Ibaraki Prefectural Archives and Museum
The Ibaraki Prefectural Archives and Museum (Mito City) was established in 1974. Permanent exhibits showcase the history of Ibaraki from ancient times to the present day. The museum itself is housed on a plot spanning 72,000m2. This formerly was a residence during the Edo Period (1603–1868) and later a Western-style school building from the Meiji Period (1868–1912).
During autumn, the museum grounds are fantastic to see bright yellow ginkgo trees, a seasonal highlight in Japan.
- 2-1-15 Midoricho, Mito City
- By public transport: From JR Mito Station North Exit Bus Stop No. 4, take a bus bound for Sakuragawa Nishi-danchi and get off at Rekishikan/Kairakuen bus stop.
By car: 15-minute drive from Mito IC on the Joban 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: 029-225-4425
- 124 car parking spots
13 bus parking spots
3 parking spots for people with disabilities
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Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum
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.
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Art Tower Mito
Art Tower Mito is a landmark of Mito City. Its angular, spiraling tower stands 100 meters tall and offers stunning views over the capital city and beyond.
The on-site gallery hosts a variety of modern art exhibitions from around the world, including theater and musical performances.
A visit to Mito City is not complete without exploring this unique landmark!
Kasama Himatsuri Pottery Festival
This is the largest pottery and arts festival in Ibaraki, attracting nearly 550,000 visitors each year. More than 200 artists, craftspeople, and gallery owners exhibit their works at the festival. Even if pottery isn’t your thing, this festival is worth visiting to see the individuality and artistry that goes into each display.
Exploring the festival will work up an appetite, but plenty of food stalls will satiate the stomach. Many of these stalls are run by local artists who serve fusion dishes and fun twists on classic Japanese festival food.
Various events take place during the festivities, including a clay mask auction, musical performances, and special exhibitions by local children. Kids can also make their own clay models and use a potter’s wheel.
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In recent years, Japanese sake has grown popular overseas. Ibaraki Prefecture boasts many breweries that can be easily reached from Tokyo. The following is a list of six breweries that provide tours of their facilities and are accessible using public transportation.
Experience Samurai Culture in Ibaraki! 7 Historic Landmarks
Ibaraki Prefecture boasts many historical landmarks, including places closely related to the Tokugawa family who ruled Japan during the Edo Period (1603-1868). We introduce locations such as the Mito Castle Remains and Kodokan where visitors can experience the atmosphere of the past.
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.