Ibaraki Prefecture
Overview
 
is a prefecture
Prefectures of Japan
The prefectures of Japan are the country's 47 subnational jurisdictions: one "metropolis" , Tokyo; one "circuit" , Hokkaidō; two urban prefectures , Osaka and Kyoto; and 43 other prefectures . In Japanese, they are commonly referred to as...

 of Japan, located in the Kantō region
Kanto region
The is a geographical area of Honshu, the largest island of Japan. The region includes the Greater Tokyo Area and encompasses seven prefectures: Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tokyo, Chiba, and Kanagawa. Within its boundaries, slightly more than 40 percent of the land area is the Kantō Plain....

 on the main island of Honshu
Honshu
is the largest island of Japan. The nation's main island, it is south of Hokkaido across the Tsugaru Strait, north of Shikoku across the Inland Sea, and northeast of Kyushu across the Kanmon Strait...

. The capital is Mito
Mito, Ibaraki
is the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan and has a central location, moderately offset towards the coast in that prefecture. As of 2005, the city has an estimated population of 263,748 and a total area is 217.45 km², giving a population density of 1,212.91 persons per km²...

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Ibaraki Prefecture was previously known as Hitachi Province
Hitachi Province
was an old province of Japan in the area of Ibaraki Prefecture. It was sometimes called . Hitachi Province bordered on Iwashiro, Iwaki, Shimousa, and Shimotsuke Provinces....

. In 1871, the name of the province became Ibaraki.
Ibaraki Prefecture is the northeastern part of the Kantō region, stretching between Tochigi Prefecture
Tochigi Prefecture
is a prefecture located in the Kantō region on the island of Honshū, Japan. The capital is the city of Utsunomiya.Nikkō, whose ancient Shintō shrines and Buddhist temples UNESCO has recognized by naming them a World Heritage Site, is in this prefecture...

 and the Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the Earth's oceanic divisions. It extends from the Arctic in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south, bounded by Asia and Australia in the west, and the Americas in the east.At 165.2 million square kilometres in area, this largest division of the World...

 and bounded on the north and south by Fukushima Prefecture
Fukushima Prefecture
is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Fukushima.-History:Until the Meiji Restoration, the area of Fukushima prefecture was known as Mutsu Province....

 and Chiba Prefecture
Chiba Prefecture
is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region and the Greater Tokyo Area. Its capital is Chiba City.- History :Chiba Prefecture was established on June 15, 1873 with the merger of Kisarazu Prefecture and Inba Prefecture...

. It also has a border on the southwest with Saitama Prefecture
Saitama Prefecture
is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Saitama.This prefecture is part of the Greater Tokyo Area, and most of Saitama's cities can be described as suburbs of Tokyo, to which a large amount of residents commute each day.- History...

. The northernmost part of the prefecture is mountainous, but most of the prefecture is a flat plain with many lakes.
Thirty-two cities are located in Ibaraki Prefecture:
Towns and villages in each district
Districts of Japan
The was most recently used as an administrative unit in Japan between 1878 and 1921 and is roughly equivalent to the county of the United States, ranking at the level below prefecture and above city, town or village. As of 2008, cities belong directly to prefectures and are independent from...

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Ibaraki's industries include energy, particularly nuclear energy, production, as well as chemical and precision machining industries.
Encyclopedia
is a prefecture
Prefectures of Japan
The prefectures of Japan are the country's 47 subnational jurisdictions: one "metropolis" , Tokyo; one "circuit" , Hokkaidō; two urban prefectures , Osaka and Kyoto; and 43 other prefectures . In Japanese, they are commonly referred to as...

 of Japan, located in the Kantō region
Kanto region
The is a geographical area of Honshu, the largest island of Japan. The region includes the Greater Tokyo Area and encompasses seven prefectures: Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tokyo, Chiba, and Kanagawa. Within its boundaries, slightly more than 40 percent of the land area is the Kantō Plain....

 on the main island of Honshu
Honshu
is the largest island of Japan. The nation's main island, it is south of Hokkaido across the Tsugaru Strait, north of Shikoku across the Inland Sea, and northeast of Kyushu across the Kanmon Strait...

. The capital is Mito
Mito, Ibaraki
is the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan and has a central location, moderately offset towards the coast in that prefecture. As of 2005, the city has an estimated population of 263,748 and a total area is 217.45 km², giving a population density of 1,212.91 persons per km²...

.

