Ibaraki

Ibaraki

Located about an hour away from Tokyo by rail, Ibaraki is blessed with a beautiful coastline and excellent fishing grounds. Experience traditional crafts such as pottery and weaving, enjoy fresh seafood and travel in elegance.

Recommended Sights

Kairakuen
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Along with Kenroku-en in Kanazawa and Korakuen in Okayama, Kairakuen is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. With 3,000 trees on the grounds representing some 100 species of ume, the park is quite lively in early spring with ume blossom viewers. Each season has major points of note: cherry blossoms in spring, rhododendrons in early summer, bamboo and sugi (cedar) in summer and maples in fall.
(Take the JR Joban Line to Mito Station. It is an approximately 15-minute bus ride on the Kairakuen-bound bus at the north exit of the station.)

Fukuroda Falls
Fukuroda FallsFukuroda Falls

Counted among the three great waterfalls of Japan, Fukuroda Falls boasts a height of 120 meters and a breadth of 73 meters. Changing through the seasons, the flow of the water over the rock may be smooth or ferocious, but regardless, Fukuroda Falls is a highlight of this trip.
(10 minutes by bus from Fukuroda Station on the JR Suigun Line.)

Mount Tsukuba
Tsukubasan RopewayTsukubasan Ropeway

At a height of 877 meters, Mount Tsukuba towers over the Kanto Plain. Made up of two peaks, Mount Nantai (871 meters) and Mount Nyotai (877 meters), Mount Tsukuba's beauty makes it one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains. Equipped with an aerial tramway, Mount Tsukuba is excellent for mountain climbing and hiking even for children and beginners.
(Approximately 50 minutes by bus from Tsuchiura Station on the JR Joban Line)

Kasama Inari Jinja Shrine
The outer shrine of Kasama Inari Jinja ShrineThe outer shrine of Kasama Inari Jinja Shrine

Said to have been built in the year 651, Kasama Inari Jinja Shrine is incredibly old, with a history of more than 1350 years. Ancient buildings on the compound create an atmosphere steeped in feeling. Each year, 3.5 million people visit the shrine.
(An approximately 20-minute walk from Kasama Station on the JR Mito Line)

Local cuisine

Natto
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Natto is a Japanese food made by fermenting soybeans. The soybeans used in Ibaraki natto are small, specifically suited to use in natto. The excellent taste and smooth texture make for lovely natto.

Hitachi Aki Soba

Eaten since ancient times, soba (buckwheat noodles) is a healthy Japanese dish with high nutritional value. Hitachi Aki soba is a well-known variation from Ibaraki Prefecture. Of uniform texture and excellent quality, Hitachi Aki soba has a unique fragrance, flavor and sweetness that are praised by esteemed artisan soba makers throughout Japan.

Ibaraki at a Glance
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  • Days needed: 1-2
  • Approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes from Tokyo Station to Mito Station on the Limited Express "HITACHI" or "TOKIWA."
Ekiben – a bento lunch sold at train stations

Ryoshibento Tokuji no Menpa

Main sales location: Oarai Station

The word mempa is jargon used by the Oarai fishermen meaning a bento lunch to be taken out to sea. Rice, clams, scallops, salmon and other fresh seafood just caught in the Oarai fishing harbor, are placed atop a bed of rice. This bento brings the fragrance of the tide and an unadorned but rich flavor.

Sanpin Takomeshi

Main sales location: Oarai Station

Sanpin means three harbors, referring to Oarai, Naka Minato and Hiraiso in Ibaraki Prefecture. Sanpin takomeshi refers to a rice (meshi) dish loaded with octopus (tako) freshly caught in the Sanpin area. First, octopus is cooked in mochi (glutinous) rice and then five cuts of tenderly cooked octopus are layered on top.

As of March 2015.