At 120 meters in height and 73 meters wide, Fukuroda Falls is one of the three most splendid waterfalls in Japan. You can view the falls up close from observation decks, and the surrounding foliage will also amaze you, especially in autumn. In the severe cold of winter, the falls ice over, creating a tranquil atmosphere. They are also becoming popular as a lovers’ sanctuary.For more information
Ryujin Big Suspension Bridge (Ryujin Gorge)
A dam creates a placid lake surrounded by mountains in Ryujin Gorge. The gorge features a 375-meter-long suspension bridge which is decorated with countless traditional carp streamers around Children’s Day in spring, in the hope that children will grow up to be healthy and strong. A 100-meter-high bungee jump from the bridge is another attraction here.For more information
Kochia at Hitachi Seaside Park
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.For more information
Ibaraki Prefectural Museum of History
The Ibaraki Prefectural Archives and Museum exhibits historical artifacts from ancient to modern times. The museum hosts special exhibitions twice a year and themed exhibitions six times a year. Rows of gingko trees provide beautiful yellow foliage in autumn. On the grounds, an old elementary school building called Mitsukaido Shogakko is well worth seeing, and the Kairakuen Garden is just a few steps away.For more information
Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition
The Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition takes place annually on the first Saturday in October. Roughly 20,000 fireworks are launched and nearly 700,000 people come to see them. Don’t miss the gorgeous star mine that lasts for five minutes at around 7:00 pm. Most impressive, it is the highlight of the event.For more information
Mt. Tsukuba, 877 meters high, is a symbol of Ibaraki, and mountain climbing can be enjoyed there throughout the year. For non-climbers, going to the top by cable car or ropeway is fun. Viewing the stars twinkling in the winter night sky is amazing. Halfway up the mountain stands Tsukubasan Shrine, which has a history of over 3,000 years.For more information
Hananuki Gorge features a series of waterfalls that cascade down into basins of various sizes. The gorge has a dam and streams, and along them there are walkways from which seasonal natural beauty can be enjoyed. The highlight is the view seen from a 60-meter-long suspension bridge. The colored leaves in mid-November draw a growing number of visitors from all over Japan.For more information
Nishikanasago Soba no Sato, Soba Koubou
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
The Ishioka Festival is one the three most popular festivals in the Kanto region. You will be awed by the huge, magnificent portable shrine, where the deity is believed to temporarily stay, as well as amazed at the gorgeous festival floats and spirited lion mask performances. You can also see sumo matches and kagura (dancing to music), both of which afford you the opportunity of getting a close-up view of traditional cultural beauty and energy.For more information
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.For more information
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.
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.
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.
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.