Ibaraki Prefecture is the most North-eastern area in Kanto, and it stretches between Tochigi Prefecture and the Pacific Ocean. The Northernmost part of the Prefecture is full of mountain ranges, and most of the Prefecture is a flat plain that consists of numerous lakes and a beautiful coastline.
15% of the Prefecture is covered in designated National Park areas so that nature is preserved within those spaces. It is easy to see just how much the people that live in Ibaraki Prefecture enjoy nature, as the capital city, Mito, is home to Kairaku-en. This garden is actually one of the most celebrated gardens in the whole of Japan, and it consists of 3000 plum trees of 100 different varieties.
Dog lovers can rejoice in Tsukuba Wanwan Land, a dog focused theme park which is located near Tsukuba. Visitors area actually allowed to bring their own pets from home to play with all of the resident dogs. There are around 400 dogs, and 80 different breeds of dog. These dogs include the famous Shiba Inu and Akita breeds.
While in Ibaraki Prefecture you should make sure that you try natto the fermented soybean dish that the area is renowned for. You will either love natto, or hate it. There is only one way for you to find out. Ibaraki is also famous for a type of soup that is called Kenchin Jiru, which was born when a monk broke his piece of tofu into numerous pieces when he dropped it. He still decided to use it in his soup, and a dish was in the making.
We would highly recommend that you stop off at the Hitachi Seaside Park, which is in Hitachinaka, on the coast of Ibaraki Prefecture. Flowers bloom in the park on a yearly basis, and photographers flock to the area in the spring to take photographs of the 4.5 million baby blue-eyed flowers that appear there.