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.
45 mins from Tokyo
Best season : Spring
Population of 3m
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.
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.
Hitachi Seaside Park
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Tsukuba Expo Center
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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.
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