16th Annual I Love Ibaraki Fureai Festival

When: 10am – 4:30pm, April 8th 2017
Where: The Former Prefectural Office Building (Sannomaru Chousha) (1-5-48 Sannomaru, Mito)
Access: 15 minutes’ walk from Mito Station
Website

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The I Love Ibaraki Fureai Festival is a chance for Ibarakians to celebrate local food and culture under the cherry blossoms that bloom around the old castle moat in Sannomaru. The festival will include stalls selling local specialties from around Ibaraki, a bazaar, stage performances, a walking tour around Sannomaru, a stamp rally, and the chance to decorate an old bus with graffiti!

Stage Events

10:00 Blue Beginners (Mito Technical High School Jazz Band)
12:00 Blue Hawks (Oarai High School Marching Band)
13:00 Sannomaru Elementary School Brass Band

44th Annual Mt. Tsukuba Plum Festival

When: February 25th – March 20th, 2017
Where: Tsukuba and the Mt. Tsukuba Plum Forest    

Video of 2013 Festival

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Tsukuba’s plum tree forest sits at around 250m above sea level, and from among the trees you can gaze out upon Tsukuba City, and even spot Mt. Fuji and Tokyo Sky Tree in the distance. The Mt. Tsukuba Plum Festival is unique in offering the chance to enjoy such a splendid view while walking amongst the red, pink, and white blossoms.

On weekends and public holidays you can revel in the beauty of the plum blossoms while keeping toasty sitting by an open hearth from 10am to 3pm at the Plum Forest Plum Viewing Square (umebayashi kanbai hiroba). Other activities held every day during the festival include a treasure hunt for a golden toad around Mt. Tsukuba and workshops for making pens from plum tree branches (100 yen to participate) and toasted sandwiches (400 yen to participate) at Forest Adventure Tsukuba.

Access: 40 minutes via the Mt. Tsukuba Shuttle Bus from Tsukuba Center Mt. Tsukuba Shuttle Bus Stop (next to bus stop no.1) outside the A3 and A4 TX Tsukuba Station exits (bus schedule). Get off at Tsukuba-san Jinja Iriguchi (筑波山神社入り口)

Limited Time Plum-themed Dishes

Throughout the festival, stores around Tsukuba will sell a variety of plum-themed dishes for you to try. Get in quick, as some places only offer a limited number of the dish per day!

Meals

Kandaya (Tsukuba-shi Tsukuba 722)
Tsukuba Akane Chicken and Plum Mayonnaise Rice Bowl (1000 yen)

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Ishihama (Tsukuba-shi Tsukuba 721)
Plum Rice and Kenchin Soup (root vegetable soup) (850 yen)

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Murasaki (Tsukuba-shi Tsukuba 753)
Plum Tororo (shaved yam) Soba/Udon (980 yen)

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Mt. Tsukuba Drive In (Tsukuba-shi Tsukuba 1233-8)
Plum Udon/Soba (780 yen)

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Hitachino (Tsukuba-shi Usui 2103-5 Kazekaeshi Ridge)
Marinated Hitachi-wagyu Beef on Rice (with plum stock) (2160 yen)

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Tsutsujigaoka Rest House (Tsutsujigaoka Ropeway Station)
Natto & Pork Cutlet Meal (1050 yen)

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Mt. Tsukuba Keisei Hotel (Tsutsujigaoka Ropeway Station)
Fragrant Plum Shokado Bento (2160 yen)
An extravagant bento box including stewed yellowtail with radish, bamboo, and plum-shaped carrot, Tsukuba Biton pork-wrapped asparagus with plum sauce, fried and battered anglerfish with plum, bamboo kamameshi (rice cooked with other ingredients in a pot) and local strawberries from the Yasato area.

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Tsukuzen (Tsukuba-shi Numata 1441-1)
Plum Gozen (1620 yen)
A plum-filled meal including plum inari sushi made from rice from Yumeda Farm located at the foot of Mt. Tsukuba, plum konnyaku, pickled plum tempura, side dishes made from local vegetables, and Hitachi Aki Soba.

