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Sightseeing Locations

Aqua World Oarai, Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium

Aqua World Oarai, Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium

Aqua World Oarai is one of the biggest and most famous aquariums in Japan. It features about 68,000 fish of 850 different species. The aquarium also boasts the greatest variety of shark species in Japan.

  • Fee:  Adults (16 years old and older) 2000 yen
    Elementary and junior high school students: 900 yen
    Infants (3 years old and under) 300 yen
  • Hours: From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (The entrance gate closes at 4:00 pm depending on season)
  • Closed Days: The aquarium will be closed on several days in June and December. (Please call for details.)
  • Address :〒311-131 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Isohama-cho 8252-3 Google Map
  • Tel: 029-267-5151(Japanese only )
  • Official website

Oarai Marine Tower

Oarai Marine Tower

This 60-meter-tall glass-sided tower is the symbol of Oarai. From the 55-meter-high observation tower, guests can enjoy views of the townscape and the Pacific Ocean.

  • Observation tower entrance fee: Adult (high school students and above): 340 yen
    Children (elementary and junior high school students): 170 yen
    Hours: From 9 am to 9 pm (closed from 6pm from September to February)
  • Closed: Open every day of the year
  • Address : 〒311-1305 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Minato chuo 10 Google Map
  • Tel : 029-266-3366 (Japanese Only)
  • Official website(Japanese)

Station Front Coastline -Kirameki-dori-

Station Front Coastline -Kirameki-dori-

The station-front coastline road “Kirameki dori” is a symbol of Oarai.

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The Giant Marlin Monument

The Giant Marlin Monument

A 7-meter-tall monument of a marlin is located in front of Oarai Marine Tower.

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Oarai “Waku Waku” Science Museum

Oarai “Waku Waku” Science Museum

This is a popular science museum aimed at children, where they can experiment with the wonders of the sea.

  • Fee: 200 yen for adults (high school students and above), 100 yen for elementary and junior high school students, free for persons over 65 years and under 6 years of age.
  • Hours: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm (last admission at 4:00 pm)
  • Closed: Monday / Tuesday (the following day if it is a national holiday), New Year's holiday, Exhibition inspection date
  • Address: 〒311-1305 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Minato chuo 12 Google Map
  • Phone number: 029-267-8989 (Japanese only)
  • Official website(Japanese)

Oarai Marina

Oarai Marina

The marina is the core facility of the northern Kanto region’s marine resort city. There is an Italian restaurant on the second floor.

  • Address: 〒311-1305 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Minatochuo 12-5 Google Map
  • Phone number: 029-267-5993 (Japanese only)
  • Official website(japanese)

Oarai Seaside Park

Oarai Seaside Park

The Oarai Seaside Park features an amusement park, gardens and parks where families can play in comfort and safety.

Sightseeing / Historical Sites

Oarai Isosaki Shrine

Oarai Isosaki Shrine

A shrine dedicated to Japanese mythological gods “Oonaminomikoto” and “Sukunahikonanomikoto." Since ancient times, they have been worshiped as guardians of domestic and maritime safety.

  • Fee: Free to enter
  • Hours: 6 am-5 pm (5:30 am-6 pm from April to September)
  • Closed: Open every day of the year
  • Address: 〒311-1301 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Isohama-cho 6890 Google Map
  • Phone number: 029-267-2637 (Japanese only)
  • Official website(Japanese)

Kamiiso Torii

Kamiiso Torii

It is believed that two gods descended here - one who is enshrined in the Oarai-Isosaki Shrine and another one who is enshrined in the Sake-mae-mae Shrine in Hitachinaka City, so this is a popular photo spot.

Oarai Art Museum

Oarai Art Museum

A private art museum along the Oarai coast.

A must-see piece is the “Scenic window painting”. The scenery is of the Oarai Coast and Kamiiso.

  • Fees: 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for junior and senior high school students, 150 yen for children (over 3 years old)
  • Hours: 10 am-4 pm
  • Closed: Wednesday / Thursday (the following day if it is a national holiday)
  • Address: 〒311-1301 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Isohama-cho 8249 Google Map
  • Phone number: 029-266-2637 (Japanese only)

Oarai Museum of Bakumatsu and Meiji History

Oarai Museum of Bakumatsu and Meiji History

This museum is home to a collection of precious paintings and relics spanning from the end of the Edo period to the Meiji era, when Japan underwent a transition from ancient to modern times.

  • Fees: 700 yen for adults, 600 yen for university students, 300 yen for junior and high school students, 150 yen for elementary school students
  • Hours: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Closed: Wednesday (and next day if a national holiday)
  • Address: 〒311-1301 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Isohama-cho 8231-4 Google Map
  • Phone number: 029-267-2276 (Japanese only)
  • Official website(Japanese)

Oarai Maritime Museum

Oarai Maritime Museum

The Oarai Maritime Museum displays marine equipment and objects such as sea gear, fishing nets and fishery models.

  • Fee: 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for junior and high school students, 200 yen for elementary school students and younger
  • Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (October to March until 4:30 pm)
  • Closed: Wednesday, December 31st
  • Address: 〒311-1301 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Isohama-cho 6890 (Oarai Isosaki Shrine) Google Map
  • Phone number: 029-266-1444 (Japanese only)
  • Official website(Japanese)

Sports facilities, parks and places for activities

Yuhi no Sato Matsukawa

Yuhi no Sato Matsukawa

This is an outdoor activity and experience facility located on the shore of Lake Hinuma, near a beautiful marsh. Sales of local agricultural products and the “Sunset Marche” are also held regularly.

