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Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Mito / Oarai / Hitachinaka Area

  • Hiraiso Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Hiraisochou
    A small swimming beach enclosed by an embankment. The beach's waves are extremely gentle, and children and poor swimmers can enjoy playing in the ocean here in safety. A large, whale-shaped inflatable slide 2.5 meters tall, 15 meters wide, and weighing five tons floats in the center of the beach's harbor area. This popular slide serves as a symbol of the beach. During swimming season, there are beachside clubhouses, changing rooms, and heated showers available for visitors to use.
  • Club Murz
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Chuou 2-3-14 Windsor HIRO BUILDING 1F
    This club has enjoyed lasting popularity among local young people, due to its regular schedule of appealing events, including DJs, dancers, live performances, and concerts in a wide variety of genres. In addition to the club, the building also houses a cocktail lounge and rental spaces. In addition, the owners use their space to operate a dance school.
  • Voice
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Daikumachi 1-6-1 Bell Spot Building 4F
    The largest club in the city of Mito and the northern Kanto region, this establishment is proud of its high-quality sound equipment. Formerly a movie theater, this building was remodeled into a club with high ceilings that give it an open and airy atmosphere that feels safe and friendly. During the day, the building functions as an event space for movies, live music, and dance.
  • Shirosato Outdoor Activity Center Fureaino Sato
    7 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunshirosatomachi Kamirino 4384
    Shirosato Outdoor Activity Center Fureai no Sato is an activity facility with day barbecue and lodging facilities that can be enjoyed by everyone of any age. The park holds events such as the Summer Festival and the gathering of Starry Sky Observation. There are two types of accommodation, either cabins or bungalows, to choose from and the bungalows are recommended to those who want to enjoy outdoor camping.


  • The Tokugawa Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Migawa 1-1215-1
    This museum is located near Senba Park, a 10-minute drive from Mito Station. Along with belongings from Tokugawa Ieyasu other works of art related to the Mito-Tokugawa family, including swords and a war-fan decorated with a pine tree painting, and various historical records are stored. You can also experience a tea-ceremony in the Tokugetsutei tea house, a tea house which had deep ties to the Tokugawa family and which has been relocated here. With reservation you can enjoy the Nariaki Gozen meal on the garden terrace, a contemporary arrangement of a recipe from the Shoku Sai Roku book written by Tokugawa Nariaki, ninth head of the Mito-Tokugawa family.
  • Nanatsudo Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Shimokunichou 2243
    Nanatsudo Park located in Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture is a municipal park which opened in 1999. It features an exclusive English-style landscaped garden which was designed by a British company and uses British building materials. You can relax with large and small ponds and dams, water flowing from the dams and greenery along the water lines. You can enjoy a secret flower garden where you can see colorful roses and buildings and a pavilion which are reminiscent of ancient times. As you can feel the history from the scenery, it was used as a filming location for a movie called “Thermae Romae”.
  • Art Tower Mito
    83 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.

    A spectacular 100 meter high tower which is visible around the area and landmarks the actual modern museum site. If you want to go up you do not have to visit the museum itself. You can pay inside...

  • The Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Sembachou Higakubo 666-1
    From Kairakuen, one of the three great gardens of Japan, head to the other side of Senba Lake to find this art museum which opened in October 1988. The museum’s collection of almost 4,000 pieces are displayed according to season and theme and contains works from local Ibaraki artists such as Yokoyama Taikan, Ogawa Usen, and Nakamura Tsune as well as western artists such as Monet and Renoir. On the south side of the grounds you will also find a reconstruction of Mito native Nakamura Tsune’s workshop with belongings and documents on display.
  • Ajigaura Beach Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Ajigaurachou
    This 1.5-kilometer north-south arc of sandy beaches is a bathing resort just a short five-minute walk from Ajigaura Station. One of the most popular beaches in Ibaraki, it is packed with beach-goers every summer, and features complete facilities, with a parking lot, restrooms, and beach houses. The vicinity includes Hitachi Seaside Park, a big shopping mall, hotels, day spas, and many seafood restaurants.
  • Kashimanada Seaside Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hokotashi Otake 390
    Facing to Kashima Bay, in Hokota City, Ibaraki Prefecture, this seaside park is split in to two sections, the seaside area with its beautiful scenery of a pine forest running along the beach front and the plateau area with a selection of shops. Inside the park you’ll find a large field and children’s playground equipment as well as seaside picnic areas and a boardwalk perfect for strolling making this a popular place for families and couples.
  • Aoyama Iris Garden
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunshirosatomachi Shimoaoyama 1346
    This iris garden was planted over fallow fields in Shirosato Town, Higashi Ibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture. The spacious grounds are filled with irises that were planted one by one starting in 1998. Now every June about 16,000 flowers of 70 species burst into beautiful bloom. An Iris Festival is held at peak season when visitors view the waterside scenery dyed blue and purple.
  • Oarai Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou A landmark
    The picturesque Oarai Beach, along Oarai Village, Higashiibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture is one of Japan’s Top 100 Shorelines, selected for its beautiful views. The surrounding boulders seem to naturally form a pool of clear ocean water. The rocky outcroppings provide hideouts for crabs, fishes, and hermit crabs, making it an ideal spot for beach fun. During swim season, the conveniences of beach kiosks, open parking, toilets, and showers are erected.
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Shinkouchou 35
    Annexed to Joyful Honda mega home center, this shopping center is one of the largest in Japan. It houses around 100 stores, carrying trending fashion brands to furniture, household items, and more. The food court, based on a California design, bustles with local families while their kids enjoy the children’s space.
  • Otake Coast, Hokota Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hokotashi Otake
    Also called Ibaraki’s Gold Coast for it’s beautiful views, this roughly one kilometer long beach area is along Hokota City, Ibaraki Prefecture. The shallow shelved ocean provides an expansive view, and is monitored with lifeguards, making it popular with families. With rather high waves, it is also popular with surfers and seasonally attracts visitors digging clams.
  • Ho Wa En
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Mito-shi Matsumotocho 2287-1
  • Senba Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Mito-shi Senbacho 3080
  • 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.
  • Mito OPA
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Mito-shi Miyamachi 1-7-33 Mito South Tower 1F-12F
    A large, 12 story shopping mall adjoining the south entrance of JR Mito Station. The 15 LED screens which make up the Mito OPA-vision playing advertisements and providing shop information give the mall a visually striking exterior. The mall is also connected to the Excel Minato building via a pedestrian walkway, and a passageway also connects it to the north entrance of the station, giving visitors easy access to shopping. Many of the shops in the mall are the first locations of their kind in Ibaraki. The mall is a great place for fashion-conscious young people to pick up the latest trends from Tokyo, and also makes a great date destination as well.
  • Oarai Wakuwaku Science Museum
    17 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.

    子どもが楽しめて、なおかつリーズナブル、猛暑を避けられる施設ということで、観光の合間に立ち寄らせて頂きました。 展示は非常に分かりやすく、子どもも楽しめる仕掛けが色々あり、大人でも勉強になりました。 閉館時間が少し早いので注意です。

  • Science Museum of Atomic Energy
    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.

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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ーone of Japan's Three Great Gardensーin spring to experience the cellestial blooming of fantastic cherry blossoms at the annual sakura festival.

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