Ibaraki is home to various kinds of summer outdoor activities since it faces the Pacific Ocean and has several large lakes and rivers. Also, festivals and fireworks displays are special events making you feel things unique to Japan.

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.

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Lake Kasumigaura

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.

Mito Komon Festival & Fireworks (Mito City)

Mito Komon Festival and Lake Senba Fireworks display are the highlight of the summer calendar in Mito and a quintessential Japanese Summer experience. During the festival, the whole city goes into carnival mode and portable shrines, festival floats and community groups parade through the streets of Mito.
Meanwhile, the Lake Senba Fireworks display features more than 4000 fireworks - a show not to be missed!

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Amabiki Temple Hydrangea Festival

Amabiki Kannon Temple (Sakuragawa City)

 Located in the mountains of western Ibaraki, Amabiki Kannon Temple is dedicated to prayers for safe birth and child raising. The temple’s famous hydrangea festival takes place during the rainy season from early to mid-June. More than three thousand hydrangea plants of ten different varieties are in bloom during the festival, surrounding the imposing temple building with a riot of colour. 

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Itako Iris Festival (Itako City)

During this festival in June more than a million irises fill the canal city of Itako with a riot of colour. A range of events are held on weekends during the festival including Ayame Odori, a traditional dance which takes place in the iris gardens, and ‘yomeiri-bune’, a traditional ceremony where a bride dressed in a traditonal wedding kimono travels by boat to meet her new husband.

Ushiku Daibutsu Buddha Statue (Ushiku City)

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Harvesting and Eating Melons

Ibaraki is the leader of melon production in Japan. You can enjoy eating melons on-site at some tourist farms, and even try your hand at harvesting. Generally speaking, early summer (June) is the best time to visit melon farms.