Here are some local and regional recreational activities you can participate in.
Recreation in Ibaraki
Mount Yamizo (1022m)
- Tallest mountain in Ibaraki
- Kuji-gun, Daigo-machi, Kaminomiya
Mount Tsukuba (877m)
- Most famous mountain in Ibaraki
- Known for its double peaks
- Tsukuba, Tsukuba City
Mount Hanazono (798m)
- Hanazono gorge area, offers a great variety of trails and views
Mount Nantai (654m)
- Contains both gentle paths and steep cliff side paths to the top
- Kuji-gun, Daigo-machi, Saigane
- Kawarago Beach, Hitachitaga Station, Hitachi
- Kujihama Beach, Omika Station, Hitachi
- Sun Beach, Oarai
- Ajigaura Beach, Hitachinaka
- Hasaki Beach, Kamisu
- Isohara Futatsujima Beach, Kita-Ibaraki
- Otake Coast Hokota Beach, Hokota
- Nikkawahama Beach, Kashima
- Professional soccer team in the J1 League
- 26-2 Ushiroyama, Jinkoji, Kashima
- Professional soccer team in the J-league, division 2
- 2058-1, Kobuki-cho, Mito
Cyberdyne Ibaraki Robots
- Professional basketball team in the Japan B League D2
- 864-6 Suifu-cho, Mito
Suifu Ryujin Furusatomura
- Campsite near the Ryujin Suspension Bridge with cabins and great views of the surrounding mountains
- Near Hananuki Gorge, good place to BBQ near the river
Atago Tengu no Mori Sky Lodge
- Campsite with cabins, BBQ pits, and a beautiful view of Kasama
Hiroura Park Camping Ground
- Campsite right along Lake Hinuma that provides sheltered areas to BBQ
Ryugasaki Forest Park
- Campsite with simple cabins and shelters for BBQs
Mitsukaido Asunaro no Sato Campsite
- Campsite with many amenities including BBQ areas, a pool, tennis courts, cabins, and more
Morinoi Center Hot Springs
- Outdoor baths offer a view of the mountains
- Seasonal baths are provided here
- October – January: Apple bath
- June: Green tea bath
- 15-12 Yada, Daigo-cho
Sekisho Hot Spring
- The water from this hot spring is said to make skin smoother
- 2642-7 Fukuroda, Kuji-gun, Daigo-machi
Izura Kanko Hotel and Hot Springs
- The outdoor baths offer a view of the Pacific Ocean and the Izura Rokkakudo on the cliffside
- 722 Otsu-cho, Kitaibaraki
Futatsujima Kanko Hotel and Hot Springs
- The outdoor baths offer a view of the famous Futatsujima islands
- 2553 Isohara-cho, Kitaibaraki
Tsukuba Grand Hotel and Hot Springs
- A hot spring hotel near Mt. Tsukuba that offers a variety of baths
- 1050-1 Tsukuba, Tsukuba
Aso Hot Spring Shirahonoyu
- Offers great views of Lake Kasumiguara
- 421-3 Aso, Namegata
Ibaraki is home to a very large cycling course called the Tsukuba Kasumigaura Ring Ring Road. It’s a 180km cycling track from Iwase Station to Tsuchiura and around Lake Kasumigaura. It’s divided into several courses within the ring, the most popular being the following.
- Iwase Station to Itako Station, 80km long, ~6 hours
- Tsuchiura Station to Itako Station, 50km long, ~4 hours
- Iwase Station to JR Tsuchiura Station, 40km, ~3 hours
- Tsukuba Station to Tsuchiura Station, 10km, ~1 hour
Places to see and visit in the areas surrounding Ibaraki.
Mt. Fuji climbing guide
Due to the proximity of Mt. Fuji to Ibaraki, climbing the mountain is a very popular summer activity. Here are some things to keep in mind before attempting the climb:
- Altitude will have a large effect on the weather. You’re climbing a mountain which is in excess of 3,000m tall. The temperatures at the 4th and 5th stations, where most people start, are about 10C cooler than the temperatures in the surrounding Kanto plain. At the summit, the difference increases to about 20C or more.
- Nearing the summit, the oxygen will drop to 2/3rds the available amount at sea level. Climbers will note a mild headache and reduced athletic ability. Some people may experience more severe reactions.
- The trail is mud, stones, boulders, stairs, scree slopes, gravel, sand, dirt, and rock ridges. Comfortable walking boots are a must.
- The stations on the mountain are usually booked by tour groups, crowded, and expensive.
- You must take all your garbage with you.
- Pay attention to your trail, there are many tracks and many 5th stations. Choose the wrong one and you’ll end up on the wrong side of the mountain.
- You will get stuck behind hundreds of organized tours. They are slow, hog the path, and are noisy. The later you leave the 5th station, the more crowded it gets.
- Never leave the marked trail, it’s dangerous to do so.
- Fuji is a large mountain and people die on it every year. Come prepared, hike smart, stick to the trails, climb in summer, and you’ll survive the trip just fine.
Things you should consider essential for climbing Mt. Fuji
- Sturdy comfortable footwear. Boots are preferred.
- Thick socks. Cushion your feet during the climb.
- Gloves. Ski gloves are the best, but white working gloves are also ok.
- Head wear. Keep you warm at the top and protect you from UV light.
- Comfortable, lightweight non-restrictive clothing for hiking in.
- Something warm to put over your clothes when resting or stationary.
- Lightweight hooded rain wear, including pants. Weather can change fast.
- A pack that can easily hold all of your hiking equipment. Place clothes inside a rubbish bag inside the bag to keep them dry if it rains.
- A waterproof flashlight with fresh batteries and a spare bulb. You will spend most of the climb at night in complete darkness.
- 1/2 roll of toilet paper.
- 1.5 – 2 liters of water or sports drink.
- Basic first aid kit. Don’t stock aspirin based pain relievers.
- Packed meal and enough snacks for the walk. Don’t bring alcohol, it will dehydrate you and encourage hypothermia.
Handy things to have
- Hokairo. Cheap way to stay warm as it gets colder.
- A walking stick. They can be bought at the 5th station. Makes walking a lot easier and you can get them branded at the top for an easy souvenir!
- Thermal underwear, great for hiking in.
More information can be found in this guide.
Mount Nantai (2486m)
- Extinct volcano that offers a great view of Lake Chuzenji
- The hike up takes around 5-6 hours
- Near many of Nikko’s other famous sides such as the Toshogu Shrine and the Kegon Waterfall
- Nikko, Tochigi
The Bandai Area
- Popular destination for many outdoor activities, hiking in the summer, skiing in the winter
- Mount Bandai (1816m)
- From the Happodai trail it’s about a 2 hour hike to the top
- Azuma-kofuji, or “Little Fuji” (1707m)
- Perfect for the non-hiker as there’s a parking lot a 10 minute walk from the top
- You can circle the crater in 45 minutes