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Spots in Kasumigaura / Tsuchiura / Kashima Area

  • Ami Premium Outlets
    4-1-1 Yoshimi Ami-machi, Inagi-gun, Ibaraki Prefecture
    This outlet mall that opened in 2009 is right off the Ken-O Expressway Ami-Higashi Interchange. Capturing the style of the American West-Coast here you’ll find almost 150 different shops made up of popular foreign brands, casual brands, lifestyle shops, and restaurants. The wide aisles throughout the mall make it easy to traverse for those with strollers or wheelchairs. A kid’s room and nursing room are also available on site.
  • Kashima-jingu Shrine
    279 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Kashimashi Kyuchu 2306-1
    An ancient Shinto shrine located in Kashima City, Ibaraki Prefecture said to have been founded in 660 BCE. The oldest shrine in the Kanto area, it is also the head shrine of all 600 or so Kashima shrines nationwide. The spacious grounds, equivalent to 15 Tokyo Domes, are dotted with highlights such as the main shrine building, a two tier shrine gate considered one of the three most beautiful in Japan, the mystical Sazareishi stone, and a treasure house containing a straight sword designated a National Treasure. The shrine is famous for its aquatic boat festival held once every twelve years in the Year of the Horse.

    The shrine is considered as one of the three most important shrines in the Kanto area and is said to have been founded in the 6th century B.C.in the era of the legendary emperor Jimmu. The forest is...

  • Kashima Soccer Stadium
    19 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kashimashi Jinkouji Goyama 26-2
    This soccer stadium is located a two-minute walk from Kashima Soccer Stadium Station on the Oarai Kashima Line. Built in 1993 as Japan's first fully-fledged dedicated soccer stadium, the facility is used as the home stadium of the J1 League Kashima Antlers. Sprinklers, underground heating, and other methods are used to maintain the condition of the stadium's natural grass field, and, during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the stadium's characteristics were utilized for world-class play.


  • Comorebi Ibaraido Forest
    23 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Inashikishi Kamikimiyama 2060-1
    Located in natural environs in Inashiki City, Ibaraki Prefecture, this interactive theme park is popular with families. This park is filled with outdoor activities for children including a field athletic course suspended through the trees, and a small animal petting zoo. Families can try their hand at cooking and craft making, from any of the extensive workshops. On site is a restaurant, a hall, and barbecue facilities where homemade sausage, and the park’s original pizza can be enjoyed.

    お目当のシルバニアパークはとても可愛くて、娘も私も楽しかった。 ただ元からある施設はしょぼいくせに遊具が高い。スタッフの接客もいまいち。 1番腹が立ったのは1500円の食べ放題のレストラン。 店の前の案内の写真にカンパーニュやバゲットなどが載っていたからここにしたのに、そんなパンは皆無。ふにゃふにゃの1個50円くらいのまずい抹茶パンしかなかった。詐欺でしょこれ? 1時間の時間制限つけてるくせに料...

  • Tsuchiura City Kasumigaura Comprehensive Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsuchiurashi Oiwata 145
    A large park with an abundance of natural areas sprawling on the shore of Lake Kasumigaura. Facilities include a large playground, pool, aquatic plant garden, and rest house, and the park is particularly popular with families. The Dutch windmill which serves as a symbol of the park was erected to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Tsuchiura City; there's an observatory located halfway up the windmill's tower.
  • 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.
  • Kasumigaura Aquarium
    18 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    水槽が汚い。リニューアルっていう割には、ピンとこなかった。 魚の名前は貼られているが、どれがどの魚かわからない。 地元の魚たちがみたかったから、プチ満足ってとこかなぁ・・・

