Spots in Mito / Oarai / Hitachinaka Area

  • Hitachi Seaside Park
    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.
  • Mentai Park Oarai
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    4.0
    90 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.”

    海沿いにあるめんたいパーク。 たくさんのお土産はもちろん、軽食も食べられる楽しい施設です。 ここに来たのは2度目です。 お目当てのひとつはめんたいソフト。 ほんのり塩分にプチプチ明太子が美味しいデザートです。 明太子ラー油、ソーセージ、辛子明太子をお土産に買って帰りました。 明太子の試食がダイナミックです。

  • 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.
  • Kobuntei
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    4.5
    149 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Mito-shi Tokiwacho 1-3-3
    A structure in Kairakuen, located on the grounds of Tokiwa-jinja Shrine in front of Kairakuen Station in Tokiwa-cho 1-Chome, Mito City. Said to have been designed by Tokugawa Nariaki, the 9th feudal lord of the Mito domain, it consists of a two-layered three-story wooden main building and a wooden single-story annex. The current building was restored after being destroyed by air raids during World War II. Open to the public, you can enter for a fee and enjoy the view from the third floor Rakujuro as well as the fusuma-e paintings on the sliding doors. A formal tea gathering is held once a month.

    Many people who visited Kairakuen also visited this building where you can get a good view of the lake and surrounding park. We only looked at the external architecture and didnt go inside as we...

  • Hitachinokuni Izumo Taisha Shrine
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Fukuhara 2006
    About a seven-minute walk from Fukuhara Station on the JR Mito Line, Hitachinokuni Izumo Taisha is a shrine for worshipping mainly the Okuninushi, dedicated in 1992. There is the main hall where the presiding god sits in repose, as well as the Yakushin Shrine for medical needs and Ryujya Shrine for protection from water. The grounds include multiple cemeteries—even a pet cemetery—for religious and funeral ceremonies, as well as a restaurant serving Inaniwa udon, a glass studio— “Izumokan,” and an art gallery— “Sakurabayashi-kan.”

    The huge rope thing (I dont know what its called) is really interesting. You can try to toss a coin upwards and try to get it stuck in between the fibres of the rope. Remember to walk to the back...

  • Art Tower Mito
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    4.0
    100 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Gokenchou 1-6-8
    The Art Tower Mito is a joint art facility located about 10 minutes by car from Mito Station. It has an art museum with mainly modern art exhibits, a concert hall complete with pipe organ, and a stage for musicals and traditional arts like rakugo. Uniquely composed of equilateral triangular panels, the Symbol Tower features a lookout deck with a view of Mito City and vicinity. You can get a tour of the interior (includes the tower) even as an individual.

    We were pleased to see the tower, and the whole art centre complex, but it was very quiet with not a lot going on. The tower was closed, as was the contemporary art gallery. The foyer with the...

  • 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。

  • Ibaraki Prefectural Archives and Museum
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Midorichou 2-1-15
    "A facility which serves as both an archive and museum located a two-minute walk from the ""Rekishikan Kairakuen Iriguchi"" bus stop on the bus leaving from Mito Station on the JR Joban Line. The facility presents the results of research into materials and artefacts connected to the history of Ibaraki. The facility's spacious grounds also enclose an Edo period farmhouse and Meiji period Western-style school house which were dismantled and moved here. The facility's standing exhibit focuses on the history of Ibaraki. Easy to understand videos, graphic panels, and other exhibits present the prehistoric, ancient, near-modern, and modern history periods of the prefecture. The facility also holds lectures and activities for elementary and junior high school aged children."

    If you are interested in Japan history, this place is not a bad place. Though Japan is not very big islands, it has long and complex history. Every place has every history. I had not known history in...

  • Oarai Isosaki Jinja
    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.
  • Crafthills Kasama
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 2388-1
    "Crafthills Kasama is located in Kasama Geijutsunomori Park, around 10 minutes' drive via National Route 355 from the Tomobe Interchange of the Kita-Kanto Expressway. At Crafthills Kasama, visitors can enjoy making their own Kasama-ware ceramics. Based around the concept of ""moving beyond ceramics that you can look at to ceramics that you can have fun with,"" Crafthills Kasama offers electric potter's wheel experience activities, hand-thrown pottery experience activities, and ceramics painting experience activities, etc. For those with a more serious interest in ceramics, Crafthills Kasama runs a Ceramics School that can help would-be ceramists progress from beginner to having solid ceramics-making skills. Other popular craft experience activities include silver clay art making, where participants can learn how to make unique silver accessories from silver clay. There is also a permanent exhibition of ceramic art, and special seasonal exhibitions."

    陶器で作られた色々な雛人形が飾られていました。展示されたものの殆どは購入も出来ます。常設の工芸品もレベル高い。無料で笠間の工芸品を味わえるおすすめスポット。

  • Kasama Nichido Museum of Art
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    4.5
    48 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 978-4
    "An art museum located a three-minute walk from the ""Nichido Bijutsukan Iriguchi"" bus stop on the Kasama Loop bus in Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The museum's large collection of artwork by domestic and international artists includes Renoir's ""Girl at the Fountain"" and ""Venus Victorious,"" Ryusei Kishida's ""Maruyama-kun,"" and Hiroshi Okutani's ""Fusei."" In addition to the museum's standing exhibition of French artists and a special exhibition hall, the museum has more unique facilities, such as an outdoor sculpture garden, and a palette exhibition which presents palettes used by various painters."

