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  • Hitachi Seaside Park
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Mawatari Onuma 605-4
    A national park located in Hitachinaka City in Ibaraki Prefecture. The spacious grounds, totaling some 200 hectares, are filled with huge flower gardens. The nemophila in summer and bassia in autumn are particularly attractive seasonal plants. When in bloom, the park’s 4.5 million blue nemophila seem to bleed into the sky, creating a stunning sight. The fluffy bassia in autumn turning the area scarlet. The park also has a cycling course and barbecue area, making a perfect place for the whole family to enjoy an entire day together.

    大きなガラスの向こうに、水に浮かんだ花壇と太平洋が広がっていて、とてもきれいな景色です。 環境はすごくいいのに、カフェの客捌きが悪く、買うのにすごく待たされました。 ちょうどアートフラワー展をやっていたので、通常より混んではいましたが、コーヒー1杯買うだけで20分待ち…。

  • Aqua World-Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 8252-3
    This aquarium is located along the coast of Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture, and is among the largest in the country. Sea mammals and oceanic/freshwater fish from around the world and Oarai Sea are kept here. Exhibits are divided into nine zones, like “The Encounter Sea” and “Seas of the World.” You can watch a variety of living creatures, like popular penguins and sunfish, or see the impressive shark tank. The dolphin and sea lion shows are particularly lively and popular.
  • Mentai Park Oarai
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    4.0
    68 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 8255-3
    Located in Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture, this is a theme park focusing on mentaiko (seasoned cod roe) and run by Kanefuku Co.—a well-established mentaiko shop. The interior includes a mentaiko plant that you can observe through glass, and a wholesaler where you can buy mentaiko directly. A great place for kids and adults to spend the day with mentaiko. The food corner has popular eats like “mentaiko onigiri” and “mentaiko ice cream.”

    入り口を入るとすぐに試食の列。 新鮮なできたての明太子にかぶりつく! 最高です!!! もうスーパーで安売りしてる明太子が食べれなくなってしまいます。※要注意※

  • Kasama Inari Jinja
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    4.0
    104 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 1
    Located in Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture, this shrine has long been the object of adoration for the god of rich harvest and mercantile success. Considered to be one of Japan’s Top Three Inari Shrines, it hosts 3.5 million visitors every year, and is one of the prefecture’s best spots for New Year’s worship. A number of religious ceremonies like yabusame and bugaku are performed during the “Kasama Chrysanthemum Festival” held in autumn.

    We took the city tour bus which was about £1. for the tour around town, you can get off at any of the stops and catch the next bus. It all starts at the railway station and after an afternoon of...

  • Oarai Marine Tower
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Minatochuou 10
    This 60-meter-tall symbolic tower in Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture was opened in 1988. At 55 meters above ground, the observatory deck offers you a grand panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, Nikko Nasu Mountains, Mt. Tsukuba, and Mt. Fuji. The tower interior includes souvenir shops, a marine theater, and a cafe themed on “Girls und Panzer” —an anime set in Oarai.
  • Oarai Isosaki Jinja
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    4.0
    151 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 6890
    The Oarai Isosaki Jinja is a shrine in Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture, that venerates Ohonamuchi-no-mikoto and Sukunahikona-no-mikoto. The worship hall for the presiding god—a protector of domestic safety and safe naval passage—demonstrates the architectural style of early Edo period, and has been designated a prefectural cultural property. Also, the Kamiiso torii gate praised by Mitsukuni Tokugawa is first among big torii in the Kanto region, and is set on rocks in the sea, for a great view during sunrise and sunset. Shrine worship deals with the ocean, so the Oarai Sea Museum is located nearby.

    We love the place because so mysterious especially sunset time is so nice! Just be careful when you climbt hose rocks.

