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Quick Facts
Capital Mito
Government Japanese Prefecture
Currency Japanese Yen (¥)
Area 6,095.58 km2
Population 2,964,141(2010 est)
Language Japanese(No official language)
Religion n/a
Electricity 100V/50 or 60Hz (U.S. plug, commonly 2-prong without ground)
Time Zone UTC +9(No DST)
For other places with the same name, see Ibaraki (disambiguation).

Ibaraki (茨城) [2] is a prefecture in the Kanto region of Japan.


  • Mito — Famous for Kairakuen Park and Lake Semba, also largest producer of natto (fermented soybean dish)
  • Kashima — Famous for Kashima Jingu (Shrine) and the J-League Kashima Antlers FC[[3]].
  • Koga — Famous for being a former castle town. Has historical museum and peach blossom festival.
  • Tsuchiura
  • Tsukuba — Home of Tsukuba University and the surrounding modern research town, and beautiful and historically significant Mount Tsukuba
  • Kasama — Famous for the Inari Shrine, ceramics, and the birthplace of aikido in Iwama
  • Kamisu —Kamisu city is known for green peppers whose crop acreage and harveset is the largest in Japan. Many people gather around the Nikkawa beach and Hasaki beach and enjoy swimming or digging clams. No train station is there and cars or busses are main means of transportation.

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By plane[edit]

Opened in 2010, Ibaraki Airport [4] is in the city of Omitama, near the center of the prefecture and 40 minutes away from Mito by bus. Planned as a low-cost alternative to the major airports of Tokyo (85 km and 1.5 hours away), service is presently limited to flights from Kobe, Sapporo,Naha-Okinawa, Seoul (South Korea) and Shanghai (China).

By bus[edit]

Perhaps the easiest (and often cheaper) way to get to the sights of Ibaraki is via the JR Kanto Highway bus[[5]]. A number of buses leave from both Tokyo and Shinjuku Stations to many destinations in Ibaraki, some as often as 4 times per hour.

By train[edit]

There are no Shinkansen stations in Ibaraki, but the Joban Line passes through Mito on its way to northern Tohoku. There is an express train called the "Fresh Hitachi" which links Ueno and the capital Mito in approx. 1 hour. The local Joban line takes just over 2 hours. The Tsukuba Express Line connects Tsukuba to Akihabara in downtown Tokyo in about 45 minutes.

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Oono Shiosai Hamanasu Park in Kashima, Ibaraki

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Ibaraki, being a coastal area, is a high-volume destination for sunbathers and surfers from all over Japan, mainly the Greater Tokyo area. Its beaches are fairly clean, and have surfable waves nearly all year round. Most towns set up an official beach patrol/lifeguard station for the summer holiday season of late July/early August. Hirai and Oritsu Beaches and Kashima Kaihin Park in Kashima, Ootake Beach in Hokota and Oarai Sun Beach in Oarai are all very popular summer destinations.

One of the most huge music festivals which is called Rock in Japan Festival is held in Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki prefecture. It is held in every August. More than 100 musicians take part in the festival every year. There are six stages where musicians perform. During August it is very hot in this coastal area so stay hydrated to avoid heat exhaustion.

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Ibaraki is a major producer of natto (fermented beans). It is healthy and the locals eat it often for breakfast on rice. Many foreigners (and Japanese) find it too stinky to eat, though some quite like it. Asking your opinion of natto is a common topic of small talk with strangers — don't be afraid of offending someone if you don't like it, as it will likely earn a laugh either way.

  • Hoshiimo (Kansouimo), [1]. "Hoshiimo" or "Kansouimo"- A famous, seasonal product in the Hitachinaka and Tokai areas, "hoshiimo" are an air-dried variety of sweet potato. They come in two forms regular sliced "hoshiimo", and "maruboshi" which are unsliced and tend to be more expensive and delicious. These sticky treats are available starting from the end of December.  edit

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Most towns have their share of chain and family owned Izakaya, Naka City is famous for its microbrewed Nest Beer[[6]].

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