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Oshokujidokoro Aoki (Tsukuba-shi Tsukuba 829-1)
Plum and Perilla Sushi with Wild Vegetable Soba (1500 yen)

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Tsukuba Ham (Tsukuba-shi Hiratsuka 383)
Pork Roast Steak and Plum Beurre Composé (2484 yen)

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Chicken Paitan Ramen Obiya (Tsukuba-shi Kaname 137-3)
Spicy Red Yuzu and Shaved Plum Ramen (850 yen)

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Sweets

Kamiya Seika (Umaimon Dokoro in the Mt. Tsukuba Plum Forest)
Plum Yōkan (100 yen)

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Daiichiya (Umaimon Dokoro in the Mt. Tsukuba Plum Forest)
Plum Yōkan with a Stewed Plum (450 yen)

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Sugimotoya (Umaimon Dokoro in the Mt. Tsukuba Plum Forest)
Mt. Tsukuba-yaki Pastry with Plum-flavoured Filling (200 yen)

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Tsukuba Yakon (Mt. Tsukuba Plum Forest Rest Area and Mt. Tsukuba Omotenashi Kan)
Plum Chiffon Cake made with rice flour (190 yen)

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Ishihama (Tsukuba-shi Tsukuba 721)
Plum Anmitsu (650 yen)

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Tsukuba Ham Shizen Aji Kōbō (Tsukuba-shi Hiratsuka 383)
Plum Tart Set (702 yen)

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Cable Car Miyawaki Store (Next to Mt. Tsukuba Shrine)/Tsutsujigaoka Rest House (at the ropeway station)
Red Plum Soft Serve Ice Cream (320 yen)

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Mt. Tsukuba Drive In (Tsukuba-shi Tsukuba 1233-8)
Plum Soft Serve Ice Cream (350 yen)

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121st Annual Mito Plum Festival

When: February 18th – March 31st
Where: Kairakuen and the Kodokan, Mito

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Access via Public Transport
Kairakuen: Take a bus heading to Kairakuen from Bus Stop 4 or 6 on the north side of Mito Station (see map here http://www.koen.pref.ibaraki.jp/foreign_language/en/access_info/index.html)
Kodokan: 8 minutes’ walk north of Mito Station (see map here: http://www.koen.pref.ibaraki.jp/park/kodokan06.html)

Admission
Kairakuen: Free
Kobuntei: Adults 200 yen, junior high school and younger 100 yen
Kodokan: Adults 200 yen, junior high school and younger 100 yen, over 70 free

Opening Hours
Kairakuen: 6am – 7pm (7am to 6pm until February 19th)
Kobuntei: 9am – 5pm (9am – 4:30pm until February 19th)
Kodokan: 9am – 5pm (9am – 4:30pm until February 19th)

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The Plum Blossoms of Kairakuen

There are approximately 100 varieties of plum tree growing in Kairakuen, and they all bloom at different times. Early blooming varieties (hayazaki) begin around mid-January to mid-February, mid-season blooming varieties (nakazaki) around early February to mid-March, and late blooming varieties (osozaki) around early March to early April. These times can vary every year though, depending on the climate.

Of the 3000 plum trees in Kairakuen, only around half of them can be said to be of a particular variety (the other half being mixes of a number of varieties resulting in an unnamed variety). The most common among those with clear names is the Shirakaga variety, of which there are nearly 450 trees. The next most common is the Tōjibai, with 150 trees, followed by Yaekankō, with 130 trees.

Although the trees bloom roughly as described above, they are greatly affected by weather and precipitation, so it is not an exact timeline. This is why you should visit Kairakuen several times to stroll around the park and appreciate the many forms of the plum blossoms.

Early Blooming Varieties (Mid-January to Mid-February)

The Yaekankō, Shironaniwa, Yaetōji, and Rekkōbai varieties are representative of the early blooming plum tree varieties, and can be found scattered around Kairakuen. In particular, the Yaekankō in the East-West Plum Forest near the East Gate and the Shironaniwa by the Onari Gate are well known and among the first to bloom. Searching for the few flowers that have blossomed among the majority that are still in their bud forms is one of the most enjoyable things to do during the early blooming season.

Mid-season Blooming Varieties (Late February to Mid-March)

The single-petaled Tsukikage with its distinct silhouette and the soft and fluffy Tora-no-o are exemplary of the mid-season blooming varieties. They can be found scattered around the park in the Western Plum Forest and other locations, and are known for their fragrance and colour. It is when the mid-season varieties are in bloom that you can fully feel the coming of spring and enjoy the grand sight of many plum trees in full bloom.

