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
Hitachi Seaside Park is a large public park in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, especially famous for its seasonal flower gardens.
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.
Located in Ibaraki Prefecture, this Japanese garden has over 3,000 plum trees making it a popular spot during plum blossom season, which usually takes place in late February and March. The park was built in 1841 by the local lord Tokugawa Nariaki. Kairaku-en r
New Central Hotel Katsuta
Situated 6 km from Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, New Central Hotel Katsuta features free WiFi access and free private parking. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. You will find a
Hotel Terrace the Garden Mito
Directly connected to JR Mito Train Station, Hotel Terrace offers an Italian restaurant, a public bath and a sauna. The modern rooms come with an LCD TV and free WiFi access.
President Hotel Mito
A 5-minute walk from JR Mito Station’s south exit, President Hotel Mito offers bright accommodations, free WiFi and a restaurant.
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Mito
Only a 2-minute walk and offering direct access to JR Mito Train Station, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Mito features accommodations with free Wi-Fi/wired internet access.
APA Hotel Mito-Ekimae
APA Hotel Mito-Ekimae is conveniently located a 1-minute walk from JR Mito Station. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is available.
Okura Frontier Hotel Tsukuba
A 3-minute walk from Tsukuba Train Station, Okura Frontier Tsukuba offers modern air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen cable TVs and free wired internet. It boasts a large indoor pool and 4 dining options.
Court Hotel Mito
A 6-minute walk from JR Mito Train Station, Court Hotel offers massages and has a 24-hour Denny’s restaurant on site. The air-conditioned rooms include free wired internet, a satellite TV and Yukata robes.