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  • Oarai Isosaki Jinja
    195 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.

    Unlike most Toriis thats made out of wood, this is made out of concrete it seems. I wouldnt say this is a must-visit location but it is definitely worthwhile to drive by if youre doing a road trip...

  • Kasama Inari Jinja
    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.
  • 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.
  • Roadside Station Katsura
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunshirosatomachi Gozenyama 37
    A roadside station commanding a view of the Naka River and Gozenyama Prefectural Natural Park. The station sells a variety of local specialty products as well as fresh produce picked that morning. The station's handmade sweets are particularly popular. The station's shelves are filled with dorayaki pancake sandwiches, manju buns, and other tasty confections.
  • 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.
  • Fukasaku Farm
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hokotashi Dainigorisawa 361
    A farm and farmers market situated along National Route 51 traveling north from the Itako interchange on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway in Ibaraki Prefecture. The farm grows extremely sweet melons and fruit tomatoes using natural, effective microorganisms agriculture, a style of agriculture which combines a careful balance, of rich, healthy soil and natural, beneficial microorganisms and organic matter. The farm also sells baumkuchens awarded the Monde Selection gold award, including strawberry and melon baumkuchens which harness the fresh, tasty fruits and knowhow of the farm.
  • 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.
  • Miharashi-tei
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Tokiwachou 1-3-2 in the paradise paradise
    A local specialty products shop carrying renowned sweets, liquors, and other goods from Ibaraki Prefecture which adjoins the east gate of Kairakuen Park a 20-minute drive from the Mito interchange on the Joban Expressway on National Route 50. The single-story shop is housed in a wooden building modeled after a tea ceremony arbor (sukiya style). In addition to the product floor, there's also a rest space and a pamphlet corner where visitors will find an abundance of information on the area. The shop also serves as a base camp for sightseeing in Ibaraki and the Mito area. In addition, there's a corner displaying the most popular items as well as a corner which displays local crafts for sale. The shop's selection of over 700 items includes seasonal selections of specialty products and sweets.
  • Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum
    25 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 2345 Kasama Art Forest Park
    "A prefectural art museum located inside Kasama Geijutsunomori Park a five-minute drive from JR Kasama Station. Dedicated to the concepts of ""excitement,"" ""understanding,"" and ""fun,"" the museum presents the history and techniques of Kasama ware. The museum's standing exhibition consists of pieces by recipients of the Order of Culture and Living National Treasures. The museum also displays famous pieces by potters closely connected to Ibaraki Prefecture in addition to holding special exhibitions of primarily pottery from within the prefecture and beyond. Bright and with a quiet atmosphere, the museum also has a shop and restaurant, making it easy to visitors to take their time, have fun, and enjoy the works of ceramic art on display."

    If you are looking for good quality Japanese crockery& ceramics, this is a nice place. They have a good range, some super pricey but many are good to start or complete a collection. I hear there are...

  • Ibaraki Kenmin no Mori
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Nakashi To 4589
    This forest park was created in 1968. Visitors can stroll amidst natural forest lush with seasonal flowering plants, and catch sight of some 360 varieties of trees and wild grasses and flowers along with around 90 varieties of wild birds like green pheasants and great spotted woodpeckers. A variety of events are held in the park, as well, such as crafting classes and nature games.


  • Ibaraki Prefectural Archives and Museum
    55 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Midorichou 2-1-15
    "A facility which serves as both an archive and museum located a two-minute walk from the ""Rekishikan Kairakuen Iriguchi"" bus stop on the bus leaving from Mito Station on the JR Joban Line. The facility presents the results of research into materials and artefacts connected to the history of Ibaraki. The facility's spacious grounds also enclose an Edo period farmhouse and Meiji period Western-style school house which were dismantled and moved here. The facility's standing exhibit focuses on the history of Ibaraki. Easy to understand videos, graphic panels, and other exhibits present the prehistoric, ancient, near-modern, and modern history periods of the prefecture. The facility also holds lectures and activities for elementary and junior high school aged children."

    If you are interested in Japan history, this place is not a bad place. Though Japan is not very big islands, it has long and complex history. Every place has every history. I had not known history in...