  • Kasama Geijutsunomori Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 2345
    This park integrating traditional Ibaraki crafts into the natural environs is located in Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture. In addition to the Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, this expansive park is the setting for 17 artisanal works set in the hinoki cypress Tonomori grove, and the Crafthills Kasama where ceramic and craft workshops can be enjoyed.
  • Oarai Sun Beach Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Prefecture Higashi Ibaraki-gun Oarai-cho Harbor
    This beach spot is known for its spacious, clear and far-reaching shallow beach, located in Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County. It’s quite popular with families, couples, and friends, as it has complete facilities including beach houses, restrooms, and showers. It is also a “universally-accessible” beach, with special wheelchairs for beach travel and life jackets, so handicapped and elderly persons can enjoy the beach too.
  • Sun Green Asahi
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hokotashi Momiyama 602-6
    A large farmers market boasting some 500 registered farmers located in Ibaraki, a prefecture with an abundance of agriculture. The market is located a 20-minute drive south along Prefectural Route 51 from the Mito-Oarai interchange on the Higashi-Mito Road. The market sells a variety of safe, healthy agricultural products from farms in Ibaraki Prefecture. Ibaraki grows the greatest quantity of melons in Japan, and, when in season, visitors to the market will find varieties such as Andes Melons and Quincy Melons sold at low prices. Accordingly, during this time, the market bustles with visitors come to buy tasty melons. The market is also conveniently located near Hokota Beach on the Otake Coast as well as Kashimanada Seaside Park.
  • SPACE NICO
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 2257-5
    A gallery and boutique containing porcelain and glassware from around the country with a focus on Kasama ware and Mashiko ware. The establishment is situated across from the south promenade of Kasama Geijutsunomori Park. The establishment primarily displays pieces the owner, Junko Oshima, fell in love with at first sight. Inside, visitors will find animal-themed pieces, pieces created with novel colorings, and other rare and highly individual pieces. The establishment also holds monthly exhibitions of artists from Ibaraki and other prefectures. Carrying one of the establishment's pieces for sale in your hands will help you to experience its unique aura.
  • Factory of Confections and Dreams
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Migawachou 2139-5
    "An all-weather amusement facility adjoining the head office of Kamejirushi, a long-standing confection company. Here visitors can tour the company's factory and see how popular Mito-born confections like ""Mito no Ume"" and ""Yoshiwara Denchu"" are made. Confections fresh from the factory are also delivered to the facility and made available for sale to the public. In addition, various events are held here throughout the year such as live demonstrations of kintsuba flour dough sweet bean cakes being made by a seasoned pro. Lastly, the facility has free parking able to accommodate 250 vehicles and can be used as a rest area for visitors exploring the area by car."
  • Ceramic Art Kilala-kan
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 2258-1
    A ceramics shop carrying close to 10 thousand pieces by some 500 potters. Located close to the south entrance of Kasama Geijutsunomori Park, the shop can be identified by its large, floor to ceiling windows which occupy most of the front facade of the building. Pieces by ceramics artists are on display right by the entrance and the content of this display is changed every other week. Weekly exhibitions are also held in the shop's gallery space. The shop displays pieces not only by veteran potters but young up and comers as well. In the cafe corner, you can choose your favorite cup from among the many designed by shop artists and take a relaxing coffee break.
  • Tarai Udon Momijiya
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Arigachou 1021
    "A handmade udon noodle restaurant situated across the river west of the Ushibushi burial mounds. The restaurant operates out of a remodeled kominka (old Japanese-style house), giving it an elegant atmosphere. The owner, originally from Kagawa Prefecture, makes renowned, chewy udon noodles served piping hot fresh from the pot. The noodles are made with flour from a specially contracted farm in the nearby city of Hitachiomiya. The ""Momijiya Set"" meal, which includes an assortment of tempura and piping hot tofu, is particularly popular. The restaurant also offers tofu blancmange and sweet potato yokan jelly for dessert. The drink menu includes local sakes and shochues as well as seasonal beverages. This lively restaurant is so popular usually all seats are occupied during meal times."

    お昼なので、前から気になっていたたらいうどん椛や(もみじや)へ 木へんに花と書いてもみじと読むのですね。(^^; 中は広いのですが、お客さんが一杯で待ちが出ていました。 聞いたらそんなには待たないのと、外で良ければ早いと言う事でした。 シューズカバーを付けている人もいるので、外の方が良いと言う事になりました。 タレの瓶もお洒落です。 日本酒で入っていそうな器ですね。(^^; 足が寒いので、ブラ...

