Ibaraki Prefecture offers a good balance of rural and urban advantages, with easy access from Tokyo and abundant nature, including mountains, the sea, and lakes.The National Hitachi Seaside Park, located on the Pacific coast in Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki Prefecture, covers an area of approximately 215 hectares and has large-scale flower gardens in various parts of the park, with the Nemophila Hill, which comes into full bloom in spring, known as one of the most beautiful spots in Japan.In addition, Kashima Jingu Shrine in Kashima City is the head shrine (the most prestigious shrine) of the approximately 600 Kashima shrines in Japan, and is a famous power spot in the Kanto region that has watched over many people from ancient times to the present day.
One of the famous handicrafts of Ibaraki Prefecture is Kasama Ware, a ceramic ware made of the sticky Kasama clay from the area around Kasama City, which has been used as miscellaneous daily utensils. Many events related to Kasama Ware are held each season, and it is also enjoyed as a work of art. Yuki tsumugi, produced mainly in the area facing the Kinugawa River, is a luxury silk fabric with the oldest history in Japan and the pride of Ibaraki Prefecture. The entire process is done by hand, and the technique is registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Lightweight, warm, and durable, Yuki Tsumugi is loved as a life-long kimono that becomes more and more beautiful the more it is worn.