  • Kaizokusen Pirates
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 8253
    A sightseeing boat cruise operated by Oarai Shinsengumi which docks at the Oarai Town Fisheries Cooperative Wholesale Market in Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture. Originally operated by Resort Outlet Oarai, after a change in the company which owns and operates it, the cruise began running again. The red and black tour boat, flying a pirate flag, leaves for a 30-minute round trip cruise on the Pacific Ocean from a dock close to Oarai Marine Tower. The exact course of the tour changes depending on circumstances, but tour-goers will get a sweeping view of Oarai from the sea. Seven tours are held every Sunday and on holidays.
  • Kasama Nichido Museum of Art
    48 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 978-4
    "An art museum located a three-minute walk from the ""Nichido Bijutsukan Iriguchi"" bus stop on the Kasama Loop bus in Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The museum's large collection of artwork by domestic and international artists includes Renoir's ""Girl at the Fountain"" and ""Venus Victorious,"" Ryusei Kishida's ""Maruyama-kun,"" and Hiroshi Okutani's ""Fusei."" In addition to the museum's standing exhibition of French artists and a special exhibition hall, the museum has more unique facilities, such as an outdoor sculpture garden, and a palette exhibition which presents palettes used by various painters."

    This was a truly sublime experience. We came to the Museum while in Kasama visiting a relative who works in the Ibaraki area. We had no idea of the amazing paintings on display at this museum. I...

  • Kodokan
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Sannomaru 1-6-29
    This school, built by the ninth lord of Mito Domain Tokugawa Nariaki in 1841, was once one of the largest domain-sponsored schools in the country. During the Battle of the Kodokan, an internal struggle which occurred in 1868, the majority of the building was destroyed in a fire, but portions of the original facility, including the front gate, Shizendo hall, and reception hall, as well as stone monuments, still stand today. In 2015, the location was designated a Japan Heritage Site by the Agency for Cultural Affairs as part of the Educational Heritage from Early-Modern Japan group of structures. Inside, there is a museum space where visitors can view historical materials and artefacts such as Chinese poetry by esteemed intellectual Yoshida Shoin; and a picture of Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the last shogun of Japan.
  • Lake Senba
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Sembachou 3080
    This gourd shaped lake, roughly three kilometers in circumference is a favorite place for local residents to rest and relax. Many Yoshino cherries and other cherry tree varieties grow around the lake, making it a renowned destination for cherry blossom viewing, and in spring visitors can enjoy flower viewing along with the pleasant songs of wild birds.
  • Oarai Museum of Bakumatsu-Meiji History
    16 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 8231-4
    A museum located a 10-minute drive from the Mito-Oarai interchange. The museum was built in 1929 by Count Mitsuaki Tanaka, an imperial loyalist in the closing days of the Edo period who later became Minister of the Imperial Household. The museum displays paintings and calligraphic works by imperial loyalists from the late Edo to the Meiji period as well as their forbearers donated by the count, as well as items gifted to the museum by the Imperial Household and other artifacts such as handicrafts connected to the local Oarai area. The museum's collection includes numerous valuable historical items which belonged to or were created by prominent figures, including calligraphy by the last shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu, Yoshida Shoin, Yamaoka Tesshu, and Saigo Takamori.

    The basis of the museum’s displays is the collection of Mitsuaki Tanaka of objects related to those that played prominent roles in the development of Japan from the Meiji and Taishou era. Mitsuaki...

  • Toshogu Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Miyamachi 2-5-13
    "A Shinto shrine dedicated to the mighty shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu which was erected in 1621 by Tokugawa Yorifusa, the first lord of Mito Domain. Today, Yorifusa himself is also enshrined here. The shrine owns many precious historical artefacts connected to the Tokugawa clan, including a copper lantern donated by Yorifusa, a temple bell known as the Tokiwayama Jisho which was caste on the order of Tokugawa Mitsukuni, and an ancient horse-drawn tank called the ""Anjinsha"" invented by Tokugawa Nariaki."
  • Takeda Clan Residence
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Takeda 566-2
    "A historic structure located next to Numao Shrine a 10-minute walk from the ""Takedahoncho"" bus stop. Takeda Ward in Hitachinaka City is where the Kai Takeda clan, the clan of the famous samurai lord Takeda Shingen, is believed to have originated. This residence for the Takeda clan is said to have been built near the location of the home of the progenitor of the clan-Minamoto no Yoshikiyo who, along with his son Kiyomitsu, was banished to Kai Province and took up the name ""Takeda"" after the name of the local area. The current residence is a reconstruction built in the early shoin-zukuri style as would have been used by the Takeda clan in the Kamakura period when they were a powerful local family. Inside the residence are exhibits such as a Takeda family tree, mannequins dressed in samurai costumes, and period arms and armor."

Ibaraki Areas


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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