Spots in Joso Area

  • Ibaraki Nature Museum
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    4.5
    70 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Bandoushi Osaki 700
    Ibaraki Natural Museum, opened in 1994, is a new type of natural science museum. In addition to the normal exhibitions of natural history materials there are also outdoor facilities in the area covering 15.8 hectares, including trampolines, and water parks to keep children happily amused. The mini aquarium displaying creatures from Ibaraki’s rivers and sea is also popular.

    Good ride for those who enjoy history, human history, the evolution of species on the Jurassic era, in short, a good outing for the family.

  • Flower Park Ibaraki
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Ishiokashi Shimoaoyagi 200
    Focusing on flowers and flora in Ishioka City, Ibaraki Prefecture, this theme park is divided into “Flower Park” and “Fureai-no-Mori.” Several annuals like peonies, azaleas, hydrangeas, dahlias, and Christmas roses are beautiful, and the official prefectural flower—roses—are famous. On the rose terrace and rose garden, you’ll find 30,000 flowers in roughly 800 species, brought from all around the world, and the rose festival is held there in spring and fall. The winter also has great illumination events to enjoy.

    I enjoyed fantastic illumination in Ibaraki Flower Park. This illumination is until February 14, Sunday, 2016. But, this event has been held every winter. This seasons theme is “Grimm World...

  • Amabiki-kannon (Amabikisan Rakuhoji)
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    4.5
    55 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Sakuragawashi Motogi 1
    Said to have been constructed in the second year of Emperor Yomei (587) by Horindokushukoji from China, this temple of the Toyama sect of Shingon Buddhism is located in Sakuragawa City, Ibaraki Prefecture. Many visitors come here every year seeking its blessing in regards to safe childbirth and child-raising. The main Kannon bodhisattva statue has been designated a National Important Cultural Property. The temple is famous for its cherry blossoms in spring and hydrangeas during the rainy season.

    Visited after a hike from Iwase station. Very cool architecture and colorful temples. Easy walk back to Iwase station.

  • Goka Roadside Station
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Sashimagungokamachi Koushu 18-1
    This roadside station is about one minute from the Goka Interchange of Sashima County, Ibaraki Prefecture. There is a farmer’s market with rice, tomatoes and other locally-produced goods. You can find croquettes made with yams, and a soba shochu called “Kawa Kasumi” —original local products. You’ll also find goods featuring the town mascot “Gokarin,” and products made by companies with factories in Goka.

    休憩がてらに寄りました。 とても大きな道の駅です。 暑かったので、ミストが出ていました。 レストランや、野菜売り場も豊富な品揃えです。

  • Roadside Station Sakai
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    3.5
    27 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Sashimagunsakaimachi 1341-1
    A roadside station located in Sakai, a town which flourished as a center for water borne transportation in the Edo period. The station sells local specialty products and produce. A counter operated by the local sightseeing and specialty products association is located in the station's information corner, and here visitors can learn about area sightseeing destinations as well as Tone River flatboat (Takasebune) tours and other activities.

    ブッフェの評判が良いので、行ってみました。 農産物や名産品が豊富で、試食もあり、楽しかったです。購入した苺や野菜も新鮮で美味しく、もっと買えばよかったと思うくらい。 別棟のレストラン「さかいキッチン」は、女性が好みそうな雰囲気で、気に入りました。 新型コロナの影響で、個人では選べずスタッフさんから取ってもらう方式に変わって恐縮..翌日から当分休みになるとの事で、ラッキーだったかもしれません。 再開...

  • Hitokotonushi-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Jousoushi Otsukadomachi 875
    This shrine is located in Joso City, Ibaraki Prefecture. From the teaching that one will be granted a fortune once in one’s life, this shrine is famous for the deity that grants a requested prayer, even if it is just spoken once. Hence the Hitokoto Myojin, meaning One Word Deity. Constructed in 809 A.D., many visit this spot year round. One of the few shrines visited at New Years, it attracts around 150,000 visitors annually during the 3 celebrated days of New Year, during which many booth shops line the entry way.

