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Sightseeing Spots within one hour driving

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   Place             Description Good Seasons
 Garden/Park/Aquarium
 Oarai Aquarium  There are about 580 types of marine lives in aqua world and  especially it features the large number of sharks in japan.
 Access: Please see PDF
 Hitachi Kaihin
 Park
 It consists of flower gardens, sand dunes, amusement park, 
 meadow, cycling paths, BBQ area etc. It is one of the four
 largest rock’n’roll music festivals in Japan.<Guide>
 Access
: Please see PDF
 Any season.
 Kairaku-en(Mito)  The Kairakuen was a landscape gardening project started by 
 Nariaki Tokugawa. The park opened in July 1842.
 The Kairakuen was built for not only feudal lords or feudal
 warriors, but also for commoners. Therefore, the design 
 incorporates characteristics from modern parks as well as a
 formal Japanese landscape gardens.
 In early spring, about 100 different types of plum trees
 bloom with a total of 3000 flowers. 
 Access: Please see PDF 
 Season of
 plum trees
 UshikuDaibutsu 

 Located 25km south west of KEK.
 Access: Please see PDF 

 Any season
 Warp station Edo
 
(Japanese)
 It is a history park reproducing the rows of houses of Edo in
 Minami-Ota, Tsukubamirai-shi. Driving time will be around 
 50minutes (24km) from KEK. Access: Please see PDF 
 Any season
 Temple
 Amabiki Kannon   This temple shows a classic example of shrine architecture.
 13th century. North of KEK, 27km drive.
 Any season
 Saikoh-in
 
(Japanese)
 Located on the North-East slope of Mt.Tsukuba, this temple
 provides nice view of Tsuchiura area. 40km from KEK.
 There is the Ibaraki Flower Park near Saiko-in
 Any season
 Museum/Museun Airt
 Ibaraki National  
 Museum
 
 Ibaraki Nature Museum is beside Sugao Marsh that is the largest nature
 conservation area in Ibaraki.
 Access: KEK-(bus)-Tsukuba Center-(on foot)-Tsukuba Sta.-(TX)-Moriya Sta.-
     (bus, bound for Iwai 岩井)-Shizen Hakubutsu-kan Iriguchi-(on foot)-
     National Museum
 Ibaraki Ceramic Art
 Museum
 
 
 Access: http://www.tougei.museum.ibk.ed.jp/access/index.html (JP)
     http://www.tougei.museum.ibk.ed.jp/english/access/index.html (eng)
 Kasama Nichido  
 Museum of Art
  
 Access: Please see PDF 
 The Museum of  
 Modern Art Ibaraki
 Access: Please see the website
 Other
 Kasama City    Well known for "Kasama-Yaki" potteries. Kasama-Yaki style 
 started in late 18th century by a potter 'Cho-e-mon'. Visit 
 museums and various potters. Small but a nice art gallery,
 Nitchi-Doh Bijyutukan,has some nice collections. Located
 30km north east of KEK. Driving time will be around an
 hour(56km) 
 Access: Please see PDF 

 Any season.  
 But season
 of azaleas is
 best 

 Mashiko City 

 

 Well known for "Mashiko-Yaki" potteries. Famous potter Shoji
 Hamada made this city well known.
 Mashiko-Kinenkan(Museum) was a house/workshop of
 Hamada, which originally was a large farm house.
 Excellent collection of various potteries. Located 30km north  of KEK. Requires about an hour of driving.
 You could try a wheel and make your own art. They will
 teach you how to use a wheel.(Tsukamoto-Seito) 
 Access: Please see PDF 
 Any season
 Makabe-machi
 
(Japanese)
 Drive north on Rt.408 (Higashi-Odori). Turn right and then
 left so that you go toward Mt. Tsukuba. Stay on the road
 (Rt.14) passing the road to Mt .Tsukuba until you come to
 the "Ta" intersection (at 15.9km from KEK). You can park
 your car near festival place. (ひな祭り Doll Festival )

 Doll Festiva.
 Begining 
of
 Feb-Mar.3

 UshikuChateau
 (Chateau Kamiya
)

 Oldest winery in Japan. (1903). Located 25km south west of
  KEK. About 8min. on foot from Ushiku Station.
 Access: KEK-(bus)-Tsukuba Center-(bus)-Hitachino-ushiku      Sta. -(JR Joban Line)-Ushiku Sta.-(on foot)- Chateau
     Kamiya

 Any season.
 But, Cherry
 blossom's
 season is 
 best.


 Links

  Japan. Endless Discovery
  Japan -guide.com (Transportation in Japan): Transportation, Japan Sightseeing Guide
  Willer Express (Easy online booking) : List of Highway-bus Service Routes.
  Tokyo Sightseeing Bus-tours (Hato bus)
  JTB Sunrise Tours : Sightseeing Tours in English
  Japan Economy Hotel Group

 updated: 2018-07-11
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