Outdoor Experiences

Outdoor Experiences

Blessed with natural gifts such as the sea, vast lands, mountains and rivers, Ibaraki offers many spots for enjoying outdoor activities. Here we introduce some recommended activities you can enjoy in Ibaraki. Taking part in such programs will become an unforgettable memory of your trip to Ibaraki.

Ryujin Gorge Carp Streamer Festival

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The Ryujin Koi Nobori – koi carp streamer – festival dates back 1988 when carp streamers were first displayed on the nearby Ryujin Dam while the bridge itself was still under construction. Nowadays, the festival features nearly 1000 carp streamers anchored to the bridge’s suspension cables. 

Carp streamer festivals are held across Japan to celebrate Children’s Day on the 5th of May. On this day, the bridge is free for children!

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Ibaraki is one of best places for paragliding, having hosted Paragliding World Cup 2007. Receiving ideal winds, your glider would fly freely for a longer time. Instructors will help you and you can enjoy paragliding even it is your first time flying.


Surrounded by natural beauty, you can try canoeing on a river in Ibaraki. Since the streams are calm, even beginners have a good time. Well experienced instructors are all kind, so you are sure to get used to canoeing soon.


It takes roughly one hour from Tokyo to Tsukuba, the home of a 180-km-long cycling road. Since on the flat roads around Lake Kasumigaura are less cars driving, you can enjoy bike-riding safely and leisurely, which is suitable for beginners and group riders. For seasoned cyclists, a hill climb course is available around Mt. Tsukuba. The Tsukuba Ring Ring Road is to be extended in the future.

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Surrounded by natural beauty, you can enjoy camping in Ibaraki. Since Ibaraki has vast fields, rivers and mountains, various types of campgrounds are waiting for you. Without camping gears, you can stay in a tent and enjoy gazing twinkling stars in the sky.

Marine Sports

Facing the Pacific Ocean, Ibaraki is home to various kinds of marine sports such as surfing, sea kayaking, body boarding and yacht cruising. On Lake Hinuma you can enjoy wakeboarding, stand-up-paddle field, or canoeing by taking part in a school program.

Fruit Picking

Ibaraki is a paradise for lovers of fruit. There are many tourist farms where you buy fresh fruit or take part in on-site fruit picking. Some fruit farms offer all-you-can-eat fruit picking programs. In addition, you can buy processed fruit items such as jam.

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