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  • Goka Roadside Station
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    栃木から東京方面に向かう国道4号上り車線にあるこちらの道の駅。 何度も寄っていますが、今回は以前から気になっているテレビでも紹介された『たまげたカレー...

  • Roadside Station Makuraga no sato Koga
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Flower Park Ibaraki
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    4.0
    60 Reviews
    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 season's theme is “Grimm World...

  • Akeno Genkikan
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ibaraki Pref. Chikuseishi Araishinden 48-1
    A recuperative hot spring facility located in the heart of the city along Prefectural Route 54 heading east from Kurogo Station on the Joso Line. The facility has a heated pool, training room, and hot spring baths including outdoor baths fed with water from a natural spring located 1,500 meters underground. One of the nice things about the facility is that it can be used by non-residents as well as reasonable prices. There's a spa pool filled with recuperative hot spring water in the pool area which can be walked in to promote health. There's rest area with comfortable lounge chairs for relaxing, a massage room, and a consultation room where a professional can give you advice about your health woes and aches. This facility is truly dedicated to the health and comfort of its patrons.

    露天と内湯サウナがあり。プールも入場料にふくまれている。休憩所も完備で昼御飯を食べられる食堂もありますが、売り切り終了なので早い時間に行くのがよい。温泉は塩化物泉で無色透明。肌がツルツルして体が暖まります。

  • Ichigoya Nomunomu
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Ishiokashi Obata 1416
    A strawberry farm situated along Prefectural Route 150 commanding a view of Mt. Tsukuba to the west. The farm grows some 20 thousand strawberry plants spread among 60-meter long 42 rows inside a giant greenhouse. The farm's strawberries span six varieties, including Tochiotome, Benihoppe, and Ibara Kiss. Visitors can enjoy 60 minute all-you-can-eat strawberry picking from January to May. The strawberries are grown using raised platforms, ensuring visitors don't need to worry about getting dirty; the farm also accommodates wheelchair users. In addition, the farm has moist towelettes and children's aprons, making it easy for parents to enjoy strawberry picking even with small children. Lastly, visitors can purchase strawberries to take home at the adjoining Yurinosato local specialty products shop.

    毎年行っています。 ここは、一時間食べ放題です。 30分制限のいちご狩りが多い中、一時間も食べるとお腹いっぱい。 周辺のいちご狩りよりも、甘くて美味しいと評判です。 冬は混みます。 開店30分前から並んでチケットを購入します。 ハウスの中は冬でもわりと暖かいですよ。 今年は5月に行きました。シーズンは終了しているので、味はどうかなーと思いましたが、素人には冬のいちごと味は変わらないなと思うほど美味...

  • FP Corporation Kanto Recycling Plant
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Yukigunyachiyomachi Hiratsuka 4448
    A recycling plant located along the Live Line connecting Prefectural Routes 125 and 56. Visitors can tour the plant and watch as plastic trays from supermarkets and other materials and separated and recycled. After the tour, visitors can watch a DVD explaining the plant's workings and ask a representative question, making the facility an excellent place to learn how recycling is actually carried out. Tours are reservation only; applications are accepted over the Internet and via fax machine. Two tours are offered every weekday starting at 9:00 and 13:00. Tour-goers can also have a bento box lunch from the plant sold at cost.
  • Ocha no Marutaen
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Pref. Kogashi Higashimorokawa 7
    This Eco-Farmer-certified farm engages in green tourism utilizing Japanese chestnut, green tea, and bamboo plantations handed down for generations. The farm is located along National Route 125 on the way to the Koga City Sanwa Branch Office. Here visitors can try Japanese chestnut and gingko nut gathering from summer through fall. The farm also offers a tea making class during which participants can enjoy sweet kurikinton homemade with the farm's own chestnuts. In addition, the farm offers senbei making, lip cream making using tea seed oil, grass toy crafting, and nature engagement programs. Surrounded by natural beauty, the farm is a great place to unwind.
  • Gallery & Cafe Ichinokura
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Yukishi Yuki 12-2
    "A cafe and gallery operating out of a renovated shop and storehouse built in the early Meiji period. Situated between the Yuki-tsumugi Kyodokan and the Yuki Kurabikan art museum, the establishment's old-fashioned exterior blends in well with the surrounding townscape. There's chair seating on the first floor and Meiji period-style tatami mat seating on the second floor. The cafe offers coffee and sweets like homemade cheesecake, as well as Yuki's famous ""yude manju"" boiled manju buns. Authentic Yuki-tsumugi pongee and art pieces are positioned around the customer seating areas, and patrons can take in their beauty and craft."
  • Shimodate Museum of Art
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Tsumugi no Yakata
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. Ibaraki Factory
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Sashimagungokamachi Kawatsuma 1232-2
    Located a seven-minute drive from Kurihashi Station on the JR Utsunomiya Line, visitors to the factory can learn about the production process involved in making the products which bear the Yakult name, a company founded in 1955. The facility makes use of easy to understand videos, ensuring visitors of all ages can have fun and learn. Yakult products have long been a favorite of Japanese households, and the strict safety standards employed here as well as the overwhelming scale of the facility also make the factory an excellent topic for a child's summer vacation school research project. Tours are offered from Monday through Saturday and take around one hour. Tour-goers can view production processes up close and also sample Yakult products.
  • Isobe Sakuragawa Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Sakuragawashi Isobe 740-2
    "A renowned destination for cherry blossom viewing which is also famously known as the setting of Zeami's Noh song ""Sakuragawa."" Some 30 varieties of cherry trees come into beautiful bloom on the park's grounds in spring, including many rare varieties, and the park has been designated a National Natural Monument."
  • Shimodate Koubou
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    3.0
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Chikuseishi Midorimachi 2-8-19
    A facility where visitors can learn about, make, and purchase Nipponham products located a 15-minute walk from the south exit of Shimodate Station on the JR Mito Line in Chikusei City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The facility sells bockwurst, weisswurst, and other sausages; roast ham and other ham varieties; and bacon. The facility also sells exclusive Nipponham products sold no place else, like roast pork, boneless ham, and curry sausage. The facility offers homemade sausage making classes which can be reserved from one person up. The adjoining restaurant serves dishes made with original ham and sausage varieties alongside beers and wines.

