Travel / Tourism Spots in Mito / Oarai / Hitachinaka Area

  • Shizu-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
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    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.

    常磐道那珂インターチェンジから適度なアップダウンのあるバードラインをドライブした先にあります。石段が霊力ある雰囲気です。

  • Kodokan
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    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Sannomaru 1-6-29
    This school, built by the ninth lord of Mito Domain Tokugawa Nariaki in 1841, was once one of the largest domain-sponsored schools in the country. During the Battle of the Kodokan, an internal struggle which occurred in 1868, the majority of the building was destroyed in a fire, but portions of the original facility, including the front gate, Shizendo hall, and reception hall, as well as stone monuments, still stand today. In 2015, the location was designated a Japan Heritage Site by the Agency for Cultural Affairs as part of the Educational Heritage from Early-Modern Japan group of structures. Inside, there is a museum space where visitors can view historical materials and artefacts such as Chinese poetry by esteemed intellectual Yoshida Shoin; and a picture of Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the last shogun of Japan.
  • Takeda Clan Residence
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    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Takeda 566-2
    "A historic structure located next to Numao Shrine a 10-minute walk from the ""Takedahoncho"" bus stop. Takeda Ward in Hitachinaka City is where the Kai Takeda clan, the clan of the famous samurai lord Takeda Shingen, is believed to have originated. This residence for the Takeda clan is said to have been built near the location of the home of the progenitor of the clan-Minamoto no Yoshikiyo who, along with his son Kiyomitsu, was banished to Kai Province and took up the name ""Takeda"" after the name of the local area. The current residence is a reconstruction built in the early shoin-zukuri style as would have been used by the Takeda clan in the Kamakura period when they were a powerful local family. Inside the residence are exhibits such as a Takeda family tree, mannequins dressed in samurai costumes, and period arms and armor."
  • OARAI SEA MUSEUM
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    3.0
    8 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Higashiibaraki-gun Oaraimachi Isohama Machi 6890
    A museum located on the grounds of Oarai Isosaki Shrine in Isohama-cho, Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County. Both the Shinto deities honored at the shrine and the nearby land they're thought to protect are closely tied to the ocean and the fishing industry. As such, the museum was conceived as an education facility that works to raise awareness of and interest in Japan's role as a maritime country. Specimens on display depict the evolution of marine life from protozoa to whales.

    大洗磯前神社の境内にありました。規模に比較して300円の入場料は少しお高く感じました。船舶模型は今一つのものばかりだったので、生物標本に興味がなければお勧めしません。

  • Howaen
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    Ibaraki Mito-shi Matsumotocho 13-19
  • Oarai Coast
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    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Minatochuou
    Oarai Beach, part of the Oarai Prefectural Seaside Park, is located along Oarai Town, Higashiibaraki County, Ibaraki Prefecture. Famous for fishing spots, the Oarai lighthouse, and especially New Year’s sunrises seen through the Kamiiso Torii built on the rocky outcropping with the sound of great breaking waves. This 1.2 kilometer long beach attracts many visitors in the summer. The Oarai Beach was chosen as one of Japan’s Top 100 Shorelines and Top 100 White Sand Beaches with Pine Groves.
  • Minami Kajuengei
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    Ibaraki Pref. Hokotashi Kamigama 365
    A fruit farm and farm-fresh shop located a 15-minute drive from the Mito-Oarai interchange on the Kita-Kanto Expressway where visitors can taste delicious produce grown with rich local soil and purchase a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. The farm is open from late May to early November. On the farm's spacious grounds, visitors can pick melons in early summer, corn in mid-summer, and sweet potatoes in fall. The farm has a rest area able to accommodate large groups, ensuring visitors can take their time and enjoy the rural delights of farm life. The farm has been featured on TV and in magazines and other media.
  • Naka Magariya
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Naka-shi
    "A historical building in the Ichinoseki Tameike Water Park in Sugaya, Naka City. Built in 1862, the thatched-roof traditional house was transferred from another city location and rebuilt on the grounds of the park. Visitors can see its ""magari-ya,"" an architectural feature that connected houses, stables, and storehouses in Tohoku and parts of northern Kanto."

