Seasonal Recommendations


Spring (from March to May)

Mito Ume Matsuri (Kairakuen)

Mito Ume Matsuri (Kairakuen)

In Ibaraki spring comes when Japanese apricot trees begin to bloom. More than 3,000 ume trees of 100 species are in bloom in Kairakuen Park, while about 800 trees of 60 species at Kodo-kan. Lots of enjoyable events are held on Sundays during the festival, late-February to March.

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Mt. Tsukuba Ume Matsuri

Mt. Tsukuba Ume Matsuri

The groves in the mid-slope have more than 1,000 Japanese apricot trees whose blossoms are white, red or green-calyx. The Giant Tsukuba Rocks scattered around make an interesting contrast with the pretty flowers, and Mt. Tsukuba in the back provides a perfect photo spot for you.

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Koga Momo Matsuri (Koga Park)

Koga Momo Matsuri (Koga Park)

From late March to early April just before the sakura season, about 2,000 peach trees bear pretty vivid pink, red, or white blossoms. Though the peach trees in this park are for appreciation and they are fruitless, the charming flowers attract lots of visitors and make them happy.

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Hitachi Sakura Matsuri (Hitachi)

Hitachi Sakura Matsuri (Hitachi)

In early April, the cherry trees in full bloom along Heiwa St. look like a 1-kilometer-long tunnel. On the first Saturday and Sunday a large festive float, on which a Japanese puppet show is played, appears and makes this festival interesting and a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.

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Nemophila (Hitachi Seaside Park)

Nemophila (Hitachi Seaside Park)

Welcome to “Blue World” of sky blue, ocean blue, and nemophila blue, which makes you feel really refreshed. 4,500,000 nemophila plants grown on a large hill are bloom from late-April to mid-May, and the park is said to be a place to visit at least once in your life.

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Himatsuri, a pottery festival (Kasama Geijutsu-no-mori Koen)

Himatsuri, a pottery festival (Kasama Geijutsu-no-mori Koen)

Lots of pottery works by local pottery makers and artists are displayed in each of their tents set up in Kasama Geijutsu-no-mori Park. It is a lot of fun to talk to them and look for your favorite, so it is an attractive festival for everyone as well as pottery fans.

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Ryujinkyo Carp Streamers Festival (Ryujin big suspension bridge)

Ryujinkyo Carp Streamer Festival (Ryujin big suspension bridge)

This festival (from mid-April to mid-May) dates back to 20 years ago and derived from several carp streamers hung by being tied to a wire rope set up between both banks of a dam on a river. The rope was used to create an image of this bridge to be built when its construction plan was fixed.

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Summer (from June to August)

Riverside Itako Iris Festival (Suigo Itako Ayame-en)

Riverside Itako Iris Festival (Suigo Itako Ayame-en)

In early summer, Itako boasts Irises in full bloom. From early June to the end of the month you can enjoy viewing the flowers of 1million plants of 500 varieties. The landscape is superb.

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Amabiki Kannon Ajisai Matsuri (Hydrangea Festival) (Sakuragawa)

Amabiki Kannon Ajisai Matsuri (Hydrangea Festival) (Sakuragawa)

This temple is famous for its beautiful precinct with flowers such as cherry blossoms in early-April, azalea in late-April, and especially hydrangea in the rainy season as well as autumn foliage.

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Yamayuri (white lily) Matsuri (Namegata)

Yamayuri (white lily) Matsuri (Namegata)

About 20,000 rootstocks of gold-banded lily are grown in a village among the mountains. They have large white flowers with elegant fragrance in mid-July. Local people heartily welcome you.

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Hobikisen, white sail boat for tourists (Kasumigaura)

Hobikisen, white sail boat for tourists (Kasumigaura)

Ibaraki is proud of Hobikisen as a world wide cultural asset. The contrast of the white sails and the blue surface of the lake is really splendid.

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Mito Komon Festival (Mito City)

Mito Komon Festival (Mito City)

Having started in 1961, the 36th year of the Showa period, this festival is held annually for three days on the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in August.

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Swimming Beaches

Swimming Beaches

From north to south along the Pacific Ocean there are 18 swimming beaches in Ibaraki. You can enjoy various marine sports as well as swimming there, and relax at a resort hotel nearby.

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花火大会

Fireworks festivals

In July and August lots of fireworks festivals are held at each area in Ibaraki. Watching spectacular fireworks that light up the night sky is one of summer attractions.

Autumn (from September to November)

Festivals in Ishioka (Ishioka City)

Festivals in Ishioka (Ishioka City)

There are more than 40 portable shrines such as forml ones, gorgeous Dashi(stall with flowers and dolls), brave-looking Horojishi(stall decorated with Leo head) in the festival. During the three-day festival, 400,000 or more tourists visit there.

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Tsuchiura National Fireworks Contest(Tsuchiura City)

Tsuchiura National Fireworks Contest(Tsuchiura City)

This fireworks festival started in 1925 to console the souls of the dead pilots on duty from the Navy Air Force in Kasumigaura and to enliven the local shopping arcade. Since 1947 it has taken place as a great fireworks contest that many top-class fireworks experts compete in.

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Chrysanthemum Festival(Kasama City)

Chrysanthemum Festival(Kasama City)

This festival was started to ease the people who was distraught over Japanese-Russo War by Hanawa Kiichiro in 1908. He made farms next to the shrine.

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Tsukuba Maple Leaf Festival(Mr. Tsubuka)

Tsukuba Maple Leaf Festival(Mr. Tsubuka)

The color of leaves starts to change from bottom to the top of the mountain.

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Colored leaves at Hananuki Gorge(Hananuki Gorge)

Colored leaves at Hananuki Gorge(Hananuki Gorge)

When you are on the bridge, you are surrounded entirely by red colored leaves.

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Fukuroda Colored Leaves(Fukuroda Waterfalls)

Fukuroda Colored Leaves(Fukuroda Waterfalls)

Beautifully colored leaves decorate wildly sprashing falls.

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Ryujin Gorge Colored Leaves Festival(Ryujin Great Suspension Bridge)

Ryujin Gorge Colored Leaves Festival(Ryujin Great Suspension Bridge)

The colored leaves seen from the longest suspension bridge in Honshu area is so wonderful.

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Kochia

Kochia

Red colored cute kochias appear on Miharashi Hill.

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Winter (from December to February)

Mt. Tsukuba Stardust Cruising (Mt. Tsukuba)

Mt. Tsukuba Stardust Cruising (Mt. Tsukuba)

In winter, a night view of the Kanto Plain and the star-lit sky can be seen from Mt. Tsukuba Ropeway.

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Anko Nabe, an anglerfish hot pot

Anko Nabe, an anglerfish hot pot

This is one of the most popular local cuisines. It has a rich taste and lots of collagen, so many ladies are fond of it.

Makabe Hina-doll Festival (Sakuragawa City)

Makabe Hina-doll Festival (Sakuragawa City)

The festival was started by the locals in the concept of welcoming the people who visit the place in spite of coldness. During the month -long festival, many hina-dolls are displayed in houses and stores all over the town.

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Onsen, hot springs

Onsen, hot springs

You can feel comforted by staying at warmhearted hot-spring inns. Also, you can be refreshed by one-day hot spring bathing.

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Swans' stopover point

Swans’ stopover point

In a cold season, you can see lots of swans coming here to spend the winter.