Mt. Tsukuba (Copyright)
Fukuroda Falls (Copyright)
The athletic stadium in Kasamatsu Sports Park (Copyright)
Indoor pools in Kasamatsu Sports Park (Copyright)
Hitachi beef (Copyright)
Ibaraki Prefecture is approximately 35-160km northeast of Tokyo. With a well-developed transportation network, it provides smooth access to other parts of Japan. Ibaraki is connected to Tokyo via three expressways. By train, it takes approximately one hour from Tokyo to Ibaraki’s capital city Mito, and 45 minutes from Akihabara to Tsukuba. Furthermore, Narita International Airport is directly connected to Ibaraki via highway. The Ibaraki Airport also offers direct access to Ibaraki from overseas.
In 2019, The National Sports Festival and National Para-Sports Festival of Japan will be held in Ibaraki. The groundwork for the festivals will help prepare for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games. Ibaraki Prefectural Kasamatsu Sports Park, which includes an indoor pool and athletic field that conform to international standards, is located 10km northeast of Mito. As one of the venues for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Ibaraki Prefectural Kashima Soccer Stadium has a capacity of approximately 40,000 people and is one of Japan’s most prominent soccer stadiums. Many professional sports clubs have their headquarters in Ibaraki Prefecture, with excellent home stadiums. With a coast facing the Pacific Ocean and Lake Kasumigaura, Ibaraki has a flourishing water sports community including surfing and yachting. Effort is also being put into para-sports, with prefectural tournaments for athletes with disabilities. In 2014 a total of more than 3,500 people participated in these tournaments.
Ibaraki is blessed with a long coastline, a mountain range in the north, and a fertile plain stretching from the central region to the south. With places like Mt. Tsukuba and Lake Kasumigaura, it is rich in both aquatic and land environments. Ibaraki has a rich natural environment that can be enjoyed all year round. People seeking somewhere to cool off during the summer can visit Fukuroda Falls or enjoy camping by the rivers. Ibaraki also has prominent agricultural, fishery, and livestock industries. In the livestock industry, Ibaraki’s Hitachi beef has a reputation for being very tender. With many amenities, excellent sporting facilities and being in close proximity to Tokyo, Ibaraki is an ideal location for training. From the bottom of our hearts, we encourage you to hold your training camps here.