  • Hours: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Closed: Various holidays
  • Address: 〒311-1313 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Narita-cho 2576-1 Google Map
  • Phone number: 029-212-3900 (Japanese only)
  • Official website(Japanese)

Experience Surfing

Experience Surfing

Surfing is the number 1 water sport in Oarai. Each surf shop also offers surfing experience classes.

  • Store name: WEDGE
  • Address: 〒311-1301 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Isohama-cho 8179-3 Google Map
  • Phone number: 029-267-7088 (Japanese only)
  • Official website(Japanese)
  •  Store name: YELLOW SANDS
  • Address: 〒311-1311 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Onuki-cho 256-328 Google Map
  • Phone number: 029-267-1017 (Japanese only)
  • Official website(Japanese)

Oarai Town Beach Tennis Club

Oarai Town Beach Tennis Club

Surrounded by pine forests, the Town Beach Tennis club offers 4 hard courts, 2 indoor courts and 1 half-walled court.

  • Address: 〒311-1301 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Isohama-cho 8231-20 Google Map
  • Phone number: 029-267-7151 (Japanese only)
  • Official website(Japanese)

Taiheiyou Associates Sherwood Course

Taiheiyou Associates Sherwood Course

This 18-hole golf course in the Oarai Hokota area can be casually enjoyed from spring to summer, with a pleasant sea breeze during the fall and winter. This course is great for players of all levels, from those who want to play competitively to those who are just beginning to learn.

  • Address: 〒311-1313 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Narita-cho, 3137 Google Map
  • Phone number: 029-264-7777 (Japanese only)
  • Official website

Oarai Golf Club

Oarai Golf Club

The Oarai Golf Club is a prestigious and famously difficult seaside course which has proved to be a challenge for many experienced golfers.

  • Address: 〒311-1301 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Isohama-cho 8231-1 Google Map
  • Phone number: 029-266-1234 (Japanese only)
  • Official website(Japanese)

Oarai Town Sports Park

Oarai Town Sports Park

This area can be used by townspeople and visitors alike; it can be used as a general playground, gymnasium, baseball field or athletic stadium.

Ibaraki Prefectural Children's Center “Children's Castle”

Ibaraki Prefectural Children's Center “Children's Castle”

Ibaraki Prefectural Children's Center

A large children's house built in accordance with the Child Welfare Law. Children can enjoy sports and organised activities here, and playground equipment is provided.

  • Fee: Entrance fee (one day) 70 yen for high school students, 30 yen for elementary and junior high school students
  • Hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Closed: Mondays (next day if a national holiday), New Year's holidays * No holidays from July to August
  • Address: 〒311-1301 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Isohama-cho 8249-4 Google Map
  • Phone number: 029-266-3044 (Japanese only)
  • Official website(Japanese)

Factory Tours – Shopping Areas

Oarai Seaside Station

Oarai Seaside Station

At Oarai Seaside Station you can enjoy shopping and dining near the sea. A local mural artwork inspired by the sea is also a popular photo spot. Oarai Seaside Station is home to the “Oarai Maiwai Market” where you can find special products from Ibaraki.

  • Hours: 10 am to 7 pm
  • Closed: Open every day
  • Address: 〒311-1305 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Minato chuo 11-2 Google Map
  • hone number: 029-264-9123 (Japanese only)
  • Official website(Japanese)

Mentai Park

Mentai Park

This is a theme park established by Kanefuku, a long-standing mentaiko (marinated pollock roe) manufacturer. There are food courts where you can enjoy factory tours, buy mentaiko products and try big mentaiko rice balls.

  • Fee: Admission is free
  • Hours: 9 am to 6 pm
  • Holidays: Irregular holidays
  • Address: 〒311-1301 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Isohama-cho 8255-3 Google Map
  • Phone number: 029-219-4101 (Japanese only)
  • Official website(Japanese)

Onsens (hot spring bath areas) for Day Trips

Yukkura Kenko-kan Leisure Center

Yukkura Kenko-kan Leisure Center

You can enjoy hot baths, a gym and a swimming pool at this health and fitness center in Oarai.

  • Fees: 700 yen for adults, 300 yen for children (500 yen for adults and 200 yen for children after 5:00 pm) * 1000 yen for adults and 300 yen for children on weekends and holidays
  • Hours: From 10 am to 9 pm (until 9:30 pm on Saturday)
    Last admission 1 hour before closing time
  • Closed: Wednesday (also the following day if it is a national holiday)
  • Address: 〒311-1305 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Minato chuo 26-1 Google Map
  • Phone number: 029-267-1126 (Japanese only)
  • Official website(Japanese)

Shiosai no Yu

Shiosai no Yu

This is a well-liked day-trip hot spring and restaurant complex that is popular among tourists and surfers alike.

  • Bathing fee: Adults (junior high school students and above): 900 yen, children (4 years old to elementary school students): 600 yen, 3 years old and younger: free

    * Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays and special business days are 1100 yen for adults, 700 yen for children, and free for children under 3 years old

  • Hours: 10 am-11 pm. Bath (last admission 10:20 pm), Restaurant- 10 am-9:30 pm (last order 8:30 pm)
  • Closed: Open every day of the year
  •  Address: 〒311-130 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Onuki-cho 256-25 Google Map
  • Phone number: 029-267-4031 (Japanese only)
  • Official website(Japanese)

Hot Spring Stand

Hot Spring Stand

Oarai even has an outdoor “hot spring stand.” Please come and try it out.

About Oarai Onsen

About Oarai Onsen facilities, accommodation facilities (hot spring inns), usage and bathing precautions

For more information about Oarai Onsen, access the following URL

Oarai’s Onsens

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