Ibaraki-ken Things to Do

  • Kodokan Hall
    Kodokan Hall
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  • Plum Blossoms at the Kodokan
    Plum Blossoms at the Kodokan
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  • Kairakuen from Kobuntei
    Kairakuen from Kobuntei
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Ibaraki-ken Things to Do

  • Go to Oarai

    Visit Oarai. This is a city close to the ocean where there's a lot of people surfing during the summer time. They have the Aquaworld, one of the biggest aquarium in Japan. In the aquarium, you will be entertained by a lot of dolphin and sea lion tricks. These are trained to do some jumping on hoops and some swimming techniques.You will also see the...

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  • Mito - Kodokan

    Kodokan was a famous school for Samurai in Edo era. The last Shogun Yoshinobu Tokugawa was once a student of this school. The school is well preserved and one of Mito's best sites. 200 yen. Expect to spend around an hour walking around here and look at their many artifacts.Staff is very pleasant and speaks fairly good English. English information...

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  • Dont miss the great fall!!!

    One of the greatest falls in Japan is in Fukuroda.It takes 1.5-hour to get there from Mito, but its worth visiting.Its said that you must visit there every season, spring, summer, autumn and winter because it shows different sceneries on each seasons.Its so powerful and beautiful fall, I had never seen any falls like that.

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  • Watch out for the giant Chrysanthemums!

    Yes, there are giant Chrysanthemums here! In fact, the flowers are so huge they propped them with bamboo sticks! There are many different colors and shapes of the chrysanthemums that I haven't seen before. These are in white, pink. [purple and yellow. There are flowers that are clustered that look like stars and there are flowers that look like...

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  • Go to Shimutsoma Park

    I heard about this park that it is so beautiful during the spring time because there are so many cherry blossoms blooming. The park has a canopy of fuschia-colored Cherry blossoms. The residents come here to have a picnic. On the weekends, the local residents hold their barbecue in this park.However, when I went to visit Ibaraki, Japan, it was Fall...

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  • Go to the library

    Since I don't have a laptop, I went to the library in Ibaraki to use their computers. I also went there to borrow some maps and travel guides to go to Kyoto.The library is totally different in Ibaraki. They have a place where you can actually squat or sit on the floor. The tables are 12 inches in height. The floors where these are located are...

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  • Go hike at Tsukubayama

    There are many things to do in Ibaraki and one would be to go hiking. The hiking there is very exhilirating because once you are on top of the mountain, you see the whole perspective of the city below.I went to Tsukubayama and hiked towards the temple perched on top of the mountain. Of course, I have to go there in a car first for about 45 minutes,...

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  • Tsukuba - Mt. Tsukuba

    The twin peeks of Japan, Tsukuba-san... you take a lift to the top for 500 yen, but the hike is easy and pleasant. It should only take you between 1-2 hours to get to the top, which is nothing. You can then walk down from one peek and back up to the other in about a half hour and hike down the other side of the mountain, thus seeing everything....

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  • Ushiku - Giant Buddha

    The Giant Buddha statue in Ushiku (next to Tsukuba) is not something to be missed. It is actually the tallest Buddha statue in the world.Basic admission is 500 yen, but this won't get you into the Buddha. If you want to enter the Buddha, its 800yen. Personally, I don't think the views are that great.The admission also gets get you into a rabbit...

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  • Mito - Kairaku-en

    The A-1 thing to do in Ibaraki-ken is visit Kairaku-en. It is considered one of the top 3 gardens in Japan. It is certainly sprawling, with many trees, especially plumb trees. If you can swing it, try visiting in early March, when the plumb trees bloom. Its the peek time to visit, and the train will actually stop in the garden to let you off.Its...

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  • Watch out for the mini-Chrysanthemums!

    If there are giant Chrysathemums in Ibaraki, Japan, there are also tiny Chrysathemums.These beautiful flowers are usually growing on the sides of the roads or they are in flower pots. The plant has little tiny branches filled with flowers and they are coiled in wires in a form of a bee, butterfly, hats, etc. The flowers are very colorful: in...

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  • Kairaku-en, one of the big three garden

    Kairaku-en is a Japanese garden located in Mito, Ibaraki-ken.Along with Kenroku-en and Koraku-en, it is considered one of the big three garden of Japan.The garden was built by Mito Syogun Tokugawa in 1842.About 100 kinds and 3000 plums are planted in the garden, and it is crowded with an plum-blossom-viewing visitors in early spring.

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  • Kashima-jingu

    Kashima-jingu is a shrine dedicated to the Shinto kami Takemikazuchi-no-mikoto, one of the patron deity of martial arts. The shrine is located in Kashima-city, Inaraki-ken.

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  • Blooming flowers and plants

    If you visit Ibaraki during summer like I did, you will be able to see flowers blooming in the countryside, as well as those which are grown by the locals like the ones in this photograph. Summer is usually hot, rather wet and humid at Ibaraki and surrounding areas

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  • Chinese restaurant at Ibaraki

    I'm surprised to find a Chinese restaurant at Ibaraki, since this is a rather "off the beaten path" area and most of the foreign food would be expected in cities such as Tokyo. However, I did not go and eat here as I am hurrying to go back to Tokyo and had my lunch anyway. Perhaps one of you may have a chance to try the Chinese food at this...

