Winter

Winter

Since it’s a cold season, people eat hot local dishes and bathe in a hot spring bath to keep them warm. In the severe cold of winter, a huge waterfall will ice over for a limited period. It’s also the season of shopping and visiting shrines and temples for a new year and prays for success in examinations.
           

Fukuroda Falls (Daigo Town)

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Kamiiso no Torii Gate

Oarai Town

Kamiiso no Torii Gate stands on a reef in the Pacific Ocean. It is the place where, according to mythology, Sukunahikona-no-mikoto is said to have descended. The view created by the torii gate and the white-crested waves surging toward it is a must-see, and the scene is especially amazing at sunrise.

Kasama Inari Shrine (Kasama City)

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Mount Tsukuba (Tsukuba City)

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Kashima Jingu Grand Shrine (Kashima City)

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Anko (Angler Fish)

Anko (anglerfish) is a collagen-rich deep-sea fish that is often served in a hot pot dish, anko nabe, in the winter. Like natto, anko nabe is especially associated with Ibaraki. Nutritious anko nabe also contains fresh vegetables, such as Chinese cabbage and green onions, making it a healthy dish indeed. Why not try it if you have the chance?