Spring

Spring

Spring of Ibaraki is filled with fresh green, when trees in the mountains and along the shores of rivers begin to bud. Flowers are blooming colorfully and festivals take place in cities and towns throughout Ibaraki. Fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables are another spring delight.

Ryujin Gorge Carp Streamer Festival

Hitachiota City

Contrasting nicely with the surrounding lush greenery, nearly 1,000 colorful carp streamers are displayed along the big suspension bridge at the time of the Ryujin Gorge Carp Streamer Festival. The carp streamers are traditionally hung in the hope for children to grow up to be strong and healthy. The suspension bridge is one of the longest and highest pedestrian bridges in Japan.

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Mito Plum Blossom Festival

Kairakuen Garden and Kodokan Mito-han School/Mito City

 Giving off a subtle fragrance from late February to March, ume (plum blossoms) are a herald of spring. Kairakuen Garden is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan, and it is known for its 3,000 ume trees in 100 different species. The park features various attractions which can be enjoyed throughout the year, such as the Kobuntei villa and a lush bamboo forest, and Tokiwa Shrine is situated near the main entrance to the park.

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Hitachi Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) and Hitachi Furyu-mono

Approximately 14,000 cherry trees in Hitachi bear beautiful blossoms in April, and lots of visitors flock here day and night. For two days, huge festival floats called furyumono (15 meters high, 18 meters wide, and weighing 5 tons) appear on the street, and puppet plays are performed on it. The furyumono have been designated as a UNESCO intangible cultural property. Cherry blossom map link

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Nemophila at Hitachi Seaside Park

Hitachinaka City

From mid-April to early May, nearly 4.5 million nemophila entirely cover a 3.5-hectare hill in Hitachi Seaside Park. The bright blue flowers create a world of fantasy together with the sky and the ocean. Enjoy taking a stroll on the hill, and feel the refreshing sea breeze.  

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Himatsuri Pottery Festival

Kasama City

An annual event held from April 29 to May 5 in Kasama, the Himatsuri Pottery Festival features over 200 pottery artists, makers, and shops coming together to showcase and sell their ceramic works in tents that they set up by themselves. You are sure to find something you like at this event which attracts over 550,000 visitors every year.  

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Mt. Tsukuba Plum Blossom Festival

Tsukuba City

At 250 meters above sea level, this plum grove stands halfway up Mt. Tsukuba. The plum blossoms are in bloom from mid-February to mid-March. From the grove you can view the Kanto plain in its entirety, and you can order seasonal dishes that are related to plum blossoms. In addition, there are good hot spring inns located around Mt. Tsukuba.

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Koga Peach Blossom Festival

Koga Park/Koga City

Peach trees bear pretty pink blossoms in late March when it gets warmer. The nearly 1,500 peach trees in Koga Park have differently shaped blossoms (mostly pink, with a few white). The Peach Festival held there is a delightful event, where on weekends you can enjoy riding in a hot-air balloon or rickshaw, as well as watching various kinds of performances, including street performances and live bands.

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Makabe Hina-Mamatsuri (the Doll Festival)

People living in over 160 houses lining the streets display their hina dolls and welcome visitors during the Makabe Hina Doll Festival. Some of the various hina dolls are hundreds of years old, while others feature contemporary designs, and some of the dolls are made of stone. Enjoy strolling around the quaint streets of historic Makabe, and experience the warmth and love the local people feel toward their town,

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Strawberry Picking

There are nearly 40 strawberry tourist farms in Ibaraki where you can enjoy picking fresh strawberries from mid-January to May, with high season being from February to late April. Each strawberry farm strives to grow delicious strawberries by devising more effective ways to grow them, such as by making their soil richer.

Harvesting and Eating Melons

Ibaraki is the leader of melon production in Japan. You can enjoy eating melons on-site at some tourist farms, and even try your hand at harvesting. Generally speaking, early summer (June) is the best time to visit melon farms.