Kokai River Park & Poppy Fields
This riverside is split into fours zones: the Nature Observation Zone, Sports Zone, Nature Center, and Flower Zone.
The Kokai River is famous for fields of poppies that bloom from mid-May onwards. Over two million poppies fill the park with color. This striking sight is paired with the stunning backdrop of Mount Tsukuba.
There is also a range of activities, such as golfing and cycling, available around the park.
- 1650-1 Horigome, Shimotsuma City
- Business Hours
- Business Hours
April to October
November to March
Closed Mondays (open Monday and closed Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday)
Closed over the New Year Holiday period
- TEL: 0296-45-0200
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Japan is famous for its trains, and the Moka Railway is no exception. This historical steam railway is a great way to experience the bygone days of Japan while taking in sweeping views of Ibaraki and Tochigi's countryside.
The railway spans 42 kilometers from Shimodate in Ibaraki Prefecture to Motegi in the neighboring Tochigi Prefecture. Passengers can enjoy a panoramic view aboard the steam locomotive.
This brewery has a history spanning 400 years. The 160-year-old traditional brewing warehouse was constructed at the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868), making it the perfect place to get in touch with Japan's traditional side. The brewery's brick chimney was added during the Meiji Era and has become a local symbol. Yuki Brewery's most famous sake, "Musubi Yui," is characterized by its gentle, well-rounded flavor.
Traditional Crafts/Sake Breweries
Makabe Hina Doll Festival
In Japan, hina dolls were traditionally displayed to celebrate Girl's Day in early March. Locals started the Makabe Hina Doll Festival to encourage visitors to the historic town during the colder winter months.
During the festival, residents and businesses create elaborate displays of traditional hina dolls in their homes and shops. Visitors are free to enter to see these magnificent displays. Many of the dolls have been passed down through families for generations.
The historic area of Makabe is also home to warehouses known as "kura" and streets lined with traditional townhouses. Visitors can truly feel transported back in time during the festival.
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