Travel / Tourism Spots in Mito / Oarai / Hitachinaka Area

  • Kobuntei
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    4.5
    149 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Mito-shi Tokiwacho 1-3-3
    A structure in Kairakuen, located on the grounds of Tokiwa-jinja Shrine in front of Kairakuen Station in Tokiwa-cho 1-Chome, Mito City. Said to have been designed by Tokugawa Nariaki, the 9th feudal lord of the Mito domain, it consists of a two-layered three-story wooden main building and a wooden single-story annex. The current building was restored after being destroyed by air raids during World War II. Open to the public, you can enter for a fee and enjoy the view from the third floor Rakujuro as well as the fusuma-e paintings on the sliding doors. A formal tea gathering is held once a month.

    Many people who visited Kairakuen also visited this building where you can get a good view of the lake and surrounding park. We only looked at the external architecture and didnt go inside as we...

  • Hitachinokuni Izumo Taisha Shrine
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Fukuhara 2006
    About a seven-minute walk from Fukuhara Station on the JR Mito Line, Hitachinokuni Izumo Taisha is a shrine for worshipping mainly the Okuninushi, dedicated in 1992. There is the main hall where the presiding god sits in repose, as well as the Yakushin Shrine for medical needs and Ryujya Shrine for protection from water. The grounds include multiple cemeteries—even a pet cemetery—for religious and funeral ceremonies, as well as a restaurant serving Inaniwa udon, a glass studio— “Izumokan,” and an art gallery— “Sakurabayashi-kan.”

    The huge rope thing (I dont know what its called) is really interesting. You can try to toss a coin upwards and try to get it stuck in between the fibres of the rope. Remember to walk to the back...

  • Sakatsura Isosaki-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    69 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Isozakichou 4607-2
    This Shinto shrine is on Prefectural Route 6 in Isozakicho, Hitachinaka City. Founded in 856, it honors the deities Onamuchi-no-Mikoto and Sukunabikona-no-Mikoto. It was moved to its present location on the order of Tokugawa Mitsukuni in 1702. The precincts have stone statues of turtles dedicated by big lottery winners, and many come to pray for luck with hitting the lottery. The grounds also have a large woodland area that will give you a look at the special qualities of coastal forests.

    大洗磯前神社と併せてお参りするのが良いと知ってからそうしています。 酒列磯前神社は不思議な木と鳥居の間から見える海が魅力的です。 毎年こどもの日には御朱印を頂いているのですが、2019年は酒列磯前神社と大洗磯前神社の御朱印を見開きで頂きました。 楽しかった茨城旅行の思い出になっています。

  • Art Tower Mito
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    4.0
    100 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Gokenchou 1-6-8
    The Art Tower Mito is a joint art facility located about 10 minutes by car from Mito Station. It has an art museum with mainly modern art exhibits, a concert hall complete with pipe organ, and a stage for musicals and traditional arts like rakugo. Uniquely composed of equilateral triangular panels, the Symbol Tower features a lookout deck with a view of Mito City and vicinity. You can get a tour of the interior (includes the tower) even as an individual.

    We were pleased to see the tower, and the whole art centre complex, but it was very quiet with not a lot going on. The tower was closed, as was the contemporary art gallery. The foyer with the...

  • Oarai Isosaki Jinja
    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.
  • Ibaraki Prefectural Archives and Museum
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
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    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...

  • Kasama Nichido Museum of Art
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    4.5
    48 Reviews
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    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...

  • Crafthills Kasama
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 2388-1
    "Crafthills Kasama is located in Kasama Geijutsunomori Park, around 10 minutes' drive via National Route 355 from the Tomobe Interchange of the Kita-Kanto Expressway. At Crafthills Kasama, visitors can enjoy making their own Kasama-ware ceramics. Based around the concept of ""moving beyond ceramics that you can look at to ceramics that you can have fun with,"" Crafthills Kasama offers electric potter's wheel experience activities, hand-thrown pottery experience activities, and ceramics painting experience activities, etc. For those with a more serious interest in ceramics, Crafthills Kasama runs a Ceramics School that can help would-be ceramists progress from beginner to having solid ceramics-making skills. Other popular craft experience activities include silver clay art making, where participants can learn how to make unique silver accessories from silver clay. There is also a permanent exhibition of ceramic art, and special seasonal exhibitions."

