Oarai Sunbeach (Oarai Town)
With miles of broad golden sands, shallow waters and restaurants and shops within walking distance, it's not hard to see why this beach is one of Ibaraki's most popular destinations. There are also plenty of opportunities to try water sports such as surfing and kitesurfing.
Sunbeach is fully accessible and wheelchairs for use in the sea are available to borrow.
Kasumigaura City and other municipalities on the lake
Japan’s second largest lake, Kasumigaura is designated as one of Japan’s 100 most beautiful spots. It is popular for such activities as fishing, sailing, and riding water motorcycles, and you can cycle along the shores of the lake as well. Sightseers can also enjoy boarding excursion boats to see traditional sailing vessels called hobikisen plying the waters of the lake.
Mito Komon Festival & Fireworks (Mito City)
Mito Komon Festival and Lake Senba Fireworks display are the highlight of the summer calendar in Mito and a quintessential Japanese Summer experience. During the festival, the whole city goes into carnival mode and portable shrines, festival floats and community groups parade through the streets of Mito.
Meanwhile, the Lake Senba Fireworks display features more than 4000 fireworks - a show not to be missed!
Amabiki Temple Hydrangea Festival
Amabiki Kannon Temple (Sakuragawa City)
Located in the mountains of western Ibaraki, Amabiki Kannon Temple is dedicated to prayers for safe birth and child raising. The temple’s famous hydrangea festival takes place during the rainy season from early to mid-June. More than three thousand hydrangea plants of ten different varieties are in bloom during the festival, surrounding the imposing temple building with a riot of colour.For more information
Itako Iris Festival (Itako City)
Itako City is a waterfront city surrounded by the ocean on one side and rivers and lakes on the other. The city is most famous for its Iris Festival in which nearly one million iris plants fill the city with innumerable shades of purple. During the festival in late May and June, visitors can also see a traditional ceremony in which a bride in a stunning white wedding kimono travels by boat to join her new husband's family as well enjoy leisurely row boat cruises on the city's many canals.
Ushiku Daibutsu Buddha Statue (Ushiku City)
At 120m tall, this giant statue of Buddha holds the Guinness World Record for the world's tallest standing bronze statue. After viewing the imposing statue from outside, visitors can take the lift to the 85m high observation area for stunning views of the Ibaraki countryside and beyond. The area is particularly beautiful during the Spring when countless cherry blossoms fill the area around the base of the statue.For more information
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.