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  • Boulangerie encuit
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Inarimae 33-1
    A popular bread bakery located south from the JAXA Tsukuba Space Center on Prefectural Route 244 heading towards the Joban Expressway. In addition to standard Japanese shokupan bread and sweet buns, the bakery's diverse selection of over 60 bread varieties includes French bread, bagels, rusks, and tarts. The bakery's skilled owner, Hiroki Ogawa, worked at famous Tokyo hotels such as the Tokyo Prince Hotel and has won awards in numerous bakery competitions. Ogawa also likes a challenge, as is revealed by his choice to set up shop in Tsukuba City, a hotly contested market home to many delicious bakeries.
  • montblanc
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Kashimashi Hirai 1051-1
    A Western confectionary shop easily identifiable by its white, Western-style building and cute triangular roof. The shop is situated along Prefectural Route 255 not far from Hirai Beach. The shop's signature item is obvious from the shop's name-Mont Blanc. The shop's roll cakes, choux cremes, and other baked sweets are also very popular. In addition, because of its location in the city home to the Kashima Antlers J1 League team, the shop sells a soccer ball-shaped cake perfect for giving as a present or for taking a picture to upload to an SNS. The shop has a restaurant which serves pastas, curry, and stewed Western-style dishes for lunch at reasonable prices.
  • Sova Tea Koshiji
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachiotashi Inagichou 1395-4
    "A soba noodle restaurant located on the west side of Yamabuki Sports Park notable for the elegant atmosphere of its building, which incorporates classy hinoki cypress wood. The restaurant is also situated in a scenic area; the ""Yamaderabansho"" one of the traditional Eight Views of Mito scenic sights, is located on the mountain behind the restaurant; and the Seizanso, said to have once been the home of Tokugawa Mitsukuni of ""Mito Komon"" fame, is located nearby. The restaurant makes its vaunted noodles with flour stone milled on the premises using primarily Hitachi Aki buckwheat. The ""Gentei Seiro"" noodles are particularly popular. Made by hand using manually harvested, sun dried heirloom Hitachi Aki buckwheat from Kanasago, only 20 servings are made a day. The restaurant's cafe space is particularly popular with women; here you can enjoy a cup of Japanese tea and a sweet like soba zenzai sweet azuki bean soup with buckwheat."

    はじめに、頼んだそばについて。 これは、とても美味しい! 限定そばは、水そばでも、麺つゆでもどちらも美味しい! ただ、店内に通されて、オーダーをとってから、実際に食事が出されるまで約一時間半。極めて長い待ち時間。厨房が小さいのか、メニューが多すぎるのか、段取りがわるいのか、追加注文した人のオーダーを先に処理するのかわからないが兎に角時間がかかる。 時間を気にする方は、このお店の開店と同時に入れ...

