Museum / Science Museum Spots in Ibaraki Area

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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。

  • 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...

  • 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。

  • The Tokugawa Museum
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    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Migawa 1-1215-1
    This museum is located near Senba Park, a 10-minute drive from Mito Station. Along with belongings from Tokugawa Ieyasu other works of art related to the Mito-Tokugawa family, including swords and a war-fan decorated with a pine tree painting, and various historical records are stored. You can also experience a tea-ceremony in the Tokugetsutei tea house, a tea house which had deep ties to the Tokugawa family and which has been relocated here. With reservation you can enjoy the Nariaki Gozen meal on the garden terrace, a contemporary arrangement of a recipe from the Shoku Sai Roku book written by Tokugawa Nariaki, ninth head of the Mito-Tokugawa family.
  • Tsumugi no Yakata
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
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    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.

    結城駅から周辺を散策にて立ち寄りました。無料で入れる場所と有料エリアがあり、有料エリアには結城つむぎの歴史や作品が展示してありました〇

  • Science Museum of Atomic Energy
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Naka-gun Tokaimura Muramatsu 225-2
    This science museum, Japan's only one dedicated to nuclear power, is situated along National Route 245 an 18-minute drive from the Hitachi-minami Ota Interchange on the Joban Expressway. The museum contains exhibits which introduce the foundations behind atoms and nuclear energy. Visitors can directly look at, touch, and interact with the things they are learning about through exhibits such as a big screen theater showing computer generated videos and the world's largest cloud chamber, which makes it possible to see the natural radiation that is around us at all times. In addition, exhibits on incidents such as the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and the Tokaimura nuclear accident convey safe ways of utilizing radiation to future generations.

    エネルギーとしての原子力に関しての展示は少ないです。一番おもしろかったのは空港のX線検査装置ですね。実物を操作できて、こんな風に映るのかと感心しきりでした。見学の所要時間としては1時間あれば十分ですね。

  • Takeda Clan Residence
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    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Takeda 566-2
    "A historic structure located next to Numao Shrine a 10-minute walk from the ""Takedahoncho"" bus stop. Takeda Ward in Hitachinaka City is where the Kai Takeda clan, the clan of the famous samurai lord Takeda Shingen, is believed to have originated. This residence for the Takeda clan is said to have been built near the location of the home of the progenitor of the clan-Minamoto no Yoshikiyo who, along with his son Kiyomitsu, was banished to Kai Province and took up the name ""Takeda"" after the name of the local area. The current residence is a reconstruction built in the early shoin-zukuri style as would have been used by the Takeda clan in the Kamakura period when they were a powerful local family. Inside the residence are exhibits such as a Takeda family tree, mannequins dressed in samurai costumes, and period arms and armor."
  • OARAI SEA MUSEUM
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    3.0
    8 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Higashiibaraki-gun Oaraimachi Isohama Machi 6890
    A museum located on the grounds of Oarai Isosaki Shrine in Isohama-cho, Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County. Both the Shinto deities honored at the shrine and the nearby land they're thought to protect are closely tied to the ocean and the fishing industry. As such, the museum was conceived as an education facility that works to raise awareness of and interest in Japan's role as a maritime country. Specimens on display depict the evolution of marine life from protozoa to whales.

    大洗磯前神社の境内にありました。規模に比較して300円の入場料は少しお高く感じました。船舶模型は今一つのものばかりだったので、生物標本に興味がなければお勧めしません。

  • Kasumigaura City Museum of History
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Kasumigaura-shi Saka 1029-1
    A museum on Prefectural Route 118 in Saka, Kasumigaura City. In addition to fishing boat models and equipment used by the Kasumigaura fishing trade, there are also displays of folk items such as farming equipment and items used in daily life. They also have archaeological materials related to local history and panel displays. There is an observatory overlooking Lake Kasumigaura on the top floor of the castle-like building, and an exhibition area dedicated to Hobikisen, traditional Kasumigaura fishing boats.

    小さなお城の中にある郷土資料館。かすみがうら市や、その周辺の歴史や当時の 暮らしを丁寧に展示してあります。特に帆引き船はインパクトがありました。 特設会場では、かすみがうら市から新選組に属されていた方の展示で、興味深く 拝見しました。資料館、水族館共通チケットが420円でした。 2か所回られることお勧めです。

  • Tsukuba Expo Center
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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.
  • Honba Yuki-Tsumugi Kyodokan
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Yuki-shi Yuki 116
    A museum located on Ekimae Kura-dori Street in Yuki, Yuki City. Yuki-tsumugi pongee is the oldest variety of silk fabric in Japan, and it's been registered as an UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. The facility has yuki-tsumugi related exhibits, demonstrations of the silk making process, etc. They also sell pongee silk and hold hands-on weaving workshops.

    文政12年(1829)に創業した小倉商店さん(本場結城紬産元)が昭和61年に開業した郷土館です。現役で結城紬を生産している会社の施設だからなのか予約なしでちょっとした社会見学が無料で叶ってしまう素晴らしいスポットです。 1Fは結城紬が歩んできた歴史や製作工程を実物で丁寧に紹介してくださり、ストラップや印鑑ケースなどの小物の販売もあります。靴を脱いで2Fに上がるとさらに本格的な結城紬の世界が広がり...

  • Satoshi Ikezawa Circuit-no-Ookami Museum
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Kamisushi Ikisu 1127-26
    "A museum located 15 minutes from the Itako interchange on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway. The museum was opened to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Satoshi Ikezawa's career as a manga (comic) artist. Izekawa created ""The Circuit Wolf,"" a comic which caused an explosion of interest in supercars, and this museum was created based on the artist's desire to give children hope and dreams, and to contribute to the development of car culture. The museum displays supercars created by companies known even to non-car aficionados, including Ferrari, Lamborghini, BMW, and Porsche. In the museum's library, visitors can view a huge collection of car-related manga and magazines."

    子供の頃読んだ劇画サーキットの狼とそれに伴うスーパーカーブーム。館内に入った瞬間、思わず顔は綻んだ。リアルタイムで体験した世代にはたまらないミュージアムと言えると思う。館内には劇中同様にペイントを施されたロータスヨーロッパ!そしてカウンタックやフェラーリ512BBi、イオタにミウラ、パンテーラ、ランチャストラトス、子供の頃の夢がそのままここにある。池沢さとしさん初めこのミュージアムを作ってくれた全...

  • Bando Folk Muse (Bando City Sashima Library and Bando City Museum)
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Bando-shi Yama 2726
    A complex facility in Yama, Bando City. The museum has displays related to the history of the region from primitive times to the present day, as well as materials related to Sashima Tea, a specialty product. They also exhibit the work of artists with ties to the region, such as Goseda Horyu ll and Yokoyama Taikan. There is also a library, a media hall, and an astronomical observatory.

    年に数度は訪れる。その理由は,特別展。地域に根ざしたテーマで,十分に調査を尽くした展示。ここにくるとますます地域を誇れるようになる。図書館も利用しやすく,すばらしい。

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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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