swans


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One of the winter features in Ibaraki is swans.

Every year lots of swans come to Ibaraki to spend a winter, and their beautiful appearance on the water makes the visitors happy.

They stay in Ibaraki from December until March.

There are popular spots you can meet many swans.

 

Oshima Park (Hitachinaka)

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Since the park has a large forest and a beautiful pond, many people visit the park to relax, observe, take a walk and play some sports.

Every year, Whooper swans come to the pond and swim gracefully.

Although the number depends on how cold the park is, 10 more whooper swans every year come to the park in these years.

【species】Whooper swam

【number of swans at most】 64 swans

【period】  the midde of October  –  the end of March

【address】   3-5,  nishioshima, Hitachinaka, Ibaraki

 

Otsuka-ike Park(Mito)

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Otsuka Pond(Shindo pond) is located in the western side of Mito, and it’s selected as one of the hundred best sceneries in Japan.

In winter, many swans come to the 2.5 km -around pond and make the visitors who take a walk around it happy.

Near the park, there’re a cherry blossom, a park, a wooden bridge and a playground, so you can enjoy them all together.

【species】 Whooper swan / Bewick’s swan

【numbers at the most】 about 400 swans

【when】 the middle of October – the end of March

              (from the middle to the end of February is best.)

【where】 Otsuka, Mito, Ibaraki

 

Senba Lake(Mito)

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3 km around, gourd-shaped Senba Lake is a place where many people visit to relax.

Lots of people enjoy walking and jogging on the garden roads along the lake.

Swans, black swans and various kinds of birds can be seen, and boats and bicycles can be borrowed.

On weekends, the playground next to the statue of Mito-komon and the Children’s Forest are filled with laughter of children.

【species】 Whooper swan

【numbers at the most】 about 50 swans

【when】  the middle of October – the end of March

【where】  Senba Lake, Senba-cho, Mito, Ibaraki

 

Kotoku Pond (Naka)

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Kotoku Pond is a reservoir covering 5 hectar, and many swans come to this pond from the beginning of November to the beginning of April.  And many visitors flock to see them.

【species】 Whooper swan / Bewick’s swan

【numbers at the most】 about 160 swans

【when】  the middle of November – the begging of April

【where】  Naka, Ibaraki

 

Hakutyo-no-Sato – Kitaura Lakeside  (Itako)

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Every Year many various kinds of water birds and migrant birds come to this Hitaura Lakeside ’Hakutyo-no-sato(Swans’ Home) Mizuhara’

Since 1981 of the first arrival, about 50 swans have been coming here every year, and you can observe swans closely.

【species】 Mute swan / Whooper swan / Bewick’s swan

【numbers at the most】 about 50 swans

【when】  the end of November – the begging of March

【where】  Itako, Ibaraki

 

Sugao Pond (Joso, Bando)

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Sugao Pond is one of a few areas where you can observe wild birds, fish, bugs and plants as a whole.

More than 300 Bewick’s swans and ducks gather to the pond to spend the winter, and lots of people in and out of Ibaraki come to meet them.

Ibaraki Nature Museum and Asunaro-no-Sato where you can participate in many activities around the park.

【species】 Bewick’s swan

【numbers at the most】 about 350 swans

【when】  the end of October – the middle of March

【where】  Bando / Joso, Ibaraki