Itako is a small town in Ibaraki Prefecture known for its pretty waterways and annual iris festival, and its location less than two hours from Tokyo makes it a wonderful weekend getaway from the metropolis.
Two hours from Tokyo, Ibaraki Prefecture is divided into 3 main areas: Tsukuba, Mito and Hitachinaka, with Hitachinaka being the most popular. The area is especially famous for the furry red flowers of its Kochia festival held at Hitachi Seaside Park in autumn, but offers beautiful scenery in every season.
Mount Tsukuba has been a place of both pilgrimage and religious reverence for the last 3000 years. It is said that the two peaks of Mount Tsukaba represent the two gods Izanagi-no-Mikoto, a male deity who is associated with the Nantai peak and Izanami-no-Mikoto, a female deity who is associated with the Nyotai peak.
Japan is famed for its beautiful parks and gardens. Many cultural events are held in these parks. They are probably the most frequented places across the country the whole year round. Japanese culture expresses a characteristic aesthetics and sense of harmony that are deeply rooted in nature.
In Japan, plum blossoms mark the end of winter and the beginning of spring. There are many famous spots to view the beautiful red, pink and white plum blossoms.