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  • Yuki Sake Brewery
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Yukishi Yuki 1589
    A sake brewery established in the Edo period located a 10-minute walk from the north exit of JR Yuki Station. The brewery building was originally built in the Ansei era; this and the large brick chimney added on in the Meiji period are designated a National Tangible Cultural Property. Visitors can enjoy food along with Fukufuku, a traditional and renowned sake which has been brewed since the Edo period, served at various temperatures. Yuiyui, another of the brewery's famous sakes, is decorated with a design created by a local calligrapher depicting a thread ring surrounding the character for good fortune. Made with underground water from the Kinugawa River system, this sake is characterized by its mild flavor.
  • Fukasaku Farm
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hokotashi Dainigorisawa 361
    A farm and farmers market situated along National Route 51 traveling north from the Itako interchange on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway in Ibaraki Prefecture. The farm grows extremely sweet melons and fruit tomatoes using natural, effective microorganisms agriculture, a style of agriculture which combines a careful balance, of rich, healthy soil and natural, beneficial microorganisms and organic matter. The farm also sells baumkuchens awarded the Monde Selection gold award, including strawberry and melon baumkuchens which harness the fresh, tasty fruits and knowhow of the farm.
  • Kodokan
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Sannomaru 1-6-29
    This school, built by the ninth lord of Mito Domain Tokugawa Nariaki in 1841, was once one of the largest domain-sponsored schools in the country. During the Battle of the Kodokan, an internal struggle which occurred in 1868, the majority of the building was destroyed in a fire, but portions of the original facility, including the front gate, Shizendo hall, and reception hall, as well as stone monuments, still stand today. In 2015, the location was designated a Japan Heritage Site by the Agency for Cultural Affairs as part of the Educational Heritage from Early-Modern Japan group of structures. Inside, there is a museum space where visitors can view historical materials and artefacts such as Chinese poetry by esteemed intellectual Yoshida Shoin; and a picture of Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the last shogun of Japan.
  • Minato Park
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Kamisushi Higashifukashiba 10
    A park located in the center of the Port of Kashima, one of the largest artificially excavated ports in the world. At night from the top of the park's 52-meter tall observation tower, visitors can get a sweeping view of the glittering factories operating in the Kashima coastal industrial zone. On New Year's Day, the park is open from 6:00 a.m., and the sight of the first sunrise of the new year emerging from beyond the industrial zone is stirring.

    神栖市には、これといった観光スポットがありません。ここは工場夜景が一望できることで有名な場所ですが17時までの営業ですから夜景が見られるシーズンは限定されてしまいます。展望塔がある港公園の海岸沿いからは高さが無いですが眼下には鹿島港が、その先には太平洋を航行する大型船も見えます。陸地には広がる鹿島臨海工業地帯のパノラマが見られます。また毎年開催のいばらき都市緑化フェスティバルでは、いろんなイベント...

  • Namegata City Tourist Product Center Koikoi
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Pref. Namegatashi Tamatsukuri Kou 1963-5
    "A local specialty products facility whose exterior resembles the distinctive hobikibune sailboats which ply the waters of Lake Kasumigaura. The facility sells an abundance of vegetables picked that morning as well as local specialty products. The facility's ""Namegata Burgers,"" which contain catfish, carp, and other patties and which are only available here, are also popular."
  • Kunigami Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Itakoshi Uwado 1551
    A Shinto shrine dedicated to Onamuchi-no-mikoto and Sukunabikona-no-mikoto located in Itako City, Ibaraki Prefecture. Records state the shrine was founded in the distant Nanboku-cho period (1336-1392). The shrine's annual festival is held on November 23. As part of the festival, the Uwado-no-Shishimai lion dance, a designated Prefectural Cultural Property, is performed to pray for bountiful harvests. The three lion masks used in the performance are believed to have been donated to the shrine in 1395. The performance consists of an intense dance by a male lion, a graceful dance by a female lion, and a dance which combines elements of the former two by a neuter lion, plus dances by a tengu goblin and okame homely woman.
  • Geospatial Information Authority of Japan Science Museum of Map and Survey
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    4.0
    51 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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. It's a good place visit.

