Traditional Crafts/Sake Breweries
Located in northern Ibaraki, this brewery was founded in 1875. In addition to their signature product called Matsuzakari Sake, Okabe Brewery produces a range of other alcoholic beverages. This includes Nishiyama no Sato plum wine (umeshu), named after the local area and uses locally grown plums, brown sugar, and sake.
- 2335 Ozawacho, Hitachiota City, Ibaraki
- TEL: 0294-74-2171
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Rokkakudo was designed during the Meiji Era (1868-1912) by Tenshin Okakura, a forerunner of the Japanese modern art movement. This red hexagonal building is also known as the "Kanrantei" or "place for viewing the ocean waves." Both Tenshin and Taikan Yokoyama, a famous Japanese painter, spent significant periods contemplating around this rocky coastline.
Currently, Rokkakudo is open to the public under the supervision of the Izura Institute of Art & Culture, Ibaraki University.
Ose Beach is the closest seashore to JR Hitachi Station. At high tide, seawater fills up hollows in the rocks forming natural pools that are perfect for children to play in.
The beach also hosts a summer festival every year.
Hanazono Gorge (Kitaibaraki City)
Hanazono Gorge is a well-known spot to admire Japan's famous fall foliage. It is also a designated national park by the Ibaraki Prefectural Government. During autumn, the falling leaves are carried gently away by the Hanazono River—a must-see sight when visiting Ibaraki during this season.
Located at the base of the gorge, Hanazono Shrine is ideal for resting during a walk around the area.
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