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Seascape Symphony
The coast offers a wealth of recreational opportunities, including swimming, camping, marine sports and sightseeing.
Crowds of people visit the coast of Oarai to meet other people, discover new things and maybe even find romance!
No matter what the season, the sea will welcome you with a wide array of expressions.

Aquarium(Aqua-World Oarai )/Science Museum(Oarai Waku-Waku Museum)/Marine Tower
One of the most popular hands-on leisure facilities in Oarai is the Ibaraki Prefecture Aquarium, which combines the delights of an aquarium with the pleasure of a museum. Featuring around 68,000 living creatures, consisting of nearly 580 different species.
The Ibaraki Prefecture Aquarium gives visitors an intricate understanding of the sea, and provides wonderful entertainment with trained sea lions and dolphin shows.
Aqua-world Oarai
Oarai Waku-Waku Science Museum

Dolphins are waiting for you!
Dolphins are waiting for you! 
Oarai Marine Tower
Oarai Marine Tower
Another popular hands-on attraction is Oarai’s “Waku-Waku” Science Museum, which features many attractions that provide many truly memorable experiences.

In April 2004, Oarai’s Learning Plaza and Culture and Environment Learning Program (Umi no Daigaku) also opened. It offers a wide variety of accessible courses in which participants can experience Oarai’s rich, natural attractions and is open to all. There are also many facilities for people who enjoy the outdoors, including two campgrounds and the nearby Fishing Park at Oarai Port. The symbol of our town is the Oarai Marine Tower, which stands at 60 meters tall. With its magnificent panorama of the sea, the restaurant in the tower offers diners an unforgettable experience that rivals the finest resort.

Yukkura Kenkou-kan(Health Center)
Yukkura Kenkou-Kan has a hot spring and a pool ,sauna, and training gym.
“ yukkura” means “slowly” in local dialect.
The mother and child turtle symbol implies “slowly, peacefully, a long life”
Yukkura Kenkou-kan
Yukkura Kenkou-kan

Oarai has the most famous beaches in Ibaraki Prefecture, thanks, in part, to its clear water, green pines and white sand. As well as the expansive shore of Oarai Sun Beach, there is Oarai Beach, which is surrounded by large rocks, and is the perfect place for fun in the sun. It also has a sports resort that offers water sports, as well as golf tennis and other leisure activities.

 Guide For Safe Swimming
Oarai Sun Beach
Oarai Sun Beach
Surfing in Oarai
Surfing in Oarai's wave
Beach Volleyball event
Beach Volleyball event

Cultural asset

Walking through the streets of Oarai you soon come to realize that, while this is a seaside town, there is also a rich cultural and historical legacy here. Oarai Isosaki Shrine is popular with pilgrims coming to pray for safety at home and at sea. There are also many sightseeing areas, such as Iwafune (one of Mito’s so-called “Eight Places of Interest”), and Nenohigahara, which was a beloved scenic spot of Nariaki Tokugawa, the Ninth Lord of Mito.

Kamiiso-no-Torii(Shrine Gate)

It is said that a long time ago God came down from heaven to the seashore where this Torii(Shrine Gate) now resides. The beauty of this location is exceptional and many people, including worshippers, visit the sunrise, which rises in full view of the shrine, in order to witness the spectacle.

a ginkgo, leaf with a spore pus  (specified cultural asset by ibaraki prefecture)
ginkgo1 The tree is around 400 years old.
It is 24meters tall and has circumference of 4.4 meters. A spore pus containing a small seed grows on the leaves edge.
This tree is considered very precious.

Oarai Isosaki jinjya(shrine)

Oarai Isosaki Shrine was founded in 856A.D. and believed to be dedicated to the God of home and marine safety. Although burned down at around 1558-70, it was later rebuilt by Mitsukuni Tokugawa in 1690. With a height of about 16 meters, the Gate (Torii) is the largest in the Kanto region. Near to it lies a Sea Research Institute in which data relating to fishing is exhibited. Oarai Isosaki jinjya(shrine)
Oarai Isosaki jinjya(shrine)

Ichi-no-Torii(First Torii)
Ichi-no-Torii(First Torii)
Ni-no-Torii(Second Torii)
Ni-no-Torii(Second Torii)

Bakumatsu to Meiji-no Hakubutsukan (Museum)


This quiet museum is set in a romantic location, which is surrounded by the forest. ‘The end of the curtain to Meiji’ was a time of great importance and change in Japan, a step towards modernization. This museum contains many works dedicated to this era, including those of the last general, Yoshinobu Tokugawa, containing various written pieces, paintings and calligraphic works and articles. By visiting here, you will be able to absorb the feeling of change contained in ‘the end of a curtain to Meiji’.

Stone monument (Sekihi)

The 9th Feudal Lord of Mito, Tokugawa Nariaki, adored the scenery of this and the surrounding area, and it is where many Japanese poems were written containing 31-syllables. Here is an example:

“ Bandai wo matsu-ni-chigirite, kyoukosowa Nenohigahara-ni hikare-kinikeri.”
 Iwafune no Sekisyou
 Iwafune no Sekisyou
Iwafune no Sekisyou

This monument is one of the 8 views of Mito, which offers a spectacular view, especially around sunset. Inside the monument lies the handwriting of Tokugawa Nariaki (mentioned above).

Old tomb (Kofun)




In the center of Oarai lies Hisagetsuka, a large keyhole-shaped burial tomb which dates to the early 5th century C.E. It is the most richly decorated tomb mound in the Ibaraki area, and has yielded many archeological finds.


In the sea around Oarai, many delicious white fish can be caught, for example, sardines, flatfish and Kashimanada clams. White fish is delicious either raw or deep fried. However, in recent years, the catch of these fish has declined and now there has been a move towards a more sustainable fishing policy.
In town, there are many fish processing plants, where all the many varieties of fish are processed. Also, there are many restaurants in the town which can eat delicious sea food, such as slices of raw fish (sashimi), sushi, raw oysters.

The main agricultural products of the town are rice, sweet potato, Japanese radish and vegetables. In the year 2005, some of the sweet potato crop was distilled to make a white liquor called ‘Shyouchu’. This drink was a great success.
From 2006, the rice produced in the town will be used in school lunches. One day every month, the school lunch will be made using produce from the town’s farms and fisheries. This project is being used to educate the children in the importance of eating local produce.

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