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Kita-Ibaraki 北茨城市Pictures of Kita-Ibaraki (Kitaibaraki).
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Hitachi-Otsu Ofune Matsuri Boat Festival 常陸大津の御船祭


Unique festival where they pull/drag a wooden fishing boat through the streets of Otsu-cho, Kita-Ibaraki, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. Fishermen's festival to pray for a good fish catch and maritime safety. Held only once every five years on May 2 (festival eve) and 3 (festival day). These photos taken on May 3, 2019 (本祭り). On the festival day, free shuttle buses run from JR Otsuko Station to the start of boat's route.
Map of the boat's route: https://goo.gl/maps/WkQRKfifGXp8aagS9

70 files, last one added on Jun 03, 2019
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Izura Coast and Tenshin 五浦海岸・天心


Ibaraki Prefecture is north of Tokyo, and Kita-Ibaraki is the northernmost city in Ibaraki, right below southern Fukushima Prefecture (Iwaki) on the fringe of the Tohoku Region. From Ueno Station in Tokyo, it takes about 2 hours by JR Joban Line express train.
The Izura Coast is Kita-Ibaraki's most scenic area. Noted for the red Rokkakudo Pavilion which is a symbol of the city. Nearby is the Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art, Ibaraki. This part of the coast was also home to Okakura Tenshin and prominent Nihonga painters Yokoyama Taikan, Hishida Shunso, and Kimura Buzan.

48 files, last one added on Mar 22, 2019
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Itsuura Kanko Hotel, Taikan & Buzan Residences 五浦観光別館大観荘・本館


Itsuura Kanko Hotel on the picturesque Izura Coast operates a modern hotel tower as well as the former residences of famous painters Yokoyama Taikan and Kimura Buzan where guests can also stay.

63 files, last one added on Mar 22, 2019
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Kita-Ibaraki Fishing Culture 北茨城漁業文化


Being on the coast, Kita-Ibaraki is a fishing port with its own culture of fishing. Hirakata Port is where fishing boats come in with their catch of monkfish, a type of anglerfish. It's a city symbol and famous delicacy, especially the liver (ankimo). The Yo-soro Fishing History Museum is also impressive.

39 files, last one added on May 11, 2019
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Kita-Ibaraki Arts and Crafts 北茨城伝統工芸


Kita-Ibaraki is full of art and crafts. Besides Nihonga paintings, there's Tenshin-yaki pottery, glass, and more. There are places offering easy hands-on lessons.

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Hanazono Shrine 花園神社


Hanazono Shrine (花園神社) is in the scenic Hanazono Gorge in the mountainous interior of the city. Founded in 795 by Shogun Sakanoue no Tamuramaro (758–811 坂上田村麻呂). The Tokugawa was also a patron, starting with Ieyasu in 1602 who gave land to the shrine. Noted for rhododendron and fall leaves.

It's not related to Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku, Tokyo, but it's related to Hie Shrine in Akasaka. It belongs to the same family of Shinto shrines worshipping the mountain deity Sanno (山王) headquartered at Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine at the foot of Mt. Hiei in Shiga Prefecture. 30 min. by taxi from Isohara Station.

27 files, last one added on Mar 22, 2019
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Mito 水戸市Pictures of Mito, the capital city of Ibaraki Prefecture.
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Kairakuen Garden 偕楽園


One of Japan's three most famous gardens, Kairakuen is especially noted for thousands of plum blossom trees which bloom in Feb. and March. It also has the Kobuntei Villa with exquisite Japanese-style paintings on paper sliding doors. Kairakuen was built in 1841 by Tokugawa Nariaki (1800-1860), the ninth Lord of Mito.

83 files, last one added on Mar 22, 2006
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Oarai 大洗町Pictures of Oarai-cho town, Ibaraki Prefecture.
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Oarai Isosaki Shrine 大洗磯前神社


This shrine in Oarai is best known for its torii at sea. Pictures of the torii at sunrise is a town trademark. The ocean is rough and it is indeed a dramatic surrounding for a torii.

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Other Sights


Oarai is a pleasant sea resort near Mito. Besides the famous torii in the ocean, the town boasts fresh sea food and other attractions.

17 files, last one added on Apr 12, 2006
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Tsukuba つくば市Pictures of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture.
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Mount Tsukuba 筑波山


One of Japan's 100 Famous Mountains, Mt. Tsukuba is an easy day trip from Tokyo. The mountain has two wedded peaks, Nantai (male) and Nyotai (female). You can either climb up to the peak or take the convenient and low-cost cable car or ropeway up to one of the peaks.

91 files, last one added on Nov 22, 2009
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Matsuri Tsukuba and Nebuta Parade 2009 まつりつくば・ねぶた大パレード


A big, two-day August festival in this modern city on the outskirts of Tokyo featuring diverse dance groups, bazaar, street performances, hula dancing, and food stalls. The climax is a nebuta parade in the evening. Everything is near Tsukuba Station (Tsukuba Express). I went on the second day on Aug. 30, 2009. Matsuri Tsukuba official website here.

88 files, last one added on Dec 31, 2011
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