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If you're a nature person, you’ll fall in love with Ibaraki, a scenic coastal prefecture northeast of Tokyo. With up to 15% of its land area dedicated to natural parks spread out across its plains, there's plenty to see and explore.

One of the highlights is Fukuroda Falls, considered one of the best waterfalls in Japan. Standing at over 120 meters tall, the view here is spectacular no matter the season, but in winter, the falls' frozen waters are an especially amazing sight to behold.

Also not to miss is the Kairakuen Garden in Ibaraki’s capital city Mito and its famous ume (plum) flower blooms in spring, the Hitachi Seaside Park and its stunning sea of seasonal flowers, and Mt. Tsukuba, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the neighboring Kanto region and Mt. Fuji.

Fancy finding enlightenment (or at least a great view) 120 meters above the ground? At the Ushiku Daibutsu (statue of Buddha), you’ll be able to take a walk inside the world's tallest bronze statue.

Tech enthusiasts will find something to love too at Tsukuba city, a leading technology and robotics hub. It was here that local company Cyberdyne created HAL, the world’s first robot exoskeleton. Visitors can book a group guided tour of the head office and check out the latest tech.

When all that activity starts to whip up an appetite, try some of the local specialties, including the melt-in-your-mouth Hitachi wagyu beef, Hitachi-aki-soba (buckwheat noodle), Anglerfish dishes, juicy melons, and if you’re feeling adventurous, natto.

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Ibaraki Access Guide

Photo Cred: Flickr user 雷太Because of its relative closeness to Tokyo and the surrounding metropolitan area, Ibaraki prefecture is very easy to get...Read more

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Ibaraki Food Guide

Hitachi BeefIbaraki is known for its delicious beef, including Hitachi Beef, a brand of high-quality meat that is considered to be one of Japan’s b...Read more

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Kashima Shrine

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 mar...Read more

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    Mt. Tsukuba

    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 pl...Read more

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    Hitachi Seaside Park

    Hitachi Seaside Park is a large public park in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, especially famous for its seasonal flower gardens.Read more

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    Kairaku-en Park

    Located in Ibaraki Prefecture, this Japanese garden has over 3,000 plum trees making it a popular spot during plum blossom season, which usually ta...Read more

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    Fukuroda Falls

    Fukuroda falls flows over four levels of a large rock cliff and is recognised as one of Japan's three most famous waterfalls. It has a height of 12...Read more

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    Oarai Sun Beach

    Oarai Sun Beach is a swimming beach in Oarai-machi.Read more

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    Tsukuba Expo Center

    The Tsukuba Expo Center is a science museum/planetarium located in Tsukuba City.Read more

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    Ushiku Daibutsu

    Ushiku Daibutsu is 120 meters high and is one of the tallest Buddha statues in the world. There are five stories inside the statue and an elevator ...Read more

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