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One hour trip from Tokyo! You will surely want to spend your vacation in Ibaraki. A course to see and feel world-class “arts” and “beauty” of Ibaraki.

You can find Japan’s world-class “arts” and “beauty” in a place very close to Japan.
While the course introduces spots as described below, each spot can be reached at for about an hour trip from Tokyo. You may either visit the course recommended by the Ibaraki Prefectural Government spot by spot sequentially, or visit some of the recommended spots as you like in a half day trip. In either way, would you please see and feel Japan’s world-class “arts” and “beauty” in places near to rural scenes?
Ibaraki is surely attractive with its world-class traditional Japanese crafts, beautiful sceneries, historical heritages, food culture and the largest statue of Buddha in the world. Going through the course, you can enjoy all the attractive spots.
Please be noted that shopping facilities such as malls in Ibaraki Prefecture have a large selection of goods comparable to that in Tokyo. Furthermore, 3 shopping facilities of different types are covered in the course, where you can enjoy shopping as you like because they are not as crowded as those in Tokyo.
Ibaraki Prefecture will surely welcome you whatever travel schedule you may choose. If you want to travel and feel Japan comfortably but efficiently, please come and visit Ibaraki.

One hour trip from Tokyo! You will surely want to spend your vacation in Ibaraki. A course to see and feel world-class “arts” and “beauty” of Ibaraki.

Complete Process :Two nights and three days
Tokyo Station
Travel Time:About 49 min

TrainTrain:About 49 min

Yuki Station
Travel Time:About 10 min

WalkWalk:About 10 min

Visiting Misegura Buildingspic
“Tsumugi no Yakata” Museum of Yuki-tsumugi (Silk-fabric)pic
Travel Time:About 10 min

