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  • Hitachi Seaside Park
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    3.5
    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…。

  • 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.
  • Mentai Park Oarai
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    4.0
    68 Reviews
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    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 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.
  • Ibaraki Nature Museum
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Bandoushi Osaki 700
    Ibaraki Natural Museum, opened in 1994, is a new type of natural science museum. In addition to the normal exhibitions of natural history materials there are also outdoor facilities in the area covering 15.8 hectares, including trampolines, and water parks to keep children happily amused. The mini aquarium displaying creatures from Ibaraki’s rivers and sea is also popular.

    さすが博物館内のレストランといったところ。テーブルレイアウトも良く,大きな窓から外の景色が見える。店内の雰囲気もいい。料理も,自然史博物館ならではのメニューがあり,味もよい。

  • Comorebi Ibaraido Forest
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    3.0
    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...

  • Art Tower Mito
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    4.0
    83 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Gokenchou 1-6-8
    The Art Tower Mito is a joint art facility located about 10 minutes by car from Mito Station. It has an art museum with mainly modern art exhibits, a concert hall complete with pipe organ, and a stage for musicals and traditional arts like rakugo. Uniquely composed of equilateral triangular panels, the Symbol Tower features a lookout deck with a view of Mito City and vicinity. You can get a tour of the interior (includes the tower) even as an individual.

    A spectacular 100 meter high tower which is visible around the area and landmarks the actual modern museum site. If you want to go up you do not have to visit the museum itself. You can pay inside...

  • Sun Green Asahi
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hokotashi Momiyama 602-6
    A large farmers market boasting some 500 registered farmers located in Ibaraki, a prefecture with an abundance of agriculture. The market is located a 20-minute drive south along Prefectural Route 51 from the Mito-Oarai interchange on the Higashi-Mito Road. The market sells a variety of safe, healthy agricultural products from farms in Ibaraki Prefecture. Ibaraki grows the greatest quantity of melons in Japan, and, when in season, visitors to the market will find varieties such as Andes Melons and Quincy Melons sold at low prices. Accordingly, during this time, the market bustles with visitors come to buy tasty melons. The market is also conveniently located near Hokota Beach on the Otake Coast as well as Kashimanada Seaside Park.
  • SPACE NICO
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    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 2257-5
    A gallery and boutique containing porcelain and glassware from around the country with a focus on Kasama ware and Mashiko ware. The establishment is situated across from the south promenade of Kasama Geijutsunomori Park. The establishment primarily displays pieces the owner, Junko Oshima, fell in love with at first sight. Inside, visitors will find animal-themed pieces, pieces created with novel colorings, and other rare and highly individual pieces. The establishment also holds monthly exhibitions of artists from Ibaraki and other prefectures. Carrying one of the establishment's pieces for sale in your hands will help you to experience its unique aura.
  • Ichigoya Nomunomu
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Ishiokashi Obata 1416
    A strawberry farm situated along Prefectural Route 150 commanding a view of Mt. Tsukuba to the west. The farm grows some 20 thousand strawberry plants spread among 60-meter long 42 rows inside a giant greenhouse. The farm's strawberries span six varieties, including Tochiotome, Benihoppe, and Ibara Kiss. Visitors can enjoy 60 minute all-you-can-eat strawberry picking from January to May. The strawberries are grown using raised platforms, ensuring visitors don't need to worry about getting dirty; the farm also accommodates wheelchair users. In addition, the farm has moist towelettes and children's aprons, making it easy for parents to enjoy strawberry picking even with small children. Lastly, visitors can purchase strawberries to take home at the adjoining Yurinosato local specialty products shop.

    毎年行っています。 ここは、一時間食べ放題です。 30分制限のいちご狩りが多い中、一時間も食べるとお腹いっぱい。 周辺のいちご狩りよりも、甘くて美味しいと評判です。 冬は混みます。 開店30分前から並んでチケットを購入します。 ハウスの中は冬でもわりと暖かいですよ。 今年は5月に行きました。シーズンは終了しているので、味はどうかなーと思いましたが、素人には冬のいちごと味は変わらないなと思うほど美味...

