Shopping Spots in Mito / Oarai / Hitachinaka Area

  • 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。

  • 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.
  • Sun Green Asahi
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Pref. Hokotashi Momiyama 602-6
    A large farmers market boasting some 500 registered farmers located in Ibaraki, a prefecture with an abundance of agriculture. The market is located a 20-minute drive south along Prefectural Route 51 from the Mito-Oarai interchange on the Higashi-Mito Road. The market sells a variety of safe, healthy agricultural products from farms in Ibaraki Prefecture. Ibaraki grows the greatest quantity of melons in Japan, and, when in season, visitors to the market will find varieties such as Andes Melons and Quincy Melons sold at low prices. Accordingly, during this time, the market bustles with visitors come to buy tasty melons. The market is also conveniently located near Hokota Beach on the Otake Coast as well as Kashimanada Seaside Park.

    大洗から鹿島方面へ向かう国道沿いにありました。 JA直営なので新鮮な農産物が安価で手に入るだろうと思い立ち寄ってみました。 店舗は大きめでちょっとしたスーパーといった感じです。 農産物の種類は豊富で予想通り価格も安めでした。ここでトマト・長ネギ・じゃがいもを購入しました。 旭村はメロンの産地なので今度はメロンの時期に立ち寄りたいと思いました。 お薦めできる立ち寄りポイントです。

  • Sashirosan no Tofu-ya
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Kasama-shi Kasama 2810
    A tofu shop in Kasama, Kasama City. They sell handmade tofu using natural brine and two kinds of locally grown soybeans: Fukuyutaka and Tachinagaha. In addition, they use Tanokuro bean, a rare Ibaraki variety for their Ibaraki Zairai Tofu, fresh yuba, sweet natto, and inaka miso.

    We went this tohu restaurant on the Himatsuris way to home. This is famous in Kasama. There are a mountain back of this tohu production, they use springs to make tohu. There is small eat-in...

  • Futatsugi Walnut Inari-zushi
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Kasama-shi Kasama 1343
    An inari-zushi (deep-fried tofu pockets filled with rice) shop on Monzen-dori Streetin Kasama, Kasama City. The veteran store has been in business for over 100 years. Its famous Kurumi Inari-zushi with walnuts is a local favorite. It was inspired by the name of a local shrine, Kurumigashita Inari.

    おいなりさんのご飯に、クルミとゴマが入っていて、甘じょっぱいおいなりさんは とってもおいしいです。笠間神社のすぐはす向かいにあるので、わかりやすいです 是非、一度お試しください。

  • Oarai Maiwai Market
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Minatochuou 11-2 Oasama Seaside Station 1F
    A 10 minute drive from the Mito-Oarai Interchange. A market located inside Oarai Seaside Market Station (formerly Oarai Resort Outlet) selling local specialty products. Offering fresh vegetables from local farms, seafood, local products, light meals, souvenirs, and an abundant variety of other select goods, the market is a frequent destination for both tourists and locals alike. The market also carries a wide selection of merchandise for the hit anime “Girls und Panzer,” which is set in Oarai. The foods made with select Ibaraki ingredients are particularly recommended. Popular souvenirs include dried fish, the market’s own dried sweet potatoes, and dried seasonal vegetables.

    鹿島臨海鉄道って、、 全部高架なんですかね。。 経営だいじょうぶなんすかね。。 千葉県の某私鉄のほうが不安感大っすけど。。 ってちょいと思ってしまいます、途中駅の唯一街?の大洗にございますー まいわい市場です。。 ここ、前はアウトレットがあったけど、、 お店がほとんど撤退しちゃったんですかね。。 地元野菜とか売ってます。。 なんと、干しいもが 280え...

  • 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.
  • Kairo Gallery Mon
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 2230-1
    A gallery primarily focusing on Kasama ware located on the Kasama Gallery Road a 20-minute walk from Kasama Station on the JR Mito Line. The gallery was opened in 2002 with the aim of being a space for exchange between artists in the country and around the world. Making use of a storehouse and gallery encircling a courtyard, charming wooden shelves scattered throughout the facility are covered with pottery. Harmonizing with the surrounding nature, the gallery makes use of natural lighting to show off its wares. In addition to displaying pieces by a selection of permanent artists, the facility also has a solo exhibition space whose contents changes every two weeks.

