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Staying at Oarai

NIGHTTIME

1 night, 2 days

Two-Day Itinerary to Enjoy the Culture and Nightlife of Mito

In order to reach Mito Station from Tokyo Station, take the limited express on the JR Joban Line. This itinerary will take you around places associated with the Mito Domain, which was established as a base in the northern Kanto region during the Edo period (1603-1868). In the evening, you'll be visiting some of the snack bars in the Daiku district, the old carpenters' town reminiscent of the Edo period; this used to be the place where the carpenters gathered for evening amusement, and remained as an entertainment district in modern times.

DAY 1

10:00

Mito StationDeparted by hiring a taxi at Mito Station.

DAY 1

10:10

Kodokan Mito Domain School

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Enjoy the beautiful scenery of each season on foot or by rental bike.

On the way to Kairakuen Garden from Mito Station, we recommend touring the shoreline of Lake Senba on foot or by rental bike. This route is blessed with rich natural surroundings, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful scenery of each season. In the spring, it's especially well-known as a famous cherry blossom viewing spot, providing visitors with a peaceful and quiet time.

Address
1-6-29 Sannomaru, Mito City, Ibaraki
Regular holiday
December 29 to 31
Opening hours
February 20 to September 30 (9:00-17:00) October 1 to February 19 (9:00-16:30)

10 minutes by limousine taxi

DAY 1

11:30

TousuianEnjoy Modern Kaiseki Cuisine and Wineat Mito City's Japanese-Style Restaurant

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Experience Ibaraki Prefecture's Rich Food Culture

At Tousuian, diners can sample a special course menu using Ibaraki plums. This shop proudly serves cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. Their original and unique dishes featuring plums offer guests a new culinary experience.

Address
2755-1 Senba-cho, Mito City, Ibaraki
Regular holiday
Tuesdays * Closed during the New Year's season
Opening hours
Lunch: 11:30-15:00 (L.O. 14:00) Dinner: 17:30-22:00 (L.O. 21:00)

5 minutes by limousine taxi. 10 minutes on foot.

DAY 1

13:00

Tokiwa Shrine

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A shrine where you can experience traditional culture and beautiful natural surroundings.

Tokiwa Shrine sits adjacent to Kairakuen Garden. The Plum Wine Festival is also held during the Mito Plum Festival. So, visitors can experience both traditional culture and the beauty of nature simultaneously. The festival at this historic shrine offers visitors the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the region's culture and traditions.

Address
1 Chome-3-1 Tokiwacho, Mito, Ibaraki
Regular holiday
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Opening hours
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6 minutes on foot (via Kairakuen-Onarimon Street)

DAY 1

14:00

Kairakuen Garden

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This famed 180-year-old garden is among one of the top plum blossom viewing spots in Japan.

Kairakuen Garden is one of the Three Most Famous Gardens of Japan, along with the Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and Korakuen in Okayama. It features 3,000 plum trees with 100 different varieties. From mid-February until late March, the garden is packed with red and white plum blossoms. In January and February, the Japanese allspice and Camellia japonica are in full bloom. After the plum season, the cherry blossoms and azaleas are equally beautiful.

Address
1-3-3 Tokiwa-cho, Mito City, Ibaraki
Regular holiday
Open year-round
Opening hours
6:00-19:00 (October to mid-February: 7:00-18:00)

40 minutes by limousine taxi

DAY 1

16:00

Satoumitei Kinparo Hontei

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Take a break at a seaside inn―one that you'll experience with all five senses.

Satoumitei Kinparo Hontei is a picturesque seaside inn offering great views of the Pacific Ocean. It's a soothing spot surrounded by sea breeze and the soothing sound of nearby waves. Visitors can enjoy cuisine that uses seasonal local ingredients and spend luxurious moments experiencing nature with all five senses.

Address
6883 Isohamacho, Oarai, Higashiibaraki District, Ibaraki
Regular holiday
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Opening hours
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35 minutes by limousine taxi

DAY 1

18:00

Mito Yamaguchi-ro

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Enjoy a traditional Japanese course dinner that uses Ibaraki ingredients while watching geisha entertainment.

At Yamaguchi-ro Honten, diners can savor tasty dishes showcasing ingredients from Ibaraki Prefecture. A special plan featuring banquet entertainment and unique fun is also available. Your dining experience will be enhanced by the traditional performances of geisha entertainers.

Address
1 Chome-5-20 Daikumachi, Mito, Ibaraki
Regular holiday
Sundays and national holidays
Opening hours
11:00-00:00

Go for a stroll on foot

DAY 1

20:00

DaikumachiEnjoy a Tour of Drinking Establishments

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Go on a tour of drinking establishments in Daikumachi―a town where many carpenters once called home.

Daikumachi got its name from being a town where many carpenters ("daiku") used to live. In the entertainment district where many carpenters once enjoyed the night life, present-day visitors can go back in time to the Showa Era.

Address
Daikumachi, Mito City, Ibaraki
Regular holiday
Depends on the shop
Opening hours
Depends on the shop

DAY 2

Early Morning - before sunrise

Oarai Isosaki Shrine

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Take an early morning walk from where you're staying and enjoy the sunrise. The torii gate - standing where the enshrined deity is said to have descended - is a power spot that brings good fortune.

Oarai Isosaki Shrine is located near the inn. It was first established over 1,100 years ago! It enshrines Onamuchi no Mikoto and Sukunahikona no Mikoto, the deities of medicine. Many people make the pilgrimage here with the hopes of curing their illness.
Also, the torii gate perched on the rocky shore and showered with sea spray is very photogenic. It's been said that if you take a picture of the torii gate bathed in the morning sun and use it as your cell phone's background image, it will bring you good luck!

Address
6890 Isohama-cho, Oarai Town, Ibaraki
Regular holiday
Open year-round
Opening hours
6:00-17:00

6 minutes by limousine taxi

DAY 2

12:00

Nakaminato Fish Market

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A popular spot where you can easily experience a vibrant market and have a fantastic lunch

In front of Nakaminato Port, which boasts the largest hauls of fish within the prefecture, are a total of 11 restaurants and seafood shops that sit side by side. Once you've found your souvenirs at the store, where you'll hear high-spirited shouts being exchanged, enjoy sushi or a seafood rice bowl made with exceptionally fresh seafood for lunch.

Address
19-8 Minatohoncho, Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki
Regular holiday
Depends on the shop
Opening hours
Depends on the shop

30 minutes by limousine taxi

DAY 2

14:30

Suzuki Mohei Shoten

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Make your own traditional Suifu chochin (paper lantern) in one of Japan's three major lantern-producing areas.

The low-level samurai of the Mito clan first started making lanterns as side jobs to support themselves. It's said that making these lanterns was a daily necessity at the time, which was the start of the Suifu Chochin paper lanterns. The traditional techniques used in making these lanterns have continued for about 400 years until now. Even today, it continues to be passed on and developed by craftspeople. Please enjoy the history and traditional techniques of this unique craftwork.

[Reservations Required]
Dates: Twice every Friday from October to April※ Excludes national holidays
Time: (1) 10:00~ (2) 14:00~※ Reservations will not be accepted between May - September due to being the shop's busy season
Minimum participants: 4 people (Maximum: 6 people)
Address
1-7-5 Hakamazuka, Mito City, Ibaraki
Regular holiday
Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays
* The shop is closed on Wednesdays from June until August 12
Opening hours
9:00-18:00

15 minutes by limousine taxi to Mito Station. If you hop on a JR Limited Express train, it takes one hour and 20 minutes to get to Tokyo Station.

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