#1. Hitachi Seaside Park
Located in Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Hitachi Seaside Park is a government managed park. Each season Hitachi Seaside Park attracts people for many different reasons but one of the most popular are the flowers. The park is covered with over four million nemophila or baby blue-eyes flowers and during the early summer when they are in full bloom the park matches the bright blue sky overhead. During autumn, you will be treated to a field of red as around 30 thousand Kochia turn color. You can find an athletic course in the park as well as bike rentals for those who enjoy cycling.
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Hitachi Seaside Park
Address: 605-4 Jionuma, Mawatari, Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki Prefecture
Access: 15 minutes by car from Katsuta Station
Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
410 yen (Adult)
210 yen (Senior)
80 yen (Child)
Website: Hitachi Seaside Park
#2. Warp Station Edo
Located at Tsukubamirai City, Warp Station Edo is an outdoor facility operated by NHK Enterprises. This is a replica of an Edo town where you will be able to witness a little bit of history during your visit. Many movies and television shows are filmed here.
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Warp Station Edo
Address: 1176 Minamiota, Tsukubamirai, Ibaraki Prefecture
Access: 20 minutes by car from Togashira Station
Hours: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Website: Warp Station Edo (Japanese)
#3. Oiwa Shrine
Oiwa Shrine stands halfway up Mt. Oiwa. This sacred mountain site and it’s shrine are is considered to be some of the most powerful in the country. The shrine is said to be the home of many dieties. The surrounding forest area and the large cedars create a very mysterious atmosphere.
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Address: 752 Irishikencho, Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture
Access: 30 minutes by car from Ogitsu Station
Hours: 24 Hours
Website: Oiwa Shrine (Japanese)
#4. Mt. Tsukuba
Mt. Tsukuba has been admired throughout history along with Mt. Fuji. There is a common saying; “Mt. Fuji in the east, Mt. Tsukuba in the west”. With a height of 877 meters, Mt. Tsukuba is one of Japan’s tallest mountains. The mountain is called “Shiho” or purple mountain because it changes its color with the seasons and time of day. Mt. Tsukuba is the home of many different species of plants and animals, many of them are considered quite rare. At Mt. Tsukuba you’ll be able to enjoy its nature by hiking and climbing all year around. You can easily access the summit by rope way and cable car if you wish.
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#5. Ryujin Otsuribashi
Located in Hitachiota City, Ryujin Otsuribashi or Ryujin Suspension Bridge is one of the longest pedestrians bridges in Japan. The bridge is over 300 meters long, the bridge also boasts its height from surface of the river which is around 100 meters. From the bridge, you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view. There is also bungee-jumping from the bridge if you are thrill seeker, almost 10 thousand people make the jump every year. Maybe you will be next in line!
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Address: 2133−6 Keganomachi, Hitachiota,Ibaraki Prefecture
Access: 35 minutes by car from Yamagatajuku Station
Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Website: Ryujin Otsuribashi (Japanese)
#6. Hananuki Keikoku
Located near Takahagi City, northern Ibaraki Prefecture, Hananuki Keikoku is a very famous valley for its year round natural beauty. From the suspension bride you can the enjoy natural beauty of each season here, fresh green in summer and beautiful colored leaves in autumn. Near Hananuki Keikoku, there are camp sites and waterfalls for those looking for an outdoors experience.
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Address: Nakatogawa Ono, Takahagi, Ibaraki Prefecture
Access: 20 minutes by car from Takahagi Station
Website: Hananuki Keikoku (Japanese)
#7. Oarai Aquarium Aqua World
Facing the Pacific Ocean, Oarai Aquarium Aqua World is one of Japan’s top class aquariums. It houses over 500 different types of marine creatures as well as the most shark species in Japan. It also features Japan’s largest exclusive water tank for sunfish. With its live dolphin performances and California sea lions, you’ll be sure to have an amazing experience here.
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Oarai Aquarium Aqua World
Address: 8252-3 Oaraimachi Isohamachi, Higashiibaraki District, Ibaraki Prefecture
Access: 12 minutes by car from Nakaminato Station
Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Website: Oarai Aquarium Aqua World
#8. Oarai Isosaki Shrine
Oarai Isosaki Shrine stands on a hill facing the Pacific Ocean. Mito Mitsukuni, the lord of Mito domain, reconstructed the shrine after it was devastated by war. The Oarai Isosaki Shrine is well-known for its Torii gate that stands on the reef near Oiso Kaigan. The Torii gate shining at sunrise is quite a magnificent sight.
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Oarai Isosaki Shrine
Address: 6890 Isohamacho, Oarai, Higashiibaraki District, Ibaraki Prefecture
Access: 14 minutes by car from Oarai Station
Website: Oaraiisosaki Shrine (Japanese)
#9. Oarai Sand Beach
Oarai Sand Beach is a coast the runs along side Ibaraki. The beach here is famous as Japan’s first universal beach where everyone, including the handicapped and the elderly can enjoy beach access. Amphibious wheel chairs and other options are available at the beach. You can also enjoy various kinds of marine sports, such as surfing, diving and fishing. With its easy access from Tokyo, this is a popular summer destination.
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Oarai Sand Beach
Address: Minatochuo, Oarai, Higashiibaraki District, Ibaraki Prefecture
Access: 14 minutes by car from Oarai Station
Website: Oarai Sand Beach (Japanese)
#10. Fukuokazeki Sakura Park
Located in Tsukubamirai City, Fukuokazeki Sakura Park is famous for the cherry blossoms. Fuzuokazeki Dam is lined with over 500 cherry blossom trees. The dam was originally built for irrigation during the 1600s. It is a popular site in Ibaraki for viewing cherry blossoms in the spring and people gather from all around Japan come every year just to see them.
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Fukuokazeki Sakura Park
Address: 2633-7, Kitayama, Tsukubamirai City, Ibaraki Prefecture
Access: 10 minutes by car from Midorino Station
Hours: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Phone: 0297-58-2111 (Tsukubamirai City Office)
Website: Fukuokazeki Sakura Park (Japanese)
This is an amazing historic landmark and a place of scenic beauty, Kairakuen is one of three great Japanese gardens. The garden was cultivated by Tokugawa Nariaki, who was the lord of Mito Domain during the 1800s. In early spring, about 100 different types of plum trees bloom. Every year in Kairakuen, you can take part in the Plum Festival which includes an illuminated plum night festival and tea ceremony. Visitors can also check out Kobuntei which is a historic three-story building. From the third floor of Kobuntei, you’ll get a spectacular view of Senba Lake, plum trees, and a prairie located near the park. Also nearby the park, you can see a bamboo forest called Mosotikurin, with bamboo that reaches nearly 12 meters.
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Address: 1 Chome Tokiwacho, Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture
Access: 10 minute walk from Kairakuen Station
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (February 20 – September 30)
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (October 1 – February 19)
Website: Kairakuen (Japanese)
#12. Kasumigaura Bay
Kasumigaura Bay is the second largest lake in Japan with a surface area of around 200 square kilometers. This amazing lake is home to various kinds of fish as well as a popular spot for fishing year round. Kasumigaura Bay is a treasure trove of wildlife such as wild birds and aquatic plants. Many migrant birds fly over the sea to the lake every winter. People visiting Kasumigaura Bay are able to take a cruise around the lake, with cruise service available throughout the year from Tsuchiura Port. Small sailing boats called Hobikibune are also available, they feature a white large sail. Hobikibune operates every Saturday, Sunday and summer holidays.
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