    いろいろな作家さんの、陶器がたくさん置いてあり ゆっくりと見て回るのが、楽しい場所です。 陶器だけではなく、お箸や、いろいろな小物を見て 回るのも楽しいです。

  • NEWPORT HITACHINAKA FASHION CRUISE
    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.
  • Mori no Ishigama Panya-san
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Kasama-shi Kasama 2286-1
    This bakery is located along Gallery Road, in Kasama, Kasama City. The bread is made using homemade natural yeast from Kasama strawberries, and baked in a Spanish stone kiln. In addition to selling Kasama natural yeast bread, filled with a generous helping of fresh cream, French bread, sweet bread, cooking bread and sandwiches, the bakery also has an eat-in space on the second floor.

    売り切れになること多いとの噂をきいて心配したが、無事パンを買えました。ウインナーパンのウインナーは上質。カレーパンのまわりは油っこくなくサクサク。ほうれん草パンはふわふわ。どれも美味しかった。価格は都心よりも2割くらい安い。次々焼きたてパンが並べられ、並べるそばから売れていく。建物もオシャレ。近くに行ったら是非!

  • Ajinomise Takahashi
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 884
    "A Japanese confectionary shop located on the Nagacho Shotengai shopping street in Oarai Town. The shop's popularity exploded after its ""Mitsu Dango,"" skewered triple dumplings which are a local Oarai favorite, were featured in a popular animated television series. Plump mitarashi-style flour dumplings covered with a special sauce and kinako toasted soybean flour, their novel texture combined with their familiar, old-fashioned flavor have long made them a favorite with locals. Customers can purchase a single skewer or sets of five or 10 skewers. Now that Oarai has become a mecca for anime fans, the shop also has anime-themed displays and sells merchandise as well."

    甘いもの好きなのでふらっと寄ったお店です。 「みつだんご」というみたらし団子的なのが有名なお店ですが、甘いもの好きでも少し甘いと感じるお店です。 甘いものが苦手な人はちょっとつらいかも知れません。味は甘いですが、お団子はすごくやわらかく、つるっと食べれます。 1本から買えますが「えっ1本でいいの?」みたいな感じで言われますが、相当甘いものを欲していない限り1本で充分だと思います。

  • GRUYERES
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Kasama-shi Shimoichige 285
    A Western sweet shop in front of Kasama Station in Shimoichige, Kasama City. They make Western-style Kasama confectionery with local ingredients, including the area's famous chestnuts. Besides their chestnut-packed Kasama Hagi-no-Hime pound cake, they also sell Gokoku Roll Cake and Kasama-no-Kuri Hiroi roll cake. There's also a cafe area on-site.

    Stunning place especially in the snow. I fell in love with this place and will definitely want to re visit when I can. I won’t spoil it for you but there is an unusual surprise here

  • 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.
  • Leblanc
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Mito-shi Senbacho 370
    This patisserie is located along Osaen-dori, in Senba-cho, Mito City. The store's products are made using only natural ingredients, such as home-milled nuts, which are all carefully selected. It also sells cakes made with seasonal fruits, 11 types of macarons, baked sweets and chocolates. The store also has a tea room with terrace seating where customers can enjoy their food and drink in the company of their pets.

    某番組で紹介された栗のケーキが食べたくて訪れたましたが、考えることはみな同じ。午後に伺ったのですが、ケーキはほとんど売り切れ。お目当ての栗のケーキはもちろんなし。そしてサロンデテはしばらくお休みだそう。残念でした。仕方がないので、残っていた焼き菓子を買って帰りました。 それは、美味しかったです。今度は、電話をして確認、予約してから行こうと思います。

  • Kimuraya (Main Store)
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Mito-shi Minamimachi 1-2-21
    A confectionery with both Japanese and Western sweets on National Route 50 in Minami-machi1- Chome, Mito City. They make their sweets with local ingredients like fruit grown in the prefecture. Their fresh cake is made with carefully selected local strawberries, and their Kotei Daifuku bean jam-stuffed sweets are made with an ancient variety of mochi rice. They also have pastries, mochi rice cakes wrapped in bamboo leaves, and more. The shop's atmosphere is a fusion of Japan and the West as well.

