Lapoppo Namegata Farmers Village（らぽっぽ なめがたファーマーズヴィレッジ）
Namegata Farmers Village is a park and shop in a renovated school building just an 80-minute drive from Tokyo. The overarching concept at the park is "farm to table." Therefore, visitors can eat, experience, play, and learn about farming at the park's sweet baked potato factory. In addition to shops and restaurants, hands-on farming workshops are available.
By public transport: From JR Itako Station, take a Rokko Kitaura Line bus bound for Aso Onsen. After around 35 minutes, get off at the Lake Eco/Shirahama Shonen Shizen no Ie/Namegata Farmers Village bus stop. Namegata Farmers Village is a minute walk from the bus stop.
Hinuma Nature Park
This spacious nature park is located next to Hinuma Marsh.
There is a dedicated area for car camping and plenty of nature-rich spots to explore.
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.
Confectionery & Sweets Museum
This compact museum is a great place to learn about the history of confectionery and snacks worldwide.
North Shore Country Club Kitaura Course
Set amongst the lush nature of the Ibaraki countryside, this golf course has previously hosted the Japan Senior Open Golf Championship and World Dream Match. The course requires a good dose of strategy while playing.
Number of holes: 18
1.5 Rounds: please inquire
Pick-up Service: no
Overnight Accommodation: Korean-speaking staff not available
Mito Drive-in Hitachi no Sato
This restaurant and shop are conveniently located for visitors on the Joban Expressway. It's an ideal stop for groups on bus tours as well.
The shop offers fresh, seasonal produce year-round. The restaurant offerings include shamo dishes made from local wildfowl unique to Ibaraki. Treat your tastebuds to shamo dishes for a true Ibaraki experience!
Daigo Oyaki Cooking School
Oyaki is a steamed bun made from buckwheat flour and stuffed with seasonal fillings. This snack is thought to have been a way to preserve fresh produce longer and remain popular today.
In the northern Ibaraki area, oyaki were traditionally made by baking the buns in a sunken hearth. Nowadays, Japanese homes don't have hearths, so oyaki are usually steamed or baked in the oven. In addition to traditional combinations of seasonal vegetables, modern oyaki are often stuffed with fruit or sweet red bean paste!
If you'd like to make your own oyaki, head to Daigo Oyaki Cooking School in Daigo! Housed in an old school building from the Meiji Era, it is the perfect setting to try your hand at this traditional Japanese dish. The school also has a shop and restaurant.
Traditional Crafts/Sake Breweries
Mori no Ideyu Hot Spring
This onsen (hot-spring bath) has an outdoor bathing facility overlooking the picturesque scenery of Mount Yamizo.
The onsen also offers seasonal baths, including tubs filled with floating apples from October to January. In June, there is a green tea-infused bath alongside aromatic scented baths.
Yukkura Hot Spring Baths
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.
Hitachi Fish Market and Farm Shop
Hitachi Fish Market sells fresh seafood caught at the neighboring Kuji Fishing Port. Spring is synonymous with yellowtail, tuna in autumn, and anglerfish and crab during the winter months.
In addition to selling fish, the market offers seafood cooking lessons.
On the market's second floor is where Hamazen Seafood Restaurant is located. Visitors will find a range of seasonal dishes featuring local fish from the market.
Shiraho Country Club
The flat hill layout featuring a magnificent fairway is a strategic course for golfers.
Number of holes: 18
Through play: please inquire
1.5 round play: please inquire
Pick-up Service: no
Overnight accommodation: no
Nakaminato Fish Market
Popular among locals and visitors alike, this fish market is known for its affordable prices and restaurants serving up local seafood. Take in the market scenes before sitting down at one of the market’s restaurants. Dining options include conveyor-belt sushi, sashimi, sea urchin, and seafood rice bowls. Many restaurants can also be reserved for group bookings.
The fish market is accessible by a short drive or a 15-minute walk from Aqua World Oarai aquarium. It is also a short train ride from Hitachi Seaside Park, making it an ideal sightseeing spot in central Ibaraki.