Culture / Tour Spots in Ibaraki Area

  • Aqua World-Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium
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    4.5
    354 Reviews
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    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.

    We spend 4hours here,after landing from Narita airport straight away drive through Oarai and managed to see the Dolphins shows at 12pm,nice late lunch after hanging around the aquarium with...

  • Ibaraki Nature Museum
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    4.5
    77 Reviews
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    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.

    Good ride for those who enjoy history, human history, the evolution of species on the Jurassic era, in short, a good outing for the family.

  • Art Tower Mito
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    4.0
    102 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.

    We were pleased to see the tower, and the whole art centre complex, but it was very quiet with not a lot going on. The tower was closed, as was the contemporary art gallery. The foyer with the...

  • Tsukuba Expo Center
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    4.0
    106 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Aduma 2-9
    At this science museum you can see, touch, and enjoy leading edge science. Along with displays that let you learn and experience the mysteries of science you can view miraculous videos and gorgeous starry skies in one of the world’s largest planetariums. With regular events including science shows and lectures you’re sure to make a new discovery every time you visit.

    It is very conveniently located, a short walk from the Tsukuba Center train and bus station. Great for a cold or rainy day, or on a leisurely weekend. The original planetarium program can be enjoyed...

  • Tsukuba Wanwan Land
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    3.5
    84 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Numata 579
    Tsukuba Wanwan Land is a large-scale interactive zoo where you can pat the animals. A landmark is Mokkun, an 11-meter high wooden statue which is a dog-shaped observatory. Dogs are the main attraction, and there are about 500 dogs from 90 breeds. You can pat your favorite dog as well as experience walking with it. In addition to dogs, there is a building which houses cats only and an area which you can pat small animals so you can experience interacting with a wide range of animals. Entry with your pet dog is available. Your dog can use a dog run, and there are events in which it can participate.

    ・イヌを飼いたくても環境的に飼えない人には良いと思います。小さなお子さん連れにも。もちろんイヌ連れでも、ドッグランがあるので良いですね。真夏はイヌも人もバテてしまうので注意。 ・30℃を超えるような日だけは、園内のイヌたちも冷房の効いた環境に入れるべきだと思います。このままだと虐待と言われて、問題になる気がします。 ・スタッフの人数が足りているか疑問です。被毛が毛玉になっていたり、汚れたイヌも...

  • National Museum of Nature and Science (Tsukuba Botanical Garden)
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    4.5
    58 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Amakubo 4-1-1
    Located in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, this botanical garden is a part of the National Museum of Nature and Science, fully utilizing its position amid the rich nature at the southern base of Mt. Tsukuba, 7,000 species of plants—tropical and temperate—from Japan and around the world are cultivated here. General visitors can see roughly 3,000 of them. The garden is divided into nine sections, like evergreens, shrubs, aquatic plants, etc., and features three greenhouses recreating environments like the savannah and the tropical rainforest. You can see many rare foreign plants here.

    It is a gem of a place. Located near to Tsukuba University,bit is quiet and serene. If you plan to eat/picnic here, you need to bring your own food.

  • Kasama Nichido Museum of Art
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    4.5
    52 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 978-4
    "An art museum located a three-minute walk from the ""Nichido Bijutsukan Iriguchi"" bus stop on the Kasama Loop bus in Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The museum's large collection of artwork by domestic and international artists includes Renoir's ""Girl at the Fountain"" and ""Venus Victorious,"" Ryusei Kishida's ""Maruyama-kun,"" and Hiroshi Okutani's ""Fusei."" In addition to the museum's standing exhibition of French artists and a special exhibition hall, the museum has more unique facilities, such as an outdoor sculpture garden, and a palette exhibition which presents palettes used by various painters."

    板谷波山が展示されていた茨城陶芸美術館のついでに見学しました。ウォーホルのC夫人像が面白いと思いました。新美術館で開催されたキミコパワーズ夫妻のコレクション展を見ていたのでC夫人像を見た時ウォーホルが随分塗っている、と思いました。珍しいものを見ました。

  • Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art Ibaraki
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Kitaibarakishi Otsuchou Camellia 2083
    This prefectural art museum sits on the Izura Coast—a scenic location in Ibaraki City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The interior presents materials and personal effects of Tenshin Okakura, the artist who moved the first section (painting section) of the original Nihon Bijutsu-in to Izura for work. There are special exhibits featuring modern Japanese paintings as well. You must see the Pacific Ocean from the observation lobby. Cafe and museum shop adjacent.

    Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art Ibaraki is the only Art Museum in north of the Ibaraki prefecture. This museum has an observation deck as well the exhibitions of paintings. You can see the Pacific...

  • Hitachi City Kamine Zoo
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachishi Miyatachou 5-2-22
    This zoo is located inside the Hitachi Kamine Park overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Popular for its elephants, giraffes, capybara beavers, and lesser pandas, this zoo nurtures around 500 creatures of 70 varieties. The Petting Square, where one can touch the smaller animals and the python and observe the animals up-close is one of the main attractions. The Elephant Cafe is also popular where one can watch the elephants while enjoying a snack.

    GWしか行ったことがないのですが、いつも混んでます。新しく、はちゅウるい館が出来てました。その隣のウサギやモルモットに触れるふれあい広場や、カピバラやカワウソのいる区画は、子供連れで特に混んでます。動物園の中央付近の軽食売店も混み混みです。クマのすみかはクマを上から見ることができ、他の動物園のように前から見るだけよりはよく見えると思います。ガイドマップには60種類以上の動物の名前があります。それほ...

  • Ibaraki Prefectural Archives and Museum
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Midorichou 2-1-15
    "A facility which serves as both an archive and museum located a two-minute walk from the ""Rekishikan Kairakuen Iriguchi"" bus stop on the bus leaving from Mito Station on the JR Joban Line. The facility presents the results of research into materials and artefacts connected to the history of Ibaraki. The facility's spacious grounds also enclose an Edo period farmhouse and Meiji period Western-style school house which were dismantled and moved here. The facility's standing exhibit focuses on the history of Ibaraki. Easy to understand videos, graphic panels, and other exhibits present the prehistoric, ancient, near-modern, and modern history periods of the prefecture. The facility also holds lectures and activities for elementary and junior high school aged children."

    尊皇攘夷の先駆の藩、水戸藩の詳しい資料があるかなと思い来ましたが、市販の歴史書の方が詳しいですね。どちらかというと明治以降や石器時代の方が広くスペースを取っているようです。更にほとんどが撮影禁止です。少し残念ですね。

  • Flower Park Ibaraki
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    Ibaraki Pref. Ishiokashi Shimoaoyagi 200
    Focusing on flowers and flora in Ishioka City, Ibaraki Prefecture, this theme park is divided into “Flower Park” and “Fureai-no-Mori.” Several annuals like peonies, azaleas, hydrangeas, dahlias, and Christmas roses are beautiful, and the official prefectural flower—roses—are famous. On the rose terrace and rose garden, you’ll find 30,000 flowers in roughly 800 species, brought from all around the world, and the rose festival is held there in spring and fall. The winter also has great illumination events to enjoy.
  • Geological Museum
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    4.5
    51 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Higashi 1-1-1
    A museum located 10 minutes from the Sakura-tsuchiura interchange on the Joban Expressway. The only comprehensive museum in the country dedicated to the earth sciences, here visitors can view exhibits on minerals and fossils for free. Visitors can have fun while learning about the history of the earth through exhibits like a replica of the fossilized skeleton of a Desmostylus, a mammal which lived along the North Pacific coast during the Neogene period; and three-dimensional geological models such as cross-sectional views of Mt. Fuji and the Mt. Hakone volcano complex.

    Free to park and entry Friendly staff Geology dream plenty to look and lots of interactive display . Some awesome Crystals Lift to all floors Lack some information in English but overall an...

  • Hitachi Civic Center, Museum of Science - Celestial Theater
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    4.5
    36 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachishi Saiwaichou 1-21-1 Hitachi Civic Center
    "The Hitachi Civic Center, a three-minute walk from JR Hitachi Station, houses the Science Museum, which was established in 1990 and reopened on April 17, 2021. Its new nickname, ""Sakurie,"" means ""science,"" ""creation,"" and ""workshop,"" and it is gaining popularity as a facility where both children and adults can learn about science."

    This is a great place for families. It has a lot of science based interactive demonstrations. It is particularly aimed towards children, but can be fun for adults too.

  • Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 2345 Kasama Art Forest Park
    "A prefectural art museum located inside Kasama Geijutsunomori Park a five-minute drive from JR Kasama Station. Dedicated to the concepts of ""excitement,"" ""understanding,"" and ""fun,"" the museum presents the history and techniques of Kasama ware. The museum's standing exhibition consists of pieces by recipients of the Order of Culture and Living National Treasures. The museum also displays famous pieces by potters closely connected to Ibaraki Prefecture in addition to holding special exhibitions of primarily pottery from within the prefecture and beyond. Bright and with a quiet atmosphere, the museum also has a shop and restaurant, making it easy to visitors to take their time, have fun, and enjoy the works of ceramic art on display."

