Recommended Ibaraki sightseeing itinerary

Enjoy Ibaraki's Pottery, Weaving and Other Traditional Crafts, as well as the Blessings of the Pacific Ocean

In the interior of Ibaraki, you can experience traditional Japanese crafts and art works. And in the coastal area, there is bountiful fresh seafood and aquariums, so much you just might overdo it!

Itinerary Maps

Itinerary Maps

Trip Details

Day 1 – Time needed: approximately 8 hours, 30 minutes, including approximately 4 hours, 30 minutes for sightseeing and meals

Tomobe Station

Trunk Lines

Train – approximately 8 minutes (JR Mito Line)

Kasama Station

On foot

Approximately 20 minutes on foot

Kasama
Geijutsunomori Park

On foot

Walk

SightseeingActivities

1Kasama Geijutsunomori Park

This park is built on the themes of traditional crafts and modern plastic arts. In addition to the Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, the park grounds include a concert hall for a variety of outdoor events, a ceramic forest promenade with outdoor ceramic plastic art work on display and a fun forest that is popular with kids.

Hours of operation

  • 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Address

  • 2345 Kasama, Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture

Related websites

Kasama Geijutsunomori Park (in Japanese only)

Time needed: approximately 165 minutes (for 1 to 3 combined)

The amphitheater
The amphitheater

The fun forest
The fun forest

Ibaraki Ceramic
Art Museum

On foot

Walk

Sightseeing

2Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum

The Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum opened in April 2000 in Kasama Geijutsunomori Park. A prefectural museum approachable by anyone, it provides easy-to-understand introductions to the history of Kasama pottery and techniques using panels and videos. There are also planned exhibitions, such as an introduction to representative pieces of ceramic artists with deep ties to Ibaraki Prefecture.

Hours of operation

  • 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last entry at 4:30 p.m.)

Closed

  • Mondays (the following day in case of a holiday) and December 29 to January 1

Admission

  • Adults – 310 yen (70 and older, free), though prices may change for planned exhibitions

Address

  • 2345 Kasama, Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture

Related websites

Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum

Time needed: approximately 165 minutes (for 1 to 3 combined)

Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum
Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum


Crafthills Kasama

On foot

Approximately 20 minutes on foot

Activities

3Crafthills Kasama

Located in a corner of Kasama Geijutsunomori Park, Crafthills Kasama exhibits and sells craft pieces. The interactive studio inside has an experiential studio for visitors to make pieces with a potter's wheel or by hand molding. An instructor provides guidance to help even novices turn out fantastic pieces of art.

Hours of operation

  • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed

  • Mondays (the following day in case of a holiday)

Admission

  • Potter's wheel experience (basic fee): 2,160 yen
  • Hand molding experience (basic fee): 3,240 yen
  • Other classes also available

Address

  • 2388-1 Kasama, Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture

Related websites

Crafthills Kasama (in Japanese only)

Time needed: approximately 165 minutes (for 1 to 3 combined)

Crafthills Kasama
Crafthills Kasama

The potter's wheel experience
The potter's wheel experience

Kasama Inari
Jinja Shrine

On foot

Approximately 20 minutes on foot

Sightseeing

4Kasama 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.

Hours of operation

  • 6:00 a.m. to sundown

Open 365 days a year

Address

  • 1 Kasama, Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture

Related websites

Kasama Inari Jinja Shrine

Time needed: approximately 30 minutes

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

Kasama Station

Trunk Lines

Train – approximately 45 minutes (JR Mito Line)

Yuki Station

On foot

Approximately 10 minutes on foot


Tsumugi no Yakata

On foot

Approximately 10 minutes on foot

SightseeingActivities

5Tsumugi no Yakata

The premises include an archive, a kimono fabric exhibition hall, a shop selling goods made from Yuki-tsumugi fabric and a dyeing workshop for a lot of enjoyment for family and friends. Throughout the seasons, various events bring traditional Japanese culture to life, such as a yukata dyeing workshop, a lesson in the proper wearing of kimonos and a Dolls' Festival event.