  • Tsukuba-CHINA
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Shibasaki 998-2
    A Chinese restaurant operating out of a distinctive, white walled modern building. The restaurant is located at the Shibasaki intersection on Prefectural Route 128 cutting through downtown Tsukuba City. The restaurant's menu of over 90 dishes focus on Cantonese cuisine made with shrimp, beef, and pork. The restaurant also offers shark fin and other authentic dishes. In spite of this large selection, one of the restaurant's charms is its simple, family-run atmosphere quite unlike that of large chain restaurants. In addition, there's a lunch menu with reasonably-priced dishes. The establishment is a favorite of local families.
  • Factory of Confections and Dreams
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Migawachou 2139-5
    "An all-weather amusement facility adjoining the head office of Kamejirushi, a long-standing confection company. Here visitors can tour the company's factory and see how popular Mito-born confections like ""Mito no Ume"" and ""Yoshiwara Denchu"" are made. Confections fresh from the factory are also delivered to the facility and made available for sale to the public. In addition, various events are held here throughout the year such as live demonstrations of kintsuba flour dough sweet bean cakes being made by a seasoned pro. Lastly, the facility has free parking able to accommodate 250 vehicles and can be used as a rest area for visitors exploring the area by car."
  • Gallery & Cafe Ichinokura
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Yukishi Yuki 12-2
    "A cafe and gallery operating out of a renovated shop and storehouse built in the early Meiji period. Situated between the Yuki-tsumugi Kyodokan and the Yuki Kurabikan art museum, the establishment's old-fashioned exterior blends in well with the surrounding townscape. There's chair seating on the first floor and Meiji period-style tatami mat seating on the second floor. The cafe offers coffee and sweets like homemade cheesecake, as well as Yuki's famous ""yude manju"" boiled manju buns. Authentic Yuki-tsumugi pongee and art pieces are positioned around the customer seating areas, and patrons can take in their beauty and craft."
  • La Cote d’Azurl Main Shop
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Higashiarai 19-26
    "A cake shop located at the Takezono 1-Chome Nishi intersection south of Tsukuba Station, the last stop on the Tsukuba Express. The shop is notable for its abundant variety of sweets. The shop carries cakes and other baked sweets, crepes, puddings, souffles, gelato, and Japanese sweets like daifuku (rice cakes stuffed with bean jam). One of the shop's staples is its ""Hanjuku Cheese,"" small cakes made with French cream cheese and fresh milk from cows raised at the foot of Mt. Tsukuba. There are also many natural parks in the area such as Takezono Park, making the shop a great place to stop by for a snack while enjoying a nature walk. In addition, the shop has free parking and is perfect for making a quick stop while exploring the local sightseeing destinations."
  • Sobaen Satake
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachiotashi Tenjimbayashichou 5-207
    A soba noodle restaurant standing along Prefectural Route 61 near the Mazaka Castle Ruins. The restaurant's simple menu consists of just soba topped with various types of tempura or tororo (grated yam). In the winter, the restaurant also offers kenchin soba noodles. The vegetables used for the restaurant's tempura are all either home-grown or gather in the wild among the mountains. The restaurant's noodles are made with fragrant Hitachi Aki soba buckwheat. The restaurant also serves Japanese vegetable pickles as appetizers, ensuring patrons can savor the bounties of the local land. The delicious taste of the restaurant's wares keep customers coming back again and again, and this popular establishment bustles with patrons right from the moment it opens.

    常陸秋そばで有名なそばの街、常陸太田市ですが、その中でも特にお勧めできるお店です。県道沿いの郊外の一軒家で、20台ほど駐車できる敷地があります。木製の飯台が並んだ清潔感がある広々とした店内で、お店の切り盛りも良く、並んだお客も確りと捌いています。唯一、個室が良い人には不向きです。 肝心の蕎麦ですが、常陸秋そばの特徴である 少し滑りがあり、星がはっきりとした香りが良い美味しい蕎麦です。大盛り(+2...

  • Tarai Udon Momijiya
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Arigachou 1021
    "A handmade udon noodle restaurant situated across the river west of the Ushibushi burial mounds. The restaurant operates out of a remodeled kominka (old Japanese-style house), giving it an elegant atmosphere. The owner, originally from Kagawa Prefecture, makes renowned, chewy udon noodles served piping hot fresh from the pot. The noodles are made with flour from a specially contracted farm in the nearby city of Hitachiomiya. The ""Momijiya Set"" meal, which includes an assortment of tempura and piping hot tofu, is particularly popular. The restaurant also offers tofu blancmange and sweet potato yokan jelly for dessert. The drink menu includes local sakes and shochues as well as seasonal beverages. This lively restaurant is so popular usually all seats are occupied during meal times."

    お昼なので、前から気になっていたたらいうどん椛や(もみじや)へ 木へんに花と書いてもみじと読むのですね。(^^; 中は広いのですが、お客さんが一杯で待ちが出ていました。 聞いたらそんなには待たないのと、外で良ければ早いと言う事でした。 シューズカバーを付けている人もいるので、外の方が良いと言う事になりました。 タレの瓶もお洒落です。 日本酒で入っていそうな器ですね。(^^; 足が寒いので、ブラ...

  • Tsukamoto Sobaten
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Itakoshi Itako 189
    A long-standing Hitachi Aki soba noodle restaurant which has been in operation since the end of the Edo period. The restaurant is situated along Prefectural Route 5 between JR Itako Station and Inariyama Park. The restaurant's vaunted juwari soba noodles are made with only 100% buckwheat flour. The restaurant's soba is also notable for its strongly seasoned broth. Plus, the restaurant makes use of ultra-soft water specially ordered from Portugal to make its soba. Together, these measures maximize the unique flavor of the noodles. In addition to soba, the restaurant also offers curry, sashimi, and tempura specials. The menu also includes an abundant selection of local liquors and a la carte dishes, and this establishment is popular with locals, as well.

