Traveling around sightseeing spots by train and bike

Traveling around sightseeing spots by train and bike

2 days (an overnight stay in Mito)
Enjoy Nature in central Ibaraki l and Rokko area
           
  • 2 days, 1 night (stay in Mito City)
  • Visit the famous Hitachi Seaside Park and Oarai Aquarium and take in traditional culture at Kashima Jingu Shrine and Kasama Inari Shrine. 

Day1

Tokyo Station

directions_train 08:10 Get on a JR train and change trains at Narita and Sawara. (1940 yen)

Kashima-Jingu Station

directions_train 10:39 Get off the train.

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Kashima Jingu Shrine (11:00 – 12:15)

  • Kashima Jingu Shrine
    Kashima Jingu Grand Shrine’s vermillion romon (a two-story torii gate) is one of the three greatest Japanese romon gates, and is designated as an Important Cultural Property. Deities of martial arts are enshrined here, and visitors pray for a safe birth, or traffic safety and the like. The kanameishi (a “powerful” stone) and Mitarashi Pond are both well worth seeing.
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directions_walk 20 minutes on foot

Kashima-Jingu Station

directions_train 12:41 Get on a Kashima Rinkai Tetsudo train.

Oarai Station

directions_train 13:40 Get off the train.

Get a rental bike. (500 yen)

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Ramble through the shopping arcade.

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Mentai Park Oarai

  • Mentai Park Oarai
    Mentaiko is pollack roe flavored with original seasonings such as chili and other secret ingredients. At Kanefuku Mentai Park Oarai, you can sample freshly-made mentaiko and observe mentaiko being made in the factory. In the shop you can purchase products that are only available here.
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Oarai Isosaki Shrine

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AQUAWORLD Oarai Aquarium

  • AQUAWORLD Oarai Aquarium
    Located on a beach right on the Pacific Ocean, Aqua World is one of the biggest aquariums in Japan. In its tanks it boasts the most varieties of sharks in Japan, some 55 species in all. Altogether the aquarium showcases 68,000 marine creatures of 580 species. The most popular attraction is the dolphin show, and you can enjoy snacks and local specialties at the food court, too.
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Oarai Station (return the bike.)

directions_train17:48 Get on a train. (320 yen)

Mito Station

directions_train 18:04 Get off the train.

Stay at a hotel in Mito

Day2

Mito Station

directions_train 09:09 Get on a train on JR Joban Line. (190 yen)

Katsuta Station

directions_train 09:15 Get off the train.

Katsuta Station

directions_train 09:15 Get on a Hitachinaka Seaside Railway train. (350 yen)

Nakaminato Station

directions_train 09:48 Get off the train

local_taxi Take a taxi (approx. 2000 yen)

Hitachi Seaside Park

  • Hitachi Seaside Park
    Hitachi Seaside Park is the most popular tourist spot in Ibaraki. The park is 200 hectares in size, and features seven different areas, including flower parks and places for leisure activities, such as cycling and barbeques. Particularly special attractions are the nemophila flowers (baby blue eyes) in spring, and the kochia plants (summer cypress) from summer to autumn.
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directions_bus 12:20 Get on a Ibaraki Kotsu bus. (400 yen)

Katsuta Station

directions_train 12:49 Get on a train on JR Joban Line.

Kasama Station

directions_train 13:26 Get off the train.

Get a rental bike. (500 yen)

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Kasama Inari Jinja shrine and ramble through the shopping arcade.

  • Kasama Inari Jinja shrine and ramble through the shopping arcade.
    One of Japan’s three most popular Inari shrines, Kasama Inari Shrine features a main hall with beautiful carvings that has been designated as an Important Cultural Property. Wisteria flowers on a 400-year-old tree bloom in early May, and the shrine is also known for its chrysanthemum festival in autumn. Some visitors pray for prosperity in agriculture, commerce, and the manufacturing and fishing industries, while others pray for a safe birth or successful match-making.
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CraftHills Kasama

  • CraftHills Kasama
    Crafthills Kasama provides various kinds of things related to Kasama pottery, such as classes to learn and experience how to make pottery, a permanent exhibition of highly-evaluated Kasama pottery works, a relaxing café lounge, and a souvenir shop. In the gallery near the souvenir shop on the first floor, there is space for temporal displays, where you can appreciate original works by local pottery artists. This is an inspiring art facility.
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Kasama Station Return the rental bike and get on a JR train. (Change trains at Tomobe to a limited express train.)