Ibaraki Prefecture is located along the Pacific coast northeast of Tokyo, in the Kanto Region. Mito is the prefectural capital with a population of around 270,000 people. Mito is also the home of the Kairakuen Garden that has over 3,000 Japanese plum trees of over 100 varieties and is considered one of Japan's most beautiful gardens. Also located in the prefecture is the town Hitachi, the home of the Hitachi company.
Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Ibaraki.
Kairakuen garden is located in the prefectural capital Mito and is ranked as one of the three most beautiful landscape gardens in the whole of Japan. The garden is most famous for its over 3,000 plum trees with wide variety of colors. Making Kairakuen a popular spot during the plum blossoming season, usually starting from late February through March. The garden was built by the local lord Tokugawa Nariaki in 1841. But unlike many other gardens at the time, Kairakuen was also open to the public. This is also reflected in its name that in English translates to "a park to be enjoyed together". Every year the Mito Ume Matsuri (Mito Plum Festival) is held from mid February to the last day of March.
Either by bus from Mito Station to Kairakuen garden, taking about 15 minutes. Or a 30 minutes walk along the Senba Lake.
The Ushiku Daibutsu can be found southeast of the city Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture. This impressive Buddhist statue measures 120 meters tall and hold the Guinness World Records as the tallest Buddhist statue in the world. The statue was build in 1993 to celebrate the birth of Shinran, the founder of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Japanese Buddhism. Visitors can enter inside the statue and ride an elevator to the viewing gallery located 85 meters up. On a clear day it's even possible to see as far as the Skytree Tower in Tokyo.
Ride a bus from the Ushiku Station on the JR Joban Line. The ride taking about 30 minutes.