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  • 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.
  • Komachi no Yakata
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    6 Reviews
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    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.

    小町の館は「小野小町の資料館」のイメージで訪れましたが、実際は小野小町に関するスペースはそこまで大きくなく、エリア全体では水車、カフェ、そば処、お土産販売、農産物販売、体験の館と小町の館と云った感じです。 小町の館の中には体験の館で出来ることの展示物(そば打ち、田植え、稲刈り、ジャム作り、ほうき作り、短歌会など)やお土産物(小野小町関連ではなく農産物関連のモノ中心)と小野小町の案内が半々、と云った...

  • 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。

  • Satoshi Ikezawa Circuit-no-Ookami Museum
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    3.5
    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...

  • 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 City Museum
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    17 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。

  • Sanmaizuka Tumulus
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    Ibaraki Pref. Namegatashi Okisu 467-1
    This kofun (ancient burial mound) is located on the side of National Route 355 in Okisu, Namegata City. The 85-meter-long keyhole-shaped tumulus is estimated to have been built in the late 5th century. Three archeological surveys of the site have been conducted since 1955. The items excavated in these surveys have been designated as a National Important Cultural Property. The surrounding area has been developed into Sanmaizuka Kofun Noson Park.
  • Kasumigaura City Museum of History
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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.
  • Minka-en
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    Ibaraki Kasumigaura-shi Saka 888-2
    A historic building in Ayumizaki Park, Saka, Kasumigaura City. Located adjacent to the Kasumigaura City Museum of History, it consists of a traditional thatched roof minka house and storehouse built in the Edo period that were transferred to and restored at the current location. A matcha green tea service is available at the Ayumi-an tearoom on-site.
  • Tsukahara Bokuden Bronze Statue
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    Ibaraki Kashima-shi Miyashita 2-11-1
    This bronze statue is located inside Shikatsume Park, in 2-chome, Miyashita, Kashima City. It was erected in commemoration of the 500anniversary of the swordsman, Tsukahara Bokuden, who was born in Kashima, in the Hitachi Province (now known as Kashima City), and played an important part during the Warring States period. There is also a monument to Kashima Jingu, one of the top 100 scenic spots of Kashima.
  • Omitama City Minkaen
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    Ibaraki Omitama-shi Shimotamari 1831
    "A historic building in Shimotamari, Omitama City. Built in the middle of the Edo period and moved to its current location, this former village headman's house features a rare floor design known as ""doma-magari.” The hearth and the kamado cooking area have been reconstructed, and mingu folk items to help you understand daily life during that period are on display. Entry is free. The building is available for meetings and classes, too."
  • Togaku-ji Temple
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    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。

  • Kashima-jingu Shrine
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    4.5
    322 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...

  • Ikisu Shrine
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    43 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Kamisu-shi Ikisu

    This is a small shrine under control of Kashima Shrine. The symbol of the shrine is a little bit away from the shrine and they are two water tanks near the Tone River, male and female.This is one of...

  • Osugi Shrine
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    35 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Inashiki-shi Aba

    If there is time to visit, I reccomend to go. Established 767, having more than 1300 years history. This shrine is saying to make your dream come true, there is a horse race trainig course near by...

  • Tsukiyomi Shrine
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    Ibaraki Tsuchiura-shi Johokumachi 13
  • Yasaka Shrine
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    Ibaraki Inashiki-shi Edosakiotsu 157
  • Hakubi kyotokimonogakuin Tsuchiura Class
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    Ibaraki Pref. Tsuchiurashi Sakuramachi 1-12-15
  • Komachi Fureai Hiroba
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    Ibaraki Tsuchiura-shi Ono 491
  • Tokushima Denentoshi Ctr
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    Ibaraki Pref. Itakoshi Tokushima

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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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