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About Oarai

 

 


Location
Latitude: 36°18' North
Longitude: 140°34' East
Area
23.19km2
Japan map  Ibaraki Prefecture map    Oarai map
Oarai is located around 100km from Tokyo in the centre of Ibaraki Prefecture, on the Pacific Coast.
It is about 11km south-east of the prefectural capital, Mito. To the north the town is bordered by Hitachinaka city, to the west by Mito city and to the south by Hokota city. To the east of Oarai is the magnificent Pacific Ocean.

Access

 By Train

Kashima-Rinkai Line

Oarai is just 15 minutes from Mito City on the Kashima-Rinkai train line.
A single between Oarai and Mito costs ¥320.
There is a tourist information centre in Oarai Station and bikes are available to rent.
Oarai Station is also the departure point for buses in Oarai, including Kaiyu-go loop bus to Aquaworld Aquarium, Sunbeach, and other tourist attractions in Oarai.
 
 Access By Rail

 By Car
 Access By car

 
 KAIYU-GO (Oarai Loop Bus)
The 'Kaiyu-go' hop-on hop-off bus operates a circular route around Oarai. Departures are roughly every hour (first departure 8:20), with more frequent departures in the morning. The last bus from Oarai Station is at 17:30 and the last bus from Aquaworld aquarium is at 17:41.

Time tables and route maps are available at Oarai Station, tourist attractions and Oarai Office.

Fares
Please purchase tickets from the driver.
Tickets include discounted entry to tourist attractions within Oarai including Aquaworld aquarium and Oarai Marine Tower.

Single: Adults ¥100,  Children ¥50
One Day Hop-on Hop-off Tickets:
Adults ¥200,  Children ¥100
Carnet Tickets (ticket book):
¥1000 for 22 tickets

Route map here
 KAIYU-GO

Population
17,162persons(As of January in 2018)
Male 8,492 / Female 8,670
Households
7,526(As of January in 2018)

Weather

The four seasons in Japan are clearly defined.  In the Kanto region where Oarai is located, each season lasts around three months.

In Oarai, 'Kanbai' or plum blossom season begins at the end of February, with the plum trees reaching full bloom at the end of March. Picnicking under the blossom is a popular Springtime activity.

Throughout April and May the temperature rises gradually and the year's rice is planted, bringing greenery to Oarai and the surrounding countryside.  After the rainy season in June,  Summer begins.

Summer in Oarai is generally hot and humid,  with temperatures often surpassing 30 degrees. Late Summer also brings with it the typhoon season, which lasts until early October.  Swimming in the Pacific and attending festivals and firework shows in the evening are popular summer activities.

Towards the end of September, the Summer heat begins to fade and the first signs of Autumn appear, including beautiful Autumn foliage and the bright harvest moon 'Chushu no Meigetsu' in October and November, During Autumn, the year's rice crop is harvested.
 
December in Oarai is very cold but the weather is generally crisp and clear.  The average winter temperature is around four degrees.  In mid-February the first welcome signs of Spring reappear along with the plum blossoms.
 

 chosho Town mark The mark uses the first character of Oarai. The first character means "big" and has been stylistically altered so the arms sweep around to take on the appearance of a wave, with the first part of a breaking wave appearing as a blue drop at the top of the symbol.
Town flower  
Azalea(Tsutsuji)
 tsutsuji This flower grows naturally in fields and gardens in the town. The deep, rich colour of the flower brings peace of mind to those who see it. This symbol is deeply loved by the townspeople.
 matsu Town tree
Pine tree(Matsu)
The pine tree has a long lifespan and is evergreen. The distinctive appearance of this tree is one of the symbols of Oarai.
Town bird
Seagull(Kamome)
 kamome The seagull has a graceful appearance and is strong in flight over the open sea.

Rainbow City Friendship Agreement with Nyköping, Sweden

Following mutual visits from delegations headed by the mayors of Nyköping and Oarai, a warm and cordial relationship has been established between the two municipalities, confirmed by the signing of a Rainbow City Friendship agreement on May 23, 2006 in Oarai. This is the first such agreement signed by Oarai, nationally or internationally.

Nyköping and Oarai share much in common. Both are coastal towns with a rich history, located within 100 km of their respective national capitals. Oarai looks forward to a deepening of mutual ties and exchanges between local residents, civic groups and business.

Nyköping city (Kingdom of Sweden) 
 

Industry                                                                                                                                                                        
Fishing
 
Many species of fish can be found in the sea around Oarai including sardines, flatfish and various kinds of clam and shellfish.  These fish are usually eaten either raw or deep fried.  Many restaurants in Oarai use locally caught fish in their sushi, sashimi and other seafood dishes.  These are also many fish processing plants in Oarai which produce other seafood products for distribution around Japan and internationally.

In recent years the catch of these fish has declined and there has been a move towards a more sustainable fishing policy in the area.
 
Agriculture
 
Oarai's main agricultural products are rice,  sweet potato,  daikon (Japanese radish) and other vegetables.  In 2005, some of the sweet potato crop was distilled to make 'shochu', a Japanese liquor.  This drink has proved to be very succesful.

From 2006,  rice produced in Oarai has been used in school lunches.  One day each month,  the school lunch is made using produce from local farms and fisheries,  The project is being used to educate children on the importance of buying local produce.

 

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