Late Blooming Varieties (Early March to Early April)

The Shirakaga, Kasugano, and Kōnanshomu varieties are representative of late blooming plum trees. In particular Shirakaga trees can be seen all around the park. They bloom slowly and decorate the end of the plum blossom season. The end of the season is when you should savour the last of the blossoms before they are gone.

Precautions against the Spread of Avian Influenza (from the Mito Municipal Government website)

In December 2016, a case of avian influenza was discovered in a wild bird at Lake Senba, which is located beside Kairakuen. As a result, precautions are being taken at Lake Senba to prevent the spread of avian influenza.

People who do not have any particular contact with birds in their everyday lives are not thought to be at risk of contracting the virus, so there is no need to worry excessively. Please remain calm and take action based on information from official sources. We ask for your cooperation in the following:

1. There is a possibly of the virus spreading via bird droppings becoming stuck to people’s shoes, so if you step on bird droppings around Lake Senba please use the calcium hydroxide that has been provided on the jogging course to disinfect your shoes. You can do so simply by stepping into the box.

Caution:

  • Calcium hydroxide is a powerful alkaline, so please avoid direct contact with your skin
  • People with multiple chemical sensitivity should take special care
  • If the calcium hydroxide gets on your skin, wash the affected area thoroughly
  • If it gets in your eye, wash it out with clean water and consult a doctor immediately
  • If ingested, wash your mouth out and consult a doctor immediately

2. Take the following actions to prevent the spread of avian influenza:

  • Keep away from the birds
  • Do not feed the birds
  • If you find a dead bird, contact the Parks and Green Space Division (公園緑地課) immediately
  • Take care not to step in bird droppings
  • Do not ride your bike in the park
  • Do not fish or play around bodies of water

Inquiries (Japanese only)
Parks and Green Space Division, Mito Municipal Government (029-224-1111)
Mito Parks Association (029-244-2895)

Events

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Major Events

4th Annual National Umeshu Festival in Mito

When: March 3rd – 5th, 10am – 4pm (until 3pm on March 5th)
Where: Tokiwa Shrine Grounds

At the National Umeshu Festival you will have the opportunity to sample and compare umeshu from Hokkaido all the way down to Okinawa. You can also enjoy the coupling of umeshu with a variety of dishes and umeshu cocktails.

Night Plum Festival

When:
Kodokan – March 4th, 6 – 9pm
Kairakuen – March 11, 6 – 9pm

The Night Plum Festival will feature candle displays, showing off the beauty of the plum trees in a different light. The festival finale will feature Mito fireworks.

Event Schedule

Presenting of Plum Festival Opening Memorial Gifts
When: February 18h, 9am onwards
Where: Kairakuen East Gate

Mito-chan Birthday Party
When: February 18th – 19st, 10am – 3pm
Where: Kairakuen Miharashi Hiroba

Outdoor Tea Ceremony by High School Students (Taisei Girls’ High School)
When: February 25th, 10am – 3pm
Where: Kairakuen Miharashi Hiroba

Outdoor Tea Ceremony (Sekishū-ryu Style)
When: February 26th, 10am – 3pm
Where: Kairakuen Miharashi Hiroba

Taya Staff Technique Demonstration
When: February 26th, 10:30 – 11:30am
Where: The Kodokan Taishijō

Mito Hina-nagashi (Hitachi Washi Doll Association)
When: February 26th, 11am – 12pm
Where: Kairakuen Togyokusen Spring

Kids’ Hina-matsuri
When: February 26th, 10am – 3pm
Where: Kairakuen Miharashi Hiroba

Outdoor Tea Ceremony by High School Students (Tokiwa University High School)
When: March 4th, 10am – 3pm
Where: Kairakuen Miharashi Hiroba

Martial Arts Demonstration (Mito Tobukan/ Hōzōin-ryū)
When: March 4th, 10 – 12:00pm
Where: The Kodokan Taishijō

Goken Kōbai Hina-nagashi (Five Town Community)
When: March 4th, 11am – 12pm
Where: Kairakuen Togyokusen Spring

Biwa Performance
When: March 4th, 1 – 1:30pm
Where: Kodokan Seicho

70th Annual Photography Session and Photo Contest
When: March 5th, 10am – 3pm
Where: Kairakuen Plum Forest, Miharashi Hiroba, and other locations

Outdoor Tea Ceremony (Enshū-ryu Style)
When: March 5th, 10am – 3pm
Where: Kairakuen Miharashi Hiroba

