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Seascape Symphony
As well as providing the fresh seafood found many local restaurants,  Oarai's coastal location offers a wealth of recreational oppotunities including swimming,  camping,  marine sports and fishing.  In addition to its beaches and coastline, Oarai is also home to many tourist and cultural attranctions.

Tourist Attractions in Oarai
Aquaworld Aquarium
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Oarai is 'Aquaworld' aquarium.  The aquarium features nearly 580 different species of sea life,  birds and small mammals,  including the most species of shark anywhere in Japan. Visitors can get up close and personal with the animals at feeding time, dolphin and sea lion shows and an interactive touching pool.
There is also a food court and souvenir shop with local products.
The aquarium can be reached by car,  or from Oarai Station by the Oarai loop bus 'Kaiyu-go' or rental bike.
Aquaworld Aquarium
Waku-Waku Children's Science Museum
            Aquaworld Dolphin
Dolphins are waiting for you! 
Oarai Marine Tower
Oarai Marine Tower
Waku Waku Children's Science Museum
The 'Waku waku' children's Science Museum is an interactive science museum themed around the ocean.
Visitors can try out fun experiments and learn about unusual scientific phenomena.  The museum also runs events throughout the year.

Umino Daigaku Culture and Enviroment Learning Programme
Located on Oarai's Sunbeach,  Umi no Daigaku offers a wide variety of activities and courses such as fishing,  surfing,  seafood cookery classes and canoeing.

Marine Tower
The symbol of Oarai,  Marine Tower stands 60m tall and offers panoramic views of the Oarai coastline.

Yukkura Health Center
Yukkura Health Centre features a hot spring,  pool, sauna, and small gym.
“ yukkura” means “slowly” in local dialect.
Yukkura's mother and child tortoise logo symbolises a slow and peaceful life.
Yukkura Kenkou-kan
Yukkura Health Centre            

Thanks to its white sand, clear water and backdrop of pine trees, Oarai Sunbeach is one of the most popular beaches in Kanto region. There are a wide variety of restaurants, barbeque areas and campsites located on or near the beach and opportunities to try water and beach sports.
Oarai's other main beach is a rocky beach surrounded by large rocks home to a variety of sealife and ideal for rockpooling.
For those interested in sports, Oarai offers a variety of watersports such as surfing and yachting as well as golf, tennis and beach volleyball and tennis.

 Guide For Safe Swimming
Oarai Sun Beach
Oarai Sunbeach                   
Surfing in Oarai
Surfing in Oarai
Beach Volleyball event
Beach Volleyball               

Cultural and Historical Sites

Oarai is home to a rich cultural and historical legacy.  Oarai Isosaki Shrine is popular with pilgrims coming to pray for safety at home and at sea, but many people come simply to see the famous 'torii' or shrine gate which stands in the sea near the main shrine.

Shrine Gate - Kamiiso no torii
It is said that a long time ago  a god came down from heaven at the spot where this shrine gate now stands. Many people choose to visit at sunrise when the sun can be seen rising directly bihind the gate. torii

Ancient Gingko Tree
ginkgo1 This 400-year-old Gingko tree is 24m tall and has a circumference of 4.4m. The tree is considered very precious and is specified as a cultural asset by Ibaraki Prefecture. ginkgo2 


Isosaki shrine


Oarai Isosaki Shrine was founded in 856A.D. and is believed to be dedicated to the God of Home and Marine Safety. Although the shrine was burnt down around 1558-70, it was rebuilt in 1690 by Tokugawa Mitsukuni.

With a height of 16m, the main 'torii' or shrine gate is the largest in the Kanto region.
Oarai Isosaki jinjya(shrine)
Oarai Isosaki Shrine

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

Museum of the Dawn of Modern Japan

Local in a pine forest, This museum houses artefacts from the late Tokugawa and early Meiji periods of Japanese history (1853 - early 1900s).  The end of the feudal Tokugawa era and the beginning of the Meiji era was time of great importance and change in Japan, and can be said to mark the biginning of modern Japan.  This museum houses letters,  paintings and calligraphy by key figures from the era such as Tokugawa Yoshinobu.

Stone Monuments

The 9th Feudal Lord of Mito, Tokugawa Nariaki, was particularly fond of the scenery in this area and composed many traditional Japanese poems here.  They 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 marks one of the 'Eight Views of Mito' and offers a spectacular view of the area, especially at sunset.

Ancient tomb -Kofun




In the centre 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.


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