WalkWalk:About 10 min

Yuki Station
Travel Time:About 46 min

TrainTrain:About 46 min

Kasama Station
Travel Time:About 10 min

BicycleBicycle:About 10 min

KASAMA Gallery Roadpic
Travel Time:About 10 min

BicycleBicycle:About 10 min

Kasama Inari-jinja Shrinepic
Travel Time:About 15 min

BicycleBicycle:About 15 min

Shunpuu-banri-sopic
Travel Time:About 10 min

BicycleBicycle:About 10 min

Kasama Station
Travel Time:About 27 min

TrainTrain:About 27 min

Mito Stationpic
inn (日本語) 水戸市内ホテル泊pic
Travel Time:About 8 min

WalkWalk:About 8 min

Kodokanpic
Travel Time:About 18 min

WalkWalk:About 8 min

BusBus:About 10 min

Kairaku-en Gardenpic
Travel Time:About 10 min

BusBus:About 10 min

Mito Keisei Department Storepic
Travel Time:About 45 min

TrainTrain:About 5 min

BusBus:About 40 min

Hitachi Seaside Parkpic
Travel Time:About 74 min

BusBus:About 40 min

TrainTrain:About 24 min

BusBus:About 10 min

inn Oarai Hotelpic
Travel Time:About 120 min

BusBus

TrainTrain

BusBus

Tsukuba Station
Travel Time:About 41 min

BusBus:About 41 min

Mt. Tsukuba (aerial tramway)pic
Travel Time:About 41 min

BusBus:About 41 min

Tsukuba Creo Squarepic
Travel Time:About 40 min

BusBus

TrainTrain

CarCar

Ushiku Daibutsupic
Travel Time:About 5 min

BusBus:About 5 min

Ami Premium Outletspic
Travel Time:About 30 min

BusBus:About 30 min

Arakawa-oki Station
Travel Time:About 60 min

TrainTrain:About 60 min

Tokyo Station

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Introduction to Spots
Visiting Misegura Buildings
Misegura buildings are representative of Yuki, and are wooden and fireproof buildings whose outer walls are mud-plaster finish and thickly painted several times with plaster. Such buildings in Yuki were built from the early Meiji period to the Taisho period, they still very much look like as they did in those periods.
・Holidays: none
・Operating Times: The hours depend on respective buildings.
・Location: Oaza Yuki, Yuki City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
・Entrance Fee: Free
・Website URL: http://www.city.yuki.lg.jp/page/page000209.html
“Tsumugi no Yakata” Museum of Yuki-tsumugi (Silk-fabric)
Yuki-tsumugi is the highest quality silk fabric produced in Yuki, and registered as one of Japan’s intangible cultural heritages by UNESCO in 2010. Visitors can watch Yuki-tsumugi exhibits as well as visit and enter into traditional Japanese houses and kura storehouses. Visitors can also experience how to dye and fabric Yuki-tsumugi.
・Holidays: Every Tuesday
・Opening Times: 9:30 a.m. to 17:00 p.m.
・Location: 12-2 Oaza Yuki, Yuki City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
・Entrance Fee: Free (except for charged classes to experience how to dye and fabric Yuki-tsumugi).
・Website URL: http://www.yukitumugi.co.jp/
(English Introductory Site: http://database.ibarakiguide.jp/db_kanko/?type=en&detail&id=0800000001359)
KASAMA Gallery Road
Kasama is famous for its Kasama-yaki ceramics which are one of Japan’s traditional craft products that are recognized by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. Would you ride on a rented bicycle to stroll along the KASAMA Gallery Road, where galleries displaying Kasama-yaki ceramics and glass arts, cafes and restaurants serving delicious lunches, Japanese buckwheat noodle restaurants, and other shops gather in Kasama, which is a ceramic industry city with about 300 ceramic artists and pottery producers? You can enjoy various events, shopping and dishes in views changing from season to season. For example, you can experience how to create a Kasama-yaki ceramics craft in Kasama’s natural environment with lush greenery, visit attractive shops, and enjoy teatime during your stroll and relaxing lunchtime.
・Holiday: It depends on a respective shop.
・Opening Times: It depends on a respective shop.
・Location: Kasama, Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
・Entrance Fee: Free.
・Website URL: http://www.galleryroad.jp/
Kasama Inari-jinja Shrine
The Kasama Inari-jinja shrine enshrines a Japanese deity called Ukanomitama-no-Kami. The deity is considered as one which presides over the root of “life” to protect and flourish agriculture, industry, commerce, fishery and other new industry in any area, and to give its great and boundless virtue to all aspects of people’s life. It is one of the three greatest Inari Okami shrines in Japan. Flowers of a 400 year old wisteria tree, which forms an arbor, fully blossom in May, and a Chrysanthemum festival (kiku-matsuri in Japanese), which is one of the oldest in Japan, is held from late October to early November with chrysanthemum flowers and figures exhibited in the shrine. In a shopping street in front of the shrine called Monzen-dori-shoten-gai, there are many souvenir shops which sell local specialties such as Kasama inari-zushi (sushi rice ball wrapped in fried tofu) and sake Japanese wine.
・Holiday: None.
・Opening Times: - 18:00
・Location: 1 Kasama, Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
・Entrance Fee: Free
・Website URL: http://www.kasama.or.jp/index.html
(English Site: http://database.ibarakiguide.jp/db_kanko/?type=en&detail&id=0800000000066)
Shunpuu-banri-so
Shunpuu-banri-so is a private house with a thatched roof where KI TAOJI, Rosanjin, a famous Japanese artist lived when it was in northern Kamakura, and which was relocated and rebuilt in Kasama City for exhibition. Its garden is thickly covered with a variety of trees and glasses such as cherries, Japanese apricots (ume in Japanese), azaleas, Japanese maples and Japanese irises, various flowers are in full blossom all year round, and they make visitors feel relaxed. Recommended is a cup of powdered green tea called matcha, which is served to a visitor on a verandah facing a rock garden. This will surely be an opportunity for visitors to touch and feel the heart of Japan.