History

Ibaraki Prefecture was previously known as Hitachi Province
Hitachi Province
was an old province of Japan in the area of Ibaraki Prefecture. It was sometimes called . Hitachi Province bordered on Iwashiro, Iwaki, Shimousa, and Shimotsuke Provinces....

. In 1871, the name of the province became Ibaraki.

Geography

Ibaraki Prefecture is the northeastern part of the Kantō region, stretching between Tochigi Prefecture
Tochigi Prefecture
is a prefecture located in the Kantō region on the island of Honshū, Japan. The capital is the city of Utsunomiya.Nikkō, whose ancient Shintō shrines and Buddhist temples UNESCO has recognized by naming them a World Heritage Site, is in this prefecture...

 and the Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
The Pacific Ocean is the largest of the Earth's oceanic divisions. It extends from the Arctic in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south, bounded by Asia and Australia in the west, and the Americas in the east.At 165.2 million square kilometres in area, this largest division of the World...

 and bounded on the north and south by Fukushima Prefecture
Fukushima Prefecture
is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region on the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Fukushima.-History:Until the Meiji Restoration, the area of Fukushima prefecture was known as Mutsu Province....

 and Chiba Prefecture
Chiba Prefecture
is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region and the Greater Tokyo Area. Its capital is Chiba City.- History :Chiba Prefecture was established on June 15, 1873 with the merger of Kisarazu Prefecture and Inba Prefecture...

. It also has a border on the southwest with Saitama Prefecture
Saitama Prefecture
is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Saitama.This prefecture is part of the Greater Tokyo Area, and most of Saitama's cities can be described as suburbs of Tokyo, to which a large amount of residents commute each day.- History...

. The northernmost part of the prefecture is mountainous, but most of the prefecture is a flat plain with many lakes.

Cities

Thirty-two cities are located in Ibaraki Prefecture:
  • Bandō
    Bando, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan.The city was formed on 22 March 2005 from the merger of the old city of Iwai and the town of Sashima, from Sashima District....

  • Chikusei
    Chikusei, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan. The city was founded March 28, 2005 from the merger of the towns of Akeno, Kyōwa and Sekijō, and the old city of Shimodate, all from the Makabe District, ....

  • Hitachi
    Hitachi, Ibaraki
    is a city located on the Pacific Ocean in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. Its name could be directly translated as "sunrise", but probably more appropriately adapted to "prosperous wealth" .-Demographics:...

  • Hitachinaka
    Hitachinaka, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki prefecture, Japan.As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 155,354 and a population density of 1,570 persons per km²...

  • Hitachiōmiya
  • Hitachiōta
    Hitachiota, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan.As of May 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 55,906, with a household number of 20,298 and the density of 150.28 persons per km²...

  • Hokota
    Hokota, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.Hokota city was established on October 11, 2005, by the merger of the former town of Hokota, and the villages of Asahi and Taiyō, all from Kashima District....

  • Inashiki
    Inashiki, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan.As of February 1, 2005 the city has an estimated population of 50,142 and a density of 282 persons per km². The total area is 178.12 km²....

  • Ishioka
    Ishioka, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan.As of 2003, the city has an estimated population of 52,755 and the density of 885.15 persons per km². The total area is 59.60 km².The city was founded on February 11, 1954....

  • Itako
    Itako, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. Itako was formerly a town in Namegata District and became a city after merging with the neighboring town of Ushibori on April 1, 2001....

  • Jōsō
    Joso, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan.As of 2003, the city has an estimated population of 42,342 and the density of 531.40 persons per km². The total area is 79.68 km².The city was founded as Mitsukaido on July 10, 1954....

  • Kamisu
    Kamisu, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.Kamisu was a town but proclaimed city on August 1, 2005, when it merged with the town of Hasaki, from Kashima District....

  • Kasama
    Kasama, Ibaraki
    is a city located in central Ibaraki, Japan.Kasama was once a castle town and post-station town during the Edo Period , and a shrine town of Kasama Inari Shrine in the Meiji Period . Stone quarrying is its main activity...

  • Kashima
    Kashima, Ibaraki
    is a port city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.As of October 1, 2010, the city has an estimated population of 66,249 and a population density of 708.02 persons per km². The total area is 93.57 km². Kashima was formerly a town in Kashima District and became a city after merging with the...

