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  • Ami Premium Outlets
    4-1-1 Yoshimi Ami-machi, Inagi-gun, Ibaraki Prefecture
    This outlet mall that opened in 2009 is right off the Ken-O Expressway Ami-Higashi Interchange. Capturing the style of the American West-Coast here you’ll find almost 150 different shops made up of popular foreign brands, casual brands, lifestyle shops, and restaurants. The wide aisles throughout the mall make it easy to traverse for those with strollers or wheelchairs. A kid’s room and nursing room are also available on site.
  • Kashima-jingu Shrine
    279 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Kashimashi Kyuchu 2306-1
    An ancient Shinto shrine located in Kashima City, Ibaraki Prefecture said to have been founded in 660 BCE. The oldest shrine in the Kanto area, it is also the head shrine of all 600 or so Kashima shrines nationwide. The spacious grounds, equivalent to 15 Tokyo Domes, are dotted with highlights such as the main shrine building, a two tier shrine gate considered one of the three most beautiful in Japan, the mystical Sazareishi stone, and a treasure house containing a straight sword designated a National Treasure. The shrine is famous for its aquatic boat festival held once every twelve years in the Year of the Horse.

    The shrine is considered as one of the three most important shrines in the Kanto area and is said to have been founded in the 6th century B.C.in the era of the legendary emperor Jimmu. The forest is...

  • Aqua World-Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 8252-3
    This aquarium is located along the coast of Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture, and is among the largest in the country. Sea mammals and oceanic/freshwater fish from around the world and Oarai Sea are kept here. Exhibits are divided into nine zones, like “The Encounter Sea” and “Seas of the World.” You can watch a variety of living creatures, like popular penguins and sunfish, or see the impressive shark tank. The dolphin and sea lion shows are particularly lively and popular.
  • Fukuroda Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Kujigundaigomachi Fukuroda 3-19
    One of Japan’s Top Three Waterfalls, the Fukuroda Falls in Kuji County, Ibaraki Prefecture, are 73 meters wide with a 120-meter drop over the tributaries and rapids of Kuji River. Also called “Shido-no-taki” because the falls break over four levels of rocks or because Saigyo Hoshi suggested visiting in each of the four seasons. Its icy visage in winter and the leaves of fall make for particularly inspiring views. The old lookout deck and the new one built in 2008 offer you different views to enjoy.
  • Ushiku Daibutsu
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Ushikushi Kunochou 2083
    World’s largest free-standing bronze statue—at 120 meters. The inner body is divided into five levels—one floor for trying sutras, one floor with 3,400 internal buddha statues, and an observatory deck where you can see Mt. Fuji and Tokyo Skytree from a height of 85 meters. There’s plenty to enjoy in the area too, from the small zoo where you can see monkey acrobatics or feed small animals to the Pure Land-style gardens with beautiful flowers in each season.
  • Oarai Isosaki Jinja
    151 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 6890
    The Oarai Isosaki Jinja is a shrine in Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture, that venerates Ohonamuchi-no-mikoto and Sukunahikona-no-mikoto. The worship hall for the presiding god—a protector of domestic safety and safe naval passage—demonstrates the architectural style of early Edo period, and has been designated a prefectural cultural property. Also, the Kamiiso torii gate praised by Mitsukuni Tokugawa is first among big torii in the Kanto region, and is set on rocks in the sea, for a great view during sunrise and sunset. Shrine worship deals with the ocean, so the Oarai Sea Museum is located nearby.

    We love the place because so mysterious especially sunset time is so nice! Just be careful when you climbt hose rocks.

  • Kashima Soccer Stadium
    19 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kashimashi Jinkouji Goyama 26-2
    This soccer stadium is located a two-minute walk from Kashima Soccer Stadium Station on the Oarai Kashima Line. Built in 1993 as Japan's first fully-fledged dedicated soccer stadium, the facility is used as the home stadium of the J1 League Kashima Antlers. Sprinklers, underground heating, and other methods are used to maintain the condition of the stadium's natural grass field, and, during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the stadium's characteristics were utilized for world-class play.


