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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Japan Nov 2017 一人で日本の旅 Ibaraki 茨城県 - Day 3: Tsuchiura-shi 土浦市, Tsukuba-shi つくば市

Day 3: 08.11.2017 (Wed)
* Day 3 of 14 Days Japan Rail Pass

Breakfast: Toyoko Inn Mito Eki Minami Guchi 東横イン水戸駅南口

Mito JR 水戸市 (0726 hrs) > Tsuchiura JR 土浦駅 (0757 hrs)
by Limited Express Hitachi ひたち 2.


Visited Kijo Koen 亀城公園.
http://www.tsuchiura-kankou.jp/miru/miru.html#event_miru_008


Visited Tsuchiura Machikadokura - Daitoku 土浦まちかど蔵 - 大徳.
http://www.tsuchiura-kankou.jp/machikado_kura/


Visited Tsuchiura Machikadokura - Nomura 土浦まちかど蔵 - 野村.
http://www.tsuchiura-kankou.jp/machikado_kura/

Tsuchiura JR 土浦駅(1014 hrs) > Hitachino Ushiku JR うたち野うしく駅 (1021 hrs)
by local train.

Hitachino Ushiku Ekimae Bus Stop 1 うたち野うしく駅前 (1105 hrs) > Ninomiya Chuo 二ノ宮中央 (1127 hrs)
by JR Bus.


Lunch: Agato あがと
http://www.cafe-agato.com/


Visited Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Tsukuba Space Center 筑波宇宙センター.
http://fanfun.jaxa.jp/visit/tsukuba/


Visited Geological Museum 地質標本館.
https://www.gsj.jp/Muse/

Visited Science Square Tsukuba サイエンス・スクエア つくば.
http://www.aist.go.jp/sst/en/


Dinner: West House ウエストハウス
http://westhouse.jp/

Ninomiya Chuo 二ノ宮中央 (1752 hrs) > Tsukuba Center つくばセンター (1807 hrs)
by JR Bus.

Tsukuba つくば駅 > Moriya 守谷駅
by Tsukuba Express つくばエクスプレス.

Checked in: Toyoko Inn Tsukuba Express Moriya Ekimae 東横インつくばエクスプレス守谷駅前
https://www.toyoko-inn.com/eng/search/detail/00189

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Japan Nov 2017 一人で日本の旅 Ibaraki 茨城県 - Day 2: Daigo-cho 大子町, Tsukimachi no taki 月待の滝, Fukuroda no taki 袋田の滝

Day 2: 07.11.2017 (Tue)
* Day 2 of 14 Days Japan Rail Pass

Breakfast: Toyoko Inn Mito Eki Minami Guchi 東横イン水戸駅南口

Mito JR 水戸駅 (0728 hrs) > Shimonomiya JR 下野宮駅 (0911 hrs)
by local train, via Suigun line 水郡線.


Visited Tsukimachi no taki 月待の滝.
Approx 30 minutes walk from Shimonomiya JR.
http://www.daigo-kanko.jp/?page_id=2861

Shimonomiya JR 下野宮駅 (1111 hrs) > Fukuroda JR (1127 hrs)
by local train, via Suigun line 水郡線.



Visited Fukuroda no taki 袋田の滝. [300 yen]
Approx 20 minutes walk from Fukuroda JR.
http://www.daigo-kanko.jp/?page_id=2813


Lunch: Futaba Soba 双葉そば

Fukuroda 袋田 (1410 hrs) > Fukuroda JR 袋田駅 (1420 hrs)
by Ibaraki Kotsu bus 茨城交通バス. [210 yen]
http://www.ibako.co.jp/regular/terminal/fukuroda-station.html


Day onsen: Hotel Kajikaen ホテル河鹿園 [500 yen]
Approx 3 minutes walk from Fukuroda JR.
http://kajikaen.com/

Fukuroda JR 袋田駅 (1551 hrs) > Mito JR 水戸駅 (1714 hrs)
by local train, via Suigun line 水郡線.


Dinner: Matsugorou Stamin Ramen 松五郎スタミナラーメン
Access: Take from bus Mito JR West Exit Platform 7 and alight at Kami Mito Iriguchi 上水戸入口.

- End of Day 2 -

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Japan Nov 2017 一人で日本の旅 Ibaraki 茨城県 - Day 1: Mito-shi 水戸市

Introduction:
On my most recent stay in Japan, I managed to cover three main prefectures: Ibaraki, Shizuoka and Tottori, with short transitions made in Shimane and Okayama. It took me slightly more than two weeks to accomplish this and I would say the pace was considered moderate in comparison to my previous solo expedition in Tohoku region more than a year ago. Utilised 14 Days Japan Rail Pass to cover majority of my transportation expenditure. This is also the first time I planned my itinerary while travelling; something I have not done before. Has its pros and cons; my schedule was more flexible and it could accommodate changing weather conditions; however at the back of my mind, I knew there were more places I could have visited if I had been more well prepared. Regardless of the hits and misses, I am still amazed by how much this country has to offer despite multiple visits!

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Day 1: 06.11.2017 (Mon)
* Day 1 of 14 Days Japan Rail Pass

Ueno JR 上野駅 (0830 hrs) > Mito JR 水戸駅 (0949 hrs)
by Limited Express Tokiwa 53 ときわ


Checked in: Toyoko Inn Mito Eki Minami Guchi 東横イン水戸駅南口
https://www.toyoko-inn.com/eng/search/detail/00085

Rented bicycle from South Exit Rental Bicycle Station. [500 yen]


Visited: Lake Senba (Senba-ko) 千波湖
http://www.city.mito.lg.jp/001373/senbako/


Visited: Kairakuen 偕楽園 and Kobuntei 好文亭 [200 yen]
http://www.koen.pref.ibaraki.jp/park/kairakuen01.html


Lunch: Nakaya Soba な嘉屋そば, located on 1F of Keisei Department Store 京成百貨店
http://nakaya.cc/shop/sakesoba.html


Visited: Koudoukan 弘道館 [200 yen]
http://www.koen.pref.ibaraki.jp/park/kodokan01.html

Dinner: Soup Stock Tokyo スープストック東京, at Mito JR Station.
http://www.soup-stock-tokyo.com/store/08/3008/

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