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  • Goka Roadside Station
    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.
  • Ichigoya Nomunomu
    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.
  • 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
    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...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Makabe Street
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Prefecture Sakuragawa City Makabe-cho
    This historic town area was created by the Makabe clan at the end of the distant Warring States period and even today visitors can view more than 300 kura warehouses and misegura combined storehouse/warehouses.
  • Daiho Hachimangu Shrine
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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."

    大宝元年(701年)、藤原時忠公が九州筑紫の宇佐神宮を勧請して創建したと伝わりますが、この藤原時忠という人物は情報が少なくて何者なんだろうって感じです。 八幡宮は八幡神を祭神とする神社で全国に約44,000社あり、上記の宇佐神宮を総本社としますが、大宝はこの地から取った名前かと思ったら、どうも大宝律令の「大宝」と同じで、創建時の年号の「大宝」に由来しているようです。 宝という文字があることから宝く...

  • Akeno Sunflower Field
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Chikuseishi Kuramochi Miyagi, Chikusei City, Ibaraki Prefecture,
    A picturesque field covered with some 800 thousand blooming double sunflowers. A sunflower festival is also held here in late August.
  • Tsumugi-no-Sato
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Yukishi Yuki 2515
    An activity workshop located in Yuki City, famous for its Yuki-tsumugi pongee, situated on the grounds of Yuki Castle 20 minutes from the Sakuragawa-Chikusei interchange on the Kita-Kanto Expressway and 30 minutes from the Sano-Fujioka interchange on the Tohoku Expressway. Located in a quiet area surrounded by greenery, here visitors can try hataori loom weaving and aizome indigo dyeing. Using a rebuilt takabata loom, visitors can weave a coaster using threads in the colors of their choice in about 30 minutes. Visitors can also tie-dye a handkerchief or bandana using traditional aizome indigo dyeing techniques, or even bring in their own cloth or T-shirt to dye (an advance reservation is required to bring your own item for dyeing).
  • Roadside Station Sakai
    22 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.

    大きな道の駅ではありませんが、地元産の煎餅が種類豊富なうえに地元の野菜が安いので、いつも立ち寄ります。 最近ICが近くに出来たので便利になりました。

  • Roadside Station Shimotsuma
    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)

  • Hazan Itaya Memorial Hall
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Chikuseishi Kou 866-1
    A memorial museum located north of the Shimodate Museum of Art a 10-minute walk from Shimodate Station. The museum presents the life and works of Itaya Hazan, a ceramics artist born in Ibaraki Prefecture who was the first potter to ever be awarded the Order of Culture. Born in Shimodate, Hazan's childhood home is also preserved on the grounds of the museum. Hazan's round down-draft kiln, fed by furnaces on three sides and actually used in his studio in Tabata, Tokyo, has also been relocated to the museum, and visitors can see how Hazan worked and the tools he used. In addition, the museum holds special exhibitions and other events.
  • Regional Exchange Center (Toyoda Castle)
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Jousoushi Shinishige 2010
    A 10-minute walk from Ishige Station on the Kanto Railway Joso Line or a five-minute drive from the Joso Interchange on the Ken-O Expressway. This five tiered, seven floor pseudo-castle tower serves as a symbol of Joso City. A regional exchange center, floors one and two are occupied by a hall and library; floors three through six contain exhibition rooms; and floor seven is an observation deck with a fantastic view of Mt. Tsukuba, Mt. Fuji, and the Nikko Mountain Range from 40 meters above the ground. The site is originally believed to have been occupied by a thatch roof estate fortified with a moat and earthen wall, and a stone monument to the site stands on the Kokai River embankment.
  • Ibaraki Nature Museum
    1 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.


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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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