Breathe in some of Japan's history at the remnants of this former castle town, or take part in one of the lively ongoing festivals.
Mito City, lying in the central part of Ibaraki, has developed as the commercial, economical and cultural center of the prefecture. The area on the north side of the station retains the appearance of the olden days. The feudal era network of streets is studded with various historical sites, such as the Kodokan School, founded by the ruling clan in the Edo Period, and the ruins of Mito Castle.
The newly developed area to the south of the station has quite a few elegant shops and restaurants. This area also enjoys abundant nature, including Lake Senba and the Sakura-gawa River, lined with beautiful cherry trees.
Kairaku-en Garden is known as one of the three great gardens of Japan. With more than 3,000 plum trees of 100 varieties and other seasonal plants including azaleas and Japanese bush clover, it is a place of relaxation for local people of all generations, from young couples to families. One can freely enjoy all sorts of fine arts at the Ibaraki Museum of Modern Art, Art Tower Mito and the Ibaraki Prefectural Museum of History.
Mito Han Jidai Festival, held annually in autumn and highlighted by the historical parade, and Mito Komon Festival, held in summer, are also sightseeing musts, as well as other seasonal festivals such as Sakura(cherry blossom) Festival, Tsutsuji(azalea) Festival, Ajisai(hydrangea) Festival, Hagi(Japanese bush clover) Festival and Kiku(chrysanthemum) Festival.
From Tokyo :
[Rail] By JR Joban Line Limited Express (Hitachi or Tokiwa), 65 minutes from Ueno Station to Mito Station.
From Osaka :
[Rail] From Shin-Osaka Station on JR Tokaido Shinkansen, 4 hours via Tokyo Station.