  • Kasumigaura
    Kasumigaura, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan. Kasumigaura was formerly a town in Niihari District and became a city on March 28, 2005 after merging with the neighboring town of Chiyoda, also from Niihari District. The city takes its name from the nearby lake, Lake Kasumigaura...

  • Kitaibaraki
    Kitaibaraki, Ibaraki
    is a city located on the Pacific Ocean in Ibaraki, Japan, between the cities of Hitachi and Iwaki.As of May 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 46,465, with a household number of 17,438 and the density of 249.08 persons per km²...

  • Koga
    Koga, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan.-Old City of Koga:The city has its origins in the Tokugawa period when a castle was built in the 16th century at the river crossing point and a town sprang up around it. The site of the castle is still visible near Koga 1st elementary school. The modern city was...

  • Mito
    Mito, Ibaraki
    is the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan and has a central location, moderately offset towards the coast in that prefecture. As of 2005, the city has an estimated population of 263,748 and a total area is 217.45 km², giving a population density of 1,212.91 persons per km²...

     (capital)
  • Moriya
    Moriya, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan.As of May 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 62,716, with a household number of 23,311, and the density of 1,760.20 persons per km². The total area is 35.63 km²...

  • Naka
    Naka, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan. Naka was formerly a town in Naka District and became a city after merging with the neighboring town of Urizura on January 21, 2005....

  • Namegata
    Namegata, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan. The city was formed on September 2, 2005 from the merger of the towns of Asō, Kitaura and Tamatsukuri.As of April 1, 2011 population data, the city has an estimated population of 38,182, with a household number of 11,721 and the density of 229.56 persons per...

  • Omitama
    Omitama, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan. The city was formed on March 27, 2006 from the merger of the towns of Ogawa and Minori, both from Higashiibaraki District, and the village of Tamari, from Niihari District...

  • Ryūgasaki
    Ryugasaki, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan.-Overview:As of April 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 79,269, with household number being 30,470, and a population density of . The total area is ....

  • Sakuragawa
    Sakuragawa, Ibaraki
    is a city in Ibaraki, Japan. It was formed on 1 October 2005. It is composed of Iwase-cho in the north, Yamato-mura in the center, and Makabe-cho in the south...

  • Shimotsuma
    Shimotsuma, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan. The city was founded on June 1, 1954.In 2003 the estimated population was 37,150. Since the city area is 61.05 km² this gives a population density of 608.52 persons per km²...

  • Takahagi
    Takahagi, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan. As of April 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 30,367, with household number being 11,943 and the density 156.81 persons per km². The total area is 193.65 km²....

  • Toride
    Toride, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan.As of March 1, 2008 , the city has an estimated population of 109,926 and the density of 1,570 persons per km². The total area is 69.96 km²....

  • Tsuchiura
    Tsuchiura, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki prefecture, in Japan. It is situated along the western shores of Lake Kasumigaura, the second largest lake in Japan. Tokyo city lies about 60 km to the south, and Tsukuba science city borders Tsuchiura to the west.-Demographics:...

  • Tsukuba
    Tsukuba, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. It is known as the location of the , a planned city developed in the 1960s.As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 207,394 and a population density of 730 persons per km². Its total area is 284.07 km².Mount Tsukuba, particularly well-known...

  • Tsukubamirai
    Tsukubamirai, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan. The city was formed on March 27, 2006 from the merger of the town of Ina, and the village of Yawara, both from Tsukuba District....

  • Ushiku
    Ushiku, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan.As of 2010, the city has an estimated population of 81,532 and a density of 1,380 persons per km². The total area is 58.88 km²....

  • Yūki
    Yuki, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan.As of May 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 51,966, with a household number of 18,132 and the density of 789.28 persons per km². There is a relatively large population of people of Brazilian, Filipino, Peruvian, and mixed descent...


  • Towns and villages

    Towns and villages in each district
    Districts of Japan
    The was most recently used as an administrative unit in Japan between 1878 and 1921 and is roughly equivalent to the county of the United States, ranking at the level below prefecture and above city, town or village. As of 2008, cities belong directly to prefectures and are independent from...

    :
    • Higashiibaraki District
      Higashiibaraki District, Ibaraki
      is a district located in Ibaraki, Japan.As of 2003, the district has an estimated population of 122,478 and a density of 284 persons per km². The total area is 431.44 km².-Towns and villages:*Ibaraki*Ōarai*Shirosato-Mergers:...

