Travel

Ibaraki is full of many wonderful places to see in your free-time! Scan through the list and see what piques your interest!

Contents

  1. Northern Ibaraki
  2. Central Ibaraki
  3. Western Ibaraki
  4. Eastern Ibaraki
  5. Southern Ibaraki

Northern Ibaraki

  • Fukuroda Falls

    • One of Japan’s top three waterfalls
    • Often freezes over in winter for a gorgeous sight
    • 300 yen entrance fee
    • 3-19, Fukuroda, Daigo-machi
  • Ryujin Suspension Bridge

    • Tallest bungee jump in Japan at 100 meters
    • Longest bridge within Honshu at 375 meters
    • 310 yen entrance fee
    • 2133-6, Kegano, Hitachiota
  • Izura Rokkakudo

    • A hexagonal building designed by Tenshin Okakura (a forefunner of Japanese modern art), scenically placed on a cliff side
    • 300 yen entrance fee
    • 727-2, Izura Otsu-cho, Kita-Ibaraki
  • Hananuki Gorge

    • A beautiful area known for its hiking, rivers, and the Shiomidaki Suspension bridge over the gorge
    • Hananuki, Takahagi
  • Hitachi Seaside Park

    • A large and encompassing park with a cycling, flower gardens, forests, an amusement park, and the famous Miharashi Hill among many other things
    • Miharashi Hill from early March through April is covered in blue nemophila flowers; in October the hill is covered in red kochia bushes
    • 410 yen entrance fee
    • 605-4, Mawatari Aza Oonuma, Hitachinaka

Central Ibaraki

  • Kairakuen

    • One of the three most beautiful Japanese gardens in Japan, sister to Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Kourakuen in Okayama
    • Tokiwa-cho, Mito
  • Lake Senba

    • Famous lake next to Kairakuen with a running track, swan boats, and picnic spots
    • In August it is a good viewing location for the Mito Kommon Festival’s fireworks
    • Tokiwa-cho, Mito
  • Kasama Inari Jinja

    • One of the three largest Inari Okami shrines in Japan
    • 1 Kasama, Kasama
  • Kasama Craft Hills

    • A place to experience Kasama’s famous pottery (Kasama-yaki)
    • Pottery classes run about 165 minutes, from 2000-3000 yen
    • 2388-1, Kasama, Kasama City
  • Oarai Isosaki Shrine

    • A famous shrine with an accompanying gate in the ocean
    • 6890 Isohama-cho, Oarai-machi
  • Aqua World Oarai

    • An aquarium with Japan’s largest shark collection
    • 1850 yen entrance fee
    • 8252-3, Isohama-cho, Oarai-machi
  • Iwama Dojo and Aiki Shrine

    • Aikido shrine and dojo built by Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido
    • 27-1 Yoshioka, Kasama

Western Ibaraki

  • Tsumugi no Yakata

    • Experience yuki tsumugi, or hand-woven silk or a dying and weaving workshop
    • 12-2 Yuki, Yuki City
  • Honba Yuki Tsumugi History Museum

    • 200 yen entrance fee
    • Yuki City, Ibaraki
  • Koga Park

    • Famous for its peach blossoms which can be seen in the Peach Blossom Festival from the end of March through early April
    • 399-1 Kounosu, Koga
  • Rakuhoji Temple

    • Often referred to as Amabiki Kannon, this scenically located temple provides the opportunity to a witness a monks’ procession as well as to see the many brightly colored peacocks that roam the temple grounds.
    •  1 Motogi, Sakuragawa  
  • Toyoda Castle

    • A reconstruction of a castle that was originally in use during the 14th century
    •  The castle now houses exhibitions about local industries and history
    • 400 yen admission fee
    • 2010 Shin-Ishige, Joso-shi

Eastern Ibaraki

  • Kashima Jingu Shrine

    • Known as one of the three greatest shrines in Eastern Japan
    • 2306-1 Kyuchu, Kashima
  • Itako Riverside Iris Park

    • From late March through late June you can experience the irises in full bloom during the Iris Festival
    • 1-5 Ayame, Itako

Southern Ibaraki

  • Ushiku Daibutsu

    • World’s largest standing bronze statue and Japan’s tallest Buddha at 120 meters tall
    • 800 yen entrance fee
    • 2083 Kuno-cho, Ushiku
  • Lake Kasumiguara

    • Famous for its traditional hobikisen boats
    • Tours of the lake to see the boats are available
    • 2 cho-me, Kawaguchi, Tsuchiura City
  • Mount Tsukuba

    • Most famous mountain in Ibaraki at 877 meters tall
    • You can get to the top via hiking, a ropeway, or a cable car
    • Tsukuba, Tsukuba City
  • Kirin Brewery

  • Asahi Brewery

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