Shizumine Furusato Park
This spacious park is famous for its cherry blossoms. There are nearly 2,000 Yaezakura (double-flowered cherry) and Someiyoshino cherry trees. During the cherry blossom season in April, various events are held in the park to make the cherry blossom viewing experience extra special.
- 1720-1 Shizu, Naka, Ibaraki
- Naka City Sightseeing Association
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Shiosai-no-Yu Hot Spring
Located by the golden sands of Oarai Sun Beach, Shiosai-no-Yu combines hot spring baths with an on-site restaurant serving fresh seafood.
There are four types of tubs to enjoy, including ones built from igneous rock from Mount Chokai and magnetite from Oarai. All of the baths offer panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
The restaurant serves seafood dishes made with fresh local catches, including anglerfish.
Kasama Azalea Festival
The Kasama Azalea Festival dates back to 1967 when locals launched a movement to plant as many azalea plants as the number of Kasama residents. The festival will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2022. The festival venue, Kasama Azalea Park, is located on the side of a small mountain across seven hectares. During the azalea season, around 8500 azalea plants cover the hillside in a sea of red from late April to early May. Various events are held around the area to coincide with the festivities.
The Tokugawa Museum was established in 1977 by the Public Interest Incorporated Foundation to house objects and writings passed down from the Mito Tokugawa Family. The exhibits were donated by Kuniyuki Tokugawa, the 13th Lord of the Mito Domain.
Approximately 30,000 items in the collection are associated with Tokugawa Ieyasu (Japan’s first shogun), his son Yorifusa Tokugawa, and their families.
The museum also carries the manuscript of "The Great History of Japan" (Dai Nihon-shi) and around 30,000 historical documents used to write the book.
The Tokugawa Museum is the only facility in Japan to house such an extensive collection of materials and objects relating to the lives of Japan’s daimyo (feudal lords. It's well worth a visit if you’d like to discover more about this period in Japan’s history.
Photo courtesy of the Tokugawa Museum
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