    Ibaraki
    Ibaraki, Ibaraki
    is a town located in Higashiibaraki District, Ibaraki, Japan.The town was set to merge with Mito, Ibaraki on December 8, 2007, but following the election of a new mayor in April 2007, these plans were abandoned....

    Ōarai
    Oarai, Ibaraki
    is a town located in Higashiibaraki District, Ibaraki, Japan.As of 2003, the town has an estimated population of 19,606 and a density of 845.45 persons per km²...

    Shirosato
    Shirosato, Ibaraki
    is a town located in Higashiibaraki District, Ibaraki, Japan.The town was formed on February 1, 2005, from the merger of the town of Jōhoku, the village of Katsura, both from Higashiibaraki District, and the village of Nanakai, from Nishiibaraki District....

    • Inashiki District
      Inashiki District, Ibaraki
      is a district located in Ibaraki, Japan.Following the Inashiki merger but as of 2003 population data, the district has an estimated population of 77,059 and a density of 538 persons per km². The total area is 143.32 km².-Mergers:...

    Ami
    Ami, Ibaraki
    is a town located in Inashiki District, Ibaraki, Japan.As of 2003, the town has an estimated population of 47,594 and a density of 732.55 persons per km². The total area is 64.97 km². Ami has a sister city relationship with Superior, Wisconsin, United States. Its current mayor is Kōji...

    Kawachi
    Kawachi, Ibaraki
    is a town located in Inashiki District, Ibaraki, Japan.As of 2003, the town has an estimated population of 11,137 and a density of 251.29 persons per km². The total area is 44.32 km².-External links:*...

    Miho
    Miho, Ibaraki
    is a village located in Inashiki District, Ibaraki, Japan.As of 2003, the village has an estimated population of 18,328 and a density of 538.58 persons per km². The total area is 34.03 km².-External links:* *...

    • Kitasōma District
    Tone
    Tone, Ibaraki
    is a town located in Kitasōma District, Ibaraki, Japan.As of 2003, the town has an estimated population of 18,258 and a density of 733.25 persons per km². The total area is 24.90 km².-External links:*...

    • Kuji District
      Kuji District, Ibaraki
      Kuji District is a district located in Ibaraki, Japan.-Merger:*On December 1, 2004 the town of Kanasagō, and the villages of Satomi and Suifu merged into the expanded city of Hitachiōta....

    Daigo
    Daigo, Ibaraki
    is a town located in Kuji District, Ibaraki, Japan.As of 2003, the town has an estimated population of 22,813 and a density of 70.03 persons per km²...

    • Naka District
      Naka District, Ibaraki
      Naka is a district of Ibaraki, Japan.Following the January 21, 2005 formation of the city of Naka, the district is coextensive with the village of Tōkai. As of January 1, 2005 population data, the district has an estimated population of 35,467 and a density of 946.29 persons per km²...

    Tōkai
    Tokai, Ibaraki
    is a village located in Naka District, Ibaraki, Japan. It is approximately 120 km north of Tokyo, Japan on the Pacific coast.As of 1 January 2005, the village has an estimated population of 35,467 and a population density of 946.29 persons per km²...

    • Sashima District
      Sashima District, Ibaraki
      Sashima is a district located in Ibaraki, Japan.Following the Bandō merger but with 2004 population data, the district has an estimated population of 125,153 and a density of 726 persons per km²...

    Goka
    Goka, Ibaraki
    is a town located in Sashima District, Ibaraki, Japan,the north about 50 km of Tokyo.As of 2008, the town has an estimated population of 9,622 and a density of 417 persons per km²...

    Sakai
    Sakai, Ibaraki
    is a town located in Sashima District, Ibaraki, Japan.As of 2003, the town has an estimated population of 27,017 and a density of 580.01 persons per km². The total area is 46.58 km²....

    Yachiyo
    Yachiyo, Ibaraki
    is a town located in Yūki District, Ibaraki, Japan.As of 2003, the town has an estimated population of 24,239 and a density of 410.14 persons per km². The total area is 59.10 km².-External links:*...


    Economy

    Ibaraki's industries include energy, particularly nuclear energy, production, as well as chemical and precision machining industries. The Hitachi company was founded in the Ibaraki city of the same name.

    As of March 2011, the prefecture produced 25% of Japan's bell peppers and Chinese cabbage.

    Demographics

    Ibaraki's population is increasing modestly as the Greater Tōkyō
    Tokyo
    , ; officially , is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the largest metropolitan area of Japan. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family...

     region spreads out.

