See how young samurai lived and studied in the Edo period from 1841 to 1872 at the traditional Han school. The main gate, still standing in its original form, is a Historic National Cultural Property of Japan.
Hours: 9am – 5pm (2/20 – 9/30), 9am – 4:30pm (10/1 – 2/19)
Admission: 200 yen
Address: 1-6-29 Sannomaru, Mito-shi
Access: 10-min from Mito Station (JR Joban Line) on foot
7 Kasama Inari Shrine
Built in 661, this Shinto shrine exhibits the great history and culture of Japan. Some of the key features are its many stone fox sculptures and the beautiful, purple, 400-year-old twin wisteria trees which bloom in early May.
Address: 1 Kasama, Kasama-shi
Access: 22-min from Kasama Station (JR Mito Line) on foot
Putting Mito’s numerous plum trees to good use, these delightful artisan desserts, called Mito-no-ume, are almost too adorable to eat. but the sweet plum flavor is simply irresistible. Tokugawa Nariaki would be proud. Now run by the sixth owner of its long history, Kimuraya-Honten.
These delightful artisan desserts are almost too adorable to eat. Truly a treat for the eyes and taste buds, Kimuraya-Honten never disappoints with special limited desserts for every season of the year.
Hours: 9am – 6:30pm
Address: 1-2-21 Minamimachi, Mito-shi
Access: 9-min from Mito Station (JR Joban Line) on foot
Tanukian Tsutaya with over 142 years perfecting its craft, this restaurant creates delicious Soba Inari — sweet deep-fried tofu wrapped around Japanese noodles.
This delicacy is closely connected to Inari shrines and its fox messengers, as there is a belief that they love eating deep-fried tofu.
Hours: 10am – 3pm (Mon. – Fri.), 10am – 4pm (Sat.)
Address: 1279 Kasama, Kasama-shi
Access: 18-min from Kasama Station (JR Joban Line) on foot
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