Ryujin River & Kamegafuchi Pool
The Ryujin River and Kamegafuchi pool area has inspired numerous local legends. In Japanese, Ryujin River translates to "Dragon River." Not surprisingly, the locals believed that a mythical dragon resided in the river. The otherworldly Kamegafuchi Pool area certainly seems like something could lurk in its depths.
The Ryujin River and Kamegafuchi Pool area is an excellent site for hiking. Nearby destinations include the Ryujin Campsite and Tacchan-no-Yu hot spring baths, ideal for relaxing and recovering after hiking.
- 236 Shimotakakuracho, Hitachiota City
- By public transport: 45-minute bus ride from Hitachi-Ota Station on the JR Suigun Line. Get off at the Ryujin Suspension Bridge or Ryujin Dam. The destination is a one-hour walk from the bus stop.
By car: 40-minute drive from Hitachi-Minami-Ota IC on the Joban Expressway. The destination is a one-hour walk from the car park.
- TEL: 0294-85-1116
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Hitachi Cherry Blossom Festival & UNESCO Cultural Heritage
Around 14,000 cherry trees fill the city of Hitachi with pink blossoms from early to mid-April. During the cherry blossom festival, the cherry trees on Heiwa Street and Juo Panorama Park are illuminated as night falls. In fact, the festival is ranked among Japan’s 100 most beautiful cherry blossom areas!
On the first weekend in April, a spectacular parade takes place on Heiwa Street. During the festivities, 15-meter high and 8-meter wide festival floats are pulled down the road. Traditional puppet shows also take place on the floats. These puppet shows are said to have been performed since the mid-Edo Period and are recognized on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
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Free showers, toilets and lockers are available and there are several hot springs located close to the beach.
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