    Culture

    Ibaraki is known for nattō
    Natto
    is a traditional Japanese food made from soybeans fermented with Bacillus subtilis. It is popular especially as a breakfast food. As a rich source of protein and probiotics, nattō and the soybean paste miso formed a vital source of nutrition in feudal Japan. Nattō can be an acquired taste because...

    , or fermented soybeans, in Mito
    Mito, Ibaraki
    is the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan and has a central location, moderately offset towards the coast in that prefecture. As of 2005, the city has an estimated population of 263,748 and a total area is 217.45 km², giving a population density of 1,212.91 persons per km²...

    , watermelons in Kyōwa
    Kyowa, Ibaraki
    Kyōwa was a town located in Makabe District, Ibaraki, Japan.On March 28, 2005 Kyōwa was merged the towns of Akeno and Sekijō, all from Makabe District, and the old city of Shimodate, to form the new city of Chikusei and no longer exists as an independent municipality.As of 2003, the town had an...

     (recently merged into Chikusei
    Chikusei, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan. The city was founded March 28, 2005 from the merger of the towns of Akeno, Kyōwa and Sekijō, and the old city of Shimodate, all from the Makabe District, ....

    ), and chestnuts in the Nishiibaraki region.

    Ibaraki is famous for the martial art of Aikidō
    Aikido
    is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as "the Way of unifying life energy" or as "the Way of harmonious spirit." Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to...

     founded by Ueshiba Morihei, also known as Osensei
    Sensei
    ' is a Japanese word that basically means "person born before another." In general usage, it means "master" or "teacher," and the word is used as a title to refer to or address teachers, professors, professionals such as lawyers, CPA and doctors, politicians, clergymen, and other figures of authority...

    . Ueshiba spent the latter part of his life in the town of Iwama, now part of Kasama
    Kasama
    The toponym Kasama may refer to:* Kasama, Ibaraki , Japan* Kasama, Zambia* Kasama Project- See also :Related toponym:* Kazama * Kazami* Kazemi* Hazama...

    , and the Aiki Shrine and dojo
    Dojo
    A is a Japanese term which literally means "place of the way". Initially, dōjōs were adjunct to temples. The term can refer to a formal training place for any of the Japanese do arts but typically it is considered the formal gathering place for students of any Japanese martial arts style to...

     he created still remain.

    There are castle ruins in many cities, including Mito
    Mito, Ibaraki
    is the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan and has a central location, moderately offset towards the coast in that prefecture. As of 2005, the city has an estimated population of 263,748 and a total area is 217.45 km², giving a population density of 1,212.91 persons per km²...

    , Kasama
    Kasama, Ibaraki
    is a city located in central Ibaraki, Japan.Kasama was once a castle town and post-station town during the Edo Period , and a shrine town of Kasama Inari Shrine in the Meiji Period . Stone quarrying is its main activity...

    , and Yūki
    Yuki, Ibaraki
    is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan.As of May 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 51,966, with a household number of 18,132 and the density of 789.28 persons per km². There is a relatively large population of people of Brazilian, Filipino, Peruvian, and mixed descent...

    .

    Kasama
    Kasama, Ibaraki
    is a city located in central Ibaraki, Japan.Kasama was once a castle town and post-station town during the Edo Period , and a shrine town of Kasama Inari Shrine in the Meiji Period . Stone quarrying is its main activity...

     is famous for Shinto
    Shinto
    or Shintoism, also kami-no-michi, is the indigenous spirituality of Japan and the Japanese people. It is a set of practices, to be carried out diligently, to establish a connection between present day Japan and its ancient past. Shinto practices were first recorded and codified in the written...

    , art culture and pottery.

    The capital Mito
    Mito, Ibaraki
    is the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan and has a central location, moderately offset towards the coast in that prefecture. As of 2005, the city has an estimated population of 263,748 and a total area is 217.45 km², giving a population density of 1,212.91 persons per km²...

     is home to Kairakuen, one of Japan's three most celebrated gardens, and famous for its over 3,000 Japanese plum
    Ume
    Prunus mume, with the common names including Chinese plum and Japanese apricot, is an Asian tree species classified in the Armeniaca section of the genus Prunus. The flower, long a beloved subject in the traditional painting of East Asia, is usually translated as plum blossom. This distinct tree...

     trees of over 100 varieties.

