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Ibaraki Prefecture

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Masaru Hashimoto

6,095.58 km2


Colleges and Universities
University of Tsukuba

Points of interest
Hitachi Seaside Park, Mount Tsukuba, Aqua World, Rokkakudo, Ushiku Daibutsu

Mito, Tsukuba, Tsuchiura, Hitachi, Hitachinaka

2.96 million (Mar 31, 2012)

Map of Ibaraki Prefecture

Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県, Ibaraki-ken) is a prefecture of Japan, located in the Kantō region on the main island of Honshu. The capital is Mito.


Ibaraki Prefecture Culture of Ibaraki Prefecture

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Ibaraki Prefecture was previously known as Hitachi Province. In 1871, the name of the province became Ibaraki.


Ibaraki Prefecture Wikipedia

Ibaraki Prefecture is the northeastern part of the Kantō region, stretching between Tochigi Prefecture and the Pacific Ocean and bounded on the north and south by Fukushima Prefecture and Chiba Prefecture. It also has a border on the southwest with Saitama Prefecture. The northernmost part of the prefecture is mountainous, but most of the prefecture is a flat plain with many lakes.

As of 1 April 2012, 15% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely Suigo-Tsukuba Quasi-National Park and nine Prefectural Natural Parks.


Thirty-two (32) cities are located in Ibaraki Prefecture:

  • Mito (the capital city of the prefecture)
  • Towns and villages

    These are the towns and villages in each district:

  • Higashiibaraki District
  • Ibaraki
  • Ōarai
  • Shirosato
  • Inashiki District
  • Ami
  • Kawachi
  • Miho
  • Kitasōma District
  • Tone
  • Kuji District
  • Daigo
  • Naka District
  • Tōkai
  • Sashima District
  • Goka
  • Sakai
  • Yūki District
  • Yachiyo
  • Economy

    Ibaraki's industries include energy, particularly nuclear energy, production, as well as chemical and precision machining industries. The Hitachi company was founded in the Ibaraki city of the same name.

    As of March 2011, the prefecture produced 25% of Japan's bell peppers and Chinese cabbage.


    Ibaraki's population is increasing modestly as the Greater Tokyo region spreads out.


    Ibaraki is known for nattō, or fermented soybeans, in Mito, watermelons in Kyōwa (recently merged into Chikusei), and chestnuts in the Nishiibaraki region.

    Ibaraki is famous for the martial art of Aikido founded by Ueshiba Morihei, also known as Osensei. Ueshiba spent the latter part of his life in the town of Iwama, now part of Kasama, and the Aiki Shrine and dojo he created still remain.

    There are castle ruins in many cities, including Mito, Kasama, and Yūki.

    Kasama is famous for Shinto, art culture and pottery.

    The capital Mito is home to Kairakuen, one of Japan's three most celebrated gardens, and famous for its over 3,000 Japanese plum trees of over 100 varieties.


  • Ami
  • Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences
  • Hitachi
  • Ibaraki Christian University
  • Mito
  • Ibaraki University
  • Tokiwa University
  • Tsuchiura
  • Tsukuba International University
  • Tsukuba
  • Tsukuba University
  • Tsukuba Gakuin University
  • National University Corporation Tsukuba University of Technology
  • Ryugasaki
  • Ryutsu Keizai University
  • Sports

    The sports teams listed below are based in Ibaraki.

    Football (soccer)

  • Kashima Antlers (Kashima)
  • Mito HollyHock (Mito)
  • Volleyball

  • Hitachi Sawa Rivale (Hitachinaka)
  • Rugby

  • Kashima Rugby Football Club RFC
  • Baseball

  • Ibaraki Golden Golds (Regional club)
  • Puroresu

  • Hitachi Pro Wrestling (Regional group)
  • Tourism

  • Kairaku-en
  • Mount Tsukuba
  • Kashima Shrine
  • Ibaraki Prefectural Museum of History
  • Railways

  • East Japan Railway Company
  • Jōban Line
  • Utsunomiya Line (Tōhoku Main Line)
  • Mito Line
  • Suigun Line
  • Kashima Line
  • Tsukuba Express
  • Kantō Railway
  • Jōsō Line
  • Ryūgasaki Line
  • Kashima Rinkai Railway
  • Ōarai Kashima Line
  • Kashima Rinkō Line
  • Minato Line (Hitachinaka Seaside Railway)
  • Mooka Line (Mooka Railway)
  • Cable cars

  • Mount Tsukuba Cable Car
  • Mount Tsukuba Ropeway
  • Expressways

  • Jōban Expressway
  • Ken-Ō Expressway
  • North Kanto Expressway
  • East Kanto Expressway
  • National highways

  • National Route 4 (around Koga area)
  • National Route 6 (Nihonbashi of Tokyo-Toride-Tsuchiura-Mito-Hitachi-Iwaki-Sendai)
  • National Route 50
  • National Route 51 (Mito-Kashima-Itako-Narita-Chiba)
  • National Route 118
  • National Route 123
  • National Route 124
  • National Route 125 (Katori-Tsuchiura-Tsukuba-Koga-Gyoda-Kumagaya)
  • National Route 245
  • National Route 253
  • National Route 294
  • National Route 349
  • National Route 354
  • National Route 355
  • National Route 400 (Mito-Nakagawa-Nikko-South Aizu-West Aizu
  • National Route 408
  • National Route 461
  • Ports

  • Port of Ibaraki
  • Kashima Port
  • Airports

  • Ibaraki Airport
  • Pronunciation

    The prefecture is often mispronounced "Ibaragi". However, the correct pronunciation is "Ibaraki". According to the author of "Not Ibaragi, Ibaraki", this is most likely due to a mishearing of the softening of the "k" sound in Ibaraki dialect.


    Ibaraki Prefecture Wikipedia

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