Parks

Parks

Ibaraki has lots of parks where people can get together and unwind. Some of the parks are historic, but all of them are great places to stop by to take a break.
           

Hitachi Seaside Park, Flowering 2019

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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Kairakuen Garden

Located in the center of Mito, Kairakuen Garden is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan. The garden features a flat hill from which you can get a panoramic view of Lake Senba and its surroundings, and local people often come here to relax. The garden is landscaped according to the principles of yin and yang, and you can enjoy walking through the bamboo forest, as well as the beautiful gardens of seasonal flowers.

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IBARAKI FLOWER PARK

Located in the center of Mito, Kairakuen Garden is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan. The garden features a flat hill from which you can get a panoramic view of Lake Senba and its surroundings, and local people often come here to relax. The garden is landscaped according to the principles of yin and yang, and you can enjoy walking through the bamboo forest, as well as the beautiful gardens of seasonal flowers.

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Koga Park

At 25.2 hectares in total area, Koga Park (Koga Kubo Park) is huge, and more of it will be additionally opened to the public in the near future. The park is well known for its Peach Blossom Festival in March, which draws many visitors. The park includes a hilly area, forests, and ponds, and there are athletic fields for children. The local people love this park as a place to relax.

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Kashima Soccer Stadium (Located in Kashima City)

Kashima Soccer Stadium is the home stadium of the Kashima Antlers, a top Japanese professional soccer team that played against Real Madrid, one of the world’s strongest teams, at the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup. The grass football pitch is well taken care of, and the stadium was used for games at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Games will also be played here at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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POTIRON NO MORI (EDOSAKI AGRICULTURAL PARK)

Located in a natural environment, Comorebi Ibaraido Forest has many small flower gardens here and there. A fun place for families with children, the park has hands-on activities such as pizza making, and you can enjoy interacting with alpacas and goats in a small petting zoo. There are also athletic playgrounds and a Sylvanian Family Park, all surrounded by an abundance of nature.

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HITACHI KAMINE PARK

Hitachi Kamine Park is located in northern Ibaraki. Situated on a hillside, it commands a splendid view of the Pacific Ocean. The zoo here is the only one in the northern Kanto region, and there is also an amusement park with rides. In spring the beautiful cherry blossoms attract visitors from near and far, and a memorial museum celebrating the composer Tadashi Yoshida is a popular destination for fans of classic Japanese songs.

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Kasama Geijutsu no Mori Park

Kasama City

Celebrating both traditional as well as modern pottery styles, Kasama Geijutsu no Mori Park is 54.6 hectares in area. The park is well maintained, and features the Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum and Craft Hills Kasama, where you can appreciate and buy ceramic art works and products. Craft Hills Kasama provides various kinds of hands-on programs, including pottery making, and children can play in an athletic playground.

Hitachi Fudoki no Oka

Ishioka City

At Hitachi Fudoki no Oka, you can enter replicas of ancient houses to see how people lived in the distant past and gain a knowledge of Ibaraki’s history and culture. On display you’ll also see the biggest lion mask in Japan. In April, the weeping cherry trees bear beautiful pink blossoms, and many people visit and soak up the atmosphere of traditional Japan.

OKU-HITACHI KIRARA NO SATO

Nearly 460,000 square meters in area and consisting of hills and fields where you can enjoy being surrounded by nature, Okuhitachi Kirara no Sato boasts a 1,188-meter-long slide, one of the longest in Japan. You can spend the night here, lodging in cabins or tents at the campground. You can also host a barbecue party, and there is a pasture where children can pet ponies and goats.

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AQUA WORLD (Ibaraki Prefectural 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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