From Mito Station, take the Joban Line train to Katsuta Station, and take a bus to the Seaside Park bus station to visit the Hitachi Seaside Park. Here you can enjoy the flowers early in the morning, without the disturbance of other people. From here, go back to the station and take the train through Mito Station to Kairaku-en Station, and enjoy one of Japan’s three major gardens. If you’re hungry, you can eat lunch at Mito Station or the surrounding urban area. From here, take the bus to Kanponoyadoiriguchi bus station, in front of the Aqua World Oarai Aquarium. After the day is over, you can stay over at any one of the nearby hotels in the Oarai Area, such as Oarai Hotel, where they serve Anglerfish in the winter.
While it is recommended to drive to the Fukuroda Falls if you can, you can also go there by taking a train and bus. If so, take the train from Mito Station to Fukuroda Station on the Suigun Line, for about an hour. Once there, go to the Wariyama bus stop to the Fukuroda Bus stop by bus, and take a 20 minute walk to the falls. Near the falls, there should be various stands selling treats and food for you to enjoy. The Fukuroda falls is far from anything else, so it is recommended to spend a whole day there.
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Intern Ellie's Cycle Kyoto Bike Tour
The best way to travel around Kyoto is via bike so I decided to go on a guided bike tour with Cycle Kyoto for the day! In a small group of only 5 people, we traveled to various shrines, temples, and historical areas. I participated in the full tour which was 6-7 hours long and about 30km. Shorter tours of just the North and South areas of Kyoto are also popular through Cycle Kyoto. Check out all the spots I hit up on my tour below!