is a prefecture of Japan located in the KantŇć region on HonshŇę island. The capital is Mito.
Ibaraki Prefecture was previously known as Hitachi Province
. In 1871, the name of the
province became Ibaraki. The name of the prefecture is also
occasionally misspelled "Ibaragi."
Prefecture is the northeastern part of the KantŇć region, stretching
Prefecture and the Pacific Ocean and bounded on the north and south by Fukushima
Prefecture and Chiba Prefecture. It also has borders on the southwest with
Prefecture and Saitama
Map of Ibaraki Prefecture.
The northernmost part of the prefecture is
mountainous, but most of the prefecture is a flat plain with many
Thirty-two cities are located in Ibaraki Prefecture:
Towns and villages
Towns and villages in each district
Industries in the prefecture include nuclear and other energy,
chemical, and precision machine. The Hitachi
company was founded in the Ibaraki
city of the same name.
population is increasing modestly as the Greater Tokyo region
Ibaraki is known for natto
, or fermented
soybeans, in Mito
, watermelons in
(recently merged into
), and chestnuts
in the Nishiibaraki
Ibaraki is famous for the martial art of Aikido
founded by Ueshiba
, also known as Osensei
spent the latter part of his life in the town of Iwama
, now part of Kasama
the Aiki Shrine
he created still remain.
castle ruins in many cities, including Mito, Kasama, and
Kasama is famous
for Shinto and art culture and
capital Mito is home to Kairakuen, one of a trinity of Japan's most celebrated
gardens, and famous for plum forest of over 3,000 plum trees of
over 100 varieties.
The sports teams listed below are based in Ibaraki.
Transportation and access
The prefecture is often mispronounced "Ibaragi
the correct pronunciation is "Ibaraki
." According to the
author of "Not Ibaragi
ibaragi ja nakute ibaraki
, this is most likely due to a mishearing of
the softening of the 'k' sound in Ibaraki dialect.