  • Hitachi Seaside Park
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Mawatari Onuma 605-4
    A national park located in Hitachinaka City in Ibaraki Prefecture. The spacious grounds, totaling some 200 hectares, are filled with huge flower gardens. The nemophila in summer and bassia in autumn are particularly attractive seasonal plants. When in bloom, the park’s 4.5 million blue nemophila seem to bleed into the sky, creating a stunning sight. The fluffy bassia in autumn turning the area scarlet. The park also has a cycling course and barbecue area, making a perfect place for the whole family to enjoy an entire day together.

    大きなガラスの向こうに、水に浮かんだ花壇と太平洋が広がっていて、とてもきれいな景色です。 環境はすごくいいのに、カフェの客捌きが悪く、買うのにすごく待たされました。 ちょうどアートフラワー展をやっていたので、通常より混んではいましたが、コーヒー1杯買うだけで20分待ち…。

  • Tsukubasan-jinja Shrine
    142 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Tsukuba 1-1
    Tsukubasan-jinja Shrine enshrines the spirits of Mt. Tsukuba, a holy mountain in the eastern Kanto region. Its mention in 25 of the poems in the Nara period collection of poems the Manyoshu shows that it was well known even then but its history is said to stretch back almost 3,000 years. Tsukuba’s god and goddess Izanagi and Izanami give benefits towards marriages and harmonious unions. Many visitors come to the shrine for the New Year’s Eve and New Year festivals.

    Quite a drive to get here but some breathtaking views. Locals trying to get you to use their car parking was very confusing. We used the public car park 500 yen. Just a short walk to the shrine...

  • Mentai Park Oarai
    68 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 8255-3
    Located in Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture, this is a theme park focusing on mentaiko (seasoned cod roe) and run by Kanefuku Co.—a well-established mentaiko shop. The interior includes a mentaiko plant that you can observe through glass, and a wholesaler where you can buy mentaiko directly. A great place for kids and adults to spend the day with mentaiko. The food corner has popular eats like “mentaiko onigiri” and “mentaiko ice cream.”

    入り口を入るとすぐに試食の列。 新鮮なできたての明太子にかぶりつく! 最高です!!! もうスーパーで安売りしてる明太子が食べれなくなってしまいます。※要注意※

  • Kasama Inari Jinja
    104 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 1
    Located in Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture, this shrine has long been the object of adoration for the god of rich harvest and mercantile success. Considered to be one of Japan’s Top Three Inari Shrines, it hosts 3.5 million visitors every year, and is one of the prefecture’s best spots for New Year’s worship. A number of religious ceremonies like yabusame and bugaku are performed during the “Kasama Chrysanthemum Festival” held in autumn.

    We took the city tour bus which was about £1. for the tour around town, you can get off at any of the stops and catch the next bus. It all starts at the railway station and after an afternoon of...

  • Oiwa Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachishi Irishikenchou 752
    This shrine in Hitachi City, Ibaraki is located on the side of the ancient Hitachi Province sacred mountain Mt. Oiwa and has recently become popular as a spiritual hot spot. While the details of its foundation are unclear it is said that Mt. Oiwa was the birthplace of ancient faiths and that generations of lords of the Mito clan would visit the shrine to pray. It is famous for being a shrine rich in Shinto and Buddhism with 188 gods enshrined throughout the mountain, including the Tangible Cultural Property of the Dainichi Nyorai Statue and the Amida Nyorai Statue. You will also find growing on the grounds a three trunked cedar estimated at over 500-years-old, which has been designated a Prefectural National Treasure.
  • Comorebi Ibaraido Forest
    23 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Inashikishi Kamikimiyama 2060-1
    Located in natural environs in Inashiki City, Ibaraki Prefecture, this interactive theme park is popular with families. This park is filled with outdoor activities for children including a field athletic course suspended through the trees, and a small animal petting zoo. Families can try their hand at cooking and craft making, from any of the extensive workshops. On site is a restaurant, a hall, and barbecue facilities where homemade sausage, and the park’s original pizza can be enjoyed.

