Top 10 Things to do in Ibaraki, Japan

December 10, 2017 Leonardo Torrence

Discover the best top things to do in Ibaraki, Japan including National Museum of Ethnology, Ibaraki Kasugaoka Church, Hirakata Park, Sojiji Temple, Asahi Breweries Suita Brewery, Expo '70 Commemorative Park, Ibaraki Shrine, The Tower of the Sun, Daimon-ji Temple, Nifrel.
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1. National Museum of Ethnology

10-1 Senribanpakukoen, Suita 565-0826, Osaka Prefecture +81 6-6876-2151
Excellent
60%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 137 reviews

National Museum of Ethnology

Reviewed By Route128North - North Shore, MA


I had only a little more than an hour to spend at the National Museum of Ethnology and wished I had had at least triple that time. This is a large and interesting museum! In my limited time, I visited only the Asian section (not including the exhibits on Japan) and was fascinated by the visual representations of various cultures. The detail in the exhibits was impressive. It is clear that the museum has a strong scholarly foundation and that subjects can be explored in depth, but there is also much to learn and enjoy during a more superficial visit like mine. Signage (much of it in English) was very informative and helpful in adding context to the materials displayed. I loved going inside a replica of a current day rural Chinese house to discover both ancient and modern objects in use at home today. That house as well as many other colorful, life-size exhibits will have special appeal for children.
I hope to have the opportunity to return to the museum--I’m sure I could happily spend a full day or more (I noticed some resting spots that would be handy for a long visit). Actually, I might prefer several several shorter visits, as that way the various exhibits wouldn’t blur together in my mind and I would have more opportunity to reflect on the information presented. Even if time is short, however, I recommend a visit to this unique museum.

2. Ibaraki Kasugaoka Church

4-3-50 Kitakasugaoka, Ibaraki 567-0048, Osaka Prefecture
Excellent
51%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Ibaraki Kasugaoka Church

Reviewed By enruit - The Hague, The Netherlands

In the vicinity, 1,5 km from, of the Osaka Expo 1972 location is an interesting concrete church by Tadao Ando. From outside, only on Sunday's you can visit it inside, you can see the play with light that makes this place a three stars location.

3. Hirakata Park

1-1 Hirakatakoencho, Hirakata 573-0054, Osaka Prefecture +81 72-844-3475
Excellent
32%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 176 reviews

Hirakata Park

“HIRAKATA PARK” was established in 1912 and is the oldest amusement park in Japan. In “HIRAKATA PARK”, you might be exited all four seasons, Cherry blossoms in Spring, the pool in Summer, the red leaves in Autumn and the snow in Winter. Making everyone who visits “HIRAKATA PARK” smile is our Mission.

Reviewed By AntonioRyan - Kyoto, Japan

The park itself had a great vibe to it. Attractions such as roller coaster and swing ride really compliment the beauty of this park as the amazing view can be seen from when the ride is taken. Since I went here during Christmas, they had a special illumination event where the whole park is basically filled with different light colors, which was one of the best I've seen so far.

4. Sojiji Temple

1-6-1 Sojiji, Ibaraki 567-0801, Osaka Prefecture +81 72-622-3209
Excellent
24%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 33 reviews

Sojiji Temple

Reviewed By お遍路さん京都市 - 京都市

ここは西国観音霊場第22番札所、補陀洛山総持寺と云う高野山真言宗寺院。千手観音をご本尊としています。879年に藤原山陰が開いた1100年を超す縁起を誇る古寺です。但し、堂塔は全て真っ新のように綺麗です。ここは寺院石碑を背負う石の大亀を脇に見て素晴らしい山門を仰ぎ見る立派な大寺院です。再建を繰り返しているので特に国宝や重文はない様子だが、本堂、薬師堂など素晴らしい形状の堂塔が広い敷地に点在していました。又、都会の寺院なので沢山の霊場会にも加入しています。それだけに参拝者、遍路者はひっきりなしにお参りに来られるみたいです。

5. Asahi Breweries Suita Brewery

1-45 Nishinnoshocho, Suita 564-0071, Osaka Prefecture +81 6-6388-1943
Excellent
55%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 116 reviews

Asahi Breweries Suita Brewery

Reviewed By cfinn16 - London, United Kingdom

Genuinely interesting tour with free audio guides. Really fascinating seeing the beer and bottling/canning process. The 3 free beers are great too - and they give you snacks!! Great fun and most definitely recommend it.
You have to reserve a place - we did it on the day and it was fine. When you get to Suita station turn left out of the gates and then head straight to the main road (you'll see the factory on your left). Turn left again and the entrance is quite far down on the left.
Enjoy!

