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Mountain Spots in Ibaraki Area

  • Mt. Yamizo
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    Ibaraki Pref. Kujigundaigomachi Kaminomiya
    This famous mountain, 1,022-meter-high, straddles the prefectures of Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Fukushima and is also the highest peak in Ibaraki prefecture. Visited by numerous climbers each year, some of the mountain's many highlights include primeval Japanese beech and Erman's birch forests; the springs of the Yamizo River, selected for inclusion in a list of Top 100 Famous Water by the Ministry of the Environment; and the Nichirinji Temple, the 21st temple of the Bando 33 Kannon Pilgrimage. The scenery visible from the mountaintop observatory is spectacular, and the beauty of the area's fall foliage in autumn in particular is well worth seeing.
  • Mt. Tsukuba
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Tsukuba
    An 877 meter tall mountain located in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture which has two peaks—Nantai-san and Nyotai-san (“men's body” and “female body,” respectively). Due to the color the mountain takes on in the morning and at dusk, it is also known as “Violet Peak,” and has been popularly worshipped as a sacred mountain since ancient times. Over 1,000 varieties of plants grow on the mountain, and visitors can enjoy the sight of various plant lives here throughout the year. A cable car and ropeway provide convenient access to the top of the mountain, making it easy even for children and senior citizens to enjoy the beautiful view. On Saturday, Sunday, and holiday evenings from October to the end of February (excluding during bad weather, the New Year's holidays, and safety inspections), visitors can ride the ropeway as part of a special “Stardust Cruising” event and take in the beautiful nightscape of the surrounding area.
  • Gozenyama
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    Ibaraki Higashiibaraki-gun Shirosatomachi Gozenyama
    "A 156-meter-high mountain standing along the Naka River in the Katsura area in Shirosato Town, Ibaraki Prefecture. During the Edo period, the Mito Tokugawa clan banned logging in the area, and today the area is still naturally lush. In fall, the area is dyed a vivid red by the autumn foliage as if on fire, and the area encompassing the Nakagawa Bridge spanning the front of the mountain is known as the ""Arashiyama of Kanto,"" an allusion to another famous naturally beautiful area in Japan. There is a bell tower near the top of the mountain from which visitors can get a sweeping view of the Naka River and surrounding area. There are trails on the mountain and guide signs, making it easy even for beginners to hike to the top. Also note that Roadside Station Katsura is located at the foot of the mountain, providing drivers with convenient access to the area."
  • Mt. Nytotai Summit
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    Ibaraki Tsukuba-shi Tsukuba 1
    Located in Tsukuba, Tsukuba City, Mt. Tsukuba consists of two peaks: Mt. Nantai and Mt. Nyotai. The 877-meter summit of Mt. Nyotai can be reached with about a five-minute hike from Mt. Tsukuba Ropeway's Nyotaisan Station. There you'll find a Tsukubasan-jinja Shrine sanctuary dedicated to the mountain. On clear days there's a view of Tokyo and Mt. Fuji. A trail connects it to the summit of Mt. Nantai.
  • Mt. Tatsuware
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    Ibaraki Takahagi Nakadogawa Ibaraki Hitachi-shi Juocho Kurosaka
    "This685-meter-tall mountain is located in the northeastern part of Ibaraki Prefecture in Hanazono-Hananuki Prefectural Nature Park. According to legends, the ancient prince Kurosaka-no-Mikoto took criminals who would not obey the Yamato court controlled them by shutting them away in fortresses (""ki"") made of thorny plants (""ibara""), and this is where the name of the prefecture supposedly came from. Paths are laid out on the mountain so that visitors can enjoy ""forest bathing,"" and the mountain has been appreciated as one of the Ibaraki Prefecture's 100 most scenic spots."
  • Hyokyozan
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsuchiurashi Toujouji
  • Mt.Sashiro
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    Ibaraki Kasama-shi

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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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