    一言のお願いでも丁寧に聞いていただけるというありがたい神様を祀った神社です。神社の縁起にまつわる三岐の竹は実物が展示されていますがなんとも不思議なものでした。

  • Roadside Station Makuraga no sato Koga
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Kogashi Owada 2623
    This roadside station is one of the largest in Ibaraki Prefecture. The station sells a wide selection of produce picked that morning and local specialty products. There's also a food court and a bakery which sells fragrant, fresh-baked breads. Sashima, a renowned local tea, and the station's fresh cooked side dishes available for sale are also popular.

    テレビの取材が来たほどの大盛り丼。ぶったまげ丼、お値段はそれなりに高いですが〜大満足のボリュームです。テーブルもたくさんあつてゆったり食事ができます。でも休日は大混雑。人気のお店です。

  • Hitachi Fudokinooka
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Ishiokashi Someya 1646
    This historic park is located in Ishioka City, Ibaraki Prefecture. It features an observatory platform modeled to look like the head of a shishi (lion), a public square with a playground, and a waterfront park for enjoying flowers in all seasons, including cherry blossoms. For a fee, you can enter the excavated ruins recreated as Kanoko Ruins Park or the Square of Restored Ancient Homes, even checking the inside to see historical documents and artifacts on display. There is also a retail shop and a restaurant that serves ostrich meat from Ishioka City and Idaten soba. Soba-making classes are held here too.

    This park is very nice place especially during the cherry blossom. Moreover, here you can see and enjoy old Japanese traditional houses.

  • Roadside Station Shimotsuma
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    3.0
    3 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Shimotsumashi Kazusu 140
    A roadside station with a distinctive, Japanese castle-like exterior situated along National Route 294. The station sells fresh produce picked that morning, natto made with local soybeans, fresh baked breads, and a variety of other local specialty products. The station is a great place to take a break while on a long drive through the area.

    そば屋は普通でしたが、隣の中華屋さんのラーメンは最悪!! みそ汁の中にラーメンの麺を入れただけ?(コクも旨みもなく)

  • Kogakubo Park
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Kogashi Kounosu 399-1
    "A large park with spacious grounds spanning 25 hectares. The park encloses several historic structures, including the Nakayama Residence, a large farmhouse built in the mid-Edo period; and the Tobita Residence, the oldest ""magariya""-style building in the prefecture. The park is also a renowned destination for flower viewing, and some 1,500 flowering peach trees spanning five varieties grow on the grounds, in addition to a lotus pond in which grow Oga lotuses, an ancient lotus variety. The Koga Peach Festival is held at the park each year when the trees are in bloom, attracting many visitors who come to enjoy the beauty of the flowers."

    3月は桃と桜が満開で見頃です。土日はとても混みますが平日はゆっくり見れますよ! Good season is March! Becose fulled bloom on March. This place best recommend!

  • Daiho Hachimangu Shrine
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Shimotsumashi Daihou 667
    "Established in 701, this is the oldest Shinto shrine in the Kanto region and is said to have been worshipped at by such famous military commanders as Minamoto no Yoritomo. Taira no Masakado notably visited the shrine to pray for victory in battle and is said to have been granted the title of ""New Emperor"" by one of the shrine's maidens. The shrine grounds are also a renowned destination for flower viewing and the grounds bustle with visitors when the cherry trees and hydrangea are in bloom."

    大宝城は低湿地に囲まれた台地に位置する。南北朝時代には関城に北畠親房が入った。大宝城には、春日顕国と興良親王が入り、南朝方の重要な拠点となる。約2年にわたる籠城戦の末、高師冬率いる幕府軍によって関城と大宝城は落城する。北畠親房は吉野に帰還するが、春日顕国は常陸に残り幕府軍に抵抗する。一時、幕府軍の隙を見て大宝城を奪還する。1344年に再び幕府軍に襲われ討ち死にした。現在、土塁などが遺されている...

