Fukuroda Falls (Daigo Town)For more information
Ryujin Suspension Bridge (Hitachiota City)For more information
Oarai Sunbeach (Oarai Town)
With miles of broad golden sands, shallow waters and restaurants and shops within walking distance, it's not hard to see why this beach is one of Ibaraki's most popular destinations. There are also plenty of opportunities to try water sports such as surfing and kitesurfing.
Sunbeach is fully accessible and wheelchairs for use in the sea are available to borrow.
Kasumigaura City and other municipalities on the lake
Japan’s second largest lake, Kasumigaura is designated as one of Japan’s 100 most beautiful spots. It is popular for such activities as fishing, sailing, and riding water motorcycles, and you can cycle along the shores of the lake as well. Sightseers can also enjoy boarding excursion boats to see traditional sailing vessels called hobikisen plying the waters of the lake.
Mount Tsukuba (Tsukuba City)For more information
Hananuki Gorge (Takahagi City)
This unique landscape features a series of waterfalls which cascade downstream through a series of pools and dams. The gorge's biggest draw is the 60m long Shiomi Falls Suspension Bridge with its stunning views of the nearby waterfalls and lush forested hills surrounding the gorge.
During November, Autumn foliage transforms the gorge into a sea of fiery reds and yellows and the suspension bridge is carpeted with fallen Autumn leaves. Summer is another great time to visit - grab your swim wear and take a plunge into the natural waterfall pools, or relax with a friends at the barbecue area.
Ibaraki Town and other municipalities on the lake
Even some endangered species of animal and plant life exist here peacefully in and around Lake Hinuma, a rare brackish lake where fresh water and seawater meet. Lake Hinuma is a popular spot for observing the sunset, and many people enjoy camping and fishing. Blooming here in June and July, over 10,000 hydrangeas add a cheerful note to Japan’s rainy season.