・Holidays: Every Monday
・Opening Times: 9:30 a.m. to 17:00 p.m.
・Location: Geijutu-no-mura, Shimoichige, Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
・Entrance Fee: 600 yen
・Website URL: http://www.nichido-museum.or.jp/shunpu/index.html
Mito Station
・Komon Recipes
Lord TOKUGAWA, Mitsukuni is the second domain lord of the Mito branch of the Tokugawa family (1628 to 1700), and is well known in Japan because of a historic play called “Mito Komon.” He was interested in foods very much, and is also known to be the first one in Japan who ate ramen noodles. It is said that he focused on maintaining his health through diet based on a concept called “ishokudogenn” which proposes that a balanced diet leads to a healthy body and that healthy food both prevents and cures sickness. Indeed, he did die at the age of 73, living much longer than ordinary people at that time when the average life of Japanese people was 50 years old. Based on documents which are said to record what Lord Mitsukuni ate, Komon recipes were restored and were adjusted so that they would suit to modern people’s taste. Please take foods cooked based on the Komon recipes, and live longer.
・Holidays: It depends on a respective shop.
・Opening Times: It depends on a respective shop.
・Location: Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
・Price: 3,150 yen or higher. (reservation required)
・Website URL of Mito Chamber of Commerce and Industry: http://mito.inetcci.or.jp/koumon_ryouri/
(日本語) 水戸市内ホテル泊
There are a lot of Izakaya restaurants (Japanese-style pub) in the area around Mito Station. They serve various types of cuisines such as Japanese, Western and Chinese food, local dishes peculiar to Ibaraki, etc. Please walk into Izakaya restaurants. (The photos show "Mito Bar Bar Bar", a bar hopping event, held twice a year in. This event boasts the Japan's highest number of participating pubs.)
Kodokan
Kodokan was designated as part of a Japan heritage in 2015 because it was a center of the domain-supported school educational system of an educational heritage from early-modern Japan. It was established by Lord TOKUGAWA Nariaki who was the ninth domain lord of the Mito branch of the Tokugawa family, and was one of the largest domain-supported schools in Japan at that time. Inside Kodokan, there still remain many old facilities and equipment which were used at that time, and visitors may feel as if they time slipped to the Edo era once they enter into Kodokan.
・Holidays: December 29 to 31
・Opening Times: 9:30 to 17:00 from February 20 to September 30, and 9:00 to 16:30 from October 1 to February 19)
・Location: 1-6-29 Sanno-maru, Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
・Entrance Fee: 200 yen
・Website URL: http://www.koen.pref.ibaraki.jp/park/kodokan01.html
(English Site: http://www.koen.pref.ibaraki.jp/foreign_language/en/index.html)
Kairaku-en Garden
Along with the Kenroku-en and Koraku-en gardens, the Kairaku-en garden is one of the 3 outstanding gardens in Japan. There are implanted about 3000 Japanese apricots (ume in Japanese) of about 100 varieties in the 13 ha garden, and it is crowded with visitors during the Mito Ume (Japanese Apricot) Festival held from February 20 to March 31. In addition, there visitors can enjoy many attractive sceneries which change from season to season, Visitors can watch cherries in spring, Kirishima azaleas of deep red in early summer, vividly green moso bamboos and Japanese cedars in midsummer, pretty little hagi (Japanese bush cover) flowers and Japanese maples in autumn. The Kairaku-en garden was Opening Timesed in 1842 by Lord TOKUGAWA Nariaki who was the ninth domain lord of the Mito branch of the Tokugawa family and Opening Timesed the Kodokan domain-supported school. The meaning of “Kairaku” is derived from a Chinese concept of “enjoy (raku) with people of the domain (kai),” and, in accordance with its old meaning, the Kairaku-en garden is the only one of the three outstanding gardens in Japan which does not require any entrance fees (excluding some facilities requiring fees).
・Holidays: December 29 to 31
・Opening Times: 6:00 to 19:00 from February 20 to September 30, and 7:00 to 18:00 from October 1 to February 19)
・Location: 1-1251 Migawa, Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
・Entrance Fee: Free
・Website URL: http://www.koen.pref.ibaraki.jp/park/kairakuen01.html
English Site: http://www.koen.pref.ibaraki.jp/foreign_language/en/index.html
Mito Keisei Department Store
This is a department store in Mito which has a wide variety of souvenirs of Ibaraki Prefecture. It was Opening Timesed in 1908, and has been providing high quality goods and services for more than 100 years since then. Therefore, the department is highly trusted by people in the Mito region. In the department, there are many stores selling high quality overseas brands famous in the world as well as duty free shops.
・Holidays: None.
・Opening Times: 10:00 to 19:30 or 10:00 to 21:00 for specialty stores, and 10:30 to 23:00 for restaurants
・Location: 1-6-1 Izumi-cho, Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
・Website URL: http://www.mitokeisei.co.jp/
English Site: http://www.mitokeisei.co.jp/foreign/english.html
Hitachi Seaside Park
