Tsukimachi Falls is one of the hidden gems of the northern Ibaraki area. While the falls themselves aren't as dramatic as the famed Fukuroda Falls, its unique geology allows visitors to walk behind a curtain of water to observe the rushing water from behind.
The fast-flowing water makes it a great place to cool off during the Japanese summer. The area is also known for its flaming red maple foliage in autumn.
Momijien Soba Restaurant is located to the falls if you'd like to enjoy a meal while gazing out at the scenery. This restaurant uses locally grown buckwheat flour to make its noodles. Freshly-made soba paired with the falls makes for a picturesque memory in Ibaraki.
- Kawayama, Daigo Town
- By public transport: 20-minute walk from Shimonomiya Station on the JR Suigun Line
- Daigo Town Tourism Association
- Free admission
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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.
Mori no Ideyu Hot Spring
This onsen (hot-spring bath) has an outdoor bathing facility overlooking the picturesque scenery of Mount Yamizo.
The onsen also offers seasonal baths, including tubs filled with floating apples from October to January. In June, there is a green tea-infused bath alongside aromatic scented baths.
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.
Traditional Crafts/Sake Breweries
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Ibaraki Flower Park: Relish More Than 900 Gorgeous Rose Varieties!
Less than a one-hour drive from the central Tokyo area will take you to Ibaraki Flower Park, where over 900 kinds of roses and various other seasonal flowers welcome visitors all year round. The park also hosts a series of activities, including (but not limited to) flower picking/arrangement classes and botanical fragrance making, meaning that the park is an absolute feast for visitors and their senses.
Hidden Gems Near Tokyo! 5 Ibaraki Beaches Recommended by Locals
Ibaraki Prefecture, located northeast of Tokyo, is home to several beaches where you can relax without worrying about the crowds. It’s also a lovely day trip or overnight stay easily accessible from the capital of Japan. This article will introduce five recommended beach spots in Ibaraki!
Splendid Foliage and Food! 9 Must-Visit Autumn Spots in Ibaraki
Ibaraki Prefecture is located near Tokyo and boasts incredible scenery and delicious food. September to November is the autumn season in Ibaraki, which means that it's the best time to visit for foliage and seasonal specialties. The following is a list of nine things to enjoy if you visit Ibaraki in autumn.