History / Culture / Tour Spots in Mito / Oarai / Hitachinaka Area

  • Oarai Isosaki Jinja
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    4.0
    226 Reviews
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    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
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    4.0
    143 Reviews
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    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.

    I was here with a cruise ship shore excursion April 28. This wa a restful place to be after the crowds and noise of other venues during Golden Week, the time of the Emperor abdication/ coronation...

  • Kobuntei
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    4.5
    160 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...

  • Art Tower Mito
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    4.0
    102 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...

  • Sakatsura Isosaki-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    73 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.

    Sakatura Isosaki Shrine is a great location in Hitachinaka city. At first, You can see the fantastic tree-lined approach after passing through the torii. I would recommend taking a picture of...

  • Kasama Nichido Museum of Art
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    4.5
    50 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."

    Kasama Nichido Museum of Art is a quiet museum surrounded by nature. There are many buildings on the grounds of the museum, and you can enjoy it without getting bored. You can see the works of...

  • Ibaraki Prefectural Archives and Museum
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    57 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...

  • Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum
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    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...

  • Shunpu Banri-so
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Kasama-shi Shimoichige Art no Mura
    An old Japanese home located a 20-minute drive from the Iwama Interchange. The thatch roof home was once the residence of Rosanjin, an artist active from the Meiji through the Showa periods. The home was moved here from Kita-Kamakura in 1965. The interior of the home is kept in the same state it looked when Rosanjin lived here. Furniture created by the artist and other articles which belonged to him are also on display. As a special event, tea ceremonies are held in the Mukyoan teahouse designed by Rosanjin once to twice a year. Visitors can also enjoy matcha powdered green tea and sweets like anmitsu sweet beans and fruit in syrup while taking in flowering cherry and plum trees, fall foliage, and other seasonal scenery of a rock garden from the Shunpuan teahouse.

    陶芸家北大路魯山人がかつて住んでいた古民家を昭和40年に鎌倉から移築し笠間日動画廊の分館として公開されている。内部は大広間とそれに続く魯山人の作品を展示した部屋、馬屋を改造した洋間、風呂場と厠、そして本来は独立していた茶室「夢境庵」などなど。また茶室から眺められる竜安寺を模したという枯山水の石庭は見事なものだ。その他広い敷地には2つの池もありその1つには庭に配された石組の間から水が流れ落ちている...

  • Hitachinokuni Izumo Taisha Shrine
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    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.”
  • 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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    4.0
    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...

  • Science Museum of Atomic Energy
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    4.0
    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。

  • Shizu-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Nakashi Shizu 2
    This Shinto shrine is located in Shizu, Naka City. Although the exact date of its founding is unknown, it's estimated to be over 850 years old. The main deities it honors are the warrior god Takehazuchi-no-Mikoto and Shitori-no-Kami, the ancestral god of weaving. An autumn festival takes place annually from November 25th to 27th. Many visitors come at that time when they hold ceremonies like Tsuta Mai and Osasa Myojin. The hill on the western side of the grounds makes up Shizumine Furusato Park, a famous cherry blossom viewing spot.

    常陸二ノ宮...

  • The Tokugawa Museum
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    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.
  • OARAI SEA MUSEUM
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    3.0
    9 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Higashiibaraki-gun Oaraimachi Isohama Machi 6890
    A museum located on the grounds of Oarai Isosaki Shrine in Isohama-cho, Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County. Both the Shinto deities honored at the shrine and the nearby land they're thought to protect are closely tied to the ocean and the fishing industry. As such, the museum was conceived as an education facility that works to raise awareness of and interest in Japan's role as a maritime country. Specimens on display depict the evolution of marine life from protozoa to whales.

    現在は土日祝のみ、受付の職員が常駐しています。以前は神社の担当者に伝えれば、平日でも開けてくれたそうですが、異動になったそうで今は開けてもらえるか分からないとか。 主な展示資料は、近場で採取された魚や貝、蟹といった小動物の標本です。また鯨の下顎や、捕鯨が盛んだった頃の写真も。3年前にも来館しましたが、特に変わってないですね。屋上は展望台になっていますが、あまり眺めは良くありません。 ただ受付の職員...

  • Takeda Clan Residence
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    3.0
    8 Reviews
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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."

    東国の要として進出を図って土着したようですが、中世の勢力変遷は複雑で史料も少なく良く分かりません。無料で復元館に資料を配して公開しているのは、様々な方々の努力であり立派と思います。

  • Naka Magariya
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Naka-shi
    "A historical building in the Ichinoseki Tameike Water Park in Sugaya, Naka City. Built in 1862, the thatched-roof traditional house was transferred from another city location and rebuilt on the grounds of the park. Visitors can see its ""magari-ya,"" an architectural feature that connected houses, stables, and storehouses in Tohoku and parts of northern Kanto."

    町内に残っていた江戸末期造の最後の曲がり屋の茅葺屋根を解体し、一の関ため池親水公園内へ移設保存されています。曲がり屋とは、住居と馬小屋、物置が一体となった東北地方、および茨城県の一部にもみられる、寒さの厳しい地方の代表的な民家形式です。

  • Toshogu Shrine
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    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."
  • Tokiwa Jinja Shrine
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    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Tokiwachou 1-3-1
    "A Shinto shrine dedicated to Tokugawa Mitsukuni, the second lord of Mito Domain and star character in the fictionalized popular historical television drama ""Mito Komon;"" and Tokugawa Nariaki, the ninth lord of Mito Domain and a man considered one of the great intelligences of the closing days of the Edo period. The origins of the shrine date back to a small lay ancestral hall built on the grounds of Kairakuen Park in the early Meiji period by parishioners who idolized the two lords. Exhibits on Mitogaku, a school Japanese history and Shinto studies which emerged in Mito domain; as well as articles which belonged to Mitsukuni and Nariaki; calligraphy by the two men; and other historical items are displayed in the Giretsukan museum on the shrine's grounds."

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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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