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A place to enjoy cherry trees, hina dolls, and a town evoking emotion—old Japan is found here
The City of Sakuragawa is a place where you can enjoy the old Japan. The Town of Makabe is designated as a national Important Traditional Buildings Region and at the Amabiki Sanraku hoji opened during the 6th century, you can watch peacocks roam the temple grounds. At the Gosho-magataki Shrine built in the 11th century, you can see Benkei’s Basket, an Important Cultural Property, said to belong to Musashino Benkei as well as the Gassandera Museum where you can see historical mandalas as well as other pieces of artwork that cannot be viewed elsewhere.

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  • Amabiki Kannon

  • Yokozan Gassan-ji (temple)

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2020.03.17

Makabe: An Edo-era town will take you back 400 years

Makabe: An Edo-era town will take you back 400 years  The Town of Makabe on the southern side of Sakuragawa looks almost unchanged in 400 years, its road design (positioning and width)—a historical town taking you back to the Edo era. Makabe Castle was first built in 1172, a designated national monument. The samurai family...

2020.03.17

Amabiki Sanraku hoji (Amabiki Kannon)

Amabiki Sanraku hoji (Amabiki Kannon)  This is a temple opened in 587 A.D. by a Buddhist monk who returned from China. Literally translated, this is a survival Kannon Bodhisattva and it is designated a national important cultural artifact. It is known as a temple to pray for a safe and easy birth of a child...

2020.03.17

Ring-Ring Road—the cycling road running throughout Ibaraki Prefecture—Sakuragawa’s cycling path

Ring-Ring Road—the cycling road running throughout Ibaraki Prefecture—Sakuragawa’s cycling path  In the Prefecture of Ibaraki, there is a cycling road called Ring-Ring Road, a 40km cycling path ideal for touring the area on a bicycle. It runs from Tsuchiura Station to Iwase Station on the Mito Line. The City of Sakuragawa is located at approximately...

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  • About city of Sakuragawa

    The City of Sakuragawa is a new city created in 2005 after the Town of Iwase and the villages of Yamato and Makabe formally incorporated. The Town of Iwase was the threshold for the song “Sakuragawa” written by Zeami who popularized the Yu-gen style of Noh during the Muromachi period [mid-1300s ~ late 1500s]. The Village of Makabe is a museum-in-a-city with its 400-year old town divisions and many buildings of traditional architecture. The Village of Yamato is surrounded by incredible nature, an idyllic place. The history of this area runs deep. You can visit Makabe Castle, a nationally designated historic site from the Sengoku Period [from the 1460s through the early 1600s], the streets of Makabe designated an Important Traditional Buildings Region, and at the Amabikisan Rakuho Temple opened in the 6th century, you can see peacocks roaming the grounds. At the Gosho-magataki Shrine built in the 11th century, you can see Benkei’s Basket, an Important Cultural Property, said to belong to Musashino Benkei as well as the Gassandera Museum where you can see historical mandalas as well as other pieces of artwork that cannot be viewed elsewhere. This area is also home to cherry trees called Cerasus jamasakura famous in the Yoshino-yama area of Nara. The 900 cherry trees lining the road to the Sakuragawaisobeina Shrine is a nationally designated scenic spot and the eleven varieties of cherry trees [Cerasus jamasaura] are called the Sakura of Sakuragawa and are a national monument. You will surely see the fully blooming cherry trees as you pass through Sakuragawa on the expressway. From February 4th through March 3rd, you can enjoy the Makabe Hina Doll Festival. Hina dolls line the streets of the Town of Makabe. On the second Sunday in April, you can enjoy the Madara Onigami Festival at the Amabikisan Rakuho Temple, and from July 23rd through the 26th, you can see the Makabe Gion Festival, a 400-year old festival at the Goshokomagataki Shrine. Men wearing boater hats wearing hakama parade through town. It’s as if you’re watching a Miyazaki Hayao movie. All are must-see-once events. Local produce is abundant as well. Beni Kodama watermelon along with grapes sweet as honey called Olympia is available here. From the end of October through mid-December there is a mikan garden you can visit. Hitachi Aki soba is considered the highest-quality soba [buckwheat noodle]. There are many Japanese confectionary shops in town as well. Also famous for its granite called Makabe-seki, the Makabe stone lanterns are a nationally designated traditional craft dating back to the end of the Edo era. The bonsho [large bells] made by Odabe Casting goes back 800 years. Those who love to see seasonal changes in nature, unique festivals and events would do well to visit often.

  • Access

    We recommend taking the express bus from Narita Airport and Haneda Airport to the Tsukuba Center (bus terminal). From Narita, it’s one hour and 10 minutes; one hour and 40 minutes from Haneda to Tsukuba Center. From Tsukuba Center, go to bus stand number 3 and take the Tsuku Bus Hokubu Shuttle. Get off at Tsukuba Yamaguchi. From there, it’s another 10 km to downtown Sakuragawa. Take a local bus or a taxi for 25 minutes.There are rental bicycles at Tsukuba Yamaguchi. We recommend the Tsukuba Rin-Rin Road for your bicycle trip. In the spring you can see cherry blossoms in full bloom, and in the fall the foliage is beautiful. You’ll cycle alongside the mountains.By train, we recommend taking the Tsukuba Express from Akihabara Station. Get off approximately 45 minutes later at the last stop, Tsukuba Station. From there, follow the steps shown above and take the bus from Tsukuba Center. By car, take the Kita-Kanto Toll Road to the Sakuragawa-Chikusei IC, or take the Joban Expressway to Tsuchiura-Kita IC. In the springtime, you can see cherry blossoms all along your route.

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