Travel / Tourism Spots in Joso Area

  • Ibaraki Nature Museum
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    4.5
    72 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.

  • Amabiki-kannon (Amabikisan Rakuhoji)
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    4.5
    56 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.

  • Roadside Station Sakai
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    3.5
    30 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.

    古河で桃のお花見をした帰りに立ち寄りました。茨城県産の干し芋や新鮮野菜の他、日本全国のこだわり調味料もありました。以前はなかったケーキ専門店が横に、店舗奥には沖縄県国頭村の公設市場もありました。

  • 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。

  • Ostrich Kingdom Ishioka Farm
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
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    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.

    アカハナグマ目当てに毎年通っている。 触る時には汚れるので、汚れてもいい服装で袖をまくって触る。 噛まれても痛く無いのだが、戯れて噛もうとしてくるので、口笛を吹いて注意を引き、その隙に首の後ろを掻いてあげると、大人しくなる。 落ち着きがなく、直ぐに噛もうとして来るが、性格は犬のように穏やかで怒らない。 他にも沢山の動物がいる。 カピバラやポニー、アルパカヤギ羊、キバタンやインコなどの鳥類も触れる...

  • 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...

  • Goka Roadside Station
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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.
  • 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)

  • Roadside Station Makuraga no sato Koga
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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.
  • Hitachi no Kuni Soushagu Shrine
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    4.0
    16 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.

    石岡市の住宅街に囲まれながら、ひっそりと佇む神社。創建は8世紀半ばとされ、現在の場所に移されたのは10世紀半ばとされている。茨城県のかつての名前であった常陸国の総社であり、また地図で見てもまさに茨城県の丁度中央に位置する神社であるが、現在では境内の広さも神社としての雰囲気も、普通の神社と変わりない。特に肩肘張らずリラックスしながら参拝することが出来る。但し散策する場としては少し物足りないかもしれな...

  • 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
    11 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.

    下館駅から徒歩10分弱。しもだて地域交流センター「アルテリオ」の3階にある。 入館料は所蔵品展のみの場合は210円、訪館した時は企画展「関由香写真展 ねこうらら」が開催されており600円となっていた。展示室は4室あるが3室は企画展で使用されていたため所蔵品の展示はわずか。作品保護のためと思われるが、所蔵品展の照明は暗くかなり鑑賞しにくかった。

  • Koga Machikado Art Museum
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Koga-shi Chuocho 2-6-60
    An art museum along Edomachi-dori Street in Chuo-cho 2-Chome, Koga City. It has a permanent exhibition featuring paintings and other work by artists with ties to Koga City. They rent out the second floor of the facility as a public gallery.

    篆刻美術館の隣にある赤い建物が古河街角美術館です。に古河市ゆかりの作家を中心に作品が展示されています。入場無料ですこじんまりとした規模ですが、意外と楽しめました。

  • Kewpie Goka Factory
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    Ibaraki Pref. Sashimagungokamachi Kotesashi 1800
  • Koga Museum of Literature
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    3.5
    8 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Koga-shi Chuocho 3-10-21
    A literature museum in Chuo-cho 3-Chome, Koga City. It has a permanent exhibition featuring items and materials related to literati with ties to Koga City, such as the historical novelist Nagai Michiko and the mystery writer Kobayashi Kyuzo. There is also a lecture hall and a salon that can be used for concerts.

    訪れた10月末は、玄関先の紅葉がシックな建物とあいまって、まるで軽井沢のホテルを思わせる雰囲気を漂わせていました。 この市で育った歴史小説家の永井路子と、戦前の絵雑誌「コドモノクニ」発行人で泉石のひ孫である鷹見久太郎をはじめとする、古河市ゆかりの文人作家に関する展示が充実。 歴史博物館と篆刻美術館との共通入館券がお得。無料で見学できる永井路子旧宅(ここの別館)、街角美術館、鷹見泉石記念館と...

  • FP Corporation Kanto Recycling Plant
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    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.
  • Hasedera Temple
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    3.0
    8 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Koga-shi Hasemachi 5-1
    This temple is located in Hasemachi, Koga City. It was constructed as the ‘demon's gate', located in the quarter lying to the northeast of the castle, by Ashikaga Shigeujiin 1493. The wooden Hase Kannon, came from Hasedera Templein Kamakura, is enshrined here, and was a symbol of strong belief by successive lords of Koga Castle. It is said that it brings miracles of safe birth, child-raising, bringing good luck and dispelling evil and of advancement, and along with Yamato and Kamakura, is counted as one of Japan's three great Hase Kannon.

    旧・日光街道をランニングで旅していた際に立ち寄りました。旧・日光街道に出ていた日本三大長谷観音、という看板に惹かれて。三大〇〇は名乗ったもの勝ち、なんて話も聞いたことありますが、ここは「三大」の文字にふさわしい立派な観音堂でした。

  • Shojoji Temple
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    6 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Koga-shi Otemachi 7-1
    A Buddhist temple in Otemachi, Koga City. It was founded in 1633 by Toshikatsu Doi, who was the lord of Koga Castle and chief minister for the Edo Shogunate. Gentetsu was the first head priest. The Doi clan's graveyard is at the Okuin sub-temple, and it has been designated a city Historic Site.

    有力な大名が藩主となった古河藩ですが、一番有名なのは、江戸初期に絶大な権力を誇った土井利勝公でしょうか。土井家の菩提寺・正定寺には銅像やお墓があります。

  • Yuki Sake Brewery
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
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    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.

    結城市木町交差点近くにあり、井戸水を使った昔ながらの製法でお酒を造っている[結城酒造]さんになります。好適米「山田錦」を自家栽培して仕込んだ大吟醸酒『富久福』が、平成14年の全国新酒鑑評会で金賞を受賞しました。酒蔵は江戸時代に建てられたもので老舗の趣があり、常時見学できます(要予約)。

  • Ichigoya Nomunomu
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    3 Reviews
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    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...

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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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