    陶器で作られた色々な雛人形が飾られていました。展示されたものの殆どは購入も出来ます。常設の工芸品もレベル高い。無料で笠間の工芸品を味わえるおすすめスポット。

  • Kairakuen
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Tokiwachou 1-3-3
    This Japanese-style garden in Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture was created by Tokugawa Nariaki—ninth lord of the Mito clan—in 1842. Along with Kanazawa’s Kenroku-en and Okayama’s Korakuen, it is one of Japan’s Top Three Gardens, and is nationally designated as both Historical Sites and Places of Scenic Beauty. It’s also famous for plum-viewing in spring, with roughly 3,000 plum trees in 100 varieties. The flowers and trees are beautiful year-round, with azaleas, cherry blossoms and fall leaves teaming up with Lake Senba to make memorable scenes. Every year, the “Mito Plum Festival” is held from late February to March.
  • 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.
  • Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
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    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...

  • Fukasaku Farm
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    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.

    美味しいいちごが食べられるというので行ってきました。駐車場に車を止め、受付で料金を払ってヘタ入れと練乳をもらい、ビニールハウスまでの送迎のマイクロバス乗り場にならびます。昼の12時半-13時頃でしたがマイクロバス1台分ぐらいならんでいました。乗って2、3分でビニールハウスにつき、説明を聞いて7棟あるビニールハウスを食べ歩きです。 時間制限無しの食べ放題なのですが、貰える練乳の少ないこと・・・。スプ...

  • Roadside Station Katsura
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    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.
  • Oarai Wakuwaku Science Museum
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Minatochuou 12
    A water science museum situated right in front of sprawling ocean located at the Marine Tower-minami Intersection a 20-minute walk from Oarai Station on the Oarai Kashima Line. The first floor of the museum looks at the world of the sea bottom, while the second floor focuses on the ocean surface and includes exhibits which you can touch and interact with. The museum also holds events every Saturday and Sunday introducing the wonders of the sea through crafting classes and experiments. In addition, there's a playground in the square in front of the museum for small children to play.

    入場券を買おうとしたら「本当にご覧になられますか?」と聞かれた 確かに内容は???的なものが多いのですが 他では見られない、貴重なものが展示されています

  • Oarai Museum of Bakumatsu-Meiji History
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    16 Reviews
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    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...

  • Oarai Marine Tower
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    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.
  • Ibaraki Prefecture Mori no Culture Center
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Naka-shi To 4589
    A culture center in the Ibaraki Botanical Garden in To, Naka City. Conceived to promote the construction of wooden buildings, the entire structure is made from timber harvested in the prefecture. It has exhibits on forests, forestry, and wildlife, as well as wooden toys and playground equipment.

    良く手入れされた広い植物園で、イベントが数多く企画されているので、確認して行くと良いでしょう。県内の石岡には県のフラワーパーク、水戸市立の植物園、筑波の実験植物園など多く、羨ましい限り。意外と近所だと頻繁に通わないのかもしれませんが、季節毎に利用して自然や植物の移ろいを満喫したいものです。

  • Takeda Clan Residence
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    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."
  • The Tokugawa Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Migawa 1-1215-1
    This museum is located near Senba Park, a 10-minute drive from Mito Station. Along with belongings from Tokugawa Ieyasu other works of art related to the Mito-Tokugawa family, including swords and a war-fan decorated with a pine tree painting, and various historical records are stored. You can also experience a tea-ceremony in the Tokugetsutei tea house, a tea house which had deep ties to the Tokugawa family and which has been relocated here. With reservation you can enjoy the Nariaki Gozen meal on the garden terrace, a contemporary arrangement of a recipe from the Shoku Sai Roku book written by Tokugawa Nariaki, ninth head of the Mito-Tokugawa family.
  • Science Museum of Atomic Energy
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    11 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Naka-gun Tokaimura Muramatsu 225-2
    This science museum, Japan's only one dedicated to nuclear power, is situated along National Route 245 an 18-minute drive from the Hitachi-minami Ota Interchange on the Joban Expressway. The museum contains exhibits which introduce the foundations behind atoms and nuclear energy. Visitors can directly look at, touch, and interact with the things they are learning about through exhibits such as a big screen theater showing computer generated videos and the world's largest cloud chamber, which makes it possible to see the natural radiation that is around us at all times. In addition, exhibits on incidents such as the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and the Tokaimura nuclear accident convey safe ways of utilizing radiation to future generations.

    エネルギーとしての原子力に関しての展示は少ないです。一番おもしろかったのは空港のX線検査装置ですね。実物を操作できて、こんな風に映るのかと感心しきりでした。見学の所要時間としては1時間あれば十分ですね。

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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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