Mito Historical Tour Day Trip
a day trip in Mito
After a history trip, enjoy shopping at the Keisei Department store.
Representative stations in Mito City and Ibaraki Prefecture
Starting point of Joban Line, Orai Kashima Line, Suigun Line, Mito Line
Kodokan Mito Domain School
Kodokan was established in 1841 by Nariaki Tokugawa, the ninth feudal lord of the Mito Domain. It was the largest school among the warrior clan and comparable to a university by today's standards. Students could study medicine, pharmacy, astronomy, and martial arts. Japan’s last shogun, Yoshinobu Tokugawa, was educated at the Kodokan for five years from the age of six. After the Meiji Restoration in 1868, Yoshinobu spent four months confined to a room in Shizendo, part of the Kodokan complex at the time.Read More
Catch a bus towards Kairakuen from Bus Stop No. 4. Get off the bus at ‘Kairakuen Iriguchi’. Alternatively, walk around 25 minutes from Mito Station.
Kairakuen Garden is ranked among Japan’s top three most beautiful gardens, alongside Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Korakuen in Okayama. The garden was established in 1842 by Nariaki Tokugawa, the ninth feudal lord of the Mito Domain. It has since served as a place of relaxation and recreation for the public.
Kairakuen is famous for its Plum Blossom Festival (Ume Matsuri) held from late February to early March. It is home to around 3,000 plum trees from 100 different varieties. Cherry blossoms and azalea in the spring and Japanese bush clovers in autumn keep Kairakuen looking beautiful year-round.
Keisei Department Store
A long-established department store that represents Ibaraki, founded in 1908. There are good quality products
1-6-1 Izumicho, Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture 310-0026
Get on a bus bound for Mito Station (any bus stopping on the opposite side of the road from the main entrance to Keisei Department Store). Alternatively, walk 20 minutes back to Mito Station.
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Explore Kasama City by Bike (daytrip from Tokyo/Ueno)
If you're looking to get out of the city and explore during your trip to Japan, look no further than this daytrip to Kasama, Ibaraki, just an hour and a half from Tokyo by train! After arriving, borrow bikes from the Tourist Information Office at the station and start exploring!
First off, visit Kasama Inari Shrine. With a history of over 1360 years, this shrine is one of Japan's 3 Great Inari Shrines and attracts 3.5 million pilgrims every year. On the street outside the shrine, make sure to grab some local speciality foods like Inari Sushi (deep-fried tofu skin stuffed with rice and other local ingredients like walnuts) or manju steamed buns. Explore the local shopping streets with their traditional architecture as you enjoy your snack.
Then, get back on your bike and head to Kasama Crafthills to relax while surrounded by expansive nature. Finally, pick up some Kasama-yaki Pottery at Kirara Gallery - each piece of pottery is unique so make sure to look for the item …
History / Traditional Crafts