Ibaraki (茨城 県) located in the Kanto region between the province of Tochigi and the Pacific Ocean, to the north we find a large mountainous area, however most of the province consists of a vast plain with many lakes. The province was previously called Hitachi, and the name Ibaraki was designated (founded) only in 1871. The provincial capital is the city of Mito. It occupies an area of 6.097.19km², with a population of 2.882.943 inhabitants., including about 67.986 foreign citizens, being about Brazilian 5.914, 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 natural beauty, as 15% of its total area has been designated as Natural Parks. There are ruins of castles in many cities, including Mito, Kasama and Yuki. One of the three most famous gardens in Japan, widely known as plum tree garden. Built in 1.842 by the 9th feudal lord of Mito, Nariaki Tokugawa. THE waterfall de Fukuroda is known as one of the three largest 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.
The main industries of Ibaraki-ken are energy (mainly nuclear), chemical and precision machinery.