  • Ostrich Kingdom Ishioka Farm
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Prefecture Ishioka City half tree 14052
    An activity-oriented tourism farm located a 10-minute drive from the Chiyoda-Ishioka Interchange. Visitors can get up close and interact with over 50 varieties of animals, including ostriches and alpacas. In particular, the farm keeps over 200 of its namesake ostriches at any given time in a free range area. Small children can also safely interact with smaller animals at the farm like rabbits and guinea pigs, petting them and giving them food. In summer, the farm has a blueberry patch where you can pick blueberries. In the farm's barbecue ground, you can enjoy unusual dishes like grilled ostrich meat and giant fried ostrich eggs, perfect for taking pictures of and uploading to a social media site.

    駐車場につくとすぐにダチョウが見えます。ダチョウだけ見るのは無料です。餌は200円からありました。近くに小動物と触れ合いできる施設があります。そこは入場料1000円でした。 ダチョウのえさやりは緊張、、、指を食べられないか心配に、、 手のひらに餌を乗せてやるとダチョウが食べれることだったので実践してみました。ダチョウによって食べ方の上手い下手があるようでした。大人のダチョウは上手に餌だけパクリと...

  • Hitachi no Kuni Soushagu Shrine
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Ishiokashi Sousha 2-8-1
    A Shinto shrine situated on high ground commanding a view of Mt. Tsukuba, known as one of 100 Famous Japanese Mountains, and Lake Kasumigaura, noted as the second largest lake in Japan. Just when the shrine was founded is not clear, but shrine records state it was built on the command of ancient Emperor Shomu, indicating the long history of this holy site. The shrine holds the Ishioka Festival, known as one of the three largest festivals in the Kanto region, each year in September, and during this time the grounds bustle with visitors.

    JR石岡駅からかなり歩きますした。 旧参道入口から急な階段を登るので、少し疲れます。 手塚治虫先生とコラボした社宮は、なかなか面白いです。 ヤマトタケルや火の鳥が好きな方が、行かれると聞いています。

  • Higashi Tsukuba Yuutopia
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Ishiokashi Yoshiu 2730-3
    A nature park and zoo located next to the Saikoin Temple northeast of Mt. Tsukuba a 25-minute drive from the Tsuchiura-kita interchange. The zoo's shows, featuring monkeys, wild boar, and cats, are particularly popular. In the petting zoo area, visitors can play with rabbits and other small animals and see ponies and bears up close. The park also has a cafe and walking paths. In addition, the park, situated among the mountains, boasts excellent scenery and visitors can enjoy seasonal sights like azaleas and fall foliage. Lastly, the park offers outdoor activities like paragliding.

    去年のクラウドファンディングに参加して、年間パスポートが届いたので行ってみました。バス停からは離れているようだったので、レンタカーで行きました。かなり山の中を入っていきます。運転に自信のない人は厳しいかもしれません。豚コレラの影響で閉鎖されているエリアがあったので、とても狭く感じましたが、動物との距離が近いのは想像どおりでした。100円で餌をあげることが出来ますし、500円でワンコの散歩が出来ます...

  • Ishioka City Tsukubane Auto Camping Ground
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Ishiokashi Obata 2132-14
    A campground located a 30-minute drive from the Tsuchiura-kita interchange on the Joban Expressway. Commanding an up-close view of Mt. Tsukuba, the campground is a popular destination to enjoy a casual camping trip throughout the year. The campground's full array of facilities includes caravan campsites, cabins, and a vast grass lawn surrounded by forest, and here visitors can enjoy overnight camping or just come for a quick day trip. The campground offers tent, lantern, cooking stove, and other equipment rentals as well as a service which provides all the ingredients needed to cook a meal already cut and prepped (advance reservation required).

    私達が行った5月は、思ったより標高が高かった事もあり肌寒い位でした。 受付の並びの高台にフリーサイト・・・10張りと記載されてましたが、5張位じゃないと隣と近くて気になるかも?と。 区画サイトも20サイト程度でこじんまりでしたが、芝生の斜面越しの山の景色が素晴らしく爽快でした! アスレチックもあったり、トトロが出てきそうな木のトンネルがあったりと子供は大興奮で楽しんでました! 水辺が近くにないので...