    町内に残っていた江戸末期造の最後の曲がり屋の茅葺屋根を解体し、一の関ため池親水公園内へ移設保存されています。曲がり屋とは、住居と馬小屋、物置が一体となった東北地方、および茨城県の一部にもみられる、寒さの厳しい地方の代表的な民家形式です。

  • Lake Senba
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    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Sembachou 3080
    This gourd shaped lake, roughly three kilometers in circumference is a favorite place for local residents to rest and relax. Many Yoshino cherries and other cherry tree varieties grow around the lake, making it a renowned destination for cherry blossom viewing, and in spring visitors can enjoy flower viewing along with the pleasant songs of wild birds.
  • Forest Park Melon no Mori
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    Ibaraki Pref. Hokotashi Ambou 1623-1
    A leisure facility where visitors can pick melons and eat Japanese-style barbecue located in Anbo, Hokota City one hour from the Mito interchange on the Joban Expressway. Visitors can pick melons from spring to fall and also dig up sweet potatoes and barbecue Hitachi beef. Surrounded by forest, visitors can take in the natural beauty while savoring fresh-picked, ripe Hokota and other melon varieties. The facility has a greenhouse in case it rains as well as a daycare center and other facilities, ensuring even families with small children can have fun here. The facility also offers opening day pizza and sweets.
  • The Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki
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    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.
  • Hitachinaka Seaside Railway
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    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.
  • Tokiwa Jinja Shrine
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    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Tokiwachou 1-3-1
    "A Shinto shrine dedicated to Tokugawa Mitsukuni, the second lord of Mito Domain and star character in the fictionalized popular historical television drama ""Mito Komon;"" and Tokugawa Nariaki, the ninth lord of Mito Domain and a man considered one of the great intelligences of the closing days of the Edo period. The origins of the shrine date back to a small lay ancestral hall built on the grounds of Kairakuen Park in the early Meiji period by parishioners who idolized the two lords. Exhibits on Mitogaku, a school Japanese history and Shinto studies which emerged in Mito domain; as well as articles which belonged to Mitsukuni and Nariaki; calligraphy by the two men; and other historical items are displayed in the Giretsukan museum on the shrine's grounds."
  • Kaizokusen Pirates
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 8253
    A sightseeing boat cruise operated by Oarai Shinsengumi which docks at the Oarai Town Fisheries Cooperative Wholesale Market in Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture. Originally operated by Resort Outlet Oarai, after a change in the company which owns and operates it, the cruise began running again. The red and black tour boat, flying a pirate flag, leaves for a 30-minute round trip cruise on the Pacific Ocean from a dock close to Oarai Marine Tower. The exact course of the tour changes depending on circumstances, but tour-goers will get a sweeping view of Oarai from the sea. Seven tours are held every Sunday and on holidays.

    大洗の港の遊覧船です。1周30分で大人1200円、3歳以上の子ども600円。チケットは大洗リゾートアウトレットで購入します。カモメに餌をあげることができます。餌はかっぱえびせん100円。飲食物の持ち込み可。乗船した時は私たち3人だけで貸し切り状態。元船乗りのガイドさんがいろいろな質問にすぐに答えてくれ、海の状態が良かったので防波堤の外まで行きました。防波堤の役割を実感しました。ヨットハーバーや北海...