6. Expo '70 Commemorative Park

1-1 Senribanpakukoen, Suita 565-0826, Osaka Prefecture +81 6-6877-7387
Excellent
38%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 433 reviews

Expo '70 Commemorative Park

Reviewed By YTCHENG - Hong Kong, China

We have visited this fifty year old park by early April this year. Although the cherry and plum trees were still not in good form by then, we strolled around most part of the park in over 2 hours time. The park was large, clean and good for walking. There were also benches for sitting if you felt tired. Recommended.

7. Ibaraki Shrine

4-3 Motomachi, Ibaraki 567-0882, Osaka Prefecture +81 72-622-2346
Excellent
10%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
32%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 37 reviews

Ibaraki Shrine

Reviewed By Sesarma - Minneapolis, Minnesota

I feel a bit odd about rating a shrine but after spending 3 weeks in Japan seeing a couple of shrines per day I guess you get a ranking system going. This one is nice and is worth seeing if you are in Ibaraki and happen to be going past the place. If you're going to start comparing it with some of the super-shrines of Kyoto and the likes then of course it can't compete. On the other hand at least it isn't mobbed like some of the mega-shrines.

8. The Tower of the Sun

Expo Park Senri, Suita 565-0826, Osaka Prefecture +81 6-6877-3334
Excellent
38%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 273 reviews

The Tower of the Sun

Reviewed By EarthlingOnline - Worldwide

Hmmm. How to describe this thing?
Interesting whimsical monstrosity?
Upon encountering this object within the Expo 70 Commemorative Park, it struck me as mildly amusing. Upon looking at photos afterward, I wonder what the park area might have been like had it been fully landscaped without this thing? I think, perhaps, the park could have been nicer.

9. Daimon-ji Temple

97 Daimonji, Ibaraki 568-0093, Osaka Prefecture +81 72-649-2027
Excellent
63%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Daimon-ji Temple

Reviewed By mandegan - Tokyo, Japan

茨木市の山間部にある大門寺は真言宗仁和寺の末寺で、本尊は平安時代の開成皇子の作とされる聖如意輪観世音菩薩座像で、四天王立像と共に国の重要文化財の指定を受けています。ただし、秘仏で見ることはできません。しかし、秋には紅葉ですばらしい景色を見せてくれます。その割には人出も少なくゆっくりと散策できることがこのお寺の大きな魅力です。

10. Nifrel

2-1 Senribampakukoen | insde Expocity, Suita 565-0826, Osaka Prefecture +81 570-022-060
Excellent
32%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 198 reviews

Nifrel

Astonished by wonders of life, fascinated by surprises and mysteries in nature, you will want to share the amazing discoveries with someone else. Through the encounter with various forms of life which resonates your heart strings and brings you a sense of oneness, you will awake to the power of life. Yet, what inspires you here are not only living things, but unprecedented experiences, leading to a new finding in yourself Interactive Aquazoo, NIFREL

Reviewed By Anne W - New Orleans, Louisiana

This is a small aquarium but really well planned. It houses an impressive collection of truly unusual and interesting specimens of fish and sea creatures. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent there which I estimate was just over an hour. I would have spent more time if I'd had a companion but I was on my own and did not spend as much time marveling over the exhibits. There were many children there who appeared to be truly enchanted.
I have to say I was shocked at the white tiger's enclosure. It was so small for such a huge animal and was totally bereft of any semblance of a natural environment. I felt sorry for the little hippo that was housed directly across from the tiger. The hippo surely would have no concept of safety from this beast that often stopped its pacing and stared directly at the hippo!
But, all in all, I would definitely recommend a visit especially for families with young children.

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