    見学者は息を凝らして板谷波山の作品を見つめていました。じっと佇み作品に目を凝らして用意に動こうとしません。こういう雰囲気の展示会は稀だと思います。途中で集中力を解放しようと休憩しました。圧巻の展示だったと思いますし見終えて心地よい疲れを感じました。 此処へは上野8時半の特急に乗り友部駅から笠間周遊バスで来ました。上野駅で特急券を販売機で買いましたが下車駅の友部駅が表示されないので石岡まで買い友部駅...

  • Kasumigaura Aquarium
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
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    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.

    かすみがうら市歴史博物館との共通券(430円)で入館しました。単独だと330円です。特に珍しい魚がいるわけでもなく、とても小さな水族館でした。展示内容や規模は無料の水族館と同レベルなので、330円の入館料はとても高いと思いました。水族館の入り口付近でケヅメリクガメが散歩していました。リクガメは無料で見ることができます。

  • Shimodate Museum of Art
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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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.

    秋冬季所蔵品展「しもだて美術館所蔵の「彼女」たち」を見に行きました。アルテリオというガラス張りでオシャレな建物3階。美術館利用の場合地下駐車場は無料。入館料210円のところJAF会員割引で160円となりました。令和5年11月1日(水)でしもだて美術館は開館20周年。それを記念して、11月1日(水)-11月5日(日)までの各日先着20人の入館者に波山トートバッグをプレゼントします!と太っ腹。板谷波山...

  • Tsuchiura City Museum
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    3.5
    17 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsuchiurashi Chuou 1-15-18
    A history museum adjoining Kijo Park (Tsuchiura Castle ruins) 10 minutes from the Tsuchiura-kita or Sakura-tsuchiura interchanges on the Joban Expressway. The first floor of the museum is dedicated to the culture of the Tsuchiya clan, the clan which once rules the area, and includes displays of swords and tea ceremony implements owned by the clan. The second floor looks at local life as it has been supported by Lake Kasumigaura and introduces the history and culture of Tsuchiura. The museum changes the contents of its exhibits on a seasonal basis and also holds special exhibitions. There's also an interactive learning space in the second-floor exhibition hall.

    国道354号沿い亀城公園の一画。入館料105円と超格安。第1駐車場に車を停めましたが、駐車券は見学後お渡しします、とのこと。一部撮影可能でワンコイン以上の価値があります。

  • Science Square Tsukuba
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
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    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...

  • Oarai Wakuwaku Science Museum
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Minatochuou 12
    A water science museum situated right in front of sprawling ocean located at the Marine Tower-minami Intersection a 20-minute walk from Oarai Station on the Oarai Kashima Line. The first floor of the museum looks at the world of the sea bottom, while the second floor focuses on the ocean surface and includes exhibits which you can touch and interact with. The museum also holds events every Saturday and Sunday introducing the wonders of the sea through crafting classes and experiments. In addition, there's a playground in the square in front of the museum for small children to play.

    入場券を買おうとしたら「本当にご覧になられますか?」と聞かれた 確かに内容は???的なものが多いのですが 他では見られない、貴重なものが展示されています

  • Oarai Museum of Bakumatsu-Meiji History
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 8231-4
    A museum located a 10-minute drive from the Mito-Oarai interchange. The museum was built in 1929 by Count Mitsuaki Tanaka, an imperial loyalist in the closing days of the Edo period who later became Minister of the Imperial Household. The museum displays paintings and calligraphic works by imperial loyalists from the late Edo to the Meiji period as well as their forbearers donated by the count, as well as items gifted to the museum by the Imperial Household and other artifacts such as handicrafts connected to the local Oarai area. The museum's collection includes numerous valuable historical items which belonged to or were created by prominent figures, including calligraphy by the last shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu, Yoshida Shoin, Yamaoka Tesshu, and Saigo Takamori.

    歴史を学ぶことができます。主に幕末と明治時代。あまり歴史について詳しくなかったので、へぇと思うことばかり。

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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 - one of Japan's Three Great Gardens - in spring to experience the cellestial blooming of fantastic cherry blossoms at the annual sakura festival.

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