Itako Country Club
This golf course is a 10-minute drive from the Itako IC on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway.
Itako is known for its iris festival held annually in May.
No. of holes: 27
Through play: Please inquire
Bus pick-up: Please inquire
Overnight stay: Not available
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.
This onsen (hot spring facility) features a sauna, cold-water plunge pool, and large warm-water baths separated into male and female bathing areas. There are also two open-air baths constructed from natural stone and are covered with wooden canopies. Illuminated at night, these outdoor baths are perfect for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing.
With a pH of 8.5, the hot spring water naturally contains sodium calcium sulfate, which is said to make the skin look healthy and supple.
Mount Tsukuba Cablecar and Ropeway
The distinct twin peaks of Mount Tsukuba can be seen towering above the Kanto Plain. The peaks are known as Mount Nantai and Mount Nyotai, the male and female peaks, respectively. The summit of Mount Tsukuba is accessible by foot, cable car, or ropeway.
Mount Tsukuba Cable Car
The Mount Tsukuba Cable Car climbs 1,600 meters in elevation between Miyawaki Station and Mount Tsukuba Station at the mountain's peak. There are two colors of cable car: red and green, representing the fresh green and autumnal leaves visible from the cable car. Various events, including extended opening hours, are held during the foliage season.
Mount Tsukuba Ropeway
This Swiss-made ropeway connects Tsutsujigaoka Station and Nyotai Peak Station.
Katsuragaoka Country Club
At first glance, this may appear like an easy course. However, the strategically designed lakes and bunkers demand a high skill level.
Number of holes: 18
Through play is available upon consultation. Please inquire for details.
Yuba no Sato Tofu Restaurant
Yuba is referred to as "tofu skin" that forms on top of boiled soy milk. While it may not sound appealing, yuba is silky and slightly sweet. Plus, it is high in protein and iron! Yuba cuisine is an excellent choice for vegetarians who'd like to experience traditional Japanese cuisine.
This yuba specialty restaurant is a great place to try this unique health food. We recommend trying the yuba dipped in hot pot or yuba sashimi.
Kasama Himatsuri Pottery Festival
This is the largest pottery and arts festival in Ibaraki, attracting nearly 550,000 visitors each year. More than 200 artists, craftspeople, and gallery owners exhibit their works at the festival. Even if pottery isn’t your thing, this festival is worth visiting to see the individuality and artistry that goes into each display.
Exploring the festival will work up an appetite, but plenty of food stalls will satiate the stomach. Many of these stalls are run by local artists who serve fusion dishes and fun twists on classic Japanese festival food.
Various events take place during the festivities, including a clay mask auction, musical performances, and special exhibitions by local children. Kids can also make their own clay models and use a potter’s wheel.
Itako Roadside Station
Located off National Highway 51, this roadside station is a tourist destination in itself. In addition to the farm shop and restaurant, there is a golf course and hot spring foot bath on site!
The farm shop sells a wide range of fresh local produce alongside souvenirs. The restaurant, Ofukuro-tei stays with the farm-to-table theme by using locally grown produce in all of their dishes.
Roadside Station Okukuji Daigo
This roadside station is located alongside National Highway 118. However, the name roadside station may be somewhat misleading. This isn’t just a place to take a break from driving. It also has a farm shop selling local specialty products and souvenirs alongside a selection of dining options and hot spring baths!
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
Nishiyama-Goten Heritage (Tokugawa Museum Annex)
Mitsukuni Tokugawa (1628-1700), the second Lord of the Mito Domain, spent his retired life at this modest one-story residence. The house features a thatched roof with a circular window in Mitsukuni’s study, offering views of the garden landscapes and pond. In fact, the pond is designed in the shape of the Chinese character for "heart." Mitsukuni supervised the compilation of "The Great History of Japan" (Dai Nihon-shi) during his time here.
*Photo by the Tokugawa Museum Public Interest Incorporated Foundation
*Nishiyama Goten is the property of the Nishiyama-Goten Heritage and Public Interest Incorporated Foundation