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  • Journey from Tokyo to Ibaraki

    Thanks to the efficient expressways and road system, the journey from Tokyo to Ibaraki is about 2-3 hours and pass by mostly flat farmlands and rivers. More photographs of the journey are at the travelogue section of this VT page.

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  • Giant Buddha Statue

    There is a giant Buddha statue located at Ibaraki, somewhere near to the herbal medicines factory which I visited. Unfortunately, we did not visit this statue nor know what is its name. Perhaps someone in VT might know and be able to identify it?

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  • Colourful houses

    Sometimes you will see houses which are painted in various colours along the road, like the ones shown in the photograph. This will certainly add more highlight to the dull countryside :)

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  • Traditional Japanese Houses

    If you drive around the towns and farmland of Ibaraki Prefecture, you will have a chance to witness many traditional Japanese houses like the one in this photograph. The architecture of these houses are very beautiful.

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  • Farmland (Part 2)

    In fact, some of the towns in Ibaraki Prefecture have farms within the town, which is something rather interesting as shown in this photograph.

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  • Landscape of Ibaraki Prefecture

    Ibaraki Prefecture is located north-east of Tokyo near to the Narita International Airport. The land is mostly flat and consists mainly farmland as shown in this photograph. Unlike other more touristy destinations, Ibaraki is relatively "off the beaten path" and is a good experience of the life in rural Japan.

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  • Shades

    The cloudy day made the perfect occation to take photographies of the sun-set in middle of the rice paddles. But did you et aware that electricla lines in Japan are still up there runnig in between poles. I was told this is avery shocking view for europeans. In their cities the landscape is not spoiled by the cables... The fun is spoiled by the...

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  • Ibaraki's and the Boshin War

    In middle XIX century the Tokugawa's Shogunate became week. The power was restored to the Emperor: Meiji Restoration. There was a war (Boshin war) and what is today Ibaraki-ken aligned with the loosers.

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  • Ibaraki's Landscape

    Ibaraki does not produce a good rice. The quality of the land, the water is much better in places like Niigata. Still there, the heavily subsidized production allows us to seea show like this once a year.

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  • Along Route 408

    Coming from Narita to Tsukuba is straight forward. Route 409 will bring you to the center of the city (whic still has not center, beside the geometric one). You will know you are in Ibaraki when yo see rice paddles all over the place. End of April begining of May the paddles become mirrors.

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  • Along Route 408

    Narita is the International Airport serving Tokyo. Narita is situated in Chiba Prefecture. Chiba is richer than Ibaraki.You can feel it in the conditions of the road...It will be bumpy when go enter Ibaraki.

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  • stop, stop, STOP

    I am sorry i have to stop here.The red stop lights of the car; the red light of the traffic light and the red sun obly me to stop. But I still have lot of thing to say about the "serious" travellers...Stay tunned.

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  • Energies

    i)Electric power lines the road of electrons to Tokyo.ii)Rice: source of calories in a near future.iii)Sun: The powerful deidity of many cultures.

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  • Electrical Energy

    The huge electrical tower contrasts with the tiny spot in the sky that is source of life. The difference is evident but...it can be understood for everyone? i have my doubts...too many blind guys aorund...Too many!!!

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  • Why so expensive?

    The Japanese rice is expensive. The expensivest in the whole world but it is funnny that the Japanse population can eat it, can afford it. How many societies can say the same about their population....?

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  • The rice paddle

    TheIbaraki's rice cannot really compite with the high quality of the Niigata's Koshihikari or the Akita's Komachi, but there is lot of love and effort rising that rice in this land.I try to be fair and enjoy both. None of the Japanese grains can compete in rice with the Californian prices. why they can produce that cheap?

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  • How to choose?

    It is not simple to decide which picture is best. All of them have an appeal. All of them give you a reflection...but you are too busy finding tip of "must see" when just going out there is more than enough. You must see this. You should leave your computer and enjoy it.

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  • Annapet's technique: DBS

    This kind of sunsets are not difficult to catch. I guess thatit is important to be impressed by then. Being busy of spirit trying to excel in things were you are not more than a power point (poor point, I mean) can be so sad... Just relax and enjoy nature..Good pictures will come along and the inspiration they gave us, more rewarding than rephasing...

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  • Getting closer

    Tsukuba is closer. The traffic get slower. In weekdays, the traffic in the 409 is heavy enough to make you cry. Several "bed-towns" have developed in the area during the years. The sun still gives us an exquisite view.

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  • Ibaraki and the Boshi War

    Mito, capital of the Prefecture was a stronghold of the Shogun. That's why I call this prefecure a Cinderella. For decades I baraki was paying hard for not making the right decision os many years ago.

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  • Welcomed by the Sun

    In my way back home along the route 408 and after 2 weeks of absence the Sun of Japan shined for me.

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