  • Kami No Sato Nishinouchi Washi Library of Records
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachiomiyashi Funyu 90
    A long-standing shop which sells Nishinouchi washi Japanese paper, a craft designated a Prefectural and National Intangible Cultural Property. The shop sells Nishinouchi washi and finished goods and also operates as a museum with exhibits on Nishinouchi washi and handmade papers from around the world. Nishinouchi washi is a high quality, sturdy paper made with Nasu kozo (paper mulberry) and was once valued as a monopoly good of the former Mito Domain. The facility offers papermaking demonstrations and sukie paper art classes (advance reservation required), making it easy for visitors to experience the world of this traditional craft.

    JR水郡線中舟生駅から近いので歩くこともできますが、その後の行動を考えると車があったほうが便利です。紙漉きができるので、小学生くらいのお子さんがいる家族連れの方にお勧めです。近くの淡水魚館ともども、雨の日でも楽しめる荷がよいですね。

  • Kashima Antlers Club House
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Kashimashi Aou Higashiyama 2887
    The practice ground for the J1 League Kashima Antlers soccer team, visitors can watch professional player practice sessions. Bustling with fans day after day, there's also an official shop inside the facility where visitors can buy Anton-kun official mascot merchandise and other Kashima Antlers goods.
  • Ogawa Usen Kinenkan Ungyotei
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Ushikushi Jouchuchou 2690-3
    "A memorial museum dedicated to Ogawa Usen located not far from the last stop on the Kanto Railway Bus bound for the Mikazukibashi Shogai Gakushu Center. Usen was a painter and poet who was active from the Meiji to the Showa periods. Usen painted the farmers who lived and worked around him. He also frequently depicted kappa, a mythical water-dwelling creature, and was known as ""Kappa no Usen."" The museum is housed in the home and studio Usen built for himself in his later years and displays reproductions of his paintings as well as items the artist used as part of everyday life. A stone memorial depicting a kappa also stands nearby."
  • Komachi no Yakata
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    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsuchiurashi Ono 491
    A local mixed-use complex named after the famous Heian period poet Ono no Komachi, said to have died in Tsuchiura's Ono district, a 30-minute drive from Tsuchiura Station on the JR Joban Line in Ibaraki Prefecture. Inside, visitors will find a local specialty products shop, tourist information corner, Komachi gallery, and educational hall. A soba noodle making class is offered in the activity hall for a small fee and there's also a rest area from which visitors can take in the vast, beautiful scenery of the area. The facility is also adjoined by a farm-fresh shop, cafe, and the Salon Komachi restaurant, which serves Hitachi Aki soba noodles.

    6月にホタルが見られると聞いたので夕方見に行きました。10匹以上見られ、幻想的でした。日によって数にばらつきがあるそうなのでラッキーだったようです。

  • Tsuchiura Archaeology Museum
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    8 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsuchiurashi Kamitakatsu 1843
    A museum built on the site of the Kamitakatsu Shell Mound a 20-minute walk from the last stop on the JR Bus Kanto bound for Aeon Mall Tsuchiura leaving from JR Tsuchiura Station in Ibaraki Prefecture. A recreation of a Jomon period village based on excavations of the mound stands in a park adjoining the museum building and the shell mound fault plane sprawling along a slope in the park is also maintained as an exhibit. The museum itself uses videos and dioramas to introduce the Jomon period and the results of shell mound archeological excavations. The museum also offers interactive lessons and lectures on the field of archeology.