    水戸市内観光で水戸駅に車を止めて周辺部を歩きましたら、老舗らしい佇まいの和菓子屋を発見しました。何か吸い寄せられるようにお客さんが入っていきます。これは入ってみなければと思い、「水戸の梅」に目が止まりました。普段、土産物店で並んでいるものと違う!小さなサイズの試食ができました。味も違う!これが本物かと思いました。これも試食できた「わらび餅」と購入決定です。よく見ればお客さんは地元に人の方が多いみた...

  • Mori no Chevrekan
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Matagumachou 1454 Mito City Forest Park
    Mori no Chevrekan is a homemade cheese studio and makes goat cheese and cow cheese by hand. In the studio, you can enjoy an assorted platter with four types of homemade cheese (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only), limited seasonal cheese sandwiches and cheese pizza as well as sweets. A no-bake cheese tart using fromage soufflé and soft serve ice cream with goat’s milk from summer to fall are popular.

    ソフトクリームやチーズが売っています 6月?になると放牧されいるヤギの乳でつくったチーズが販売されるらしいです。 カチョカバッロを購入したのですが、お味はいまいち・・・ (まぁ国産ので美味しかったためしが無いのですが)

  • Torobisen Honpo Miwa Store
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Mito-shi Miwa 1-311-3
    This Japanese confectionery store is located along Prefectural Route 30, in 1-chome, Miwa, Mito City. It sells confectionery mostly centering on okaki mochi and rice crackers. The store's most popular items include Mito-man, which are fried dough cookies filled with the finest koshian bean paste, as well as freshly baked dango dumplings, made with mochi made every morning, and raisin cream cookie sandwiches. There is also a cafe room in the store, which displays and sells Kasama-yaki pottery.

    値段がリーズナブルで美味しいおせんべいが沢山あります。 また、買い物したお客様は奥でコーヒーや緑茶がいただけます。 驚いたのは甘いお菓子が美味しいこと。 生菓子(レーズンサンドなど)は151円ですがケーキ屋さんのもののような美味しさ。フロランタン(129円)も美味しくて、奥でコーヒーとともにいただきました。 すごく得した気分になるお煎餅やさんです。

  • SPACE NICO
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 2257-5
    A gallery and boutique containing porcelain and glassware from around the country with a focus on Kasama ware and Mashiko ware. The establishment is situated across from the south promenade of Kasama Geijutsunomori Park. The establishment primarily displays pieces the owner, Junko Oshima, fell in love with at first sight. Inside, visitors will find animal-themed pieces, pieces created with novel colorings, and other rare and highly individual pieces. The establishment also holds monthly exhibitions of artists from Ibaraki and other prefectures. Carrying one of the establishment's pieces for sale in your hands will help you to experience its unique aura.
  • Factory of Confections and Dreams
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Migawachou 2139-5
    "An all-weather amusement facility adjoining the head office of Kamejirushi, a long-standing confection company. Here visitors can tour the company's factory and see how popular Mito-born confections like ""Mito no Ume"" and ""Yoshiwara Denchu"" are made. Confections fresh from the factory are also delivered to the facility and made available for sale to the public. In addition, various events are held here throughout the year such as live demonstrations of kintsuba flour dough sweet bean cakes being made by a seasoned pro. Lastly, the facility has free parking able to accommodate 250 vehicles and can be used as a rest area for visitors exploring the area by car."
  • Ceramic Art Kilala-kan
    Shopping
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasamashi Kasama 2258-1
    A ceramics shop carrying close to 10 thousand pieces by some 500 potters. Located close to the south entrance of Kasama Geijutsunomori Park, the shop can be identified by its large, floor to ceiling windows which occupy most of the front facade of the building. Pieces by ceramics artists are on display right by the entrance and the content of this display is changed every other week. Weekly exhibitions are also held in the shop's gallery space. The shop displays pieces not only by veteran potters but young up and comers as well. In the cafe corner, you can choose your favorite cup from among the many designed by shop artists and take a relaxing coffee break.

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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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