Ibaraki prefecture is one of the less conspicuous areas in Japan. Some Japanese people may not understand the exact location of Ibaraki Prefecture. However, there are many attractive spots in Ibaraki Prefecture. On this page, I will guide you to sightseeing spots in Ibaraki. It’s close to Tokyo, so please visit Ibaraki and enjoy a wonderful experience.
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Outline of Ibaraki
Ibaraki Prefecture is located northeast of Tokyo and faces the Pacific Ocean.
It is about 100 kilometers from Tokyo to Mito, the central city of Ibaraki. If you take the JR Joban Line “Limited Express Hitachi”, it takes about 1 hour. Many highway buses also run.
It may not be well known, but Ibaraki has many attractive spots that attract foreign tourists.
As detailed below, Ibaraki Prefecture is definitely worth a visit for those who want to explore Japan’s diverse culture and beautiful nature, from flower fields and Japanese gardens to mysterious shrines and waterfalls.
Hitachi Seaside Park
Hitachi Seaside Park is a must-see spot in Ibaraki Prefecture.
Ibaraki Prefecture may not be well known, but “Hitachi Seaside Park” is famous. Many tourists from all over the world come to see the wonderful flower fields and scenic views.
The park’s most popular attraction is the vast blue nemophila field, which blooms from late April to early May. You can take beautiful pictures while walking in the flower garden.
Another popular spot in Hitachi Seaside Park is Miharashi Hill, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Various flowers bloom on this hill every season, and you can enjoy the colorful and picturesque scenery.
There are also various gardens within the park, including a tulip garden, a rose garden, and a narcissus garden. You can enjoy various flowers and colors throughout the year.
For those who enjoy outdoor activities, Hitachi Seaside Park also has cycling trails and a playground for children. And there are many food stalls and restaurants where you can try local food and snacks.
Kairakuen is one of Japan’s three great gardens located in Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture.
Built in the 19th century, this garden is known for its beautiful plum blossoms in spring.
Kairakuen is beautifully arranged with large ponds, gentle hills, various trees and flowers. You can take a leisurely stroll, take pictures, or have a picnic in the beautiful garden.
Kashima Jingu is a beautiful and historic shrine. With a history of over 1,300 years, it is one of the oldest shrines in Japan.
The main highlight of Kashima Jingu is the soaring wooden torii gate, which is one of the largest in Japan. This torii is the entrance to the precincts, and it is a masterpiece. The shrine is located on a hill surrounded by lush forests, creating a quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
The shrine is popular with athletes and sports fans because it enshrines the god of martial arts and sports. You can buy amulets related to sports and martial arts, and archery classes are held on the grounds.
Another feature of Kashima Jingu is the sacred cow that lives in the precincts. Cows are considered messengers of the gods and are believed to bring good luck and prosperity to visitors. You can also feed the cows and take pictures with them, which will be a fun memory.
Oarai-Isosaki Jinja Shrine
Oarai Isozaki Shrine is located on a rocky stretch that protrudes into the Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by the sea and rock walls, it is enveloped in a quiet atmosphere. This is a spiritual spot known only to those in the know.
Early in the morning, around sunrise, you can enjoy a breathtaking view while strolling along the stunning coastal location.
Fukuroda-no-Taki (Fukuroda Waterfall)
Fukuroda Falls is one of Japan’s most famous waterfalls, known for its overwhelming beauty and scenic surroundings.
Fukuroda Falls can be viewed from several observatories, each offering a unique perspective and angle of viewing the falls. The surrounding natural scenery is also attractive. The waterfall is located in a rich forest, and the autumn leaves are beautiful in autumn. During the winter months, the waterfall freezes to create stunning ice sculptures. During this period, it is lit up at night, creating a magical atmosphere.
The area also has several easy to moderately difficult hiking trails, offering opportunities to explore the region’s natural beauty.
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