Watch the seasons come to life in spring, summer, and fall as colorful flowers bloom across Ibaraki. One of the 34 most beautiful places in all of Japan, according to CNN, Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki offers a number of outdoor activities among the unique pom-pom-like kochia plants. In addition, Suigo Itako presents Japanese culture through traditional dances and various festivals in early summer.
Hitachi Seaside Park
Hours: 9:30am – 5pm
Admission: 450 yen
Address: 605-4 605-4 Onuma-Aza, Mawatari, Hitachinaka-shi
Access: 20-min from Ajigoura Station (Hitachinaka Seaside Railway Minato Line) on foot
Address: 1-5 Ayame, Itako-shi
Access: 3-min from Itako Station (JR Kashima Line) on foot
Explore Japanese Shrines
As the largest and oldest Shinto shrine in the Kanto region, Kashima Jingu Grand Shrine, located in the center of Kashima city holds a lot of history and cultural significance. Even the Imperial Envoys have come to Kashima over the years to visit. This shrine dedicated to the deity of martial arts holds Japan’s oldest and largest straight sword.
Kashima Jingu Grand Shrine
Address: 2306-1 Kyuchu, Kashima-shi
Access: 10-min from Kashima-Jingu Station (JR Kashima Line) on foot
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