Hours of operation

  • 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last entrance at 4:30 p.m.)

Closed

  • Tuesdays (some areas may be open for certain events)

Admission

  • No charge (except for the archives and dyeing workshops)

Address

  • 12-2 Yuki, Yuki, Ibaraki Prefecture

Related websites

Tsumugi no Yakata (in Japanese only)

Time needed: approximately 80 minutes

Tsumugi no Yakata
Tsumugi no Yakata

Dyeing workshops are available
Dyeing workshops are available

Yuki Station

Trunk Lines

Train – approximately 55 minutes (JR Mito Line)

Tomobe Station

Trunk Lines

Train – approximately 20 minutes (JR Joban Line)

Mito Station

Trunk Lines

Train – approximately 20 minutes (Kashima Rinkai Testudo)

Oarai Station

Shuttle

Shuttle – approximately 5 minutes

Oarai Hotel

Lodging

6Oarai Hotel

The Oarai Hotel faces the Pacific Ocean, giving fantastic views from the guest rooms. While soaking in the hot water in the large bath on the top floor, enjoy the extraordinary views of the sunrise and evening sun. Taking advantage of Ibaraki's bountiful seafood, the hotel serves such meals as winter anko nabe (monkfish hotpot), a specialty of Ibaraki.

Address

  • 6881 Isohama-cho, Oarai-machi, Higashi Ibaraki-gun, Ibaraki Prefecture

Related websites

Oarai Hotel

Oarai Hotel
Oarai Hotel

Large bath with a panoramic view
Large bath with a panoramic view


Day 2 – Time needed: approximately 8 hours, including approximately 5 hours for sightseeing and meals

Oarai Hotel

Option 1 Activities

7Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium

Separated into nine exhibition zones, each created around a different theme, the Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium allows visitors to appreciate up close a wide variety of sea life such as sharks from around the world. The Sea Life of Ibaraki zone includes a magnificent water tank boasting 1,300 tons of water used to model Ibaraki's ocean. In the Seas of the World zone, visitors encounter sea life in living models of the world's seas such as Okinawa, the Caribbean, the Red Sea, the Tasman Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk.

Hours of operation

  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last entrance at 4:00 p.m.)

Closed

  • Not set

Admission

  • Adults – 1,850 yen

Address

  • 8252-3 Isohama-cho, Oarai-machi, Higashi Ibaraki-gun, Ibaraki Prefecture

Getting there

  • Approximately 7 minutes by bus from Nakaminato Station on the Hitachinaka Seaside Railway

Related websites

Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium

Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium
Aqua World Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium

The giant tank in the Sea Life of Ibaraki
The giant tank in the Sea Life of Ibaraki

Option 2 Shopping

8Nakaminato Fish Market

Nakaminato Fish Market is filled with the bustle of tourists seeking fresh seafood at reasonable prices. Many restaurants line the market, the sort found only in a harbor town, selling seasonal seafood dishes and running sushi conveyor belts boasting large, fresh pieces of fish.

Hours of operation

  • Vary depending on the store/vendor

Closed

  • Varies depending on the store/vendor

Address

  • 19-8 Minatohon-cho, Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture

Getting there

  • Approximately a 10-minute walk from Nakaminato Station on the Hitachinaka Seaside Railway

Related websites

Nakaminato Fish Market (in Japanese only)

Nakaminato Fish Market
Nakaminato Fish Market

Option 3 Sightseeing

9Oarai Marine Tower

Oarai Marine Tower, symbol of Oarai. Rising 60 meters above ground, the tower has an observation deck on the third floor that provides a grand, 360-degree panorama. On clear days, visitors can see Mount Fuji, the Nikko Nasu Mountains and Mount Tsukuba. In the Marine Theater, located in the first floor entrance hall, visitors can learn about the history of the seas, the future shape of the oceans and other marine secrets.

