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  • Goka Roadside Station
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    3.5
    9 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.

    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 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.
  • Roadside Station Shimotsuma
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    3.0
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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)

  • Roadside Station Sakai
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    3.5
    27 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    道の駅にはちょっと狭い感がありますが料理の種類が沢山あって個人差はあると思いますが大勢の仲間と一緒に食しました皆が美味しいと言ってました雰囲気もなかなか良いです是非でかけて見てください食事は早めに行かないと行列が出来ますのでお早めに

  • Ibaraki Nature Museum
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    4.5
    69 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

  • Amabiki-kannon (Amabikisan Rakuhoji)
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    4.5
    55 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

  • Akeno Genkikan
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    3.5
    3 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.

    茨城県筑西市にある日帰り温泉施設です。私の訪問時、隣接する施設では健康診断が行われていましたので、健康支援施設が集積しているのかもしれません。 肝心の温泉は鉱泉の循環使用。消毒臭は強くありませんでしたが、浴感も感じませんでした。

  • 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
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    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.

    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。

  • Tsumugi no Yakata
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    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.

    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

  • 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
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
    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.

    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

  • 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
    43 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!

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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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