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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.