  • Dog-run Hinuma
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunibarakimachi Shimoishizaki 2848-50
    A dog park with natural grass lawns boasting over 14,800 square meter grounds located a seven-minute drive from the Mito-minami interchange on the Kita-Kanto Expressway. Here owners and their dogs can enjoy the great outdoors together. The park's natural grass runs include an area called mega-dog-run with a climbing ramp and platform as well as areas for large, medium, and small breeds. In addition, the park has one of the largest dog pools in the Kanto region as well as Japan's first inclined dog pool. Plus, there's a cafe and restaurant-the most popular item on the menu is the Japanese-style barbecue. Perfect for taking a break and filling up an empty stomach, the restaurant also has an outdoor terrace which can be used for parties and events.
  • Hitachinaka Seaside Railway
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Shakamachi 22-2 Naka Station
    A railway line connecting Katsuta Station and Ajigaura Station in Hitachinaka City. Various sightseeing destinations such as Hitachi Seaside Park and the Nakaminato Fish Market are situated along the line, and customers can purchase an all-day pass which allows unlimited rides. At Nakaminato Station, visitors may be welcomed by Osamu, the station's cat.
  • Forest Park Melon no Mori
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hokotashi Ambou 1623-1
    A leisure facility where visitors can pick melons and eat Japanese-style barbecue located in Anbo, Hokota City one hour from the Mito interchange on the Joban Expressway. Visitors can pick melons from spring to fall and also dig up sweet potatoes and barbecue Hitachi beef. Surrounded by forest, visitors can take in the natural beauty while savoring fresh-picked, ripe Hokota and other melon varieties. The facility has a greenhouse in case it rains as well as a daycare center and other facilities, ensuring even families with small children can have fun here. The facility also offers opening day pizza and sweets.
  • Minami Kajuengei
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hokotashi Kamigama 365
    A fruit farm and farm-fresh shop located a 15-minute drive from the Mito-Oarai interchange on the Kita-Kanto Expressway where visitors can taste delicious produce grown with rich local soil and purchase a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. The farm is open from late May to early November. On the farm's spacious grounds, visitors can pick melons in early summer, corn in mid-summer, and sweet potatoes in fall. The farm has a rest area able to accommodate large groups, ensuring visitors can take their time and enjoy the rural delights of farm life. The farm has been featured on TV and in magazines and other media.
  • Yamasa Suisan Ichiba-zushi Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Minatohonchou 21-3
    A conveyor belt sushi restaurant located close to Nakaminato Fishing Port, one of the largest fishing points in the northern Kanto area. Owned and operated by Yamasa Suisan, the largest fish retailer in the Nakaminato Fish Market, the restaurant's popularity stems from both its large variety of large, fresh sushi and its excellent value. The restaurant's stunning sushi is twice the size of sushi served elsewhere. The restaurant's seasonal seafood comes from the nearby Nakaminato Fishing Port, ensuring it's impeccably fresh. Almost always bustling with customers, inside customers will find a sign indicating the day's recommendations. The restaurant also offers an all-you-can-eat with an advance reservation for a party of 10 or more people.
  • Yukkura Kenkokan
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Minatochuou 26-1
    A spa and resort with hot spring baths, heated pool, and sports gym located a 15-minute drive from the Mito-Oarai interchange on the Kita-Kanto Expressway. The waters of the resort's sodium chloride spring are said to ease such ailments as nerve pain and muscle soreness. The resort's spacious bathing areas boast such facilities as a full body bath, medicinal herb bath, jet bath, and sauna, perfect for a fun day spent rejuvenating mind and body. There are various programs offered in conjunction with the pool and sports gym and visitors can receive coaching from dedicated trainers. There's also a restaurant serving fresh, tasty local seafood.

    大洗の町営日帰り温泉施設のゆっくら健康館に併設されたレストランです。17時以降には500円で入浴できるので、入浴後に食事利用しました。期待通り、海鮮料理が美味しかったです。

  • Ajigaura Onsen Nozomi
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Ajigaurachou 3290
    "A day trip hot spring bathhouse for the whole family featuring baths constantly replenished from a source spring ""kakenagashi"" style. The bathhouse is located a 15-minute drive from Katsuta Station on the JR Joban Line. The bathhouse' sodium - chloride strong saline spring is rich in hot spring minerals and its waters have a powerful warming effect. After bathing in the large indoor bath, try the outdoor bath, piping hot hinoki cypress bath, or lukewarm rock bath, which boasts a stunning view. There's also the so-called ""grotto bath,"" perfume bath, and more. The bathhouse also has a restaurant serving seafood rice bowls, set meals, and seasonal dishes, as well as a rest area to relax in after your bath. In addition, the bathhouse offers robe and towel rentals."

    I love this onsen, especially the baths overlooking the ocean. Onsen in general are incredibly relaxing and this one is one of my favourites. The staff here are lovely. I speak Japanese (enough to...

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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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