Sourced from Wikivoyage. Text is available under the CC-by-SA 3.0 license.Ibaraki (茨木) is a city in Osaka (prefecture). It is a suburban city of Osaka city and a part of Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Literally Ibaraki in English means Wild Trees or Thorny trees.
Ibaraki is a station on the JR Kyoto Line, served by local and rapid trains. From the shinkansen hub at Shin-Osaka, trains reach Ibaraki in an average of 10 minutes (¥210). From Kyoto Station, trains reach Ibaraki in about 30 minutes (¥450). Note that some trains from Kyoto may be classified as "Local" trains, changing to "Rapid" en route, but this does not affect trips to Ibaraki station.
The private Hankyu Railway serves a few stations in Ibaraki, the major one being Ibaraki-shi Station, about a kilometer east of the JR station. Most Hankyu trains on the Hankyu Kyoto Line stop here. Trains run from Osaka's Umeda station in about 20 minutes (¥260), and Limited Express trains run from central Kyoto's Kawaramachi Station in 26 minutes (¥310). To the south of Ibaraki-shi Station on the Hankyu is Minami-Ibaraki Station, which is a transfer point for the Osaka Monorail to/from Osaka Itami Airport.
Airport limousine buses run between Kansai International Airport and both JR Ibaraki and Hankyu Ibaraki-shi stations for ¥2000 (one way adult fare) .
Local buses connect the JR Ibaraki and Hankyu Ibaraki-shi stations (¥210). Hankyu and Kintetsu buses run from both stations to a wide range of locations in northern Osaka.
Kawabata Yasunari Museum of Literatureaddress: 2-11-25 KamichujoOn display are about 400 items including books authored by Kawabata, his personal belongings, letters, manuscripts and calligraphic works as well as photographs and videos that shed light on the author's career.
address: 東奈良三丁目12-18On display are artifacts belonging to the cultural history of Ibaraki such as bronze bells, earthenware, ancient documents, etc.
Church of LightIf you are interested in modern architecture you can't miss out buildings from Tadao Ando. The Church of Light was built in 1989. Telephone or email for reservations to see the church outside of normal worship hours and to confirm worship hours.
address: 大阪府茨木市松ケ本町８−３０Ibaraki is home to a Mycal shopping mall containing a Saty, Vivre, Warner Bros Cinema, Konami Sports Club and a wide variety of stores.
Most restaurants are located around the axis connecting the JR Ibaraki and Hankyu Ibaraki-shi stations.
Ramen Kirakuaddress: 大阪府茨木市別院町４−１６Cheap small ramen restaurant run by two old women. Prices start from ¥250 for ramen.
Most hotels in Ibaraki are business hotels in the neighborhood of JR Ibaraki station. Prices start from ¥6000 per room.
Ibaraki Central Hoteladdress: 大阪府 茨木市西駅前町14-8