  • Kokuo Shrine
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Bando Iwai 951
    This shrine is located in Iwai, Bando City. The shrine contains the sacred statue of Taira-no-Masakado, carved by the third daughter of Masakado, and is an ancient shrine that is over a thousand years old. Every year, on the second Sunday of November, the Iwai Masakado festival is held here, and a warrior procession of 100 people walks through the town.

    自分の守護神社のために、度々参拝しています。 ここの神社は平将門由来の神社ですが、とても静かな神社ですが、落ち着けて パワ-をもらえるような感覚があります。 茅葺き屋根で、江戸時代に創建(再建)された本殿は古さを感じますが、 非常に趣もある場所です。手水舎はありません。御朱印は正月と祭りの日のみです。参拝される場合は、公共交通機関の最寄りからも遠いので、ご注意ください。 車での参拝をお勧めします...

  • Asunaro no Sato
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    3.5
    8 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Joso-shi Otsukadomachi 310

    茨城県立ミュージアムパークから遊歩道でつながっていました。釣り堀があり、子供連れで賑わっていました。小動物や鳥などもいて、気分が良かったです。今回は、残念ながら時間がなかったので、次回は、釣り堀にも行きたいと思います。

  • Sakasai Castle Park
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    3.5
    6 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Bandoushi Sakasai 1262
    A park designated a Prefectural Historic Site encompassing the site of Sakasai Castle, a plains castle constructed in the late Warring States period. Built in 1577 by the Later Hojo clan to serve as a base for their expansion into northern Kanto, the castle was destroyed by the mighty samurai lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1590 and abandoned. Today, the outer moat and portions of the castle base still remain in an untouched state. Castle facilities such as the main gate, bridge, walls, main building, and two-tier tower have been reconstructed in based on archeological excavations, showing what the castle looked like in its heyday and giving visitors the chance to feel like they've gone back in time. Some 200 cherry trees grow on the grounds, including Beni Sashima cherries, an endemic Ibaraki variety, and the park is a top local destination for viewing cherry blossoms in the spring.

    I go there many times, just ride my bike maybe 30minutes from yachiyo machi and i choose the road between the farm, i was amazed when i go there its beautiful

  • Tsumugi no Yakata
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Yukishi Yuki 12-2
    A museum dedicated to preserving Yuki-tsumugi pongee for future generations located a 10-minute walk from the north exit of JR Yuki Station. The museum's grounds enclose several elegant kominka (old Japanese-style house) repurposed into an exhibition hall, shop, and museum hall. Handed down from generation to generation, Yuki-tsumugi was born of human ingenuity and cultivated by the natural abundance of the area. Enwrapped in the museum's quiet, calming atmosphere, visitors can experience the history and beauty of this craft, in addition to being able to purchase high quality silk Yuki-tsumugi goods which are perfect for gifts. There's also a gallery / cafe on the grounds housed in a remodeled old combined shop and house (Misegura) where visitors can enjoy a cup of tea while taking in a standing exhibit.

    結城駅から周辺を散策にて立ち寄りました。無料で入れる場所と有料エリアがあり、有料エリアには結城つむぎの歴史や作品が展示してありました〇

  • Shimodate Museum of Art
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Chikuseishi Hei 372 Arterio 3F
    An art museum which preserves and displays works of art by artists connected to Chikusei City such as potter Itaya Hazan and painter Morita Shigeru. The museum is located on the third floor of the Chiiki Koryu Center Arterio down Prefectural Route 305 traveling from JR Shimodate Station. Distinguished by its glass exterior, visitors can also enjoy the sight of Mt. Tsukuba and the surrounding scenery from the building's lobby and sky promenade. In addition to its standing exhibition, the museum holds special exhibitions, workshops, artwork appreciation meets, and a full array of other events. Easily accessible and casual in atmosphere, the museum also serves as a community gathering space.

    最終日に訪問しました。 可愛らしいイラストの数々で時間を忘れて見てしまいました。 綺麗な美術館で他のイベントがあった時にもきてみたいです。

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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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