Ibaraki (茨城県) located in the Kanto region between Tochigi Prefecture and the Pacific Ocean, to the north we find a large mountainous area, however most of the prefecture consists of a vast plain with many lakes. Previously the province was called Hitachi, and the name Ibaraki was designated (founded) only in 1871. The capital of the province is the city of Mito. It occupies an area of 6,097.19 km², with a population of 2,882,943 inhab., including about 67,986 foreign citizens, being about 5,914 Brazilians, Peru 1,640, Chinese 13,183, Philippines 10,158, Vietnam 8,540, Thailand 4,852, South Korea 4,297 , Indonesia 3,939, Sri Lanka 2,536 and Pakistan 1,591.
The province is blessed with many beaches and also many natural beauties, as 15% of its total area has been designated as Natural Parks. There are castle ruins in many cities, including Mito, Kasama and Yuki. One of the three most famous gardens in Japan, widely known as the plum tree garden. Built in 1842 by Mito’s 9th feudal lord Nariaki Tokugawa. Fukuroda Waterfall is known as one of the three biggest waterfalls in Japan, with approximately 120m in height and 73m in width. Its beautiful and dynamic view can be enjoyed in any of the four seasons.
Ibaraki-ken’s main industries are energy (mainly nuclear power), chemical and precision machinery.
Bando, Chikusei, Hitachi, Hitachinaka, Hitachiomiya, Hitachiota, Hokota, Inashiki, Ishioka, Itako, Joso (antiga Mitsukaido), Kamisu, Kasama, Kashima, Kasumigaura, Kitaibaraki, Koga, Mito, Moriya, Namegata, Omitama, Ryugasaki, Sakuragawa, Shimotsuma, Takahagi, Toride, Tsuchiura, Tsukuba, Tsukubamirai, Ushiku, Yuki.