Ishioka Festival is one of the largest festivities in the Kanto region, attracting nearly half a million visitors annually. It takes place throughout central Ishioka City and Hitachinokuni Soshagu Shrine.
The festival's highlight is the parade that features traditional floats, mikoshi portable shrines, and shishi-mai lion dances. Moreover, Ishioka Festival is perfect for tasting signature Japanese street food and the latest food trends.
- Ishioka City
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Three consecutive days in September. The exact dates differ each year.
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Mount Tsukuba Stardust Cruise
Mount Tsukuba ranks among Japan’s 100 Famous Mountains and offers unparalleled views of the vast Kanto Plain.
From October to March each year, Mount Tsukuba Ropeway operates special nighttime services during the colder months. Visitors can marvel at the stunning Tokyo skyline at night, including lights glistening from the city center alongside Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree.
Ibaraido Forest & Sylvanian Park
This recreational park in southern Ibaraki is the perfect destination for family trips. It features a European theme with plenty of beautiful flower gardens, forest areas, and European-style buildings. The park will easily keep the whole family entertained all day. Attractions include getting up close to farm animals, including alpaca and sheep, pottery workshops, and a treetop adventure playground.
After working up an appetite while exploring the park, head to the barbecue area for lunch or visit one of the park's restaurants. In keeping with the park's European theme, food options include freshly-baked pizza and bread alongside Japanese curry.
Fans of Sylvanian Families can also visit recreations of Sylvanian houses and watch performances by their favorite characters!
Ami Premium Outlets
This outlet mall opened in 2009 and houses exceptional brands from Japan and overseas. There are over 100 shops, so it's guaranteed you'll find something for everyone!
There are also a variety of coffee shops and restaurants to keep you charged while shopping.
The outlet is just a few minutes from the giant Buddha statue known as Ushiku Daibutsu.
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