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Surrounding guide

See about areas around Ibaraki Prefecture and the surrounding area

Aqua World
Ibaraki Oarai Aquarium

Boasting the number one shark breeding in Japan, this aquarium is where you can see 68,000 points of sea creatures in the world, including 580 species such as sunfish and sea otters. The popular "dolphin sea lion ocean live" is held four times a day. The humorous sea lion and dynamic dolphin performances are held in the hall with a view of the sea of Oarai in the back.


A freshwater lake that boasts the second largest lake area in Japan. Processed products of river fish, including boiled smelt Tsukuda, are known as specialty products. Every year and tourism sail tugboat has been operating in the summer, wearing a large white sails across the lake has become a tradition of Kasumigaura.

Tsukuba Expo Center

A facility that exhibits science and technology such as space, oceans and nuclear power, disseminates knowledge about constellations and astronomy through the operation of a large planetarium, and introduces the latest astronomical objects and the status of space development. The model is a full-scale rocket.

Tsukuba Space Center(Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency:JAXA)

Research and development and development tests of spacecraft such as artificial satellites and rockets, tracking and control of launched satellites, operation and control of the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" at the International Space Station, training of astronauts, etc. In addition, there is also a "facility tour" where you can tour part of the facility with a guide. )

Hitachi Seaside Park

There are large flower fields in various places in the park, which has an opening area of about 190 ha, and the flowers of the four seasons entertain the eyes of visitors. There is also a cycling course and an amusement park "Pleasure Garden", a BMX course, a forest athletics plaza and a barbecue plaza. Kokia(summer cypress) ㊞May, is especially famous.

Kasama Inari Shrine

Kasama Inari Shrine is one of the three largest inari in Japan. The deity god is the "Ukano soul god", and it is also the guardian deity of all breeding and production industries and also the god of fire protection. Founded in 651, it boasts a history of over 1350 years. The annual number of worshipers is 3.5 million.

Kashima Shrine

Kashima Jingu is transmitted to the foundation of 660 BC, it has been counted as one of three shrines within eastern area in Japan. Your deity is a God of war(Takemikazuchi-no-kami), received the adoration of the Imperial Court and Fujiwara family as a God of war from long ago, since the Kamakura period got a thick faith from Samurai regime. The Saito-sai Festival is in the event, the Shinkou-sai Festival in every year, Mifune Festival is the most famous, which is performed once every 12 years.

Mount Tsukuba

Mount Tsukuba is one of the leading tourist attractions in Ibaraki prefecture. Located in the area of Suigo-Tsukuba Seminational Park, it is one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan. From the summit, you can see Kasumigaura and the Kanto Plain, and you can see Mt. Fuji in the distance. There are also natural hot springs that are highly alkaline and have a beautiful skin-effect.

Nakaminato Fish Market

Nakaminato Fish Market is a popular market where you can get fresh fish at an amazing price. In addition to shopping, there are also conveyor belt sushi restaurants and restaurants, so you can fully enjoy just eating.

Fukuroda Falls / Fukuroda hot-spring resort

Fukuroda Falls is one of the three famous waterfalls in Japan and boasts a height of 120 m and a width of 73 m. From flowing through the boulders wall to a four-stage, also referred to as alias "four degrees of waterfall", or the old days, even from the fact that Saigyo monk was acclaimed as "I do not know the true good if I come once every four seasons." saying. In addition, Fukuroda hot spring has spread on the banks of the nearby Kuji of the tributaries of the waterfall.


Kairaku-en is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan,together with Kenroku-en in Kanazawa city and Koraku-en in Okayama city. It was opened in 1842 by Nariaki Tokugawa, the ninth lord of the Mito Domain, as a place for the rest of the territory. In Kairaku-en, 3,000 plum trees of 100 species are planted. Starting with the "Plum Festival" from late February to late March, the four seasons are colored with cherry blossoms and azaleas,the Japanese bush clovers in autumn, and two season cherry blossoms in early winter.

Ryujin-kyo/Ryujin Oh-hashi

Ryujin-kyo is a beautiful valley located in Okukuji Prefectural Natural Park, and Ryujin Oh-hashi is hung on the Ryujin Dam that dammed the Ryujin River flowing through the valley. The bridge is 375 meters long and is the longest in the main island of Japan, named Honshu for pedestrians only. The height of the bridge is 100 meters above the surface of the dam and the panorama of the four seasons spreads over the bridge.

Tsukuba Peony Garden

Tsukuba Peony Garden boasts a large flower of peony on a site of 60,000 square meters. From April to July, you can enjoy 530 kinds of 9,000 peony trees, 215 kinds of 5,000 peony grass, and 50 roses of 350 in the park.You can enjoy seasonal flowers and greenery such as old western rhododendron trees, azaleas, satsuki, hydrangea, and kalmia.