While the exact age of Oiwa Shrine is unknown, the presence of religious remains from the Jomon Era (around 3500-4500 years ago) appears to have occurred here from ancient times. The shrine is also mentioned in "Hitachi no Fudoki," one of Japan's oldest literary texts. It refers to the shrine by its former name of "Yamakabire no Takamine" and describes it as a sacred site built to honor the deities in the mountainous area.
- 752 Irishikencho, Hitachi City, Ibaraki
- By public transport: From JR Hitachi Station Bus Stop No. 1, take bus No. 60 bound for Higashigodo and get off at Oiwa Shrine. Alternatively, take a taxi from Hitachi Station.
By car: From the Hitachi-Chuo IC exit on the Joban Expressway, drive 10 minutes along Route 36.
- TEL: 0294-21-8445
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Sekisho no Yu Hot Spring
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The on-site restaurant serves dishes made with Okukuji shamo, a type of local wildfowl unique to the area.
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Run by the local municipality, this no-frills hot spring is the perfect place to relax after a day at the beach or sightseeing at the nearby aquarium and fish market.
The building also houses the local sports center, including a swimming pool and gym.
Ryujin Suspension Bridge
Ryujin Suspension Bridge stands 100 meters above the Ryujin Dam Reservoir. Spanning 375 meters, the bridge is inspired by the legend of a dragon said to reside in the Ryujin River. It offers panoramic views of the area’s mountainous landscape, including wild cherry blossoms during the spring and fiery foliage in autumn.
The bridge is also home to Japan’s highest bungee jump! This bungee jump is the ultimate way to take in the surrounding mountains if you're up to the challenge.
If throwing yourself off bridges isn’t your thing, there’s plenty more to explore in the surrounding area as well, including hiking trails, hot springs, and restaurants serving the region’s specialty: soba noodles!
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