If you didn't get a chance to experience one of the local summer festivals, the Ishioka Matsuri, held on Sept. 14-16, is well worth the effort to go see. It is one of the largest in the area. For info, call 0299-23-1111.
Another interesting event is the All Japan Triathalon Competition to be held in Hazaki on Sept. 12. Hazaki is located at the very southern tip of Ibaraki across from the city of Choshi in Chiba. It's a nice drive along the coast.
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