Plum Viewing Kimono Day
When: 10am – 3pm
Where: Kairakuen Miharashi Hiroba

Sword and Poetry Dancing (Ibaraki Ginei Kenshibu Federation)
When: March 11th, 10:30 – 11:30am
Where: Kodokan Taishijō

Outdoor Tea Ceremony (Edosenke)
When: March 12th, 10am – 3pm
Where: Kairaikuen Miharashi Hiroba

Outdoor Tea Ceremony by High School Students (Sakuranomaki High School)
When: March 18th, 10am – 3pm
Where: Kairakuen Miharashi Hiroba

Kodokan Open Lecture
When: March 18th, 1:30 – 3pm (Mito Shigaku Kensankai Yoshida Juku)
Where: Kodokan Seicho

Outdoor Tea Ceremony (Urasenke)
When: March 19th, 10am – 3pm
Where: Kairakuen Miharashi Hiroba

71st Annual Plum Viewing Haiku Contest (Hitachino)
When: March 19th, 10am – 3pm
Where: Ibaraki Prefectural Youth Hall

Outdoor Tea Ceremony by High School Students (Suijo High School)
When: March 25th, 10am – 3pm
Where: Kairakuen Miharashi Hiroba

Outdoor Tea Ceremony (Omotesenke)
When: March 26th, 10am – 3pm
Where: Kairakuen Miharashi Hiroba

Plum Viewing Entertainment Festival
When: March 26th, 10am – 3pm
Where: Kairakuen Miharashi Hiroba

Spring Festival in Mito 2016

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The Spring Festival in Mito 2016 consists of several flower festivals held in April and May in Mito, kicking off with the 32nd Annual Mito Cherry Blossom Festival. Enjoy the delicate beauty of Mito’s spring flowers with a number of fun events!

Mito Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 1 – 15
Where: Kairakuen, Senba Park, Sakurayama, Sakuragawa River (between Ekinanko Bridge and Midori Bridge), Rokujizouji Temple, Old Prefectural Office Building

Other places to see: Okushikaizuka Fureai Park, Uchihara Toman Dōri, Komon-san no Manyu Cherry Blossom Embankment

Events

Outdoor Tea Ceremony (Omotesen-ke)
When: 10am – 3pm, April 3
Where: Kairakuen

Ohori Night Cherry Blossom Concert
When: 6pm onward, April 8-9
Where: In front of the Old Prefectural Office Building (1-5-38 Sannomaru, Mito, Ibaraki/茨城県水戸市三の丸1-5-38)

Lights

Sakurayama, Sakuragawa River Lantern Decorations (Ekinanko Bridge to Midori Bridge)
When: 6-10pm, April 1 – 15
Where: Sakurayama, Sakuragawa River

Lake Senba Lakeside Cherry Blossom Light Up
When: 6-10pm, March 30 – April 15
Where: Lake Senba southern lakeside

Ohori Cherry Blossom Light Up
When: 6-10pm, April 1 – 15
Where: Cherry blossom trees in front of the Old Prefectural Office Building (1-5-38 Sannomaru, Mito, Ibaraki/茨城県水戸市三の丸1-5-38)

Mito Waterworks Low-zone Water Tower Light Up
When: 6-9pm, April 1 – 15
Where: Mito Waterworks Low-zone Water Tower (2-11 Kitami-cho, Mito, Ibaraki/茨城県水戸市北見町2-11)

Katakuri Festival

When: 9am – 4pm, April 1 – April 10
Where: Katakuri no Sato Park (2053-2 Ariga-cho, Mito, Ibaraki/水戸市有賀町2053-2)

These reddish violet flowers, known as dogtooth violets in English, cover the ground in spring. During the festival there will be stalls selling local produce and foods.

