Mito is the capital of Ibaraki prefecture located about a 70min drive North-east of Tokyo.
It was and important region during the Edo period (1603-1868) and was home to Kodokan, the largest school in Japan. However, the transition from Edo to Meiji did not treat Mito well and there was a lot of internal fighting in the region which caused destruction to the city of Mito. The bombings of WW2 also devastated some of the historical buildings that were left.
Popular visitor attractions are Kairakuen Park (偕楽園), Kodokan (弘道館), Tokugawa Museum (徳川ミュージアム) and Howaen Garden (保和苑) which are all full of history.
The best seasons to visit are mid Feb to early March when the Ume flowers are out in Kairakuen park (see Mito plum blossom festival) and mid to late June when Hydrangeas bloom at Howaen Garden (see Mito Hydrangea Festival).
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From Tokyo to Mito city
There are many Japanese restaurants in Mito. Mito is know for Natto, a staple in every Japanese breakfast, so why not try it here!
Mito is the capital city of Ibaraki prefecture so it is very easy to find a variety of western and non-Japanese oriental restaurants.
For anyone not eating meat or fish dishes, Mito has an amazing vegan restaurant called terra near Mito station. It is well known in the area for its delicious began cuisine.
A small European style restaurant with delicious homemade food prepared with local ingredients hand-picked by our chef.
There are several Airbnbs.
Type: Western Style Business Hotel
Location: 4 min drive from JR Tochig Station. (located in city center)
Location: 4 min drive from JR Tochigi station. (located by the river in city center)
Type: Holiday rental
Location: 12 min drive from Mashiko station
Each of these places are within a day trip away. Click on the image to find out more.
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