This tour covers Hitachi seaside park and its srroundings. Kochia's hill of the park has got popularity recentry. Kairaku-en garden of Mito is also nice spot. It is a good idea to try local cuisine in Ibaraki.Anyway,this tour will surely satisfy anyone who love flowers and gourmet.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Go.
You can choose a few places to visit from the following sights.
Of course I can arrange your itinerary on your request.
(Central Mito )
Mito city, located 100 km northeast of Tokyo, can be reached in 70 minutes by express train from Tokyo station.
1 Kairaku-en Garden(Highly recommended, Free)
Built in 1841 by the local lord, Tokugawa Nariaki, Kairaku-en is one of Japan's three finest landscape gardens where you can see various kinds of flowers throughout the year. The garden is most famous for its over 3,000 plum trees and popular during the blossom season(Late Feb to Mid - March).
Besides the plum trees Kairakuen also features a bamboo grove, cedar woods and the Kobuntei(200yen), a traditional Japanese style building.
From the Kobuntei,you can enjoy a great view of Kairakuen and nearby Lake Senba.
It takes 15 minutes by bus from Mito station.
2 Kodo-kan Hall (200yen)
Built in 1841 by Tokugawa Nariaki, it was one of the largest domain schools in Japan, where the sons of samurai were educated.
Kodokan is also famous for its over 800 plum trees as well as Kairaku-en Garden.
It is a 10-minute walk from Mito Station.
(Hitachi-naka Area) Katsuta is 5 minutes by train from Mito.
3 Hitachi Seaside Park(450yen, Highly Recommended. Closed on Mondays)
A wide variety of seasonal flower gardens and the most popular spot in Ibaraki prefecture.
Taking "Seaside train"(One day pass 600yen) is recommended if you are not good at walking for a long time.
(Blooming season Kochia (autumn red tint):Early to mid Oct.
It takes 15 minutes by bus from Katsuta Station.
4 Saza Coffee Main
You can taste delicious coffee in stylish space with foliage.
It is a 10 minute walk from Katsuta Station.
(Oarai & Nakaminato, Seaside area)
Oarai town is 30 minutes by bus or 15 minutes by train from Mito.
Nakaminato town is 15 minutes by train from Katsuta and just 10 minutes by bus from Oarai.
5 Nakaminato Fish Market
Enjoy fresh seafood and shopping
6 Aqua world Oarai(1850yen)
One of the largest aquarium in Japan. You can meet about 68,000 sea creatures of about 580 species.
(Naka area) 20 minutes by train from Mito
7 Kiuchi sake brewery
The craft beer here is very popular almost as same as sake.
Let's taste it with delicious soba lunch.
(Kasama area) 30 minutes by train from Mito.
A Popular old city for ceramics .
Let's enjoy Sake tasting, visiting the Museum at which famous artists works such as Monet are exhebited, visiting the old shrine, Taste local Malon sweets or Try Ceramic Art experience.
8 Shunpu- Banri- So
An old house which has dry landscape garden. Autumn foliage there is superb.( Best time is Mid-November.)
guide fee, round trip transportation fee to the meeting point(Mito area) for guide
tansportation fee (you and guide),lunch and entrance fee (you and guide),etc
* Flowers in full bloom may not be seen by weather condition.
I can guide you in Tokyo and Chiba area if you pay my transpotation fee.
*I strongly recommend that you should take out travel insurance before leaving your country.
*If you have much baggage, please tell me before the tour starts. There are some coin lockers at JR Mito Station and JR Katsuta Station.
* I do reccommend to exchange money beforehand. There are some banks near JR Mito Station.
* It is very sensible to purchase JR Pass(29,110 yen ,7-day) before leaving your country.
We use public transportation. The cost will be applox 2,000 yen.
If we take a taxi, the cost maybe over 4,000 yen ( I will show you the estimate quote) .
Of course it is. I'll show you some time tables below. For your reference.
8:30 a.m. Depart from Ueno Station-(Express Hitachi 3820 yen)- 9:55 Arrive at Katsuta station
10:00 a.m. Meet the guide
10:20 a.m. Depart from Katsuta-(local bus 400 yen)
10:40 a.m. Hitachi Seaside Park( Enjoy watching seasonal flowers, 450 yen)
※I might show you other sports such as Oarai aquarium on weather condition.
12:30 Get back to Katsuta and Have Lunch at local Japanese restaurant.
2:00 p.m. Depart from Katsuta (by JR local train)
(Plan A) Kiuchi Sake brewery (Enjoy tasting sake and craft beer ,60min) Get back to Mito station by 5 p.m.
(Plan B)Visiting Kairakuen Park(60 min) and shopping in Mito. Get back to Mito station by 5 p.m
(plan C) Visit Old town Kasama
Kasama is 30 min from Katsuta.
Visit shrine ,brewery, museum and so on.
Go back to JR Tomobe station by 5 p.m.
4:53 p.m.Depart from Mito-(Express Tokiwa )
- 6:15 p.m.Arrive at Tokyo.
5:27 p.m. Depart from Mito- (Express Hitachi)
-6:43 p.m. Arrive at Tokyo
Yes, I can. However, In that case ,please make sure that an extra charge(round trip transportation fee to Tokyo for guide will be added.
Pick-up only ( About 5,000 to 6,500 yen)
Pick-up plus Take you to your hotel(About 10,000 to 13,000 yen)
※ I will tell you how to get to Mito from Tokyo very politely if you save the cost.
I highly recommend to purchase the JR Pass.
This pass surely will make your trip to rural areas much easier.
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Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.