32nd Annual Mito Azalea Festival

When: April 16 – May 8
Where: Kairakuen

Events

Outdoor Tea Ceremony (Sekishuu Style)
When: 10am – 3pm, April 29
Where: Kairakuen
*Will be held in the Kairakuen Miharashi-tei if it rains

Mito Komon Manyu Troupe Commemorative Photo Shoot
When: 10am – 3pm, April 29
Where: Kairakuen
*Cancelled if it rains

Forest Park Festival

When: April 29 – May 8
Where: Forest Park (588-1 Aboshike-cho, Mito, Ibaraki/茨城県水戸市木葉下町588-1)

Events

Bubble Booth
When: 11am – 2pm, April 29 – May 1, May 3 – 8
*Cancelled if it rains

Spring Plant Observation
When: 10am – 12pm, April 29
*Will go ahead in light rain. Reservation required (limited to 20 participants). Participation is free

Forest Handicraft Workshop (Carp Streamers)
When: 10am – 12pm, 1 – 3pm, April 30
*Limited to 40 participants per session, first come first served. Participation fee of 100 yen

Forest Quiz Rally
When: 10am – 3pm, May 3 – 5
*Cancelled if it rains. Limited to 100 people per day

Baby Goat Petting Zoo
When: 11am – 2pm, May 3 – May 5
*Cancelled if it rains. Free of charge

Forest Concert
When: 12:30pm onward, May 5

Cedar Chopsticks Making Workshop
When: 10am – 12pm, May 6
*Limited to 40 participants, first come first served. Free of charge

Tree Guessing Quiz
When: 10am – 3pm, May 7 – 8
*Cancelled if it rains. Limited to 100 participants per day. Free of charge

Mito Botanical Park Festival

When: May 3 – 5, 7 – 8
Admission: Adults 300 yen, elementary/junior high students 150 yen (free for elementary and junior high students on children’s day)

Events

Lavender Herb Fair
When: April 23 – May 8

Flower Flea Market
When: 9am – 3pm, April 29

Flower Label Making
When: 10 – 11am, 1 – 2pm, May 3 – 5

Tram
When: 10am – 12pm, 1 – 2pm, May 5, 7-8

Woodwork Workshop
When: 9am – 3pm, May 7 – 8

Flower Quiz Rally
When: 9am – 3pm, May 7 – 8

Play with Bubbles
When: 10:30 – 11am, 1:30 – 2pm, May 7 – 8

Stamp Rally

Throughout the event, the first 100 people to collect stamps from two of the locations (Miharashi-tei in Kairakuen, the Kodokan entrance, Mito Botanical Park Flower Store, Forest Park Mori no Koryu Centre, Okushikaizuka Fureai Park Mito Archaeological Centre) can receive a Mito-chan original magnet from the second location they visit. Those who collect all five stamps can receive a tote bag!

Print the flyer with the stamp slip here.

Yaezakura Festival

When: April 16 – May 3
Where: Shizumine Furusato Park, Naka (1720-1 Shizu, Naka, Ibaraki/那珂市静1720-1)

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Head to Shizumine Furusato Park in Naka to see the yaezakura, sometimes called double cherry in English. Yaezakura are a variety of cherry blossom with double-layered petals that typically bloom later than other varieties. Shizumine Furusato Park was selected as one of Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom viewing sites, and is famous for its 2000 yaezakura trees. Head to the park to relax among the blossoms in the spring weather.

From April 23 to April 30 from 6 – 9pm there will be illuminations in the evening, transforming the park into magical world. On April 23 – 24 from 10am to 8pm* there will be numerous stalls and stage events.

A shuttle bus will be in operation from Urizura Station on the Suigun Line on April 24 – 25. It will be scheduled to match train arrival times.

*May be cancelled in poor weather

43rd Annual Mt. Tsukuba Plum Festival

When: February 20th – March 21st
Where: Tsukuba and the Mt. Tsukuba Plum Forest
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Tsukuba’s plum tree forest sits at around 250m above sea level, and from among the trees you can gaze out upon Tsukuba City, and even spot Mt. Fuji and Tokyo Sky Tree in the distance. The Mt. Tsukuba Plum Festival is unique in offering the chance to enjoy such a splendid view while walking amongst the red, pink, and white blossoms.

Every day during the festival there will be free plum tea and performances by gama no aburauri (a spruiker from the Edo period who would give lively performances to sell bulrush oil, which was used to treat wounds. It is now a famous local product in the Tsukuba area, particularly on Mt. Tsukuba). On weekends there will also be folk entertainment.

On Saturdays during the festival, there will be a pottery making workshop at the Mt. Tsukuba Plum Forest kiln. It costs 1500 yen to participate, with a separate fee to have the completed piece posted to you afterwards.

Throughout the festival stores around Tsukuba will sell a variety of plum-themed dishes for you to try.

