Ibaraki Prefecture’s PR movie for promoting tourism features a muscular man taking a bath at a famous hot spring in Ibaraki Prefecture. Especially muscle-loving women can’t help but watch the movie until the end.
A muscular man suddenly appears in an open-air bath surrounded by beautiful nature.
Even though the PR movie introduces the hot spring using only subtitles with music and a man relaxing in a bath in the background, with the delightful music playing, you just can’t help but watch the whole video.
Watching the movie makes you wish you could take a bath with a man like this♥
What kind of a place is Ibaraki Prefecture
Ibaraki Prefecture has places like Mount Tsukuba and Lake Kasumigaura. It has a 190 km long coastline and plenty of nature, and a mild climate, making it a comfortable place to live in.
People from all around the world visit the popular Hitachi Seaside Park, where nemophilas bloom in spring, and summer cypresses bloom in autumn.
Ibaraki Prefecture has two places, which have been selected into lists containing the three most famous Japanese places in a certain category. One of them is Kairaku-en, which is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan.
Another one is the Fukuroda Falls, which is one of the three most famous waterfalls in Japan.
There are plenty of places with beautiful scenery to be seen throughout all four seasons.
Access to Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture
Arriving by train: Approx. 70 min. from Tokyo Station to Mito Station.
Arriving by highway bus: Approx. 120 min. from Tokyo Station Yaesu Exit to Mito Station South Exit.
Arriving by plane: Approx. 30 min. from Ibaraki Airport to Mito Interchange by car.
3 Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Ibaraki Prefecture
Hitachi Seaside Park
A huge park, where flowers from all seasons bloom in full glory all year, making it a true “flower paradise”.
It is a place that represents Japan, and it was also chosen as one of the “31 most beautiful places in Japan” by CNN in a special travel article. Nemophilas and summer cypresses covering the entire hill completely is something that is definitely worth seeing.
The place has attracted a lot of attention within Japan and abroad.
Just like Kenroku-en in Kanazawa, and Koraku-en in Okayama, Kairaku-en is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan. There are around 3000 Japanese apricot trees with around 100 different varieties within the garden. A lot of tourists visit the garden during “Mito plum festival”, which is held from the end of February until the end of March.
Just like the Kegon Falls, and the Nachi Falls, the Fukuroda Falls is one of the three most famous waterfalls in Japan. It has a height of 120 meters, and a width of 73 meters, and it flows down a big steep cliff in four steps, which is why it is also called the “four-step falls”. It can be enjoyed during all seasons, with fresh green leaves in spring, autumn leaves in autumn, and the whole waterfall will freezes into a frozen waterfall in winter.
3 Must-eat Dishes to Order When Visiting Ibaraki Prefecture
Because it has soba’s characteristic aroma, flavor, and sweetness, it has been praised by famous soba chefs in Japan. “Tsuke Kenchin Soba” is a superb local cuisine where the soba noodles are dipped in warm kenchin-jiru soup (Japanese tofu and vegetable chowder), with plenty of seasonal ingredients.
Hitachi beef is made only by designated manufacturers within the prefecture. Japanese Black beef cattle are raised for around 30 months, and only beef whose meat quality grade exceeds 4, and yield grade exceeds B is shipped. The characteristics of Hitachi beef are its fine texture, softness, and good flavor.
Monkfish hot pot
It is often said that “the west is known for its fugu, the east is known for its monkfish”. The monkfish represents the taste of Ibaraki’s winter. It can be enjoyed everywhere in the prefecture from late autumn until early spring. We also recommend “dobu-jiru”, which is a traditional fisherman cuisine. It is seasoned with liver and miso, has no added water, and has plenty of seasonal vegetables, giving it a strong flavor.
3 Must-get Souvenirs to Buy When Visiting Ibaraki Prefecture
Dried sweet potatoes
An organic food, with plenty of natural sweetness, made of steamed sweet potatoes, that have been dried by cold winter wind under sunlight. It is very healthy, and is suitable as a snack even for someone who is on a diet. Over 90% of all dried sweet potatoes are produced in Ibaraki Prefecture, making it the biggest producer of dried sweet potatoes in Japan.
In 1889, “Mito Natto” was sold as a railway in Ibaraki prefecture was opened. Since then, the flavorful small-grained natto has become very popular among tourists, and now the brand has also become famous nationwide. There are many varieties, such as the traditional “Warazuto Natto”, which is natto wrapped in straw, “Soboro Natto”, which has thinly sliced and diced radish mixed in, and “Kyogi Natto”.
Yuki-tsugumi was presented to the shogunate in Muromachi period by Yuki clan, which was a powerful family in the Yuki region. In Edo period, it became a popular high-class item due to its refined matte look. The Yuki-tsugumi craft was registered as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010. Nowadays it is used in high class kimono, and kimono accessories.
The Dialect of Ibaraki Prefecture
Let’s take a look at some vocabulary from the old and traditional dialect of Ibaraki Prefecture.
“Gojappe”…An irresponsible person.
“Shaanme”…It can’t be helped.
“Ijiyakeru”…Get mad, drive crazy.
Ibaraki Prefecture is very easy to access even from Tokyo, so why don’t you visit there the next time you get some time off?
「Kanko Ibaraki」Ibaraki Prefecture tourism information site
「Ibakira TV」A video site that introduces Ibaraki Prefecture’s charm
translated by Samu Pekka Ojanen