Do Go Chasing Waterfalls in this Pacific Haven Just North of Tokyo
A marvelous melange of museums, gardens and cascading waterfalls, set against an expansive Pacific coastline and enveloped my magnificent mountains. Ibaraki’s old and new will suit one and all.
The town of Daigo, with its doddery old stores, suddenly gives way to the roaring cascades of Fukuroda Falls, looming at 120 meters the falls offer a different background pallet with each season. Nature chasers will also marvel at the radiant strolling gardens of Kairaku-en, one of Japan's top three or why not switch from a stroll to a hike up the 877 meter-Mount Tsukuba and find out why its called the “purple mountain.” Get schooled like a feudal warrior at the impressive Kodokan, or for all things experiential there's Tsukuba EXPO Center. And for salt-lovers, don’t miss the Yamasa soy sauce tour, where you can, well…, taste a load of soy sauce — Yum. Yum. Sodium.
Places to visit in Ibaraki
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Kashima Shrine, also known as Kashima Jingu, is the oldest and largest shrine in the Kanto region. The shrine is dedicated to the shinto god of martial arts.
Hitachi Seaside Park
Hitachi Seaside Park is a large public park in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, especially famous for its seasonal flower gardens.
Mt. Tsukuba is 877 meters high and can be climbed using a cable car rope-way. The mountain is rich in vegetation and contains over 1000 types of plants.
Tsukuba Expo Center
The Tsukuba Expo Center is a science museum/planetarium located in Tsukuba City.
Kasama Kougei-no-Oka is an pottery and crafts facility located within the Geijutsu no Mori Park. The facility contains craft shops, galleries, stores and an experience-it-yourself area.
The Kodokan was the largest clan school in the Edo period and was something similar to today's universities. Three of the buildings are important cultural properties and the school itself is a special historic site.
Chisun Inn Hitachinaka
Offering affordable, comfortable rooms with a king-size bed, the Chisun Inn Hitachinaka is a less than 10-minute drive from JR Katsuta Station. It provides laundry services and free Wi-Fi is at the entire property.
Hotel Mark-1 Tsukuba
Located within a 1-minute walk from Kenkyugakuen Train Station on the Tsukuba Express Line, Hotel Mark-1 Tsukuba offers a public bath and free Wi-Fi at public areas.
Hotel The West Hills Mito
Hotel The West Hills Mito offers comfortable rooms, free Wi-Fi and a restaurant, a 10-minute drive from Mito Station. It has a 24-hour front desk and drinks vending machines, while a convenience shop is located next door. Massages
Hotel Route-Inn Mitsukaido Ekimae
Only a 1-minute walk from JR Mitsukaido Train Station, Hotel Route-Inn Mitsukaido Ekimae provides relaxation in a hot public bath, massage chairs and comfortable rooms with free wired internet.
Toyoko Inn Tsuchiura-eki Higashi-guchi
Right across the street from JR Tsuchiura Train Station, Toyoko Inn Tsuchiura-eki offers simply furnished rooms with a bathtub and free Wi-Fi. Massages are available at an additional charge.
Hotel Tsukuba Hills Umezono
Hotel Tsukuba Hills Umezono is set in Tsukuba, 50 km from Chiba. Every room comes with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Rooms have a private bathroom. Extras include slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer.
Tsukuba Daily Inn
Offering free in-room wired internet and free Wi-Fi at the lobby, Tsukuba Daily Inn serves set-menu Japanese breakfasts. A 7-minute drive from Tsukuba Train Station, it provides free parking.