Hinamatsuri Events in Ibaraki

Hinamatsuri, also known as the Doll Festival or Girls’ Day, is held on March 3rd every year. This historical seasonal festival can be traced back to the Heian Period (794-1185). Many places display dolls for around a month before the day of the festival. Many people will drink shirozake, a sake made from fermented rice, and eat hina-arare, coloured and flavoured crackers, and chirashizushi, sushi rice with a variety of toppings.

Doll displays and events in the name of this popular festival can be found in various locations around Ibaraki.

Useful terminology:
Nagashibina: Floating dolls down rivers to get rid of bad spirits and misfortunes
Tsurushibina: Stuffed dolls hung up on strings

Makabe Hinamatsuri

When: February 4th – March 3rd
Where: Downtown Makabe in Sakuragawa
Website: http://www.makabe-hina.com/
Video
Public Transport: Take the Special Event Bus from Iwase Station or the Hinamatsuri Special Event Bus from Tsukuba Center

Special Events
Wa no Kaze Nagashibina
When: March 3rd, 11:30am
Where: Yamaguchigawa River

100 Step Hinamatsuri

When: February 28th 9am – 3pm (cancelled in poor weather)
Where: Juunisho Shrine 100 Steps, (Honmachi-dōri, Daigo-machi, Kuji-gun, Ibaraki)
Website
Public Transport: 3 minutes’ walk from JR Hitachidaigo Station

Miyata House Saku Café Hinamatsuri

When: Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 2pm from February 17th – March 3rd
Where: Miyata House, 4902 Korofuji, Daigo-machi, Kuji-gun, Ibaraki
Website
Public Transport: 5 minutes’ walk from the north side of JR Kamiogawa Station

Handmade Hina Doll Festival

When: February 18th – March 3rd
Where: Takahagi Shimin Center, Hozumi-ke Residential Area, and various locations around Takahagi
Website
Public Transport: (Takahagi Shimin Center) 5 minutes’ walk from the JR Takahagi Station West Exit

Hitachi Hinamatsuri

When: February 7th – early March
Where: Hitachi Station, Heiwa Doori, Hitachi 3 Mall Shopping District
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Slowtown Kujiragaoka Hinamatsuri

When: March 1st – March 31st
Where: Kujiragaoka Commerical District and various locations around Hitachiota
Website

Events

Kujigaoka Hina Walk Rally
When: March 1st – 31st
Where: Kujigaoka Shopping District
Collect stamps at the various stores displaying Hina Dolls and receive an original postcard (first 2000 people).

Nighttime Food Stalls (Ota Waku Waku Kai)
When: 10:30am – 3:30pm and 5 – 9pm, March 30th
Where: Kujigaoka Fureai Park (Higashisan-cho)

Serving of Refreshments
When: 10:30am – 3:30pm, March 2nd, 16th, and 30th
Where: Yaechan-ke (Higashiichi-cho)

Hina Matsuri Concert
When: 2 – 2:40pm, March 2nd
Where: 1st Floor Lobby, Palty Hall (Nakajo-cho)
Admission: Free

Nakamura Uri Live Concert at Open Gallery Kura
Bookings essential. See here for more information.

Bazaar Under the Eaves
When: March 30th
Where: Under the eaves of select stores

Kujigaoka Dance Festival
When: 10:30 – 11am, 1 – 2pm, March 30th
Where: Kujigaoka Fureai Park

Tokai Terra Park Tsurushibina Exhibition

When: 9am – 4:30pm (3pm on the final day), January 14th – March 21st (closed Mondays, or the following Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday)
Where: Tokai Terra Park, Tokai (1-1 Shirakata, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki)
Website
Public Transport: 10 minutes by taxi from JR Tokai Station

Naka Hinamatsuri

When: 9am – 4:30pm, January 30th – March 6th
Where: Magariya (4520-1 Sugaya, Naka, closed on Mondays), Rekishi Minzoku Shiryōkan (428-2 Tozaki, Naka), Chūo Kōminkan (1819 Fukuda, Naka), Sōgō Center Rapōru (371 Kotoku, Naka)
Website

Special Events
Magariya Event
When: 9:30am – 3pm, February 27th
Where: Magariya
Food stalls, Yosakoi and Kendama performances by Sugaya Elementary After School Care Students, monkey tamer performance, and other events

