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A Myriad of Wonderful Sightseeing Spots in Ibaraki

This video, "Ibaraki: Ever-Changing Beauty [4K Japan Cinematic]" was created by "Tokyo Creative Travel."

There are many attractive sightseeing spots in Ibaraki Prefecture, including shrines and temples known as power spots, futuristic landmarks known as "towns close to space," and spots where you can experience the beauty of nature to the fullest. This article will introduce popular sightseeing spots in Ibaraki Prefecture alongside the video.

Temples and Shrines in Ibaraki!

Image of the Ushiku Daibutsu
Photo:Ushiku Daibutsu

As you can see from 0:05 in the video, the Ushiku Daibutsu (Great Buddha of Ushiku), located in Ushiku, Ibaraki, is 120 meters tall.

It is three times taller than the Statue of Liberty.
Also, it's big enough to place the Great Buddha of Nara in its hand and is even recognized by Guinness Book of World Records.

Arai Isomae Shrine, located on the Oarai Coast in Ibaraki, shown at 0:22 in the video, is a historical landmark known for "Kamiiso-no-Torii," a torii gate standing on a rocky reef.
Kashima Shrine, the headquarters of Kashima Shrines throughout Japan, is also a popular sacred site.

Tips when Traveling to Tsukuba, Ibaraki

Image of JAXA Tsukuba Space Center in Tsukuba, Ibaraki
Photo:JAXA Tsukuba Space Center in Tsukuba, Ibaraki

The city of Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture, where the JAXA Tsukuba Space Center is located, is called "the closest town to space in Japan."
Mt. Tsukuba in Hokutan, Tsukuba, is a popular spot for hiking and mountain climbing.
The most advanced robots come and go around the University of Tsukuba, and as of 2019, the town of Tsukuba is the only place in Japan where Segways are allowed to be driven on public roads.

There are a Segway tours that you can take on public roads as well, so consider checking these out.
They can be seen from 1:21 in the video.

Recommended Sightseeing Spots in Ibaraki

Image of Ibaraki Prefecture, National Hitachi Seaside Park
Photo:Ibaraki Prefecture, National Hitachi Seaside Park

Fukuroda Falls is ranked as the third most beautiful waterfall in Japan after Nachi Falls and Kegon Falls.
If you're looking to relax, be sure to stop by Fukuroda Onsen and enjoy the hot springs.
Hitachi Seaside Park is a popular, photogenic sightseeing spot where you can see gorgeous, blue nemophila during early summer.
Kasumigaura Bay, the second largest lake in Japan, is another tourist destination we highly recommend visiting.

We also recommend seeing the Ryujin Suspension Bridge, the longest bridge in Honshu, and Hananuki Gorge, where you can enjoy the beautiful autumn foliage in the fall.
Ibaraki Prefecture is also known as a city of food.

During your visit to Ibaraki, be sure to try monkfish dishes (あんこう料理), the Mito Chashu (Char Siu) Burger (水戸ちゃあしゅうバーガー), Kasama Inari Sushi (笠間いなり寿司), Hamaguri Meshi (はまぐりめし), Tsukuba Udon (つくばうどん), Soboro Natto (そぼろ納豆), and Sanpin Tako Meshi (三浜たこめし).

Summary of Ibaraki Prefecture

Image of Ibaraki Prefecture, Hananuki Valley
Photo:Ibaraki Prefecture, Hananuki Valley

As you can see in the video, there are many places in Ibaraki where you can enjoy beautiful scenery.
After a long day of sightseeing in Ibaraki Prefecture, nothing beats enjoying the local delicacies, and Ibaraki has them in spades.

Visit Ibaraki, a prefecture full of charm!

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Last Updated : Dec. 18, 2021
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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