  • Ichijoin Temple
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Pref. Nakashi Ida 1085
    This is a Shingon Buddhist temple of the chizan sect in Naka City. There is an approximately 16-meter tall statue of Bishamonten, at the entrance to the temple that is said to be the tallest of its kind in Japan. It was modeled after the work of the artist Unkei, whose wood-carved statue of Bishamonten is housed in the Bishamon Hall. The original statue was created in the mid-Kamakura period, and is designated a Cultural Property of the prefecture. This temple is also the seventh temple of the pilgrimage stops along the Kaiunka temple pilgrimage route that visits the primary eight-bodies of gods which protect the year of your birth, one of twelve horary signs. On January third, during the Bishamonten Festival, the inner sanctum is opened and, Daruma and Antique Markets are held and many throng to the celebrations.

    那珂市を代表する寺院&観光スポットです。見ごたえは十分ですが、交通はちょっと不便かも。できれば車で来ることをお勧めします。

  • Nakaminato Fishing Wharf
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    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Minatohonchou
    This large port, constructed at the mouth of the Naka River, provides many spots for sea fishing within its confines. It is famous for a large variety of fishes such as horse mackerel, goby, sardines, whiting, and greenling. Beginners to accomplished fishers, including families with children, can be seen enjoying this area. Many visitors from out of the prefecture visit the port for the eateries and the open fish market.
  • Tsukinoi Shuzoten
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
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    Ibaraki Higashiibaraki-gun Oaraimachi Isohama Machi 638

    茨城県大洗町にある酒蔵、月の井酒造店さん。大洗を舞台とした大人気アニメ『ガールズ&パンツァー』に登場するキャラクターをラベルに起用した色物日本酒と侮ることなかれ。地元の漁師たちに愛される酒ということが飲んだらわかります。正に撃破率は120%な酒でした。

  • Miharashi-tei
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    Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Tokiwachou 1-3-2 in the paradise paradise
    A local specialty products shop carrying renowned sweets, liquors, and other goods from Ibaraki Prefecture which adjoins the east gate of Kairakuen Park a 20-minute drive from the Mito interchange on the Joban Expressway on National Route 50. The single-story shop is housed in a wooden building modeled after a tea ceremony arbor (sukiya style). In addition to the product floor, there's also a rest space and a pamphlet corner where visitors will find an abundance of information on the area. The shop also serves as a base camp for sightseeing in Ibaraki and the Mito area. In addition, there's a corner displaying the most popular items as well as a corner which displays local crafts for sale. The shop's selection of over 700 items includes seasonal selections of specialty products and sweets.
  • Shunpu Banri-so
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    Ibaraki Kasama-shi Shimoichige Art no Mura
    An old Japanese home located a 20-minute drive from the Iwama Interchange. The thatch roof home was once the residence of Rosanjin, an artist active from the Meiji through the Showa periods. The home was moved here from Kita-Kamakura in 1965. The interior of the home is kept in the same state it looked when Rosanjin lived here. Furniture created by the artist and other articles which belonged to him are also on display. As a special event, tea ceremonies are held in the Mukyoan teahouse designed by Rosanjin once to twice a year. Visitors can also enjoy matcha powdered green tea and sweets like anmitsu sweet beans and fruit in syrup while taking in flowering cherry and plum trees, fall foliage, and other seasonal scenery of a rock garden from the Shunpuan teahouse.
  • Gozenyama
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    Ibaraki Higashiibaraki-gun Shirosatomachi Gozenyama
    "A 156-meter-high mountain standing along the Naka River in the Katsura area in Shirosato Town, Ibaraki Prefecture. During the Edo period, the Mito Tokugawa clan banned logging in the area, and today the area is still naturally lush. In fall, the area is dyed a vivid red by the autumn foliage as if on fire, and the area encompassing the Nakagawa Bridge spanning the front of the mountain is known as the ""Arashiyama of Kanto,"" an allusion to another famous naturally beautiful area in Japan. There is a bell tower near the top of the mountain from which visitors can get a sweeping view of the Naka River and surrounding area. There are trails on the mountain and guide signs, making it easy even for beginners to hike to the top. Also note that Roadside Station Katsura is located at the foot of the mountain, providing drivers with convenient access to the area."

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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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