Oarai Science Museum
This museum aims to help children learn science through hands-on exhibits and experiments. There are four themed areas: water, wind, light, and sea.
The museum is just a 5-minute walk from Oarai Sun Beach and Seaside Station shopping mall, making it the perfect addition to a day out in Oarai.
- 12 Minatochuo, Oarai Town
- By public transport: 20-minute walk from Oarai Station on the Oarai-Kashima Line
By car: 10-minute drive along Route 51 from Mito-Oarai IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway
- Business Hours
- Business Hours
September to July 15: 10:00-16:30
July 16 to August 31: 10:00-18:00
Mondays (open Monday and closed Tuesday if a national holiday falls on Monday)
Closed over the New Year's Holiday
Occasionally closed for inspection
- TEL: 029-267-8989
- 30 parking spots
- Adult: 200 yen
Children: 100 yen
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Aquaworld Ibaraki Prefectural Aquarium
This world-class aquarium is home to over 580 species of marine life, including penguins, dolphins, sharks, sunfish, and sea lions. In fact, Aquaworld houses the largest number of shark species in Japan and is renowned for its successful shark breeding program.
The dolphin and sea lion shows are the main attraction for many visitors to the aquarium. But don’t forget to set time aside for the penguin feeding or watching the shark tank getting cleaned! With so much to see, it’s easy to spend a whole day at the aquarium. There are plenty of food and drink options available inside to keep you going while you explore.
Okushi Historical Park
Okushi Historical Park is a national historic site located on a prehistoric kitchen midden. Visitors can explore how people lived during the Jomon Period (14,000-300 BCE), Yayoi Period (300 BCE–300CE), and Kofun Period (300CE – 538CE) through exhibitions and replica houses.
The park is also home to a statue of Daidarabo, a legendary giant said to have been 15 meters tall. You can climb up inside the giant and view the surrounding area from the palm of his hand!
Mito Drive-in Hitachi no Sato
This restaurant and shop are conveniently located for visitors on the Joban Expressway. It's an ideal stop for groups on bus tours as well.
The shop offers fresh, seasonal produce year-round. The restaurant offerings include shamo dishes made from local wildfowl unique to Ibaraki. Treat your tastebuds to shamo dishes for a true Ibaraki experience!
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Ibaraki Flower Park: Relish More Than 900 Gorgeous Rose Varieties!
Less than a one-hour drive from the central Tokyo area will take you to Ibaraki Flower Park, where over 900 kinds of roses and various other seasonal flowers welcome visitors all year round. The park also hosts a series of activities, including (but not limited to) flower picking/arrangement classes and botanical fragrance making, meaning that the park is an absolute feast for visitors and their senses.
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