  • Tsukamoto Sobaten
    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。

  • Lacus Marina Excursion Ship White Iris
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsuchiurashi Kawaguchi 2-13-6
    A Lake Kasumigaura sightseeing boat. The boat dock is located a 10-minute walk from JR Tsuchiura Station. Operating out of the Port of Tsuchiura year-round, the boat jets across the surface of Lake Kasumigaura, the second largest lake in Japan. With a capacity of 86 people, the boat can also accommodate large groups. From fall to spring, the boat is followed by flocks of gulls, while in winter the boat has toasty kotatsu heated table seating. Tour-goers can enjoy views of the Mt. Tsukuba and Abukuma Mountain Range and, on clear days, see all the way to Mt. Fuji. Tours take from 30 to 40 minutes, and during which time tour-goers will be exposed to the vast natural beauty of Lake Kasumigaura.
  • Aiyu Shuzo
    Ibaraki Pref. Itakoshi Tsuji 205
    A historic sake brewery established in 1804 located a five-minute drive from the Itako interchange on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway. Located near a river where traditional yomeiribune (bridal boats) can still be seen plying the waters, the brewery makes local sakes utilizing excellent water, excellent rice, and the refined skills of its chief brewer which have received high praise not only in Japan but around the world. The brewery actively participates in competitions and seeks to continually improve the quality of its products. The brewery also offers 30 to 40-minute long tours which give participants access to rarely seen aspects of the sake brewing process. The brewery also offers sake tasting and has a direct sales shop and welcomes visitors.
  • 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.
  • Oritsu Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kashimashi Oritsu
    This beach, one of the most well-known in Ibaraki Prefecture, boasts extremely clear waters. The NPO Kashima Lifeguard Team provides lifeguard services, ensuring beachgoer safety and making the beach a popular destination for families with children.
  • Kasumigaura Fureai Land
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Namegatashi Tamatsukuri Kou 1234
    "A science theme park dedicated to water located near the Kasumigaura Fureai Land bus stop on the Kantetsu Green Bus leaving from Tsuchiura Station in Ibaraki Prefecture. There's a water drop-themed museum and a science hall where visitors can learn hands-on about themes such as ""life and water"" and ""water usage."" The Rainbow Tower on the grounds commands a view of Lake Kasumigaura and Mt. Tsukuba and, on clear days, Mt. Fuji. Finally, there's a water park with an area where young children can play in an area enclosed by several large boulders."
  • Hobikibune Sailboat Cruises
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsuchiurashi Kawaguchi 2
    Hobikibune are traditional fishing vessels which operate on Lake Kasumigaura close to JR Tsuchiura Station in Ibaraki Prefecture. Visitors can watch the boats plying their trade from cruise ships which depart from and return to the Port of Tsuchiura. This style of fishing was invented in Dejima Village in 1880. With the emergence of trawling boats around 1965, hobikibune disappeared, but today they have been brought back for tourists to watch as an important cultural legacy. Powered by a billowing white sail nine meters tall and 16 meters wide, the sight of these boats traveling crosswise to the wind is stirring. Note that the boats are operated from summer through fall.
  • Tsuchiura City Tourist Information Products Center Kirarakan
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsuchiurashi Ariakemachi 2-35
    "A tourist information center and local specialty products complex located on the first floor of Tsuchiura City Hall's main building on the west side of Tsuchiura Station. The facility provides sightseeing pamphlets and tourism information, and, in the local specialty products corner, visitors will find products like local soy sauces and foods made with lotus root such as tsukudani lotus root boiled in soy sauce and lotus root curry. The facility's cafe corner serves a daily curry special, such as beef and chicken curries. The ""Tsuchiura Zeppelin Curry"" is made with Tsuchiura lotus root and local brand ""Rose Pork"" pork meat."
  • Marusan Rouho (Jingu Eki-mae Shop)
    Ibaraki Pref. Kashimashi Miyashita 2-9-6
    "A Japanese confectionary shop established in 1822 located a short walk from Kashimajingu Station on the JR Kashima Line. The shop's ""Hitachi Fudoki"" is a simple sweet which has even been presented to the Japanese Emperor made with plump, top quality adzuki beans from Hokkaido combined with mochi rice cake so soft, it melts in your mouth. Some of the shop's many other gorgeous confections include ""Kurogoma Daifuku"" rice cakes stuffed with a rich black sesame seed filling, and ""Junami Dango"" dumplings crafted according to a unique recipe using only 100% specially cultivated Koshihikari rice from Kashima."
  • Kijo Park
    55 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsuchiurashi Chuou 1-13
    The grounds of this public park enclose the inner citadel of Tsuchiura Castle, the symbol of Tsuchiura City, as well as a portion of the castle's outer citadel. The park also features a natural grass lawn and beech trees designated Prefectural Natural Monuments, and the park serves as a space for relaxation and refreshment to the residents of the city.

    茨城県は土浦市にある亀城公園にやって来ました。 ここは、旧土浦城の本丸と二の丸の一部を整備した公園で、本丸はありませんが、お堀、櫓門、東櫓、西櫓、霞門があります。案内によると、お堀に囲まれたお城の姿が水に浮かぶ亀に見えることから、別名「亀城」と呼ばれているのだとか。無料ろいうこともあり、城内の広場には親子連れで賑わい、子供たちあ元気よくとびまわっています。見どころは現存の太鼓櫓門ぐらいでお城ファン...

  • Gongenyama Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Itakoshi Ushibori Outside 174-1
    "Renowned for its cherry and azalea blossoms, this public park has also been selected for a list of Ibaraki Prefecture's 100 most picturesque locations. The park's observatory offers a sweeping view of Lake Kasumigaura and the area sprawling along the Kitatone River, and, on clear days, Mt. Fuji. It is said that ""Joshu Ushibori,"" one of the famous ""36 Views of Mt. Fuji"" woodblock print series by Hokusai, was created here."
  • Minato Park
    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.


  • Namegata City Tourist Product Center Koikoi
    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."

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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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