Diamond Route is a sightseeing route that ties together Fukushima Prefecture, Tochigi Prefecture, and Ibaraki Prefecture, allowing you to enjoy sightseeing in Japan.
If you are going to sightsee in Japan, why not go along Diamond Route on your trip?
Here we introduce activities to enjoy in each of the three prefectures, such as events, where you can experience history, and spots, where you can fully enjoy nature.
Sightseeing in Fukushima Prefecture
Soma-Nomaoi is a festival where armored knights on horses fight each other. It is an abstract folk culture that was born from everyday life, and has been handed down through generations. Because it has especially important value as a cultural asset to Japan, it has been designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
Sengoku Period (Age of Warring States). The festival is usually bustling with people, since many tourists come to watch it, too.
Those who want to fully enjoy nature in Fukushima, should go to Mt. Adatara. There are trekking courses for everyone from beginners to experienced trekkers, or alternatively you may also overlook the mountains from a ropeway cabin.
Sannokura Ski Area in Kitakata City has many gentle courses that can also be enjoyed by children, and in summer the hills are covered by blooming sunflowers.
A typical Japanese Katsudon is made of deep-fried pork cutlet that is topped with an egg, but in Fukushima Prefecture people love sauce Katsudon, where the pork cutlet is topped with a sauce.
Sightseeing in Tochigi Prefecture
If you are in Tochigi, you should visit Nikko Toshogu Shrine, which is a spiritual place. It is famous for being a shrine that worships Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu like a god, and has many monkey sculptures. There are also sculptures of other animals, so try to look for them when you visit the shrine.
Lake Chuzenji is the highest natural lake in Japan, with a climate that is mild throughout the year.
Ever since the early Showa period it has prospered as a summer resort for foreigners. Let’s ride the sightseeing boat to enjoy beautiful scenery, and walk around the area while feeling the changing of the seasons.
Kinugawa Onsen, discovered during the Edo Period, is an alkaline hot spring that is gentle to the skin. There is also an open-air bath where you can view lush green scenery.
As for local cuisine, Utsunomiya Gyoza (a dumpling filled with meat and vegetables) is a famous snack in Tochigi.
Sightseeing in Ibaraki Prefecture
Hitachi Seaside Park
You can see the oldest and longest Katanas (swords) in Japan at Kashima Shrine. The shrine organizes events around 90 times a year, so you can enjoy them throughout the year. There are also deer, which are treated as divine messengers, and you can try feeding them at the shrine.
Hitachi Seaside Park, which is a park rich in nature, is divided into seven areas, with 25 different types of attractions, like cycling, so it is a great place to visit with children.
In spring there are tulips and blue nemophilas, and in autumn there are red kokias as far as the eye can see, which makes the park a great place to take photos.
If you want to taste fresh seafood in Ibaraki, you should visit Tsuchiura Fish Market. There is a large variety of seafood gathered from the whole country from Hokkaido all the way to Kyushu that you can eat at the dining hall.
Enjoy the good things about Japan in Fukushima Prefecture, Tochigi Prefecture, and Ibaraki Prefecture.