    University

    • Ami
    • Hitachi
      • Ibaraki Christian University
        Ibaraki Christian University
        is a private university in Hitachi, Ibaraki, Japan, established in 1967. The predecessor of the University, Ibaraki Christian College, was founded in 1949.-External links:* *...

    • Mito
      • Ibaraki University
        Ibaraki University
        , Japan, is a national university located in Ibaraki Prefecture, with campuses in the cities of Mito, Ami and Hitachi. It was established on May 31, 1949, integrating these prewar institutions: Mito High School , Ibaraki Normal School , Ibaraki Juvenile Normal School , and Taga Technical...

      • Tokiwa University
    • Tsuchiura
      • Tsukuba International University
    • Tsukuba
      • Tsukuba University
      • Tsukuba Gakuin University
        Tsukuba Gakuin University
        is a private university in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.-History :* Founded as a junior women's college in 1990, the ,* Then as a four-year college in 1996, the .* In 2005 it became coeducational, adopting the present name at the same time.-External links:*...

      • National University Corporation Tsukuba University of Technology
        National University Corporation Tsukuba University of Technology
        , or NTUT, is a national university in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan. The predecessor of the school was founded in 1987, and it was chartered as a university in 2005.-External links:*...

    • Ryugasaki
      • Ryutsu Keizai University
        Ryutsu Keizai University
        is a Japanese private university in Ryugasaki, Ibaraki. It was founded in 1965.-See also:*Ryutsu Keizai University F.C., affiliated football club.*List of universities in Japan...


    Football

    • Kashima Antlers
      Kashima Antlers
      are a Japanese professional association football club playing in the J. League Division 1. Antlers is derived from the city name, Kashima, which literally means "deer island"....

        (Kashima
      Kashima, Ibaraki
      is a port city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.As of October 1, 2010, the city has an estimated population of 66,249 and a population density of 708.02 persons per km². The total area is 93.57 km². Kashima was formerly a town in Kashima District and became a city after merging with the...

      )
    • Mito HollyHock
      Mito HollyHock
      is a Japanese professional football club, currently playing in the J. League Division 2. The team's hometown is located in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture....

        (Mito
      Mito, Ibaraki
      is the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan and has a central location, moderately offset towards the coast in that prefecture. As of 2005, the city has an estimated population of 263,748 and a total area is 217.45 km², giving a population density of 1,212.91 persons per km²...

      )

    Railways

    • East Japan Railway Company
      East Japan Railway Company
      is the largest passenger railway company in the world and one of the seven Japan Railways Group companies. The company name is officially abbreviated as JR East in English, and as in Japanese. The company's headquarters are in Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo....

      • Jōban Line
        Joban Line
        The is a railway line in Japan operated by East Japan Railway Company . It begins at Nippori Station in Taitō, Tokyo and follows the Pacific coasts of Chiba, Ibaraki, and Fukushima Prefectures before the line officially ends at Iwanuma Station in Iwanuma, Miyagi...

      • Utsunomiya Line
        Utsunomiya Line
        The is the name given to a 159.9 kilometre section of the Tōhoku Main Line between Ueno Station in Tokyo and Kuroiso Station in Nasushiobara, Tochigi, Japan...

         (Tōhoku Main Line)
      • Mito Line
        Mito Line
        The is a railway line between Oyama Station in Tochigi Prefecture and Tomobe Station in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. The line is long and is owned and operated by the East Japan Railway Company .- Station list :* All trains stop at every station....

      • Suigun Line
        Suigun Line
        The is a Japanese railway line operated by East Japan Railway Company , which runs between Mito Station in Ibaraki Prefecture and Asaka-Nagamori Station in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. All trains on the line continue onto the Tōhoku Main Line to Kōriyama Station...

      • Kashima Line
        Kashima Line
        The is a railway line operated by East Japan Railway Company . It links Katori Station with Kashima Soccer Stadium Station, by crossing and then following the Tone River, the border between Chiba Prefecture and Ibaraki Prefecture.-Operation:...

    • Tsukuba Express
    • Kanto Railway
      Kanto Railway
      is a private Japanese railway company, which operates two unconnected lines in Ibaraki prefecture. The company is a subsidiary of Keisei Electric Railway....

