The City of Hitachinaka was largely developed for economic purposes: commerce, agriculture, fisheries, and industry. One of its most popular specialties is the dried sweet potato grown on farms within the Port of Hitachinaka.
However, development projects like the Port of Hitachinaka have been planned with the underlying philosophy of “business and pleasure.” The Hitachi National Seaside Park offers 1.2 thousand hectares of beautiful coastal lands where people can relax, enjoy year-round blooms, or jet ski. The Port of Hitachinaka planners strive to create a green city where living is comfortable and relationships with people in and outside of Japan are positive and enjoyable.
Among the Port of Hitachinaka’s most popular visitor attractions are the Torazuka Tumulus, Jugoro Hillside Caves, Mawatari Haniwa Park, the Takeda Clan Residence, and Minato Park. The Torazuka Tumulus, a mound of earth and stone dating back to the 7th Century, contains a unique colored wall painting. The Jugoro Hillside Caves include more than 300 caves built from the 3rd to 8th Centuries. The Mawatari Haniwa Park contains the ruins of a clay figure manufacturing operation, full of clay figures that operated in the 5th and 6th Centuries.
The Takeda Clan Residence (Takeda-uji-yakata) is a restored 12th Century samurai residence housing historic artifacts related to the Takeda family, descendants of the 9th Century Emperor Seiwa and a branch of the Minamoto clan.
Minato Park (also called the Park of Pine) rests on top of small hill where people take in beautiful panoramic views of the Port of Hitachinaka. In the fall, the view of the harvest moon sparkling on the sea through the pines is truly breathtaking.