    潮来駅からは車で5分ちょっと、駐車場も結構停めれるそば屋さんです。 今回はオススメの天せいろをいただきました。打ちたての十割蕎麦が香りも良く美味しかった。 店内が吹き抜けなのも開放感があって良かったです。

  • Tsutsujigaoka Rest House
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Tsukuba 1 Tsukuba mountain ropeway Tsutsujigaoka Station landing point
    "A rest house adjoining Mt. Tsukuba Ropeway Tsutsujigaoka Station. Inside, there's a restaurant area as well as a gift shop carrying local specialty products and souvenirs. One of the restaurant's features is its location, which offers a sweeping view of the Kanto Plain. The restaurant's popular array of local dishes include ""Fukure Shoyu Ramen,"" flavored with fragrant Fukure mikan mandarin oranges; and ""Tsukubadori Oyakodon"" chicken and egg over rice made with local Tsukubadori chicken. The restaurant also serves seasonal selections like the ""Aki no Mikaku-zen"" tastes of fall meal and the ""Tsukubadori Nabe Teishoku"" Tsukubadori chicken hot pot set meal. The restaurant's gift shop sells ""Tsukubasan Karinto Manju"" buns, an original souvenir offered nowhere else. Visitors can also buy soft serve ice cream or a yakimanju toasted bun to enjoy while waiting for the next ropeway car."
  • Bakery Couronne Tsukuba
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Matsunoki 152-40
    This chain of bread bakeries is primarily located in southern Ibaraki Prefecture; this particular location is situated in Matsunoki, Tsukuba City. Outside, the bakery's exterior gives it a warm and inviting atmosphere; inside, visitors will find a large variety of breads. The establishment has a terrace seating area with 15 seats where, on sunny days, patrons can enjoy a baked good fresh out of the oven. The bakery's breads are basic made with great care using pure, safe, and healthy ingredients. The secret behind the great taste of the bakery's rye bread is its use of natural, homemade yeast levain. The bakery's abundant selection of goods includes Japanese shokupan bread, baguettes, and baked sweets, as well as seasonal items like stollen.
  • Peter Pan Azuma Shop
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Aduma 3-9-20
    A long-standing bread bakery which was established in 1971 and which first opened up shop in Tsukuba 25 years ago. The bakery is located within walking distance of Tsukuba Station. Inside the spacious shop, the atmosphere is bright and retro, and trays and baskets filled with fresh-baked breads line the walls. The shop offers some 70 varieties of healthy and delicious breads made with locally produced flours, including German-style breads, crusty breads, dressed breads, and more. The shop's prices are reasonable and choosing your favorites is half the fun. The bakery has an eat-in space where customers can enjoy a fresh-baked bread good along with a free cup of tea or delicious, home-roasted coffee.
  • Yamasa Suisan Ichiba-zushi Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Minatohonchou 21-3
    A conveyor belt sushi restaurant located close to Nakaminato Fishing Port, one of the largest fishing points in the northern Kanto area. Owned and operated by Yamasa Suisan, the largest fish retailer in the Nakaminato Fish Market, the restaurant's popularity stems from both its large variety of large, fresh sushi and its excellent value. The restaurant's stunning sushi is twice the size of sushi served elsewhere. The restaurant's seasonal seafood comes from the nearby Nakaminato Fishing Port, ensuring it's impeccably fresh. Almost always bustling with customers, inside customers will find a sign indicating the day's recommendations. The restaurant also offers an all-you-can-eat with an advance reservation for a party of 10 or more people.
  • Restaurant Cafesweet
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachiotashi Kizakinichou 3810
    "A cafe and restaurant located within walking distance of JR Hitachi-Ota Station. The restaurant's high quality hamburg steaks are made with Ibaraki Prefecture's famed Hitachi beef-a popular menu choice since the restaurant first opened its doors in 2002, the flames which whirl up from plate when delivered to your table are also sure to impress. Inside, the restaurant is smartly decorated, making it the perfect place for an anniversary or business meal as well as for enjoying a cup of black tea or coffee made with beans from around the world. The restaurant's ""Volcano Steak"" can be cooked to your liking on a plate made from mineral-rich Mt. Fuji lava and has been featured in various media."
  • Ichu
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 7812-8
    "A cafe and restaurant located a 10-minute drive from Oarai Town which serves traditional and modern Japanese cuisine made with select ingredients. Outside, the restaurant sports a chic residential exterior; inside, the restaurant has a relaxing atmosphere with jazz music, counter seating, and a living room-like cafe space. For lunch, the restaurant offers an ""Umi no Sachi Kaiseki-zen"" meal made with an abundance of seafood, while for dinner the establishment serves course meals. The restaurant's table seating area offers a view of a beautiful garden, while the counter seating area has a classy atmosphere; wherever you sit, you're sure to enjoy a special meal."
  • Okukuji Daigo Kanko Yana (Tourist Fish Trapping)
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Kujigundaigomachi Daigo 1899
    A tourism facility located on the Kuji river a 10-minute walk from Hitachi-Daigo Station on the JR Suigun Line in Kuji County, Ibaraki Prefecture. The fish trap is made with bamboo and wood slats and placed along the flow of the river to catch fish. The trap can be used to catch sweetfish and other river fish; bare-handed fish catching is also offered in a special pond set up here in June. Visitors can grill and eat the fish they've caught on the spot. The facility also offers dishes made with sweetfish such as rice mixed with kanroni sweet-boiled sweetfish. The facility is also a popular destination for swimming and river sports in summer.