      • Joso Line
      • Ryugasaki Line
    • Kashima Rinkai Railway Mito-Kashima Line
    • Hitachinaka Seaside Railway (Katsuta-Ajigaura)
    • Mooka Railway

    Expressways

    • Joban Expressway
      Joban Expressway
      The , abbreviated , is a national expressway in Japan. It is owned and operated by East Nippon Expressway Company.-Naming:Jōban is a kanji acronym consisting of two characters...

    • Ken-O Expressway
      Ken-O Expressway
      The , or , is a partially completed ticket system toll expressway in Japan, owned and operated by the Central Nippon Expressway Company and East Nippon Expressway Company. In conjunction with the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line and the Bayshore Route of the Shuto Expressway, it will form a full outer ring road...

    • North Kanto Expressway
      Kita-Kanto Expressway
      The is a 4-laned national expressway in Japan. It is owned and operated by East Nippon Expressway Company.-Overview:The route connects the capitals of the 3 northern prefectures in the Kantō region - Maebashi, Utsunomiya, and Mito....

    • East Kanto Expressway
      Higashi-Kanto Expressway
      The is a national expressway in Japan. It is owned and operated by East Nippon Expressway Company.-Overview:Officially the expressway is referred to as the Higashi-Kantō Expressway Mito Route....


    National Highways

    • Route 4 (around Koga
      Koga, Ibaraki
      is a city located in Ibaraki, Japan.-Old City of Koga:The city has its origins in the Tokugawa period when a castle was built in the 16th century at the river crossing point and a town sprang up around it. The site of the castle is still visible near Koga 1st elementary school. The modern city was...

       area)
    • Route 6 (Nihonbashi
      Nihonbashi
      , or Nihombashi, is a business district of Chūō, Tokyo, Japan which grew up around the bridge of the same name which has linked two sides of the Nihonbashi River at this site since the 17th century. The first wooden bridge was completed in 1603, and the current bridge made of stone dates from 1911...

       of Tokyo
      Tokyo
      , ; officially , is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the largest metropolitan area of Japan. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family...

      -Toride-Tsuchiura-Mito-Hitachi-Iwaki
      Iwaki
      -Places:*Iwaki, Fukushima: a city in Japan.*Iwaki, Akita: a town in Japan.*Iwaki Province: an old province of Japan.*Iwaki : a volcano on the Japanese island of Honshū....

      -Sendai)
    • Route 50
    • Route 51 (Mito-Kashima-Itako-Narita-Chiba
      Chiba
      -Places:* Chiba, Chiba, capital city of Chiba Prefecture, Japan* Chiba Prefecture, a sub-national jurisdiction in the Greater Tokyo Area on the eastern coast of Honshū Island, Japan* Chiba Station, a train station in Chiba, Chiba...

      )
    • Route 118
    • Route 123
    • Route 124
    • Route 125 (Katori-Tsuchiura-Tsukuba-Koga-Gyoda-Kumagaya)
    • Route 245
    • Route 253
    • Route 294
    • Route 349
    • Route 354
    • Route 355
    • Route 400 (Mito-Nakagawa-Nikko-South Aizu
      Minamiaizu, Fukushima
      is a town in Minamiaizu District, Fukushima Prefecture. It was formed on March 20th, 2006 by the merging of Tajima with the villages of Ina, Nangō, and Tateiwa to form a new administrative township.-External links:*...

      -West Aizu
      Nishiaizu, Fukushima
      is a town located in Yama District, Fukushima, Japan. It is known as the "front door" to the Iide Mountains.The town was founded in 1954 through a merger of smaller villages. In 2006, Nishiaizu residents decided to decline a merger with the city of Kitakata....

    • Route 408
    • Route 461

    Ports

    • Hitachi Port
    • Hitachinaka Port
    • Oarai Port - Ferry route to Tomakomai, Muroran of Hokkaido
      Hokkaido
      , formerly known as Ezo, Yezo, Yeso, or Yesso, is Japan's second largest island; it is also the largest and northernmost of Japan's 47 prefectural-level subdivisions. The Tsugaru Strait separates Hokkaido from Honshu, although the two islands are connected by the underwater railway Seikan Tunnel...

    • Kasima Port

    Pronunciation

    The prefecture is often mispronounced "Ibaragi". However, the correct pronunciation is "Ibaraki." According to the author of "Not Ibaragi, Ibaraki" (いばらぎじゃなくていばらき ibaragi ja nakute ibaraki) http://www.excite.co.jp/News/bit/00091111474553.html, this is most likely due to a mishearing of the softening of the 'k' sound in Ibaraki dialect.

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