  • Kasumigaura Aquarium
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasumigaurashi Saka 910-1
    An aquarium facing the north side of Lake Kasumigaura, the second largest lake in Japan. The aquarium displays freshwater fish from Kasumigaura, over 1,000 saltwater fish spanning 130 species from around the world, and reptiles. The aquarium's diverse facilities include a panoramic tank where visitors can watch char and Japanese huchen swimming, and round tanks which make it possible to view the occupants from 360 degrees. The aquarium is designed to teach visitors who walk through it about the ecosystem of Kasumigaura. The aquarium also holds events like giving visitors the chance to feed tortoises. The aquarium is perfect for families with children as well.

    水槽が汚い。リニューアルっていう割には、ピンとこなかった。 魚の名前は貼られているが、どれがどの魚かわからない。 地元の魚たちがみたかったから、プチ満足ってとこかなぁ・・・

  • Science Square Tsukuba
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Higashi 1-1-1
    "A science and industry public relations hall which presents the research and results of AIST, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. The entrance to the facility is located at the Namiki 2-Chome intersection along Gakuen Higashi Odori Avenue. Entry is free. With an advance reservation, visitors can also take part in a 40-minute guided tour. Inside, visitors can learn about robots designed to assist daily life activities and iPS cells, ""seeing,"" ""hearing,"" and ""touching"" the not-too distant future. The facility also teaches strange and amazing things about animals, the human body, and other otherwise common and familiar parts of the world around us. The facility's exhibits are designed to inspire an interest in science in children."

    This is a small but quite interesting exhibition. It has a very varied spectrum of things that the organisation has helped including Tsunami research, music sound and semiconductors. Whilst the...

  • CYBERDYNE STUDIO
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Kenkyugakuen 5-19 Eas Tsukuba 2F
    "A robot museum located inside iias Tsukuba a one-minute walk from Kenkyu-gakuen Station on the Tsukuba Express. Operated by Cyberdyne, a company which develops medical robots and other technologies, the museum is free. Here visitors can see and experience cutting edge robotic technology. In the exhibition hall, robots and cutting-edge assistive devices are displayed in front of a 17-meter long video screen. Visitors can also watch an original movie created by Shoji Kawamori, a major contributor to the ""Macross"" series, in an omnivision theater consisting of a 270-degree seamless screen (advance reservation required). In addition, for a small fee, visitors can take the HAL assistive robot exoskeleton for a spin and actually experience the future of robotic technology."
  • Sakura Traffic Park
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Aduma 4-3-3
    A vehicle-themed park located in Azuma, Tsukuba City where visitors can have fun while learning about traffic rules. The park is designed like a little city, including a brick station building modeled after Amsterdam Station in the Netherlands, small crosswalks, and traffic lights. There's also a D-51 steam locomotive on display which was completed in September 1937 and which operated until 1975, making the park a popular destination not only for families but train fans as well.

    自家用車でいきました。入口がわかりにくかったのですが、20台くらいの駐車場がありました。公園事務所は駅の姿で、駅のホームが再現され、D51が展示されていました。機関車の下には線路もあって、今にも走り出しそう。運転席にも自由に乗れて、初めて機関車の運転席に座ることができました。この大きな機関車を運転していた方々ってすごいですね。子どもよりもはしゃいでしまいました。 公園はあまり広くありませんが、坂道...

