From Cycling to Paragliding! Top 5 Outdoor Activities in Ibaraki
Ibaraki, neighboring Tokyo to the northeast, is known for its pristine natural environment and offers many facilities for enjoying the great outdoors. This article introduces fun outdoor activities, including cycling along scenic routes, bungee jumping, paragliding, and marine sports!
Kasamashiko – A Journey Through Japan’s Pottery Culture
The city of Kasama and the town of Mashiko are two of Japan's most renowned producers of traditional pottery. These two areas are often collectively referred to as 'Kasamashiko.' At 'Kasamashiko' visitors can enjoy unique events such as the area's pottery markets or visit spots such as the famous Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum.
Ibaraki Cherry Blossoms
From famous cherry blossom spots to off-the-beaten-track areas loved by locals, Ibaraki has a cherry blossom destination to suit everyone. The blossom season and species of cherry tree varies across Ibaraki meaning the blossom season lasts a whole month!
September to November is Autumn harvest time in Ibaraki, the perfect time to enjoy picking your own sweet and juicy apples straight from the tree at one of Ibaraki's many apple orchards. Temperatures between 6° and 14° are best suited to growing apples, and Ibaraki fits this criteria perfectly thanks to the wide varitation in daily temperatures. Within the prefecture, the north-western town of Daigo is known for producing delicious 'Okukuji Apples'. As well as having the perfect climate for growing apples, orchards in Daigo make sure to let their apples ripen on the tree before harvesting to get the best flavour. Head to Daigo to pick your own Okukuji Apples and find out just what all the fuss is about!