area: kita-ibaraki, area: oarai, calligraphy, city: mito, flower: cosmos, food: kenchin soup, food: konnyaku, garden: kairakuen, kairakuen, onsen, season: fall, shrine: oarai jinja, shrine: tokiwa jinja, waterfall: fukuroda-taki
After the funeral, Kenji’s parents came a few days to stay with us in Gunma, and we invited them along on our Ibaraki trip the second 3 day weekend in September. Sunday, the first day, saw us driving to Mito, checking in to the hotel, then visiting the station to grab a bite to eat. Kenji’s father wasn’t feeling well so we dropped him back off at his hotel to rest, while Kenji and I plus his mom went to the famous Kairakuen Gardens.
Kairakuen is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan, along with Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Korakuen in Okayama, both of which I visited this year. Timing-wise, there wasn’t many special flowers blooming, and it was too early for fall colors, but we did catch the nice Cosmos flowers in bloom, so that was something.
After that we picked Kenji’s father up, then headed to the coast to Oarai to visit a shrine, eat dinner, and go to an onsen, before calling it a night.
Mito station and lunch
Day two was driving north to Kita-Ibaraki where a famous waterfall called Fukuroda, which is famous for freezing solid in winter. We had lunch in that area, then drove again to the coast to visit Rokkakudo, a famous pavilion on the edge of the water, but unfortunately it was closed so we just took a few pictures and headed back onto the highway.
Walking to Fukuroda Falls
So that was Ibaraki, and now I am all caught up on posts!