Port: Hitachinaka
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Hitachinaka

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  • Seaside Park & Fish Market

    Observe an authentic slice of Japanese daily life at a local fish market. Observe the local culture and friendly atmosphere created by its community, and then, stroll through a seaside park that is celebrated for its natural landscape and fields of flowers.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at the Nakaminato fish market, which is located at the waterfront near the mouth of the Naka River. It is a natural location for the market, as the fleets of fishing boats can easily unload their fresh catch close by.

    While browsing the rows of fish and other marine creatures, you will observe firsthand the diversity of species caught in the surrounding waters, often near the crease where the cold and warm waters of the Pacific meet. You might see whole Bluefin tunas, piles of prawns on ice and long-legged spider crabs, all as fresh as the moment they were plucked from the sea.

    You will view a different side of the nature world at Hitachi Seaside Park, a sprawling landscape of sand dunes, forests and grasslands. During the guided tour and free time that follows, you might meander the garden paths enjoying the colors of the plants that are currently in bloom. Different types of flowers bloom seasonally, although Nemophilas are the most anticipated flowers to bloom in late April. They number in the millions and at full blossom, they cover the parkland so thoroughly that it looks like a sea of baby blue.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2.5-hours of walking/standing on both flat and steep terrain with natural surfaces. Amount of walking and level of exertion during free time is at guests’ discretion. This tour is not recommended for wheel chair guests or those with walking or mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Although late April is normally when Nemophilas are in full bloom, it cannot be guaranteed.

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  • The Legacy of Mito Clan

    Meander through a fragrant botanical garden and then enjoy a close-up look at a 19th-century school, both created by a powerful feudal lord that ruled over the local Mito area.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a leisurely drive to nearby Mito, the capital of the Ibaraki Prefecture. Here you will find Kairakuen Garden, a botanical wonderland that lord Tokugawa Nariaki constructed in 1841 for the enjoyment of his family and the public.

    Kairakuen means “a park to enjoy together” and the name is still appropriate, as the hillside setting couldn’t be more delightful. As you amble through the park, you can expect to see literally thousands of plum trees, towering bamboo groves and a multitude of flowering shrubbery. Although the lord’s private residence was destroyed during World War II, it has been rebuilt, as was much of the garden following an earthquake in 2011.

    To understand even more about Nariaki’s influence, you will next visit Kodokan, a 19th-century Mito clan school. He ordered it to be built to educate his children and those of prominent samurai in topics such as mathematics, medicine, martial arts and Confucian studies.

    A plastered clay wall surrounds the grounds, which hundreds of plum trees shade. Several original buildings still stand, including the one where the lord’s son was held under house arrest when the Tokugawa regime was overthrown. To ensure the survival of those buildings and the original main gate, they have been declared historic national cultural properties.

    After reconnecting with nature and obtaining some new perspective on traditional education in Japan, you will board back to your coach and return to your ship.

    Please note: This tour includes over 2.5-hours of walking/standing on mostly flat, paved and gravel surfaces with some steps. This tour is not recommended for wheel chair guests or those with walking or mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat, closed-toe, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Shoes must be removed when entering Kodokan.

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  • Best of Hitachinaka Gardens

    Enjoy the immense natural beauty in and around Hitachinaka by meandering through a fragrant 19th-century garden and a seaside park known for the flowers that blanket its hills.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a leisurely drive to nearby Mito, the capital of the Ibaraki Prefecture. Here you will find Kairakuen Garden, a botanical wonderland that lord Tokugawa Nariaki constructed in 1841 for the enjoyment of his family and the public.

    Kairakuen means “a park to enjoy together” and the name is still appropriate, as the hillside setting couldn’t be more delightful. As you amble through acre after acre of plantings, you can expect to see literally thousands of plum trees, towering bamboo groves and a multitude of flowering shrubbery. Although the lord’s private residence was destroyed during World War II, it has been rebuilt, as was much of the garden following an earthquake in 2011.

    You will view a different side of the nature world at Hitachi Seaside Park, a sprawling landscape of sand dunes, forests and grasslands. During the guided tour and free time that follows, you might meander the garden paths enjoying the colors of the plants that are currently in bloom. Different types of flowers bloom seasonally, although Nemophilas are the most anticipated flowers to bloom in late April. They number in the millions and at full blossom, they cover the parkland so thoroughly that it looks like a sea of baby blue.

    Please note: This tour includes over 3-hours of easy walking/standing on mostly flat, paved and gravel surfaces with some steps. This tour is not recommended for wheel chair guests or those with walking or mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Although late April is normally when Nemophilas are in full bloom, it cannot be guaranteed.

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  • Hitachinaka Highlights

    Walk through a garden widely considered to be one of the three most beautiful in Japan, and then tour a sprawling Shinto shrine constructed in the mid-19th century.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a leisurely drive to nearby Mito, the capital of the Ibaraki Prefecture. Here you will find Kairakuen Garden, a botanical wonderland that lord Tokugawa Nariaki constructed in 1841 for the enjoyment of his family and the public.

    Kairakuen means “a park to enjoy together” and the name is still appropriate, as the hillside setting couldn’t be more delightful. As you amble through the park, you can expect to see literally thousands of plum trees, towering bamboo groves and a multitude of flowering shrubbery. Although the lord’s private residence was destroyed during World War II, it has been rebuilt, as was much of the garden following an earthquake in 2011.

    Continuing on, you will next visit Kasama Inari Shinto Shrine, which was built around the same time period as Kairakuen. You can expect to enter through a traditional torii gateway said to separate the sacred from the profane, and then pass through a two-story gate adorned with Japanese characters that translate to the “Gate to World Peace.”

    The setting will indeed be peaceful, as you explore areas that may include the elegant main sanctuary, a wisteria-draped arbor and the Hall of Worship. A purification font stands in front of the worship hall, encouraging visitors cleanse their minds before entering.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of walking/standing on mostly flat, paved and cobbled surfaces with approximately 100 steps to negotiate throughout the Kasama Shrine. This tour is not recommended for wheel chair guests or those with walking or mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing, adequate sun protection and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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