Travel / Tourism Spots in Kasumigaura / Tsuchiura / Kashima Area

  • Kashima-jingu Shrine
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    4.5
    339 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Kashimashi Kyuchu 2306-1
    Located in Kashima City, Ibaraki Prefecture, this old shrine is said to have been constructed in 600BC, during the inaugural year of Emperor Jinmu. It is the oldest in the Kanto region and the head shrine of the approximately 600 Kashima Shrines across the country. The grounds feature a main hall, one of Japan’s Top 3 Tower Gates, pebbles, and a treasure hall with a straight sword designated as a National Treasure. The “Great Imperial Ofuna Festival” held once every 12 years is famous.

    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...

  • Minato Park
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
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    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.

    鹿島港の近くにあり、タワーがシンボルです。近くの公園でも遊ぶことが出来ます。タワーからは鹿島港を一望できます。

  • Chosho-ji Temple
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    4.5
    17 Reviews
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    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 Machikado Kura Daitoku
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
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    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...

  • Takano Foods Natto Museum
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Omitama-shi Noda 1542
    A museum in Noda, Omitama City. It’s part of the Takano Foods factory, a natto fermented bean maker known as “Okame Natto.” Visitors learn about natto via displays on its history, the fermentation process, other natto versions from around the world, etc. They also offer tours of the natto factory (reservations required).

    You have to reserve the tour in advance, and they didnt have any slots available for the time we were in the area. So instead, we visited the Natto museum. The museum gives you a good overview of...

  • Tsuchiura City Museum
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
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    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.

    江戸時代に土浦城の本丸があった亀城公園に隣接した場所に立地しています。無料の施設も全国あちこちで見かけますが、105円の低価格の入館料で入場できる博物館は珍しいですよね。土浦市を中心に県南地区の歴史や風土を学ぶことができます。土浦が陸運だけでなく水運で江戸や東北、房総と繋がって要所であったことがより理解できました。

  • Namegata City Tourist Product Center Koikoi
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    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."

    ご当地バーガーのなめパックンを求めて土浦駅からランニングでやってきました。お昼をわずかに過ぎた時間でしたが既に売り切れ。平日だったしそれほど多く作ってないのでしょうか。他の行方バーガーはとても美味しかったので、またなめパックンを求めて走ってこようと思います。

  • Kasumigaura City Museum of History
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Kasumigaura-shi Saka 1029-1
    A museum on Prefectural Route 118 in Saka, Kasumigaura City. In addition to fishing boat models and equipment used by the Kasumigaura fishing trade, there are also displays of folk items such as farming equipment and items used in daily life. They also have archaeological materials related to local history and panel displays. There is an observatory overlooking Lake Kasumigaura on the top floor of the castle-like building, and an exhibition area dedicated to Hobikisen, traditional Kasumigaura fishing boats.

    小さなお城の中にある郷土資料館。かすみがうら市や、その周辺の歴史や当時の 暮らしを丁寧に展示してあります。特に帆引き船はインパクトがありました。 特設会場では、かすみがうら市から新選組に属されていた方の展示で、興味深く 拝見しました。資料館、水族館共通チケットが420円でした。 2か所回られることお勧めです。

  • Megmilk Snow Brand Ami Factory
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
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    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.

    町内会で予約、最新のチーズ工場見学をしました。2014年から稼働、ここで雪印のチーズやマーガリンを製造、全国に出荷してるそうです。初めに大型スクリーンで工場の概要を見てから見学しますが、ロボット導入で人がとても少なかったです。途中、VR(バーチャルリアリティ)体験、幼稚園の年長児くらいから楽しめそうです。最後にチーズの試食、売店でお買い物も出来ました。人気で予約が取りにくいようですがお勧めです。

  • Tsuchiura Archaeology Museum
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
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    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。

  • Togaku-ji Temple
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Tsuchiura-shi Otemachi 4-16
    This temple is located in Otemachi, Tsuchiura City. The bronze bell inside the temple grounds was donated to Gokuraku-ji Temple by the military commander of the Kamakura period, Hatta Tomoie, and was later used in Tsuchiura Castle, and then moved to the temple in 1884. It is counted as one of the three ancient Hitachi bells, and has been designated as a nationally important cultural property.

    土浦ひな祭りに行き立ち寄りました。ガイドブックの歴史散策に紹介されてたお寺です。有名なのは銅鐘で、常陸三古鐘の一つで国指定の文化財とのことです。除夜にのみ音色が聞けるそうです。境内にある松の枝ぶりも見応えありました。

  • Kasumigaura Ohashi Bridge
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    Ibaraki Prefecture Kasumigaura City-City of the City
    National Route 354 runs along this roughly one-kilometer long bridge over Kasumigaura Bay that connects Kasumigaura City and Namegata City. It was originally a toll bridge, but these days you can cross for free. On the Namegata City side of the bridge there are facilities such as Takasuzaki Park, Roadside Station Tamatsukuki, and Kasumigaura Fureai Land.
  • Satoshi Ikezawa Circuit-no-Ookami Museum
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    4 Reviews
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    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."

    子供の頃読んだ劇画サーキットの狼とそれに伴うスーパーカーブーム。館内に入った瞬間、思わず顔は綻んだ。リアルタイムで体験した世代にはたまらないミュージアムと言えると思う。館内には劇中同様にペイントを施されたロータスヨーロッパ!そしてカウンタックやフェラーリ512BBi、イオタにミウラ、パンテーラ、ランチャストラトス、子供の頃の夢がそのままここにある。池沢さとしさん初めこのミュージアムを作ってくれた全...

  • Lacus Marina Excursion Ship White Iris
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    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
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    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.
  • Hobikibune Sailboat Cruises
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    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
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    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."
  • Kunigami Shrine
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    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.
  • Manabe Cherry Trees
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    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.
  • Itako 12 Bridges Boat Tour
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    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."

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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 - one of Japan's Three Great Gardens - in spring to experience the cellestial blooming of fantastic cherry blossoms at the annual sakura festival.

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