Japan City Guides: Ibaraki
Things to see and do in Ibaraki
Art Tower Mito (ATM) - a spectacular, super modern cultural complex built in Mito City in 1999. Crowned with a spiraling, 100 meter high titanium tower, it includes an art gallery, a church-like Entrance Hall with a massive pipe organ, an acoustically fine-tuned Concert Hall for classical music performances, the ACM Theater, a Contemporary Art Gallery, a Conference Hall, "Centerpoint" Museum Shop, restaurant "Vert et Blancher (11:30am-3pm - last order 2.30pm; 5-10pm - last order 9pm)", and a coffee lounge.
Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum - a large modern museum opened in 2000, showcasing both traditional crafts and avant-garde creative arts. Set in the beautiful, sprawling Kasama Geijutsu-no-mori ("Art Forest") Park.
Kasama Nichido Museum of Art - a large art gallery opened in 1972 by the prominent local Hasegawa family. Notable for its Impressionists and Ecole de Paris painters, and for its collection of artist palette paintings.
Kashima Jingu, an ancient Shinto shrine near the center of Kashima.
Kashima Stadium - home of the Kashima Antlers.
Surfing beaches: From Kita-Ibaraki all the way down the coast - about 130km - to Choshi, the west-facing coast of Ibaraki is a surfer's paradise, easily accessible from Tokyo.
The coast offers variety, with waves all year round at the northern end, and reef breaks in certain places. Best overall is Oarai with its strong breaks. Kyochigama is recommended for its long, shallow beach breaks. The beach near the Hirai district of Kashima City is recommended for beginners. The stretch of beach just a little north of Kashima Soccer Stadium is recommended for those with a certain degree of experience.
Gay beach: at Ohtake, in Hokota City.
Ibaraki Access - Getting To Ibaraki Prefecture
TrainJapan Rail (JR) Sobu Line rapid train from Tokyo to Kashima-jingu Station (approx. 2hrs 15mins). From Narita Airport take the JR Narita Line to Sawara Station and change to the Kashima Line for Kashima-jingu Station.
BusJR Tokyo Station (Yaesu South Exit) to Kashima-jingu Station bus terminal on the Joban and Higashi-Kanto expressways (2hrs).
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