Culture / Tour Spots in Ibaraki Area

  • Flower Park Ibaraki
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
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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.

    I enjoyed fantastic illumination in Ibaraki Flower Park. This illumination is until February 14, Sunday, 2016. But, this event has been held every winter. This seasons theme is “Grimm World...

  • Ibaraki Nature Museum
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    4.5
    70 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
    100 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...

  • Aqua World-Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium
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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.
  • Tsukuba Wanwan Land
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    3.5
    77 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.

    メインはわんちゃんですが、ねこハウスもあり、猫ちゃんとも触れあえます。わんちゃんのショーや、子供が遊べる広場もありますが、丸々一日いる感じではないかなと思います。

  • National Museum of Nature and Science (Tsukuba Botanical Garden)
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    4.5
    53 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.

  • Geospatial Information Authority of Japan Science Museum of Map and Survey
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Kitasato 1
    "A science museum located close to the ""Kokudo Chiriin"" bus stop on the Kanto Railway Bus which leaves from Tsukuba Station in Ibaraki Prefecture. Through videos, informational panels, human body rulers, dioramas, eye measuring activities, and other exhibits, visitors can learn about the history, principles, mechanisms, and latest technologies concerning maps and surveying. At the adjoining Earth Plaza, there is a hemispherical model of the globe from the position of the Japanese islands from which visitors can get a sense of the true curvature of the planet, and Kunikaze, a former survey plane, is also on display here. The museum also holds special exhibitions, map and surveying orientations, and lectures."

    We visited with my daughters (7 and 4 years old). We spent around 2 hours there. Its a good place visit.

  • Ibaraki Prefectural Archives and Museum
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    4.0
    55 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."

    If you are interested in Japan history, this place is not a bad place. Though Japan is not very big islands, it has long and complex history. Every place has every history. I had not known history in...

  • 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.

    It’s an old zoo with tiny concrete cages. The money habitat is okay, but the rest is rather sad. I would skip it.

  • Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art Ibaraki
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    4.0
    52 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.

    I had such a good time! Everything is completely rebuilt, and the art exhibits and the view from the hexagon house were fantastic. I highly recommend this museum!

  • Geological Museum
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    4.5
    49 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...

  • Kasama Nichido Museum of Art
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    4.5
    48 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."

    This was a truly sublime experience. We came to the Museum while in Kasama visiting a relative who works in the Ibaraki area. We had no idea of the amazing paintings on display at this museum. I...

  • Kasumigaura Aquarium
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    3.5
    21 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.

    歩崎公園の、中にある本当に小さな水族館です。人も少なく3歳の子供が踏み台に上りゆっくりお魚が見られたりして、生き物を身近に感じることができる良い場所でした。大きな水族館には迫力や、インパクトや、華やかさがありますが、そこには ない味わいを感じました。霞ヶ浦に生息する魚を、丁寧に展示してあり大人も ゆっくり楽しむことができました。お子様ずれにお勧めです。

  • 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

    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
    26 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."

    If you are looking for good quality Japanese crockery& ceramics, this is a nice place. They have a good range, some super pricey but many are good to start or complete a collection. I hear there are...

  • Science Square Tsukuba
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    4.0
    24 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.

    The basis of the museum’s displays is the collection of Mitsuaki Tanaka of objects related to those that played prominent roles in the development of Japan from the Meiji and Taishou era. Mitsuaki...

  • Tsuchiura City Museum
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    3.5
    16 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.

    江戸時代に土浦城の本丸があった亀城公園に隣接した場所に立地しています。無料の施設も全国あちこちで見かけますが、105円の低価格の入館料で入場できる博物館は珍しいですよね。土浦市を中心に県南地区の歴史や風土を学ぶことができます。土浦が陸運だけでなく水運で江戸や東北、房総と繋がって要所であったことがより理解できました。

  • Ibaraki Prefecture Mori no Culture Center
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Naka-shi To 4589
    A culture center in the Ibaraki Botanical Garden in To, Naka City. Conceived to promote the construction of wooden buildings, the entire structure is made from timber harvested in the prefecture. It has exhibits on forests, forestry, and wildlife, as well as wooden toys and playground equipment.

    良く手入れされた広い植物園で、イベントが数多く企画されているので、確認して行くと良いでしょう。県内の石岡には県のフラワーパーク、水戸市立の植物園、筑波の実験植物園など多く、羨ましい限り。意外と近所だと頻繁に通わないのかもしれませんが、季節毎に利用して自然や植物の移ろいを満喫したいものです。

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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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