by Buddy Lindsey


Note/Disclaimer: This is a post that is meant to give a quick overview of some of Ibaraki and not full detail of everything. Ibaraki is much like a state in the US with a rich past, present, and future to come. I can’t possibly cover everything and getting the tip of everything would be a book.

Name: Ibaraki
Island: Honshū
Population: 2,985,424
Capital: Mito
Major Cities: Bandō, Chikusei, Hitachi, Hitachinaka, Hitachiōmiya, Hitachiōta, Hokota, Inashiki, Ishioka, Itako, Jōsō, Kamisu, Kasama Kashima, Kasumigaura, Kitaibaraki, Koga, Moriya, Naka, Namegata, Omitama, Ryūgasaki, Sakuragawa, Shimotsuma, Takahagi, Toride, Tsuchiura, Tsukuba, Tsukubamirai, Ushiku, Yūki


Ibakarki was important in the Edo Period because of its close proximity and was a transportation hub since it was so close to Edo. In the Tokugawa Era it flourished as the center of local politics, economy and culture since the feudal clan was in Mito.

The current government established Ibaraki Prefecture as it is today in 1871 after the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate and its finally size was determined in 1875. Since then the prefecture has had many successes in agriculture, industry, science and technology.


Ibaraki has diverse and rich cultural heritage which is a reason why many people seek the arts in Ibaraki. Some of the famous foods from this Ibaraki are fermented soy beans (natto), and the watermelons produced in Kyowa.
They also have a rich martial arts and religious background with Kashima shrine as on of the three famous shrines in easter Japan, and the founder of Akido living there and his dojo still active teaching this form of martial arts.


The average temperature in Ibaraki Prefecture is around 13.3ºC (55ºF). With an average rainfall in of around 1,439 mm (56.65 in).

Interesting Facts

  • The tallest mountain is Mt. Yamizo 1,022m high
  • Longest river is Tone River 133.96 km long
  • 3 Soccer teams and 1 volleyball team are based in Ibaraki

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