Hours of operation

  • 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (March 1 to August 31, December 22 to 25 and January 2 and 3)
  • 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (September 1 to the end of February)
  • 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (January 1)

Closed

  • December 28 to 30

Admission

  • Adults – 330 yen

Address

  • 10 Minato Chuo, Oarai-machi, Higashi Ibaraki-gun, Ibaraki Prefecture

Getting there

  • Approximately 5 minutes by bus from Oarai Station on the Kashima Rinkai Testudo

Related websites

Oarai Marine Tower (in Japanese only)

Oarai Marine Tower
Oarai Marine Tower


Oarai Station

Trunk Lines

Train – approximately 20 minutes (Kashima Rinkai Testudo)

Mito Station

Trunk Lines

Train – approximately 35 minutes (JR Suigun Line)

Hitachi-Omiya
Station

Taxi

Taxi – approximately 20 minutes

Nishikanasa Soba
no Sato Soba Kobo

Taxi

Taxi – approximately 30 minutes

ActivitiesDining

10Nishikanasa Soba no Sato Soba Kobo

In the soba crafting workshop, participants start by mixing the flour and work through the steps to the final product. An instructor is on-hand to provide advice, making this a task even a beginner can tackle. The workshop takes approximately 40 minutes. You'll see that soba never tastes better than when you make it yourself.

Hours of operation

  • 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Closed

  • Thursdays and December 29 to January 3

Address

  • 2408 Akazuchi-cho, Hitachiota, Ibaraki Prefecture

Related websites

Official website of the City of Hitachiota (in Japanese)

Time needed: approximately 90 minutes

Nishikanasa Soba no Sato Soba Kobo
Nishikanasa Soba no Sato Soba Kobo

A soba-making workshop
A soba-making workshop

Seizanso

Bus

Bus – approximately 15 minutes

Sightseeing

11Seizanso

Seizanso is the name of the dwelling used for retirement by Tokugawa Mitsukuni, second daimyo (lord) of the Mito domain, and figures prominently in "Mito Komon," a long-running samurai TV drama in Japan. For the ten years leading up to his death, Tokugawa Mitsukuni lived at Seizanso, compiling his Dai Nihonshi (the Great History of Japan) a work of deep historical scholarship.

Hours of operation

  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (last entrance: 3:30 p.m.)

Closed

  • Mondays (unless it's a holiday)

Admission

  • Adults – 756 yen (includes a guide)

Address

  • 590 Arajuku-cho, Hitachiota, Ibaraki Prefecture

Related websites

The Tokugawa Museum (in Japanese only)

Time needed: approximately 60 minutes

Seizanso
Seizanso


Hitachi-Ota
Station

Trunk Lines

Train – approximately 35 minutes (JR Suigun Line)

Mito Station

Taxi

Taxi – approximately 10 minutes

Tokugawa Museum

On foot

Approximately 10 minutes on foot

Sightseeing

12Tokugawa Museum

The Tokugawa Museum is the only place to view historical articles of the Mito House, a branch of the Tokugawa shogun family. Composed of some 30,000 articles, the exhibit focuses on the first shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Hours of operation

  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (last entrance at 3:30 p.m.)

Closed

  • Mondays (unless it's a holiday)

Admission

  • Adults – 735 to 1,155 yen (includes a genealogy chart)

Address

  • 1-1215-1 Migawa, Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture

Related websites

The Tokugawa Museum (in Japanese only)

Time needed: approximately 60 minutes

Tokugawa Museum
Tokugawa Museum

Kairakuen

Bus

Bus – approximately 15 minutes

Sightseeing

13Kairakuen

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.

[Pay facilities]

Hours of operation

  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – February 20 to September 30
  • 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – October 1 to February 19

Closed

  • December 29 to 31

Admission

  • No charge (except for Kobuntei, which is 200 yen for adults)

Address

  • 1-1251 Migawa, Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture

Related websites

Kairakuen

Time needed: approximately 80 minutes

Kairakuen
Kairakuen


Mito Station

As of June 2014.
Prices, business hours, transportation and other details are subject to change.

Trunk line

Trunk line

Bus

Bus

Taxi

Taxi

On foot

On foot

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