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  • 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...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Komachi no Yakata
    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.


  • Tsuchiura Archaeology Museum
    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。

  • 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.
  • Megmilk Snow Brand Ami Factory
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Inashikigunamimachi Hoshinosato 22 Ami Eastern Industrial Park
    A factory located a five-minute drive from the Ami-higashi interchange on the Ken-O Expressway. The factory, opened in 2014, makes Megmilk Snow Brand dairy products such as processed cheeses and margarine. The factory makes some 200 varieties of products, making it the largest operated by Megmilk Snow Brand. Visitors can have fun here while learning about cheese and margarine, take commemorative photos using special photo sets, try a virtual reality experience which shows how cheese is made, and sample some of the company's products.
  • Satoshi Ikezawa Circuit-no-Ookami Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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."
  • Itako 12 Bridges Boat Tour
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Itakoshi Itako 109-12 tide boat boat association
    "This tour, a local sightseeing staple, is situated seven minutes from the Itako interchange on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway. Tour-goers board a small boat and visit beautiful area bridges via a canal system. The canals, which span a section of the rice paddies sandwiched between the Tone River and the Hitachitone River are called ""enma,"" and the canal in the Katozu area is known for the simple, narrow bridges which span it, connecting house to house. The tour's small ""sappa-bune"" boats visit and travel under the 12 remaining bridges in the area. The tour leaves from Suigo Sawara Ayame Park, a park where various irises bloom and which bustles with visitors from late spring through summer."
  • Chosho-ji Temple
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Itakoshi Itako 428
    This ancient Rinzai Buddhist temple, founded in 1185, is notable for its thatch roofed main temple building, a rarity in Japan. According to records, the temple was built by Minamoto no Yoritomo to pray for continued luck in war, and the temple's copper bell was gifted to it in the distant Kamakura period. The temple possesses numerous valuable historical artefacts and items designated Cultural Properties by the national government, prefecture, and city, making it an essential destination for those looking to experience the history of Itako City.

    The town of Itako is not busy when there are no iris flowers like in May, June, nevertheless, once I stepped into this temple ground last month, I was overtaken by quietness and serenity. It belongs...

  • Tsuchiura City Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Yaguchi Orchards
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasumigaurashi Shimotsuchida 477
    A tourism-oriented fruit farm located close to the Chiyoda-ishioka interchange on the Joban Expressway. Sweet Japanese pears, grapes, Japanese chestnuts, and persimmons are grown organically on the farm's spacious 50 thousand square meter grounds, and visitors can enjoy the tastes of fall. The farm grows Kosui, Hosui, and Nitaka Japanese pears from around August 10 to September 30. The farm grows huge Kyoho grapes from August 20 to September 28. Chestnuts are grown from early September to mid-October, and persimmons from mid-October to late November. The farm offers all-you-can-eat Japanese pears, grapes, and persimmons. There's also a farm-fresh shop and visitors can enjoy fruit picking with their pets, as well.
  • Fruit Park Hisamatsu Farm
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasumigaurashi Shimosaya 885
    A tourism-oriented park where you can pick fresh fruit. Grapes, pear, chestnuts, persimmons, and other fruits are grown on the farm. You can also dig up sweet potatoes here. Unusual for a fruit-picking farm, there are no time limits, and you are allowed to bring your own food onto the premises as well. And of course you can eat all that you pick. Depending on the season, you can pay an extra fee to pick multiple varieties of fruits. The farm’s shop sells fruit for taking home as a souvenir and can also provide shipping.
  • Tsuchiura Machikado Kura Daitoku
    16 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsuchiurashi Chuou 1-3-16
    Tsuchiura Machikado Kura Daitoku is a showroom for local products, and kura (a storehouse) in Tsuchiura which has been there since the Edo period (1615–1865) and was renovated. It has two sections; Daitoku which consisted of misegura (a kura with a dwelling) and sodegura (a small side kura) for a kimono shop and Nomura which consisted of the main residence, sodegura, bunkogura (a kura as a closet) and rengagura (a brick-layered kura) for a sugar wholesaler. In Daitoku, it sells souvenirs, exhibits historical folk documents and leases rental bikes. In Nomura, the rengagura is used as a café and sodegura is used for a soba noodle making experience.

    まちかど蔵:大徳蔵と野村蔵 A cluster of several warehouses built on merchant residences in the late Edo period survive to this day and house souvenir stores, restaurants, exhibitions of artefacts and, also...

  • Ikisu Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Kamisu-shi Ikisu
  • Osugi Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Inashiki-shi Aba

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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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