The park is 200 ha wide, and there are many flower gardens in the park. Visitors can watch and enjoy various flowers changing from season to season: daffodils, tulips and nemophilas in spring, roses and sunflowers in summer, and kokias and cosmoses in autumn.
Most impressive among those flowers are nemophilas in spring and kokias (or Bassia scoparia) in autumn. All over the vast “Miharasi-no-oka” area which is about 3.5 ha wide, 4.5 million blue nemophilas are spreading, and give a fantastic view to visitors. This is selected as one of the most beautiful sceneries in the world which must be seen before one dies. In autumn, fluffy kokias become red, and the ground there becomes full of red.
・Holidays: Every Monday.
・Opening Times: 9:30 to 17:00 (may change seasonally)
・Location: 605-4 Onuma-aza, Mawatari, Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
・Entrance Fee: 410 yen
・Website URL: http://hitachikaihin.jp/
(English Site: http://en.hitachikaihin.jp/)
Oarai Hotel
This is an attractive hotel because it serves meals using plenty of seasonal foods and local specialties, and offers a scenery of the grandiose Pacific Ocean. Visitors can taste and enjoy the hotel’s original dishes such as “Ankou-no-dobujiru” (meaning a hot pot with boiled sea toad and various vegetables in Japanese) which is a winter local specialty.
・Holidays: None.
・Location: 6881 Isohama-cho, Oarai-machi, Higashiibaraki-gun, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
・Website URL: http://www.oarai-hotel.co.jp/
(English Site: http://www.oarai-hotel.co.jp/en/)
Mt. Tsukuba (aerial tramway)
As an old common saying says “Fuji in the west, Tsukuba in the east,” Mt. Tsukuba has also been nicknamed as “Shiho” (meaning a purple mountain in Japanese) because the color of its surfaces changes in the mornings and the nights. This is one of the most famous sacred locations where mystical energy is thought to be flowing (which are commonly called “power spots” in Japan) and is also famous as a place where people can enjoy hiking there because it is the highest mountain in the Kanto Plain. One of the attractive points of Mt. Tsukuba is an overall view of the Kanto Plain seen from a gondola of the Mt. Tsukuba aerial tramway. The Mt. Tsukuba aerial tramway operates in the night from September to February every year to conduct an event called stardust cursing.
・Holidays: None.
・Opening Times: 9:00 to 18:00 (It may change depending on a season)
・Location: 1 Tsukuba, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
・Fee: 620 yen for a one way trip, and 1,100 yen for a round trip
・Website URL: http://www.mt-tsukuba.com/
(English Site:
http://database.ibarakiguide.jp/db_kanko/?type=en&detail&id=0800000000010)
Tsukuba Creo Square
This is a shopping complex with a Seibu department store and other shops located. The complex is mainly composed of 3 areas: Q't which proposes a lifestyle to enjoy every day joyfully, richly and beautifully, CREO which proposes higher quality and more sophisticated lifestyle, and MOG which provides delicious taste together with beauty. The square sells “Tsukuba collection” products which is recognized as excellent by the Tsukuba City, and there are also many tax free shops.
・Opening Times: 10:00 to 20:00 for shops, and 11:00 to 22:00 for restaurants
・Location: 1-6-1 Azuma, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
・Website URL: http://www.creo-sq.com/index.html
Ushiku Daibutsu
Ushiku City is home to the Ushiku Daibutsu statute, recognised in the Guiness Book of Records as the world's largest standing statue of Buddha. Its awesome height is 120 m and a statute called "Nara no Daibutsu" (meaning “Great Buddha in Nara” in Japanese) could sit on its palm. Visitors can enter into the inside of the statue, and they can view the Tokyo Sky Tree broadcasting tower located in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, Japan in a fine day on the 5th floor of the statute’s inside structure which is 85 meters high. In recent day, there are many foreign visitors visiting the statute, and those from Asian Buddhism countries worship the statue devoutly. In addition it is said that visitors from Europe and the U.S.A. feel the mystery of the Orient when the actually look at the statute in front of them.
・Opening Times: 9:30 to 17:00 from March to September, and 9:30 to 16:30 from October to February
・Location: 2083 Kuno-cho, Ushiku City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
・Entrance Fee: 800 yen (700 yen from December to March)
・Access: About 20 minutes from the Ushiku Station by bus
・Website URL: http://daibutu.net/index.html
(English Site: http://database.ibarakiguide.jp/db_kanko/?type=en&detail&id=0800000000062)
Ami Premium Outlets
In a building like one in the west coast of the U.S.A., there are about 150 shops which sell famous brands from Japan and abroad.
You can enjoy shopping goods at reasonable prices the outlet mall can offer. There are also many tax free shops there. Many visitors enjoy eating foods and drinking at its drinking and eating section. Furthermore, visitors can find and enjoy a shop which is Opening Times first in the Kanto area or a only one in Japan, and local sushi restaurants.
・Holidays: Third Thursday in February
・Opening Times: 10:00 to 20:00
・Location: 4-1-1 Yoshiwara, Inashiki-gun Amimachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
・Website URL: http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/ami/
(English Site: http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/en/)