Oarai Beach is one of two beaches in the town of Oarai. While Sun Beach features pristine sand, Oarai is a pebble beach with rocky outcrops in the sea. In addition to swimming during the summer, Oarai Beach attracts visitors exploring the area's rock pools and looking for marine life like hermit crabs.
The beach is home to the stunning floating shrine gate, Kamiiso-no-Torii. It is also a few minutes from Oarai Isosaki Shrine, seafood restaurants, and beachside ho s. Aquaworld Aquarium is only a short drive or a 20-minute walk from Oarai Beach.
- Isohama, Oarai Town
- By public transport: 15-minute bus ride or 25-minute walk from Oarai Station on the Oarai-Kashima Line
By car: 15-minute drive from Mito-Oarai IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway
- Business Hours
Swimming season: Mid-July to late August
- Oarai Town Office
- 1000 parking spots (paid parking)
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One of Ibaraki's most popular beaches, Ajigaura Beach stretches 1.5 kilometers along its sandy shoreline. Easily accessible by train or car, it is just around the corner from Hitachi Seaside Park and a popular shopping mall.
Hitachi Seaside Park
Hitachi Seaside Park is perhaps Ibaraki's most famous tourist destination for its Instagram-friendly fields of flowers. This vast park is best known for the stunning blue nemophila flowers in spring (mid-April onwards) and bright red kochia bushes in autumn (October). There's plenty to see year-round, including daffodils, tulips, sunflowers, and oil-seed rape blossoms. In addition to flowers, it is home to a small amusement park and traditional Japanese farmhouses.
Once inside, visitors can enjoy a stroll, rent a bicycle, or ride the Seaside Train to get around. The park is entirely wheelchair accessible.
Moreover, Hitachi Seaside Park is located close to other destinations such as Aquaworld Aquarium, Nakaminato Fish Market, and Kairakuen Park. In other words, it's easy to plan a one or two-day trip to all of these major sites!
Oarai Museum of Bakumatsu-Meiji History
This museum was established in 1929 by Mitsuaki Tanaka, a samurai during the late Edo Period who became a Cabinet Minister in the Imperial Household Agency.
The museum houses a range of exhibits related to key political figures active in the late Edo Period and early Meiji Period, including personal letters and clothing. The former Emperor and Empress of Japan have even visited the facility.
The museum is located on sprawling grounds filled with pine and cherry trees. Moreover, it is either a short drive or a leisurely walk from the Oarai coast.
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