Spots in Oarai / Hitachi / Nakaminato Area

  • Hitachi Seaside Park
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    4.5
    1216 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Mawatari Onuma 605-4
    A national park located in Hitachinaka City in Ibaraki Prefecture. The spacious grounds, totaling some 200 hectares, are filled with huge flower gardens. The nemophila in summer and bassia in autumn are particularly attractive seasonal plants. When in bloom, the park’s 4.5 million blue nemophila seem to bleed into the sky, creating a stunning sight. The fluffy bassia in autumn turning the area scarlet. The park also has a cycling course and barbecue area, making a perfect place for the whole family to enjoy an entire day together.

    Although the glass wasn’t that red, it still looks kinda pretty. The park itself is very large that I couldn’t take a full walk through it

  • Oarai Isosaki Jinja
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    4.0
    226 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 6890
    The Oarai Isosaki Jinja is a shrine in Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture, that venerates Ohonamuchi-no-mikoto and Sukunahikona-no-mikoto. The worship hall for the presiding god—a protector of domestic safety and safe naval passage—demonstrates the architectural style of early Edo period, and has been designated a prefectural cultural property. Also, the Kamiiso torii gate praised by Mitsukuni Tokugawa is first among big torii in the Kanto region, and is set on rocks in the sea, for a great view during sunrise and sunset. Shrine worship deals with the ocean, so the Oarai Sea Museum is located nearby.

    Unlike most Toriis thats made out of wood, this is made out of concrete it seems. I wouldnt say this is a must-visit location but it is definitely worthwhile to drive by if youre doing a road trip...

  • Mentai Park Oarai
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    4.0
    94 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 8255-3
    Located in Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture, this is a theme park focusing on mentaiko (seasoned cod roe) and run by Kanefuku Co.—a well-established mentaiko shop. The interior includes a mentaiko plant that you can observe through glass, and a wholesaler where you can buy mentaiko directly. A great place for kids and adults to spend the day with mentaiko. The food corner has popular eats like “mentaiko onigiri” and “mentaiko ice cream.”

    旅の途中に「食事を」と思い寄った。 主に明太子を売っているスペース。フードコートも 売っていたのは明太子のおにぎりとソフトクリーム。 ラーメン・そば・うどんくらい置いたらどうなのかな?

  • Aqua World-Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 8252-3
    This aquarium is located along the coast of Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture, and is among the largest in the country. Sea mammals and oceanic/freshwater fish from around the world and Oarai Sea are kept here. Exhibits are divided into nine zones, like “The Encounter Sea” and “Seas of the World.” You can watch a variety of living creatures, like popular penguins and sunfish, or see the impressive shark tank. The dolphin and sea lion shows are particularly lively and popular.
  • Nakaminato Osakana Ichiba
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Minatohonchou 19-8
    Nakaminato Osakana Ichiba, located in about 10 minutes’ walk from Nakaminato Station, is a fish market. There are seafood product shops which sell fresh fish landed at the fishing harbor in Nakaminato, processed food and dried seafood such as mirinboshi (seasoned dried fish) and restaurants where you can enjoy a seafood rice bowl and a monkfish hot pot in winter only. A list of seasonal fish in Nakaminato is shown on the website so you can find out in advance when your favorite fish is available.
  • Sakatsura Isosaki-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Isozakichou 4607-2
    This Shinto shrine is on Prefectural Route 6 in Isozakicho, Hitachinaka City. Founded in 856, it honors the deities Onamuchi-no-Mikoto and Sukunabikona-no-Mikoto. It was moved to its present location on the order of Tokugawa Mitsukuni in 1702. The precincts have stone statues of turtles dedicated by big lottery winners, and many come to pray for luck with hitting the lottery. The grounds also have a large woodland area that will give you a look at the special qualities of coastal forests.

    Sakatura Isosaki Shrine is a great location in Hitachinaka city. At first, You can see the fantastic tree-lined approach after passing through the torii. I would recommend taking a picture of...

  • Oarai Seaside Station
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    3.0
    107 Reviews
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Minatochuou 11-2
    This outlet mall—located near the beach of Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki county, Ibaraki Prefecture—is a great spot for shopping or meals while feeling the beach wind on your skin. It has been undergoing renewal as “Oarai Seaside Station” since the operating company changed in July 2017. They are maintaining operations during the renewal, and it is scheduled for a grand re-opening in spring 2018.

