Autumn

Autumn

The landscape changes dramatically as if all the trees were changed into different species. Ibaraki provides various scenic spots for visitors to take nice pictures, and from mid-October till mid-November is the best time to visit. Also, autumn is the season of feast in the bounty of fruit, seafood and vegetables.
           

Fukuroda Falls (Daigo Town)

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Ryujin Suspension Bridge (Hitachiota City)

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Kochia at Hitachi Seaside Park

Hitachinaka City

 Kochia plants are grown from July to the end of October on a large hill in Hitachi Seaside Park. The kochia are green at first, but the most popular time for viewing them is mid-October, when they turn scarlet red. For a week in August, the green kochia-covered hill is lit up in the evening, creating a colorful dream-like world.

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Ibaraki Prefectural Archives & Museum (Mito City)

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Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition (Tsuchiura City)

The Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition take place on the first Saturday in October every year and attracts around 700,000 people! More than 20,000 festival are launched during the show so it's hard to choose a best bit but the 'star mine' fireworks at 7:00pm are one of the highlights of the show!

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Mount Tsukuba (Tsukuba City)

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Hananuki Gorge (Takahagi City)

This unique landscape features a series of waterfalls which cascade downstream through a series of pools and dams. The gorge's biggest draw is the 60m long Shiomi Falls Suspension Bridge with its stunning views of the nearby waterfalls and lush forested hills surrounding the gorge.
During November, Autumn foliage transforms the gorge into a sea of fiery reds and yellows and the suspension bridge is carpeted with fallen Autumn leaves. Summer is another great time to visit - grab your swim wear and take a plunge into the natural waterfall pools, or relax with a friends at the barbecue area.

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Nishikanasago Soba no Sato, Soba Koubou

Hitachiota City

  Soba is noodles made from buckwheat flour. The Kanasago area is famous for its high-quality buckwheat, which features a good flavor and aroma. Nishkanasago Soba no Sato has a simple lodge called Momiji-so, a water mill, and a folk museum. You can try making soba in their workshop.

Ishioka no Matsuri Festival (Ishioka City)

Ishioka no Matsuri Festival is one of the Kanto region's three greatest festivals. The highlight of the festival is the parade which features traditional 'shishi' lion dances, festival floats and mikoshi portable shrines. This festival is also a great chance to experience a sumo wrestling match - during the festival, special sumo events take place at Hitachinokuni Soshagu Shrine.
There's loads to see at the festival, but don't forget to make time to sample some of the many street foods available! As one of Kanto's biggest festivals, Ishioka no Matsuri is one of the best places to sample the highlights of Japanese street food and the latest food trends.

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Kasama Chrysanthemum Festival

Kasama Inari Shrine/Kasama City

  From late October to late November, the Kasama Chrysanthemum Festival is held at Kasama Inari Shrine. The festival has a history of over 110 years, which makes it the oldest chrysanthemum festival in Japan. Nearly 10,000 potted chrysanthemums are displayed throughout the shrine grounds, and, in particular, dolls and decorations skillfully made using chrysanthemums draw lots of visitors. Some traditional events such as yabusame (horseback archery) and Shinto rituals with music are also held during the festival.

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Pear Picking

The season for pear picking is from mid-August to late September. Ibaraki pears are juicy, with a crisp texture, and Ibaraki is one of the major pear producers in Japan.

Grape Picking

Late June to early October is the best time to harvest grapes. On a tourist farm you can try picking bunches of grapes and eat them on-site. Various kinds of grapes, from kyoho to shine muscat grapes, are available.

Apple Picking

Apples are picked from September to November. Ibaraki’s apples are mainly grown in the northern area of the prefecture, where the climate is cooler. The apples in Ibaraki are big and sweet with a pleasant aroma.

Chestnut Gathering

Chestnuts are gathered from early September to mid-October. Ibaraki’s quality chestnuts are big and smell sweet. Japanese people usually eat chestnuts after baking or boiling them, and they are used in producing various kinds of processed sweets.