  • Shimodate Museum of Art
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    Ibaraki Pref. Chikuseishi Hei 372 Arterio 3F
    An art museum which preserves and displays works of art by artists connected to Chikusei City such as potter Itaya Hazan and painter Morita Shigeru. The museum is located on the third floor of the Chiiki Koryu Center Arterio down Prefectural Route 305 traveling from JR Shimodate Station. Distinguished by its glass exterior, visitors can also enjoy the sight of Mt. Tsukuba and the surrounding scenery from the building's lobby and sky promenade. In addition to its standing exhibition, the museum holds special exhibitions, workshops, artwork appreciation meets, and a full array of other events. Easily accessible and casual in atmosphere, the museum also serves as a community gathering space.
  • Tsumugi no Yakata
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Yukishi Yuki 12-2
    A museum dedicated to preserving Yuki-tsumugi pongee for future generations located a 10-minute walk from the north exit of JR Yuki Station. The museum's grounds enclose several elegant kominka (old Japanese-style house) repurposed into an exhibition hall, shop, and museum hall. Handed down from generation to generation, Yuki-tsumugi was born of human ingenuity and cultivated by the natural abundance of the area. Enwrapped in the museum's quiet, calming atmosphere, visitors can experience the history and beauty of this craft, in addition to being able to purchase high quality silk Yuki-tsumugi goods which are perfect for gifts. There's also a gallery / cafe on the grounds housed in a remodeled old combined shop and house (Misegura) where visitors can enjoy a cup of tea while taking in a standing exhibit.
  • Dog-run Hinuma
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunibarakimachi Shimoishizaki 2848-50
    A dog park with natural grass lawns boasting over 14,800 square meter grounds located a seven-minute drive from the Mito-minami interchange on the Kita-Kanto Expressway. Here owners and their dogs can enjoy the great outdoors together. The park's natural grass runs include an area called mega-dog-run with a climbing ramp and platform as well as areas for large, medium, and small breeds. In addition, the park has one of the largest dog pools in the Kanto region as well as Japan's first inclined dog pool. Plus, there's a cafe and restaurant-the most popular item on the menu is the Japanese-style barbecue. Perfect for taking a break and filling up an empty stomach, the restaurant also has an outdoor terrace which can be used for parties and events.
  • Forest Adventure Tsukuba
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Numata Adjacent to 1688 Tsukuba Mountain Bairin
    An outdoor activity facility situated in front of Tsukubasan-jinja Shrine in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture. Here visitors can have fun playing in an obstacle course which makes use of the surrounding forest as-is. Zip lining 100 meters above a 1,000 tree Japanese plum tree forest on Mt. Tsukuba is one of the facility's most thrilling attractions. The facility has four high difficulty adventure courses which make use of the surrounding trees, as well as two canopy courses fun for beginners and children, totaling more than 50 attractions in all.
  • Forest Park Melon no Mori
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hokotashi Ambou 1623-1
    A leisure facility where visitors can pick melons and eat Japanese-style barbecue located in Anbo, Hokota City one hour from the Mito interchange on the Joban Expressway. Visitors can pick melons from spring to fall and also dig up sweet potatoes and barbecue Hitachi beef. Surrounded by forest, visitors can take in the natural beauty while savoring fresh-picked, ripe Hokota and other melon varieties. The facility has a greenhouse in case it rains as well as a daycare center and other facilities, ensuring even families with small children can have fun here. The facility also offers opening day pizza and sweets.
  • Forespa-Daigo
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kujigundaigomachi Asagawa 2921
    An amusement facility surrounded by forest where visitors can enjoy pools and hot spring baths together with the seasonal beauty of the Okukuji area. The facility is located close to the last stop of the bus for Forespa-Daigo leaving from Hitachi-Daigo Station on the JR Suigun Line. The indoor facilities make use of piping hot water from the hot springs of Daigo and include a 25-meter pool, tube slide, and various saunas, ensuring there's something for people of all ages. The bade zone has facilities for promoting health and beauty such as a lie-down bath and water walking pool. There's also an indoor bath and restaurant which can be used while wearing a swimsuit.

    プールはそんなに大きくはないですが、スライダーがあります ので子供もそれなりに楽しめます。 夜は入園料も安くなりますし、外のプールでは満天の星空がみられておすすめですよ。

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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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