5 perfect day trip spots to visit In Ibaraki Prefecture this fall

By Hilary Keyes

While Tokyo has plenty of fall hiking spots and beautiful parks to see autumn foliage, those seeking a quick weekend getaway to fully immerse themselves in the splendor of fall should head to Ibaraki prefecture. 

Home to some of the most picturesque spots in the Kanto area, where you can find several of Japan’s Important Intangible Cultural Properties, like Yuki-tsumugi silk, Ibaraki is also the perfect place to find unique gifts and traditional flavors that the big city just can’t offer. The following five places are sure to delight photography fans, couples, those with families, and nature lovers alike.

1. Ryujin Big Suspension Bridge

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Ryujinotsuribashi, or Ryujin Big Suspension Bridge, is a 375-meter long bridge over a man-made lake in Ryujin Gorge, in Hitachi-ota, Ibaraki. It’s strictly a pedestrian bridge, with glass panels in the floor in some spots, allowing visitors to check out the rushing waters of Ryujin River just below their feet. Famed for its 100-meter high bungee jump attraction, this bridge is also an excellent place to look out at the autumn foliage. There’s also a nearby park, hiking courses, and hot spring to enjoy as well.

Bonus for couples visiting this bridge, there is a carillon at one end with three wooden bells, known as the bell of love, the bell of hope, and the bell of happiness. These bells will only ring when their switches are pushed by two people simultaneously.

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