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Ibaraki

Natural beauty from Tsukuba Geopark to Mito's Kairaku-en

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Menya Aoi in Tsukuba

Menya Aoi in Tsukuba

Ibaraki's Tsukuba area is known as a heavily contested ramen battleground of sorts, with most of the prefecture's top ranked shops located here. Aoi (麺や蒼) ramen is one of them and passing through Tsukuba recently gave me the chance to drop by..

Mendou Inaba

Mendou Inaba

To the south of Koga station in central Ibaraki lies Mendou Inaba (麺堂稲葉), a ramen shop popular with the local crowd specialising in Toripaitan – a rich chicken broth-style ramen. Opening in 2007, Inaba is allegedly named after the eponymous fr..

Dragon Noodles

Dragon Noodles

Dragon Noodles' goal is to create a welcoming, calm atmosphere for all guests, no matter where they are from, near or far – with that in mind I had to drop by to experience Dragon for myself. Located a stone's throw from Aeon Shimotsuma..

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Studio Nada, Kashima, Ibaraki

Studio Nada, Kashima, Ibaraki

The sound of ocean waves intermingles with the Cuban music coming from the CD player just inside the open door, where a colorful cotton curtain is fluttering in the breeze. As I relax on a private balcony in the sunshine, drinking tea and eating my f..

Chisun Inn Tsuchiura Ami

Chisun Inn Tsuchiura Ami

Chisun Inns are a nationwide chain of budget hotels, designed to provide reasonable comfort at good value. They're generally aimed at business travelers or people driving across country, but can also often be found in cities or near interesting o..

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Tsuchiura Fireworks Competition

Tsuchiura Fireworks Competition

If you think you’ve seen it all when it comes to fireworks, then I implore you to attend the Tsuchiura Japan Fireworks Competition. It is where the newest technology and designs meet to create the freshest, most stunning displays you will see. ..

Field Of Millions Of Flowers

Field Of Millions Of Flowers

Before I moved to Japan, there was one thing on my list: Hitachi Seaside Park. OK, it was actually just “that park with millions of gorgeous blue flowers!!” — but eventually I looked up the name. If you’re like me, after look..

Robotics at Cyberdyne Studio

Robotics at Cyberdyne Studio

Robots are “heroes”, says one of the colorful notes plastered on the wall right before the entrance to Cyberdyne’s gallery in iiAS Tsukuba Shopping Center. Cyberdyne is a company built by robotics engineer and professor, Yoshiyuki S..

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About ibaraki

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionKanto
IslandHonshu
CapitalMito
Population2,969,770
Area6,096.93 sq. km

Easily accessible from Tokyo by the Tsukuba Express, Ibaraki is known historically for being the home of the Mito branch of the Tokugawa clan during the Edo Period, including the famous daimyo Tokugawa Mitsukuni, or “Mito Komon,” the subject of a popular long-running TV series in Japan.

The two most popular tourist destinations in Ibaraki are the majestic Fukuroda Falls (which can spectacularly freeze over in the winter), as well as Kairaku-en, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan.

Other places of note include the beaches on the coast, Hitachi Seaside Park and its pretty flower fields, and the Kashima Jingu shrine.

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