when an artisan “Kuno-Hanemon” started a pottery kiln under the guidance of the potter in Shigaraki, “Choemon.”

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IBARAKI AIRPORT

IBARAKI AIRPORT

Easy & Convenient Air Travel
Ibaraki Airport was opened on March 11, 2010 as the third airport in the Metropolitan area. This airport is located at a distance of about 80km from Tokyo. There is a large free parking lot in front of the terminal building (maximum 2,600 cars available). Local specialty products of Ibaraki are selling at the Ibaraki Airport.

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Oarai Bating Beach

Oarai Bating Beach

This beach is selected both as one of “Japan’s one hundred most beautiful beaches,” and as one of “Japan’s one hundred best beaches with white sands and green pine groves.” Oarai bathing beach is surrounded by some big and small rocks. “AQUA WORLD Oarai Aquarium,” hotels, inns, and camping sites are in the near distance. Also, you can enjoy tasting various kinds of seafood at Oarai.

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Kodokan, an old clan school

Kodokan, an old clan school

Kodokan is the largest clan school built by Nariaki Tokugawa, Mito’s ninth feudal lord, in 1841. It was like a university in its time where students can learn about medicine, pharmacy and astronomy and others. It played a central role in the development of Mito-logy.

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Oarai Isosaki Shrine

Oarai Isosaki Shrine

Oarai Isosaki Shrine enshrines Ohnamuchi-no-mikoto and Sukunahikona-no-mikoto as the deity. Ohnamuchi-no-mikoto is known as Daikoku-sama who is regarded as the deity of making an affluent country. Sukunahikona-no-mikoto is regarded as the deity of medicine. People visit the shrine praying for good health, happiness, marriage, great knowledge and virtue.

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Kasama Inari Shrine

Kasama Inari Shrine

The Kasama Inari Shrine is counted as one of the three major Inari Shrines in Japan. Enshrined at Kasama, Inari Shrine is the deity Ukanomitama-no-kami. This deity is considered the god of the harvest and is also worshipped as the god of fortune, the god of good luck, and the god who prevents the outbreak of fire. Established in 651, this shrine has a history of roughly 1350 years.

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Southern Part

Lake Kasumigaura

Lake Kasumigaura

This is the second largest lake in Japan. You can enjoy cruising on an excursion ship. In summer sailboats (Hobiki-sen) are in operation, and in winter lots of migratory birds arrive here.

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Ushiku Daibutsu, a great statue of Budda

Ushiku Daibutsu, a great statue of Budda

This Budda is 120 meters tall and is recorded as the tallest standing bronze statue in the world in the Guinness Book. Amidanyorai (Amitabha tathagata) has 12 lights of blessing and that’s why the statue is 120 meters tall. You can see the inside of the statue by riding an elevator.

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Tsukuba Expo Center

Tsukuba Expo Center

This center was built as one of the facilities to introduce scientific technologies, commemorating “Tsukuba Expo ’85.” A full scale 50 meters high model of H-Ⅱ rocket is installed outside, and a planetarium which is one of the largest in Japan is inside the building.

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Mt. Tsukuba

Mt. Tsukuba

877 meters tall Mt. Tsukuba rises magnificently in broad Kanto Plain, and it has been referred as one of the two great mountains in Japan, as Mt. Fuji in the west , Mt. Tsukuba in the east. It is also called ‘Shiho’(purple crest), because the surface of the mountain changes its color in the morning and in the evening.

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Western Part

Koga Park

Koga Park

The park is 250,000 square meters in area and has a large swamp and a lotus pond. Peach blossoms festival is held from late March to early April. During the season, 2000 peach trees bear pale pink, white, and red colored blossoms, which is one of the most beautiful sceneries. In June, ‘Oga Lotus‘(Ancient Lotus)that has come back into existence fills the pond with lots of large flowers.

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Yuki Tsumugi, silk pongee

Yuki Tsumugi, silk pongee

This is traditional high class silk texture taken over from the Nara period, and registered by the government as ‘Traditional craftworks.’ Originally it was single colored plain fabrics, but striped and splashed patterns appeared in the Muromachi period. Crepe appeared in Meiji Era is the prefectural intangible cultural assets of Ibaraki.

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Makabe Hina-doll festival

Makabe Hina-doll festival

Makabe has more than 300 old architectural structures along the street, such as ‘misegura’ (a combination of shop and dwelling), ‘dozo’ (a storehouse with thick earth walls) and old gates. Hina-dolls passed down in families are displayed inside of these ancient constructions. In spring, Makabe is filled with warmth and brings you back to some of good old days. Come and visit Makabe when the whole town is dominated by the atmosphere of Hina-doll Festival.

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Amabihi-Kannon (Amabihi Deity of Mercy)

Amabihi-Kannon (Amabihi Deity of Mercy)

Amabiki-Kannon has great inspirations on easy delivery, happy child-raising, being blessed with children, protection against evil, and luck in money. It’s also famous for the beautiful sceneries around the temple with seasonal flowers such as cherry, peony, azalea, hydrangea, and colored leaves.

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Rokko

Kashimajingu-Shrine

Kashimajingu-Shrine

Kashimajingu dedicated to Takemikazuchi-no-kami as deity is the oldest in the Kanto region. Built in 660 B.C., the shrine is one of the three great shrines in Eastern Japan. As Takemikazuchi is believed to be a god of fight, the Imperial Family and Fujiwara clan had admired it, and since the Kamakura period lots of samurai governments had been worshipping it as a god of war.

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Itako Riverside Iris Park

Itako Riverside Iris Park

Various kinds of Irises bloom in early summer in the park. Riverside Itako Iris Festival is held from late May to late June every year. During the festival many events such as ‘yomeiri-bune’(a bride on a boat), iris dancing and ‘ro-kogi ‘( boat cruising)are held.

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Kashima Soccer Stadium

Kashima Soccer Stadium

This stadium was built only for soccer ahead of the times in Japan. It’s a home stadium of Kashima-Antlers in J-league, and we can enjoy watching heated games. Highly realistic plays can be seen through big screens there.

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