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Ibaraki Prefecture

Ibaraki Prefecture in Kanto DistrictIbaraki PrefectureIbaraki is the the prefecture located at the northeast part of Kanto region, and the whole east coast faces the Pacific Ocean.
Formal name is "Ibaraki", but some people say "Ibaragi".

Nearly along the southern prefecture's border, Tone River flows.

In the south part of the prefecture, there is the Japan's second largest lake "Kasumigaura". Also many other lakes are around it.
And broad plain fields are spread. Only Mount Tsukuba towers as if it is an island. The middle part of the prefecture has many hills, and the north part is mountainous.

The southwestmost part of the prefecture is within the commutable area of Tokyo.

The main industry is agriculture, but because this prefecture is close to Tokyo, there are the factories and research facilities of many companies.
Hitachi city located north part of the prefecture is the company town of Hitachi, an Japanese electrical manufacturer.

The central city is Mito, and it is the commutable area.

The main railroad is JR Joban Line, and two limited expresses per an hour run from Ueno.

Ibaraki Travel Information : The official website by Ibaraki Prefectural Government.

The climate in Mito
Highest Temperature (deg C) 9.0 9.4 12.2 17.5 21.3 23.8 27.6 29.6 25.8 20.8 16.0 11.4
Lowest Temperature (deg C) -2.2 -1.5 1.6 6.7 12.0 16.3 20.3 21.9 18.3 11.8 5.4 0.2
Mean monthly rainfall (mm) 51 59 108 120 133 143 134 132 181 168 79 46

Tourist spots in Ibaraki Prefecture

Ibaraki Prefecture map

Itako /1/
Kashima Shrine /2/
Ushiku Daibutsu /3/
Lake Kasumigaura /4/
Mount Tsukuba /5/
Mito /6/
Fukuroda Falls /7/

Scenic or Nature / Park or Garden / Resort / City, Town or Village / Quarter or Street /
Temple or Shrine / Museum or Laboratory / Market or Commercial facility / Factory /
Other Building or Construction / Historic place / Remains / World Heritage Site

Main events in Ibaraki Prefecture

Mito Ume FestivalMito Ume Festival (From late February to end of March)

It is held in Kairakuen garden in Mito city. In the garden, there are about 3,000 trees of ume (Japanese apricot), and their white, pink or red blossoms are in full bloom in this season.
This festival started in 1896, and has been held every year.
During the period, the concerts of Japanese harps, outdoor tea celemonies and some other traditional events are held.

Itako Ayame FestivalSuigo-Itako Ayame Festival (From late May to the last Sunday in June)

It is held in Maekawa Ayame Garden in Itako city.
Ayame means iris, and there are more than one million irises in this garden. We can see beautiful flowers in early summer weather.
This area has many canals, and boat had been one of main means of transportation.
So it had been common that dressed bride goes to groom's home by boat.
In this festival, a real bride boards a boat, and goes by boat through irises. Of course, all visitors congratulate her.

Local foods and products in Ibaraki Prefecture

Mito NattoMito Natto

Natto is one of the popular Japanese foods, and is made by fermenting the boiled soy beans.
It is rich in nutrients and is a healthy food, but it has a distinctive smell, so most foreigners don't like it.
Originally natto had been made locally as a home industry. But in early 20th century, a natto maker in Mito began to mass-produce natto industrially.
Since that, most Japanese people associate "natto" with "Mito".

Anko nabeAnko-nabe

"Anko" is one of deep-sea fish, and it is called "anglerfish" or "goosefish" in English. Many anko are caught off the east coast of Ibaraki Prefecture.
Anko has a grotesque body, but it tastes good. We eat not only its meat but also inner parts, skins, gills and fins.
Especially the liver is similar to "foie gras", so it is much-prized.
Anko-nabe is one pot stew with all parts of anko, vegitables and tofu. The soup are mixed with either shoyu (soy sauce) or miso.
In winter, we can eat it at any ryokans or restaurants at the northeast coast in Ibaraki Prefecture.

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