    ガルパンギャラリーを目的に行きました。まいわい市場は特産品が沢山ありお土産購入には大変便利です。貸し自転車も有ります。

  • Hitachinaka Onsen Kirari Bettei
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    4.5
    27 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ibaraki Hitachinaka-shi Ichige 640-2

    小学生未満は利用できないというので大人ばかりの印象。それだけで落ち着いて利用できます。あちこち静かにと書いてあります。 スタッフはみんな感じが良く気持ちよく利用できました。 新型コロナのせいで少ないのかあまり混んではいませんでした。今度はレストランも利用したいと思います。

  • Ajigaura Onsen Nozomi
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Ajigaurachou 3290
    "A day trip hot spring bathhouse for the whole family featuring baths constantly replenished from a source spring ""kakenagashi"" style. The bathhouse is located a 15-minute drive from Katsuta Station on the JR Joban Line. The bathhouse' sodium - chloride strong saline spring is rich in hot spring minerals and its waters have a powerful warming effect. After bathing in the large indoor bath, try the outdoor bath, piping hot hinoki cypress bath, or lukewarm rock bath, which boasts a stunning view. There's also the so-called ""grotto bath,"" perfume bath, and more. The bathhouse also has a restaurant serving seafood rice bowls, set meals, and seasonal dishes, as well as a rest area to relax in after your bath. In addition, the bathhouse offers robe and towel rentals."

    I love this onsen, especially the baths overlooking the ocean. Onsen in general are incredibly relaxing and this one is one of my favourites. The staff here are lovely. I speak Japanese (enough to...

  • Oarai Wakuwaku Science Museum
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Minatochuou 12
    A water science museum situated right in front of sprawling ocean located at the Marine Tower-minami Intersection a 20-minute walk from Oarai Station on the Oarai Kashima Line. The first floor of the museum looks at the world of the sea bottom, while the second floor focuses on the ocean surface and includes exhibits which you can touch and interact with. The museum also holds events every Saturday and Sunday introducing the wonders of the sea through crafting classes and experiments. In addition, there's a playground in the square in front of the museum for small children to play.

    入場券を買おうとしたら「本当にご覧になられますか?」と聞かれた 確かに内容は???的なものが多いのですが 他では見られない、貴重なものが展示されています

  • Oarai Sun Beach Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Prefecture Higashi Ibaraki-gun Oarai-cho Harbor
    This beach spot is known for its spacious, clear and far-reaching shallow beach, located in Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County. It’s quite popular with families, couples, and friends, as it has complete facilities including beach houses, restrooms, and showers. It is also a “universally-accessible” beach, with special wheelchairs for beach travel and life jackets, so handicapped and elderly persons can enjoy the beach too.
  • Oarai Museum of Bakumatsu-Meiji History
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 8231-4
    A museum located a 10-minute drive from the Mito-Oarai interchange. The museum was built in 1929 by Count Mitsuaki Tanaka, an imperial loyalist in the closing days of the Edo period who later became Minister of the Imperial Household. The museum displays paintings and calligraphic works by imperial loyalists from the late Edo to the Meiji period as well as their forbearers donated by the count, as well as items gifted to the museum by the Imperial Household and other artifacts such as handicrafts connected to the local Oarai area. The museum's collection includes numerous valuable historical items which belonged to or were created by prominent figures, including calligraphy by the last shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu, Yoshida Shoin, Yamaoka Tesshu, and Saigo Takamori.

    The basis of the museum’s displays is the collection of Mitsuaki Tanaka of objects related to those that played prominent roles in the development of Japan from the Meiji and Taishou era. Mitsuaki...

  • Oarai Seafood Market
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 8253-56
    Located in Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture, this seafood market offers row after row of fresh fish just caught in Oarai Port. You can enjoy the great products of Oarai from each season, famous Oarai clams in spring, iwagaki oyster in summer, returning bonito in fall, and anglerfish in winter. Also popular are the home-made dried fish and freshly-broiled fish you can eat right there.
  • Ibaraki Kenmin no Mori
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Nakashi To 4589
    This forest park was created in 1968. Visitors can stroll amidst natural forest lush with seasonal flowering plants, and catch sight of some 360 varieties of trees and wild grasses and flowers along with around 90 varieties of wild birds like green pheasants and great spotted woodpeckers. A variety of events are held in the park, as well, such as crafting classes and nature games.

