Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum
Traditional Crafts/Sake Breweries
This museum was the first in eastern Japan that focused solely on the ceramic arts. Permanent exhibits include works by master Japanese ceramists such as Hazan Itaya and Kosei Matsui. The museum also hosts a wide range of unique exhibitions from around the world.
- 2345 Kasama, Kasama City
- By public transport: 5-minute taxi ride from Kasama Station on the JR Mito Line or 20-minute taxi ride from Tomobe Station on the JR Joban Line. Alternatively, about a 25-minute walk from Kasama Station.
By car: 10-minutes drive from Tomobe IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway
- Business Hours
- Business Hours 9:30 -17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Closed Mondays (If a national holiday falls on a Monday, the museum will be open that day and closed on Tuesday)
Closed during the New Year's Holiday
- TEL: 0296-70-0011
- Adults: 320 yen
High school and university students: 260 yen
Elementary and junior high school students: 160 yen
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Oarai Beach is one of two beaches in the town of Oarai. While Sun Beach features pristine sand, Oarai is a pebble beach with rocky outcrops in the sea. In addition to swimming during the summer, Oarai Beach attracts visitors exploring the area's rock pools and looking for marine life like hermit crabs.
The beach is home to the stunning floating shrine gate, Kamiiso-no-Torii. It is also a few minutes from Oarai Isosaki Shrine, seafood restaurants, and beachside ho s. Aquaworld Aquarium is only a short drive or a 20-minute walk from Oarai Beach.
Kasama Chrysanthemum Festival
Kasama Chrysanthemum Festival is Japan's oldest chrysanthemum festival. The festival began in 1908 when the head priest of Kasama Inari Shrine created gardens on the shrine grounds to comfort people following the Russo-Japanese War.
Chrysanthemum festivals are typically held across Japan in autumn. Likewise, this festival has come to symbolize the arrival of fall in Ibaraki. Around 8,000 chrysanthemum plants are displayed throughout Kasama Inari Shrine during the festival, filling the grounds with the color and fragrance of Japanese autumn.
Mentai Park merges a mini-museum, souvenir shop, and cafe with the Kanefuku Mentai Factory site in Oarai. "Mentai" or "mentaiko" refers to marinated cod roe, a popular food in Japan featured in everything from pasta sauce, mayonnaise, and onigiri rice balls!
At Mentai Park, visitors can observe the production process and sample food made with mentaiko, including snacks like onigiri and ice cream! In the souvenir shop, purchase some mentaiko to take home or snag a giant mentaiko plushy of Tarapiyo, the company's mascot.
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