Discovering Japan: Ibaraki (1)

Finally, the prefecture I am currently residing in!

Unlike many foreigners, I am residing in Ibaraki prefecture and not Tokyo, although one day, I hope I can experience living there again.

Ibaraki is gorgeous and definitely a place I would consider staying in, in the future, with my family. It may be a mundane and not so popular place to visit but I hope as I continue exploring and living in this beautiful town, the mindsets and impressions will change in time.

Food

Natto (Fermented Beans)

I wasn’t a fan of natto prior to moving to Japan. It takes a lot of convincing for many, but, not for me. I love Ibaraki for this- one set of three boxes could come up to the cost of ¥150 in the city, but in Ibaraki, it would cost from ¥60 to ¥80.

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Photo by Yoppy from commons.wikimedia.

I usually eat at home or conbini (save $$) but thanks to go-to, and discounts from the city of Moriya, I’ll be sharing more on food experiences here in the future!

Time for some exploring!

Activities

Ibaraki has a lot of sight-seeing spots available all year round. Let’s get into it.

Country Side

I live in a rather rural side of Ibaraki. It’s the little-est things places that makes living in Japan so much more sureal.

Walking distance from my place lies, Omenuma Bridge. The country side has a nostalgic smell, and the scene is simply beautiful. Many go fishing here.

Most of the time, I would just walk to the country side and watch them hard at work. I admire how age and weather ain’t gettin’ in the way.

Ibaraki by Ichiyen

Ushiku

Ushiku is a city in Ibaraki. Many do not know of this city. It has one of the biggest buddha statues in Japan that is even taller than the statue of liberty. I present you Ushiku Buddha.

Close to the buddha statue, lies an outlet mall. Shopping, shopping. I’ve never been because I got no $$, but on the bus ride home, I see many happy faces and bags. Jealous.

Mountain

Even though Ibaraki is not surrounded by mountain terrains, there is still, one or two mountains in Ibaraki.

One is, Mount Tsukuba.

Beaches

During summer, beaches are a popular spot to hang out at. I have not been to one in Ibaraki yet as most of them are really far away, and I have yet to get my drivers license here in Japan. But a recommendation I cannot miss is “大竹海岸” beach in Hokota.

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Picture by Unknown on commons.wikimedia

It’s pretty isn’t it.

Cafe hopping

I never thought this would be a thing while traveling but through my experience living and mingling with my co-workers who are locals, I realised cafe hopping is pretty fun experience here in Ibaraki.

Ibaraki by Ichiyen
That’s it for now.
Ibaraki by Ichiyen

Hope to share more of Ibaraki in the future. Stay tune to Part 2!

Ichiyen