    The salted Ayu fish is a must when visiting this place, The texture and taste is just awesome. Will not miss the place when visiting Japan.

  • Okukujiya Kichibei
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Kujigundaigomachi Fukuroda 2247-7
    A Japanese confectionary shop situated along National Route 118 a short walk from Fukuroda Station on the JR Suigun Line in Kuji County, Ibaraki Prefecture. The sweet, moist an (sweet bean paste) used in the shop's confections is made with Hitachi Oguro black kidney beans, famed as the largest such beans in Japan. The shop's dango dumplings, made with this an (sweet bean paste) and domestically grown Koshihikari rice, is available in two flavors-regular and kusa dango flavor made with Japanese mugwort from Ibaraki Prefecture. Other popular choices include fried manju buns and daifuku rice cakes filled with Hitachi Oguro an (sweet bean paste), fukutsutsumi daifuku wrapped in a pie crust, and cheese rolls filled with whipped cream and Hitachi Oguro beans. There's an eat-in space on the premises.

    北茨城産の花豆、常陸大黒の草大福を購入。よもぎの香りが良く、あんこは控えめな甘さでおいしかったです。旅館の朝食をたくさんいただいた後だったので、購買意欲がいまひとつだったのが悔やまれます。 大子産わさび入りかき揚げが絶品でした。ペッパー味も買えば良かった。お店の奥で機械がお餅をついています。お餅屋さんのかき揚げはおいしいに決まっているのに・・・不覚でした。イートインコーナーがあり、お茶の無料サー...

  • Botanko Hanten
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Itakoshi Itako 89-11
    A Chinese restaurant located in Namegata City, Ibaraki Prefecture situated along National Route 355 traveling from the Itako Interchange heading towards Haguroyama Park. Particularly recommended are the gyoza potstickers, which are filled with a superb balance of juicy, high quality Bimei pork and tasty vegetables. The restaurant also offers hearty ramen made with a broth containing over 10 varieties of fruits and vegetables slow stewed for hours to maintain the integrity of their individual flavors. In general, the restaurant's portions are large, and other menu selections include tanmen soup, a yakiniku barbecue Bimei pork set meal, and liver sauteed with Asian chives.
  • Kappo Uomasa
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Daikumachi 2-1-23
    A Japanese restaurant established in 1903 located a 20-minute walk from the north exit of Mito Station on the JR Joban Line. The restaurant serves monkfish, a delicate variety of seafood whose flavor can easily become off if not extremely fresh, paying great attention to the freshness and preparation methods used. Menu selections include monkfish nabe hotpot, vinegared monkfish, and monkfish sashimi, a particular rarity. The restaurant also serves gozen meals which include dishes like tempura made with natto fermented beans from Mito, and squid and natto; as well as traditional kaiseki course meals made with seasonal ingredients such as Hitachi beef and common orient clams from the Kashima Sea.

    大工町の交差点のところに入り口があります。入り口は広くはないのですが、奥行きがあり部屋数は結構あります。一階にはカウンター席もありますが、基本的には個室になっています。品書きは、コース料理以外もいろいろあり自分の好きなものを注文して居酒屋的に利用することもできます。

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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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