    お目当のシルバニアパークはとても可愛くて、娘も私も楽しかった。 ただ元からある施設はしょぼいくせに遊具が高い。スタッフの接客もいまいち。 1番腹が立ったのは1500円の食べ放題のレストラン。 店の前の案内の写真にカンパーニュやバゲットなどが載っていたからここにしたのに、そんなパンは皆無。ふにゃふにゃの1個50円くらいのまずい抹茶パンしかなかった。詐欺でしょこれ? 1時間の時間制限つけてるくせに料...

  • Oarai Marine Tower
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Minatochuou 10
    This 60-meter-tall symbolic tower in Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture was opened in 1988. At 55 meters above ground, the observatory deck offers you a grand panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, Nikko Nasu Mountains, Mt. Tsukuba, and Mt. Fuji. The tower interior includes souvenir shops, a marine theater, and a cafe themed on “Girls und Panzer” —an anime set in Oarai.
  • JAXA's Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC)
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Sengen 2-1-1
    The Tsukuba Space Center is a facility encompassing approximately 530,000 square meters, surrounded by nature, and with state-of-the-art testing facilities. At the center, visitors can learn about space development research and various initiatives as a development site through exhibitions and inspection tours. Visitors are free to look around the center and reservations are unnecessary for individuals. There are five guided tours conducted daily.
  • Ryujin Big Suspension Bridge
    157 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachiotashi Keganochou 2133-6
    Ryujin Big Suspension Bridge located in Okukuji Prefectural Nature Park in Ibaraki Prefecture is a suspension bridge that crosses over Ryujin Gorge and boasts the longest length in Honshu. There is a carillon called “Mori no Kane” is on the opposite bank, and it is popular among couples as it needs two people to press a button simultaneously. From the hanging bridge of a maximum height of 100 meters, you can do bungie jumping, and there are also various seasonal events such as the koinobori (a carp streamer) festival and the suifusoba festival where Hitachiaki soba noodles, a local specialty, can be enjoyed.

    This attraction was chosen on our road trip because it was in Ibaraki between Honda Collection in Tochigi and the coast. I wouldn't characterize this attraction as a best of Japan, maybe a...

  • Kasama Geijutsunomori Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 2345
    This park integrating traditional Ibaraki crafts into the natural environs is located in Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture. In addition to the Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, this expansive park is the setting for 17 artisanal works set in the hinoki cypress Tonomori grove, and the Crafthills Kasama where ceramic and craft workshops can be enjoyed.
  • Goka Roadside Station
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Sashimagungokamachi Koushu 18-1
    This roadside station is about one minute from the Goka Interchange of Sashima County, Ibaraki Prefecture. There is a farmer’s market with rice, tomatoes and other locally-produced goods. You can find croquettes made with yams, and a soba shochu called “Kawa Kasumi” —original local products. You’ll also find goods featuring the town mascot “Gokarin,” and products made by companies with factories in Goka.

    栃木から東京方面に向かう国道4号上り車線にあるこちらの道の駅。 何度も寄っていますが、今回は以前から気になっているテレビでも紹介された『たまげたカレー...

  • Roadside Station Makuraga no sato Koga
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Kogashi Owada 2623
    This roadside station is one of the largest in Ibaraki Prefecture. The station sells a wide selection of produce picked that morning and local specialty products. There's also a food court and a bakery which sells fragrant, fresh-baked breads. Sashima, a renowned local tea, and the station's fresh cooked side dishes available for sale are also popular.
  • Tsuchiura City Kasumigaura Comprehensive Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsuchiurashi Oiwata 145
    A large park with an abundance of natural areas sprawling on the shore of Lake Kasumigaura. Facilities include a large playground, pool, aquatic plant garden, and rest house, and the park is particularly popular with families. The Dutch windmill which serves as a symbol of the park was erected to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Tsuchiura City; there's an observatory located halfway up the windmill's tower.

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Just a stone's throw from Tokyo, Ibaraki is a coastal prefecture that has mastered juxtapositions, where old shrines meet new scientific discoveries and traditional gardens are frequented by the inventors of some of the newest technology. Head to Mito City's Kairakuenーone of Japan's Three Great Gardensーin spring to experience the cellestial blooming of fantastic cherry blossoms at the annual sakura festival.

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