Cultural Experiences

Cultural Experiences

Ibaraki offers various kinds of hands-on programs related to unique traditional lifestyles. For example, there are many historic craftworks you can try making. Also, the craftworks can be a good souvenir to take back home for your friends and family.

Making Pottery

Kasama-yaki Pottery
Make pottery from a lump of clay with potter’s wheel at facilities in Kasama City. Your ceramic works will be sent to you after being fired at a kiln and finished.  

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Yuki Tsumugi Silk

Yuki Tsumugi is handcrafted in only a few places in Ibaraki and Tochigi Prefectures, and is recognised as UNESCO  Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Try out a variety of cultural experiences including weaving silk fabric using a traditional weaving machine and traditional indigo cloth dyeing. Cultural experiences take around one hour. Alternatively, rent an authentic Yuki Tsumugi Silk kimono and explore the city’s many museums to learn more about Yuki Tsumugi, from how silk is spun to how to properly wear a kimono. 

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Making Oyaki, a traditional snack

An unused school building with a history of 150 years is the venue for making oyaki which is a kind of round cake with fillings. First, you will make a dough from wheat flour and wrap some local ingredients with the dough, and bake the oyaki. It takes nearly one hour for you to make oyaki and eat them.

Making soba (buckwheat noodles)

 Northern Ibaraki is a good buckwheat producer, and by using the quality flour you can try making soba noodles. To serve delicious soba, you need to use freshly grained flour and make a dough and boil the noodles quickly. Soon after cutting the dough into noodles, you have the staff boil them and you can eat them. Hitachi Aki Soba

Tea Ceremony

There are several tea houses in Ibaraki where visitors can experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, including on at Nishiyama Goten Palace. Tea ceremonies are held in specially designed rooms known as ‘chashitsu’. During the ceremony, slightly bitter matcha tea is served alongside delicate seasonal sweets. 

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