Kasama Ceramic Hina Doll Festival

When: January 26th – March 3rd
Where: Tou no Komichi, Gallery Road, Kasama Inari Monzen-dōri area, Kasama Station area, Yakimono-dōri, Tomobe Inter area and other locations around Kasama
Website
Public Transport: Take the free Kasama Loop Bus (does not run on Mondays) from JR Tomobe Station, or 10 minutes’ walk from JR Kasama Station

Events
Make Your Own Kasama-yaki Hina Doll
When: January 16th – March 3rd
Where: Isobe Toen (341 Taira-machi, Kasama), Ohtsu Kouyou (68 Tegoshi, Kasama), Seito Fukuda (754 Shimoichige, Kasama) Tou no Komichi
Cost: 2000 yen

Make Your Own Kasama-yaki Hina Doll – Tou no Komichi*
When: March 7th (Toufusha), March 14th (Tanno Toubou), 1:30 pm onwards
Where: Toufusha (2192-3 Kasama, Kasama) Tanno Toubou (2192-10 Kasama, Kasama)
*Bookings essential. Call Toufusha (0296-72-5205) or Tanno Toubou (0296-72-4028) to book

Hitotsubashi-Tokugawa Family Memorial Room Hina and Doll Exhibition

When: February 20th – March 13th
Where: Hitotsubashi-Tokugawa-ke Kinen Shitsu, Ibaraki Prefectural Museum of History, Mito (2-1-15 Midori-cho, Mito, Ibaraki)
Website
Public Transport: Take the bus going to Sakuragawa Nishi Danchi from Mito Station Bus Stop 4 and get off at Rekishikan Kairakuen Iriguchi

Mito Plum Festival Hinanagashi
When: 11am, February 28th (Mito Hinanagashi) and 11am, March 5th (Goken Kobai Hinanagashi)
Where: Kairakuen Togyokusen Spring, Mito
Website
Public Transport: 15 minutes by bus from JR Mito Station

Meiji – Showa Retrospective Hina Doll Exhibition

When: 9am – 4pm, February 1st – Late March
Where: Ibaraki Gokoku Shrine, Mito (1-2-1 Migawa-cho, Mito, Ibaraki)
Public Transport:
-Take the Sakurayama Route Bus from Mito Station North Exit Bus Stop 4 and get off at Sakurayama
-Take the bus from Mito Station North Exit Bus Stop 6 and get off at Lake Senba

Chikusei Hinamatsuri

When: February 6th – March 13th
Where: Shopping area north and south of Shimodate Station and the Alterio, Chikusei (372 Hei, Chikusei, Ibaraki)
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Public Transport (Alterio): 10 minutes’ walk from JR Shimodate Station

Yūki Hinamatsuri

When: February 13th – March 3rd
Where: North Yūki
Public Transport: 5-10 minutes’ walk from JR Yuki Station
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Special Events
Yui no Oto
When: March 20th
Where: Kyū-Kurokawa Rice Shop, Tsumugi no Yakata Museum, Café La Famille, Oryoriya kokyu, Okujun Shin Zashiki,
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A number of artists will be performing at locations near JR Yūki Station. There will also be an area with food and craft stalls. Entry to the stalls is free, however tickets are required for the other locations.

Ohina-sama in the Sakano Family Residence

When: 9am – 4pm, February 2nd – March 6th (closed Mondays)
Where: Sakano Family Residence, Mitsukaido Museum, Joso (2037 Oonogou-machi, Joso)
Admission: 300 yen (100 yen for students)

Ishioka Hinameguri

When: February 13th – March 3rd
Where: Ishioka Central Shopping District, Ishioka
Public Transport: 5-10 minutes’ walk from JR Ishioka Station

Tsuchiura Hinamatsuri

When: February 4th – March 3rd
Where: Various locations around the Tsuchiura Machikado Warehouses (Daitoku, Nomura, etc.)
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Public Transport: 10 minutes’ walk from JR Tsuchiura Station

Toride Hinamatsuri

When: 10am – 4pm, February 11th – March 3rd
Where: Various locations around Toride
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Edosaki Hinamatsuri
When: February 11th – March 3rd
Where: Edosaki Syoyukan and the Edosaki Shopping District, Ina
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Tonemachi Hina Displays
When: 9:30am – 3:30pm, February 20th – March 3rd
Where: Yanagida Kunio Kinen Koen, Tone (1787-1 Fukawa, Tone-machi, Kitasoma-gun, Ibaraki)