    Ibaraki Botanical Garden is one of the greatest botanical gardens in Ibaraki, and it is located in Naka city. You can see many kinds of flowers, tropical plants and subtropical plants there. I’d...

  • Oarai Marine Tower
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Minatochuou 10
    This 60-meter-tall symbolic tower in Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture was opened in 1988. At 55 meters above ground, the observatory deck offers you a grand panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, Nikko Nasu Mountains, Mt. Tsukuba, and Mt. Fuji. The tower interior includes souvenir shops, a marine theater, and a cafe themed on “Girls und Panzer” —an anime set in Oarai.
  • Shizumine Furusato Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Nakashi Shizu 1720-1
    This park in Shizu, Naka City is on the hill on the west side of the Shizu-jinja Shrine grounds. It has different kinds of cherry trees, including about 2,000 of the double-flowered variety. Selected as one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots, the park hosts the Yaezakura Festival starting in mid-April. You can enjoy the natural scenery in other seasons too that include early-spring plum blossoms, summer azaleas, and colorful autumn leaves.
  • Science Museum of Atomic Energy
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Naka-gun Tokaimura Muramatsu 225-2
    This science museum, Japan's only one dedicated to nuclear power, is situated along National Route 245 an 18-minute drive from the Hitachi-minami Ota Interchange on the Joban Expressway. The museum contains exhibits which introduce the foundations behind atoms and nuclear energy. Visitors can directly look at, touch, and interact with the things they are learning about through exhibits such as a big screen theater showing computer generated videos and the world's largest cloud chamber, which makes it possible to see the natural radiation that is around us at all times. In addition, exhibits on incidents such as the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and the Tokaimura nuclear accident convey safe ways of utilizing radiation to future generations.

    エネルギーとしての原子力に関しての展示は少ないです。一番おもしろかったのは空港のX線検査装置ですね。実物を操作できて、こんな風に映るのかと感心しきりでした。見学の所要時間としては1時間あれば十分ですね。

  • Hitachinaka Seaside Railway
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Shakamachi 22-2 Naka Station
    A railway line connecting Katsuta Station and Ajigaura Station in Hitachinaka City. Various sightseeing destinations such as Hitachi Seaside Park and the Nakaminato Fish Market are situated along the line, and customers can purchase an all-day pass which allows unlimited rides. At Nakaminato Station, visitors may be welcomed by Osamu, the station's cat.
  • Shizu-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Nakashi Shizu 2
    This Shinto shrine is located in Shizu, Naka City. Although the exact date of its founding is unknown, it's estimated to be over 850 years old. The main deities it honors are the warrior god Takehazuchi-no-Mikoto and Shitori-no-Kami, the ancestral god of weaving. An autumn festival takes place annually from November 25th to 27th. Many visitors come at that time when they hold ceremonies like Tsuta Mai and Osasa Myojin. The hill on the western side of the grounds makes up Shizumine Furusato Park, a famous cherry blossom viewing spot.

    常陸二ノ宮...

  • Kaachan-no-Mise
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 8253-20
    Located near “Oarai Fishing Port” in Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture, this restaurant is directly operated by the fishermen’s union. It’s a popular spot for trying fresh local fish, even attracting visitors from outside the prefecture. The cooks are usually the wives and daughters of the local fishermen. There are dishes like sashimi and set meals featuring fresh fish like sea bream, flounder, and octopus. The “Nama-shirasu-don” with clear raw sardines is the most popular.

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Just a stone’s throw from Tokyo, Ibaraki is a coastal prefecture that has mastered juxtapositions, where old shrines meet new scientific discoveries and traditional gardens are frequented by the inventors of some of the newest technology. Head to Mito City's Kairakuen - one of Japan's Three Great Gardens - in spring to experience the cellestial blooming of fantastic cherry blossoms at the annual sakura festival.

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