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North Kanto area consisting of Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Gunma Prefectures is located in the north of Tokyo. There can you feel real Japan. "Shrines and Temples of Nikko" and "Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites" are famous as the world heritages. There are many hot springs and there is abundant nature, such as a view of mountains and a rural landscape.

Abundant Foods in Ibaraki

Natto

NATTO ~smelly, slimy, sticky... but healthy!~

Why don’t you try NATTO? NATTO is one of the most popular foods for breakfast in Japan. Ibaraki's NATTO is known worldwide as "MITO NATTO". When you stay in Ibaraki, you'd better eat real NATTO, MITO NATTO.

Ankou

ANKOU(anglerfish) ~ugly, slimy, jelly-like... but tasty!~

ANKOU is one of local foods in Ibaraki. Especially, ANKIMO, the liver of ANKOU, is called "foie gras of sea" and we recommend you to eat some. We will show you how to cut ANKOU by the hang-and-cut method called "TSURUSHI-GIRI" from November to March.

Sake

SAKE ~Japanese original alcoholic beverage~

Ibaraki has many SAKE brewries. You can enjoy SAKE brewery tour and tasting SAKE samples. Won't you study how to make SAKE, tasting delicious SAKE?

Ocha(Japanese green tea)

OCHA ~Japanese green tea~

Ibaraki is a hidden place in which good tea leaves grow. Ibaraki produces the good tea as well as Uji or Shizuoka. There are the Okukuji tea, Furuuchi tea, Sashima tea, etc., and you can experience tea-picking and can taste samples. Japanese tea will be nice for a Japanese souvenir.

Traditional Culture

Daigo urushi(Japanese lacquer)

DAIGO URUSHI ~Japanese lacquer~

Daigo is the second best farmland for Japanese lacquer. Since the Daigo lacquer is high quality, it is used for finish of the traditional lacquer ware such as Wajimanuri or Shunkeinuri. The workshops and the stores of the Daigo lacquer are in Daigo, so you can inspect and experience Daigo lacquerware.

Kasamayaki(Traditional ware)

KASAMA-YAKI ~Traditional ware~

Kasama ware has been made since the Edo period. And a lot of very artistic works are made these years. Some people from foreign countries move to Japan and are striving for ceramic art.

NISHINOUCHI-WASHI(handmade paper)
~Intangible cultural property designated by nation and prefecture~

Nishinouchi Washi has been made in the same method for 800 years or more. Mitsukuni Mito used it for the compilation of "Dai Nihonshi(Great History of Japan)". Since it is very tough and high quality, Nishinouchi Washi is used for wallpapers and interior goods in recent years.

Festivals

Makabe dolls festival

MAKABE DOLLS' FESTIVAL ~Traditional girls' festival~

Makabe Dolls' Festival is the traditional Girl's Festival performed for one month from February to March every year. The town is filled with a festival mood, in each house, the best dolls for the Girls' Festival are displayed, and they are waiting for you to come. In this town, inspection is accepted in all the houses. However, don't forget to say "hello" to the landlord.

activity

Ryujin bungee jumping

RYUJIN BUNGEE JUMPING

In the Ryujin gorge, you can enjoy the No.1 bungee jumping of Japan. It is the big jump from the 100-meter-high suspension bridge.

BILLFISH TOURNAMENT in OARAI

The offshore of Oarai is the No.1 fishing spot for billfish. The billfish tournament in Oarai is held in August every year.