    This was a truly sublime experience. We came to the Museum while in Kasama visiting a relative who works in the Ibaraki area. We had no idea of the amazing paintings on display at this museum. I...

  • Sakatsura Isosaki-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    69 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.

    大洗磯前神社と併せてお参りするのが良いと知ってからそうしています。 酒列磯前神社は不思議な木と鳥居の間から見える海が魅力的です。 毎年こどもの日には御朱印を頂いているのですが、2019年は酒列磯前神社と大洗磯前神社の御朱印を見開きで頂きました。 楽しかった茨城旅行の思い出になっています。

  • Mito City Forest Park
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Abotsukechou 588-1
    A park enclosing pine forest, mixed tree groves, and ponds. The numerous life-sized models of dinosaurs are popular with children. There's also large playground equipment and a petting zoo where children can play with goats and rabbits.

    大きな実物大の恐竜がたくさん(14体)いることと長いすべり台で有名な広さ143haもある森林公園です。私は園内を大きく3分割して理解しており、恐竜広場の他は、ソフトクリーム等を売っている森のシェーンブル館とヤギがいるふれあい牧場です。市では、ヤギの乳製品に力を入れていますが、入園者の中心は小学校前の子どもで、親子連れの他孫連れも少なくありません。 駐車場は公園がある山の上に3個所あり、無料です。開...

  • 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.
  • Kasama Inari Jinja
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 1
    Located in Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture, this shrine has long been the object of adoration for the god of rich harvest and mercantile success. Considered to be one of Japan’s Top Three Inari Shrines, it hosts 3.5 million visitors every year, and is one of the prefecture’s best spots for New Year’s worship. A number of religious ceremonies like yabusame and bugaku are performed during the “Kasama Chrysanthemum Festival” held in autumn.
  • Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 2345 Kasama Art Forest Park
    "A prefectural art museum located inside Kasama Geijutsunomori Park a five-minute drive from JR Kasama Station. Dedicated to the concepts of ""excitement,"" ""understanding,"" and ""fun,"" the museum presents the history and techniques of Kasama ware. The museum's standing exhibition consists of pieces by recipients of the Order of Culture and Living National Treasures. The museum also displays famous pieces by potters closely connected to Ibaraki Prefecture in addition to holding special exhibitions of primarily pottery from within the prefecture and beyond. Bright and with a quiet atmosphere, the museum also has a shop and restaurant, making it easy to visitors to take their time, have fun, and enjoy the works of ceramic art on display."

    If you are looking for good quality Japanese crockery& ceramics, this is a nice place. They have a good range, some super pricey but many are good to start or complete a collection. I hear there are...

  • Shirosato Town Hororunoyu
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunshirosatomachi Shimofuruchi 1829-3
    A hot spring bathing facility dedicated to promoting health located in Shirosato Town, Higashiibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture. The main bathhouse area makes use of a simple hot spring whose alkaline waters are said to benefit nerve pain and sensitivity to cold. The bathhouse has two bathing areas-a large wood and stone Japanese-style bathing area and a tiled Western-style bathing area. The facility has a bath for the disabled and also makes use of sanitary measures such as antibacterial agents on the walls and floors. There are also swimming pools, a restaurant, and rest area, and the facility offers swimming and yoga classes.

    鶏足山での登山後、温泉で疲れを癒やすために立ち寄りました。温泉だけではなくレストランやフィットネス等もあり、ゆっくりのんびり楽しむことができる施設です。レストランの藤井川ダムカレーを食べると、藤井川ダムカレーカードをもらうことができます。

  • Ajigaura Onsen Nozomi
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    4.0
    9 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."

    お風呂上りに食事をしました。おそば、海鮮丼など、とても美味しかったです。お味噌汁が大きくてびっくり。とてもお得な感じです。

  • Kairakuen
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Tokiwachou 1-3-3
    This Japanese-style garden in Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture was created by Tokugawa Nariaki—ninth lord of the Mito clan—in 1842. Along with Kanazawa’s Kenroku-en and Okayama’s Korakuen, it is one of Japan’s Top Three Gardens, and is nationally designated as both Historical Sites and Places of Scenic Beauty. It’s also famous for plum-viewing in spring, with roughly 3,000 plum trees in 100 varieties. The flowers and trees are beautiful year-round, with azaleas, cherry blossoms and fall leaves teaming up with Lake Senba to make memorable scenes. Every year, the “Mito Plum Festival” is held from late February to March.
  • Roadside Station Katsura
    Transportation
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunshirosatomachi Gozenyama 37
    A roadside station commanding a view of the Naka River and Gozenyama Prefectural Natural Park. The station sells a variety of local specialty products as well as fresh produce picked that morning. The station's handmade sweets are particularly popular. The station's shelves are filled with dorayaki pancake sandwiches, manju buns, and other tasty confections.

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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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