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  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hobikisen Cruising Sailboat
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasumigaurashi Saka 4784 (boarding reception place)
    These sailboats known as hobikisen ply Lake Kasumigaura. They were used for fishing on the lake from the Meiji to the Showa periods. The tour boats sail from the lakeside at Kasumigaura City, Tsuchiura City, and Namegata City. Visitors on the tour boats are easy to watch the sailboats moving across the lake with their large, billowing sails. The traditional net fishing done with these boats has been selected as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
  • Fukuda Green Farm
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasumigaurashi Shimosaya 777
    A farm located a six-kilometer drive north from the Tsuchiura-kita Interchange where visitors can enjoy picking and gather Asian pears, kyoho giant grapes, persimmons, and chestnuts. The farm offers safe, healthy fruits and nuts grown using reduced agricultural chemical cultivation techniques such as natural farming, EM, and composted bark. There's also a barbecue ground on the grounds, and visitors can enjoy the outdoors surrounded by peaceful natural scenery. The farm's shop sells fruits picked on the farm and processed goods such as umeboshi (pickled dried plum), roasted chestnuts, and other foods. The farm also has handicapped toilets and has incorporated universal design principles such as eliminating steps, ensuring that senior citizens and disabled persons can also enjoy fruit picking.
  • Kayaba Kanko Orchards
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Kasumigaura Ichikawa 325
    This tourist farm is located in Ichikawa, Kasumigaura City. It cultivates grapes, pears and chestnuts, and the farm is open from mid-August to mid-October for visitors to enjoy picking the fruits and chestnuts (advance notice is required). The farm also has products available for sale over the counter. There is also a barbeque area (a reservation is required).
  • Yamato Chestnut Orchard
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Kasumigaura Kamitsuchida 723
    A chestnut orchard in Kamitsuchida, Kasumigaura City. Open from the first Sunday in September to mid-October, this tourist farm lets you gather your own chestnuts. It also sells raw chestnuts and chestnuts prepared in a pressure cooker.
  • Karatachi Farm
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Kasumigaura Kamitsuchida 882
    A farm in Kamitsuchida, Kasumigaura City. They grow pears, chestnuts, and sweet potatoes. You can pick, collect, or dig your own from mid-August to mid-October. They offer a service of chestnuts fresh-cooked over a wood fire for those gathering chestnuts.
  • Chiyoda Engei
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Kasumigaura Nakasaya 744-1Dai2 Hitachi No Park Mae
    An orchard in Nakasaya, Kasumigaura City. They grow Kyoho grapes, chestnuts, and pear varieties including Kosui, Hosui, and Niitaka. In addition to offering fruit picking from mid-August to mid-October, the park also has barbecue facilities available for use with a reservation.
  • Okano Orchard
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Kasumigaura Ichiiida 232
    An orchard in Iida, Kasumigaura City. They grow pears, grapes, and chestnuts. You can pick pears from mid-August to mid-October and grapes from early September to mid-October. You can gather chestnuts from mid-September to mid-October.
  • Eureka Pleasure Boat (Kashima Port)
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Kamisu-shi Higashifukashiba 12
    A sightseeing boat operating from Higashifukashiba, Kamisu City. During a roughly 45-minute trip around Kashima Port, one of the world's largest artificially excavated harbors, you'll see huge anchored tankers and factories along the coast. While only available for groups during the week, it's open to everyone on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays when it sails at 1:30 p. m.
  • Itako Municipal Rowboat Cruise
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Itako-shi Ayame 1-5
    Pleasure boats at Suigo Itako Ayame Garden in Ayame, Itako City. Reproductions of the traditional sappa boats used for transportation in the Suigo area operate during the Ayame Festival held every year from late May to late June. Night cruises are held on Saturdays.
  • Kasumigaura Park Nature Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Tsuchiura-shi Oiwata 145
    A nature observation facility at Kasumigaura Comprehensive Park in Oiwata, Tsuchiura City. Located on the shores of Lake Kasumigaura, it has displays of freshwater fish from the lake and around the world. There's also a telescope for bird watching. In addition, it holds events such as the Suigo Marche on the second Sunday of each month as well as handicraft workshops.
  • Sakanoen
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasumigaurashi Shishikura 4493
  • Yasuda Orchard
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Kasumigaura Shimosaya 708
  • Rofuneyuran
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Itakoshi Ayame 1-chome
  • Yanada Kuri Sono
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Kasumigaura Gotanta 259
  • Sakurai Vineyard
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Kasumigaura Kamitsuchida 831

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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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