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    1. Go to Isohara for: Folk songs and waterfalls.





Go to Isohara for: Folk songs and waterfalls.

Isohara is ideal for those who want to check out some of nature’s finest gifts to the Kanto region. Its beach looks out on Futatsushima Island, and you can walk to the naturally formed pool encircled by rocks. The Northern Ibaragi region has abundant flora and fauna, waterfalls, lakes and mountains. It’s also the birthplace of Ujo Noguchi, who wrote folk songs at the turn of the 20th century―there’ s a museum dedicated to him, and you can even visit the home he grew up in. Not feeling up for all that variety? Isohara’s also good for the more standard Japanese vacation route―golf courses and onsens.

How to get there: Take the Joban Express Line from Ueno station to Isohara (1hr 53min).

Where to stay: A famous architect designed the traditional-meets-modern Japanese-style de'cor of Futatsushima Kanko Hotel (0293-42-0183, Isohara Seaside Hotel has a beachfront terrace, a restaurant with free wi-fi, and ocean view rooms (0293-42-0213,

During peak season (mid July to late August) most large beaches have lifeguards on duty from 9am-5pm. Some people avoid swimming in the sea after the Obon holiday in mid-August because of jellyfish.

Last modified: 2007-07-16