This tour covers my favorite places in northern Ibaraki prefecture and sourthen Fukushima prefecture. Little known to even Japanese except that Kita-Ibaraki and Iwaki area was heavily damaged by the East Japan great earthquake, but this coastal area is a quiet and wonderful place, and the beautiful shoreline and the mild climate have been loved by many famous artists such as Tenshin Okakura.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Go.
On this tour,we will use public transportation such as train, bus or taxi
Since Kita-Ibaraki and Iwaki are very large, please choose a few places to visit from these spots below.
I can arrange the itinerary on your request
1 Ajisai-no Mori ,or Hydrangea Forest(Recommended)
1200 kinds, about 28,000 hydrangeas can be seen from middle of June to late June.
Located on the top of hill. There are a restaurant( Beef steak is popular) and a glass blowing studio where you can try various glass experience.
3 Izura Coast ( Recommended)
A picturesque place for its beautiful seashore with different shapes of bays and a pine tree forest. Its name came to be known for what Tenshin Okakura,a leading figure who contributed to the modernization of Japanese art ,moved there from Tokyo in 1903. Tenshin Museum exhibits various precious materials such as the first edition of "Book of Tea" penned by Tenshin. Rokkaku-do(Hexagonal Building ) and Cape Izura park are the unmissable points, and you can imagine that ex-famous painters during Meiji era worked hard at fictionization if you stand on this ground.
1 Kozo-ji temple
In early May , 500,000 light purple flowers called Shaga blooms around the three story pagoda in ceder forest.
2 Iwama Coast
The area damaged by tsunami in 2011. Popular surf spot with beautiful bow-shaped bay.
1 Aquamirine Fukushima(Recommended)
The most popular spot in Iwaki city and an aquarium where you can learn the water environment of Fukushima Prefecture and its surroundings.
2 Misaki Park , Onahama
From lookout of huge park , you can see the stunning views of the harbor and the pacific.
3 Toyoma Coast
This area was heavily damaged by tunami in 2011. Over 120 locals lost their lives there.
The shioyasaki light house is a white beautiful building located on the hill. You can see the state of reconstruction from the top of the hill.
1 Coal & Fossil Museum"Horuru"
You can see the display of fossil and dinosaur sceletons and learn the history of the coal mining town.
2 Hot Spa for Racehouses
At the rehabilitation facility, you can see racehouses relaxed in hot spring bathes.
3 Spa Resort Hawaiians
A huge theme park with hot spring. The polynesian dance show by the hura girls there is absolutely impressive.
4 Shiramizu-Amidado Temple (National Treasure)
The Main hall in Shiramizu Amida-do temple was built in 1160 .Lotus flowers in July and coloured leaves in the fall are so beautiful.
To Shiramizu- Amidado, 25 minutes by bus from Iwaki station.
(Nothern Iwaki and Tamura city)
1 Wonder farm, Yotsukura
You can enjoy tomato picking through the year and taste various tomato dishes at Womder farm. It is also a good idea to enjoy local seafood at Road Staton Yotsukura.
To Wander farm , 15 minutes by taxi from Yotsukura Station.
2 Ogawa town & Natsui-gawa Valley
A very peace countryside where Kusano Shinpei,a famous poet, was born. The 500 year-old weeping cherry tree at Ogawa suwa shrine is very stunning. The peak time of full bloom is early April.
3 Abukuma-do lime stone cave, Tamura city (Recommended)
You can see various types stalactites formed over 80 million years.
Guide fee, round trip transportation fee to the meeting point(Mito or Iwaki area: for guide),
entrance fee for you and guide (Rokkaku-do 300 yen, Tenshin Museum 190 yen ,Aquamarine Fukushima 1800 yen, Coal & Fossil 650 yen,etc)
lunch (you and guide),
transportation 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.
*Rokkaku-do and Tenshin Museum will be closed on Mondays.
*I can arrange other places on your request or weather condition.
*Please inform it beforehand when there is much baggage.
*I highly recommend you take out travel insurance before leaving tour country.
* I recomend you exchange money before this tour.
* To Purchase"JR JAPAN RAIL PASS(7 days 29,110 yen)" beforehand is highly recommended.
* The bloom time of seasonal flowers may vary according to werather condition.
Yes, it is. I show you some time tables below. For your reference. Of course I can arrange other itineraries on your request.
8:00 a.m. Depart from Ueno station-(Express Hitachi)-Arrive at Mito at 9:19,Isohara at 9:56,Izumi at 10:11,
4:29 Izumi-(Express Hitachi)-5:21 Katsuta- Arrive at Tokyo at 6:43 p.m
5:32 Izumi-(Express Hitachi)-Arrive at Tokyo at 7:44 p.m.
Yes, I can. However, please make sure that an additional fee will cost.
Pick-up only (5,000 yen to 6,500 yen)
Pick-up plus to take you your hotel (10,000 yen to 13,000 yen)
I will show you how to get to Mito or Iwaki very politely if you want to save the cost.
I highly recommend you perchase the JR pass beforehand.
It will bring your trip into more comfortable.
I will show you some itineraries below for your reference.
(September to Early October)
10:00 a.m.Meet at JR Isohara Station
10:13 Take a local train to Otsuko (5min)-Take a taxi to Izura Area (5 min)
10:30 Enjoy staying in Izura( Tenshin Museum, Rokkakudo-hall, Izura Coast, etc 90min)
12:00 Have lunch at a local restaurant(Ocean View)
1:02 p.m Take a local train to Izumi & take a local bus to Onahama
2:00 p.m. Enjoy Staying in Onahama(Prefectural Aquarium, Misaki Park, Fish market, etc 120 min)
4:30 p.m. Depart from Onahama- (local bus 20 min)
5:00 p.m Say goodbye at JR Izumi Station
10:00 a.m. Meet at JR Isohara Station
10:30 a.m. Enjoy Staying at Izura area (90 min)
12:00 Have lunch at a local restaurant
1:24 p.m. Depart from Isohara to Katsuta (Local train 45 min) & take a local bus to Hitachi Seaside Park
2:30 p.m. Enjoy watching Kochias and Cosmos at the park(120 min)
5:00 p.m Say goodbye at JR Katsuta Station
Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
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No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.