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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan. Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan.
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare. An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare.
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife. Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife.
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan. Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan.
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara. The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara.
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower. Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower.
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving. Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving.
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky. The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky.
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

KANTO Ibaraki Fields of vivid flowers and Japan's space agency

Majestic fields of flowers, Japan's space exploration organization and the country's premier science center await in Ibaraki

Throughout the year, you can stroll around Ibaraki's flower-carpeted parks, explore its wooded gorges and see what the future offers at its science museums. Hitachi Seaside Park is famed for its endless flowers, which make a great setting for strolling or barbecuing. Mt. Tsukuba and Okukuji Park are spectacular hiking destinations, while the town of Koga offers its well-preserved temples and buildings. Tsukuba Science City is home to Japan's space agency and a number museums within easy reach of Tokyo.

How to Get There

The best way to get to Ibaraki from Tokyo is via the JR Joban Line from Ueno Station. You can access major Ibaraki stations from Narita using the JR Narita Line.

Departing from Tokyo’s Ueno Station, the JR Joban Line passes through Ibaraki on its way north to Tohoku. The Hitachi limited express train goes from Ueno to Mito, and the Tsukuba Express travels between Tokyo’s Akihabara Station and Tsukuba. Outside of Mito is the recently opened Ibaraki Airport, which services domestic flights from cities including Fukuoka, Sapporo and Kobe, as well as international routes from Seoul and Shanghai.

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    A carpet of blooming flowers and ocean views at Hitachi Seaside Park
    The Oarai Isosaki-jinja torii gate, which sits on a wave-swept reef by the coast
    Space exhibits, actual spacecraft, and simulations at Tsukuba Space Center
    The Ushiku Daibutsu, the world's third-largest Buddha statue

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Seasonal Highlights

  • Spring

    Cherry blossoms erupt at Hitachi Kamine Park, located at the base of Mt. Kurakake. Shizumine Furusato Park in Shizu is known for yaezakura, a cherry variety that blossoms a few weeks later than others.

  • Summer

    Multicolor irises bloom at Suigo Itako iris garden, and the Suigo Itako Iris Festival welcomes the warm weather. Hike Mt. Tsukuba or explore the forested hills of Okukuji Park.

  • Autumn

    Hitachi Seaside Park's green Kochia turn deep crimson, covering the park in a fluffy carpet. From Ryujin Suspension Bridge, the forested hillsides of Okukuji Park are painted in brilliant autumn hues.

  • Winter

    Uhsiku Daibutsu is illuminated spectacularly on New Year's Eve and is accompanied with a fireworks display. Ibaraki's famous plum blossoms bloom in late winter, celebrated at the Mito Plum Festival.

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