    下館工房、とても良かったです。 事前に予約をすると手作りソーセージの体験ができます。 結構人気があるので予約もたいへんでした。 ひき肉をスパイスと混ぜてこねる部分から、ソーセージの肉を羊の肉に詰めて、ソーセージの形を作るところまで終わると、あとは工房側でスモークをしてくれます。最後に袋詰めして持ち帰りです。 スモークの待ち時間中に工房内のレストランでランチセットのサンドイッチを食べました...

  • Sakasai Castle Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Yuki Kanko Bussankan
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Pref. Yukishi Yuki 388-2
    A sightseeing information center and local product specialty shop operated by the Yuki Urban Development Research Society located a short walk from Yuki Station on the JR Mito Line. Local volunteers provide tourism information, and visitors to the facility can buy items like jams and jellies made with the society using fruit from the mulberry, the official tree of Yuki City; teas and other processed foods; local crafts like Yuki-tsumugi pongee; local liquors; and sudare fu wheat gluten. Depending on the day, demonstrations of Yuki-tsumugi weaving are held at the facility, enabling visitors to see how the complex handlooms used to make this craft are operated.
  • Yuki Sake Brewery
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Yukishi Yuki 1589
    A sake brewery established in the Edo period located a 10-minute walk from the north exit of JR Yuki Station. The brewery building was originally built in the Ansei era; this and the large brick chimney added on in the Meiji period are designated a National Tangible Cultural Property. Visitors can enjoy food along with Fukufuku, a traditional and renowned sake which has been brewed since the Edo period, served at various temperatures. Yuiyui, another of the brewery's famous sakes, is decorated with a design created by a local calligrapher depicting a thread ring surrounding the character for good fortune. Made with underground water from the Kinugawa River system, this sake is characterized by its mild flavor.
  • Kogakubo Park
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    4.0
    38 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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!

  • Kokaigawa Fureai Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Shimotsumashi Horigome 1650-1
    "A park dedicated to ""nature and people"" which is divided into seven zones, including a nature watching zone, children's area, and barbecue ground. Each year in May, some two million poppy plants carpet the grounds with their flowers."
  • Uenonuma Yasuragi no Sato Campground
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Sakuragawashi Uenoharachishinden 48
    A campground surrounded by forest sprawling on the shore of Ueno-numa Pond a 10-minute drive from Iwase Station on the JR Mito Line in Ibaraki Prefecture. In addition to standard caravan campsites, the campground also has sites with AC electricity and cabins with refrigerators and showers. At the campground's barbecue ground and barbecue house, campers can rent equipment such as steel plates and colanders for barbecuing. The campground also has a multipurpose ground and tennis courts and can be used for Kids' club and workplace retreats in addition to family camping trips.

    上野沼のほとりにあるオートキャンプ場で、AC電源付きのテントサイトが完備されています。キャビンもあるので、気軽にアウトドアができます。バーベキュー設備も整っており、日帰り利用も多いです。桜川筑西インターにも近く、アクセスもよいです。

  • Hitachi no Kuni Soushagu Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

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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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