Traditional Crafts/Sake Breweries
Located in southern Ibaraki Prefecture, Tanaka Brewery utilizes the abundant natural resources of this fertile agricultural area, particularly the underground water reserves from the Tone River. Established in 1655, the brewery produces sake using traditional methods today. Tanaka Brewing is best known for its "Kimibandai" range of sake. Likewise, the daiginjo (top grade sake where 50% of the rice grain is removed in the polishing process) blend is renowned for its distinctive deep, full-bodied flavor.
- 2-13-35 Toride,Toride City, Ibaraki
- TEL: 0297-72-0011
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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.
Lake Kasumigaura Sightseeing Boat
A sightseeing boat trip is a perfect way to experience the enormous scale of Japan's second-largest lake.
There are two sightseeing boats to board: The White Iris and Jet Wheel The Tsukuba
The White Iris
Departure Time: 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30
Route: Tsuchiura Port, Kasumigaura City lakeshore, Mount Tsukuba viewpoint, Tsuchiura Port (30 min)
Price: Adults 1540 yen, Children 770 yen
Holidays: Closed on Wednesdays from January to March. Open on Wednesday instead of Thursday if Wednesday is a national holiday. Closed during the New Year holidays. Some services may be reserved for group bookings.
Operator: Lacus Marina (029-822-2437)
Jet Wheel The Tsukuba
Departure Time: 9:25, 10:25,11:25, 12:25, 13:25, 14:25, 16:05, 16:50
Route: Tsuchiura Port, Miho Town lakeshore, Kasumigaura lakeshore, Tsuchiura Port (40 minutes)
Price: Adults 1680 yen, Children 850 yen
Tsuchiura All Japan Fireworks Competition
This firework display first began in 1925 to commemorate the Kasumigaura Naval Air Force members killed in WWI. The event also shines a light on tourism in the local area. In 1947, it was revamped as a competition where fireworks manufacturers and experts nationwide could show off their skills.
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A Must-See in Autumn! Red Spider Lilies at Gugyoji Temple
Gugyoji Temple is located in Joso, a city in southwestern Ibaraki. Droves of people visit from September to October when the enchanting higanbana or red spider lilies grow. We'll introduce Buddhist narratives about the higanbana, charms of Gugyoji Temple, and recommended spots in the area.
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.
Learn From Ibaraki Artisans! 5 Hands-on Activities and Craft Workshops
Ibaraki boasts impressive traditional crafts such as Suifu lantern making, Kasama ceramics, Nishinouchi paper, and the processing of local food specialties. Many studios offer hands-on activities for visitors. We introduce five workshops that are both fun and educational.