Ibaraki Prefecture is approximately 60 minutes from Tokyo. It is home to Hitachi Seaside Park, featured in the book, The breathtaking sights in the world I want to see before I die, and Kairakuen, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. Additionally, it is host to the university town of University of Tsukuba, a cutting edge of science and technology research campus, and offers many more sights to enjoy.