    夏休みに夜の虫を観察するイベントに参加しました。 セミが脱皮するところや蛍、カブトムシやクワガタムシなどいろいろ見ることができ、子供たちは大喜びしていました。 また行きたいです。

  • Hitachi no Kuni Soushagu Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Ishiokashi Sousha 2-8-1
    A Shinto shrine situated on high ground commanding a view of Mt. Tsukuba, known as one of 100 Famous Japanese Mountains, and Lake Kasumigaura, noted as the second largest lake in Japan. Just when the shrine was founded is not clear, but shrine records state it was built on the command of ancient Emperor Shomu, indicating the long history of this holy site. The shrine holds the Ishioka Festival, known as one of the three largest festivals in the Kanto region, each year in September, and during this time the grounds bustle with visitors.
  • Tsukuba Agricultural Research Hall
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Kannondai 3-1-1
    "A science museum located a five-minute walk from the ""Norindanchi Chuo"" bus stop on Kanto Railway Bus and Tsukuba Bus lines in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The museum is divided into two areas, one which introduces the results of the facility's research into agriculture and marine products in Japan, and one which presents the history and development of agriculture. The research results hall contains informational panels which present the facility's research on stable food supply and solutions of environmental issues. The agriculture history hall contains informational panels and actual agricultural tools which illustrate the evolution of farming equipment and cultivation methods."
  • Manabe Cherry Trees
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsuchiurashi Manabe 4-3
    These commemorative cherry trees were planted when Manabe Elementary School was dismantled and moved. They are 100 years old, and they have been designated a Natural Monument by the prefecture and each year in spring they come into spectacular bloom.
  • Makabe Street
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Prefecture Sakuragawa City Makabe-cho
    This historic town area was created by the Makabe clan at the end of the distant Warring States period and even today visitors can view more than 300 kura warehouses and misegura combined storehouse/warehouses.
  • Seo Orchard
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Kamisugama 952
    A fruit orchard located a 30-minute drive from the Tsuchiura-kita interchange on the Joban Expressway. Here visitors can buy farm-fresh grapes and also go grape picking themselves. The farm employs low agrochemical farming and uses rice bran and charcoal for fertilizer. Visitors can purchase grapes they pick themselves or do the farm's no time limit all-you-can-eat course. The farm grows grape varieties like sweet and full-flavored giant Kyoho; and highly sweet, seedless Pione.
  • Nishikanasa Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachiotashi Kamimiyakawauchichou 1915
    A Shinto shrine located at the top of Mt. Nishikanasa in Hitachiota City. The shrine is dedicated to Onamuchi-no-Mikoto, Kuni-no-Tokotachi-no-Mikoto, and Sukunahikona-no-Mikoto. The shrine building was built by the High priest Hoju in 806, after which a ceremony was performed to ritually transfer a portion of the spirits of the deities enshrined at the Hiyoshi Shrine on holy Mt. Hiei here. The shrine grounds are enclosed by natural forest and visitors can view huge gingko and sawara cypress trees designated Natural Monuments by the prefectural government. The shrine's Isode Tai Sairei festival, held once only every 72 years, is one of the largest Isode festivals in the country and has been designated a National Selected Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
  • Nishiyama-Goten
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachiotashi Arajukuchou 590
    "Tokugawa Mitsukuni, known to many as the lead character in the popular long-running historical drama ""Mito Komon,"" served as the second lord of Mito Domain. After retiring, Mitsukuni spent his final years at this estate. It is also said Mitsukuni worked on his ""Dai Nihonshi"" history of Japan here from 1691 until his death in 1700. In spite of his pay of 350 thousand ""koku,"" a considerable sum at the time, Mitsukuni hated extravagance, and one can see that this estate was created in line with the man's beliefs. The single-story structure has a thatched roof and earthen walls. The rooms are simple and unornamented. Meanwhile, the elegant garden presents visitors with beautiful, seasonal scenery. The site was designated a National Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty in 2016."
  • Shorenji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachiotashi Tourenjichou 200
    "A Buddhist temple located a 20-minute drive from Hitachi-Ota Station. The shrine's origins date back to when Emperor Tenmu stayed in the area for two years when he was still a prince and later had a Buddhist image and statue of Prince Shotoku enshrined at the location. During the distant Kamakura period, Hatakeyama Shigehide (second son of Hatakeyama Shigetada, who was killed under suspicions he was plotting to overthrow the government) entered the priesthood, built a temple hall, and lived here, after which he dreamed of a blue lotus, leading to the temple gaining its current name- ""Shorenji"" means ""Blue Lotus Temple."" The temple also famously appears in the famous late Edo period true story known in Japan as the ""Two Filial Daughters of Bungo Province."""

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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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