Hitachinaka, Oarai, Nakaminato are popular area since there is Hitachi kaihin park which has seasonal flower, and Nakaminato Osakana market which collects fresh fish and seafood. You can enjoy and relax with the quiet scenery when you take the Hitachinaka Kaihin train. This place is recommended if you love flower, ocean and quiet scenery.
- 1. Spot Ranking
- 5th Hitachi Seaside Railway
- 4th Oarai Marine Tower
- 3rd Nakaminato fish market
- 2nd Oarai Isosaki Shrine
- 1st Hitachi Seaside Park
- 2. Getting in
- 3. Other Area List
1. Spot Ranking in Hitachinaka, Oarai and Nakaminato area
5th. Hitachi Seaside Railway
“Hitachinaka Kaihin railroad Minato line” is the train running in central area of Ibaraki, and there is 14.3km between Katsuta station and Ajigaura station. You can enjoy the quiet rural scenery and hospitality by this local train. Back in 2008, Minato line was planned to be discontinued, however Hitachinaka Kaihin rail road took over Minato line and afterwards started to work on increasing the number of trains, and local companies and local people cooperated together and tried to promote to tourists, and then Hitachinaka Kaihin rail road became more famous. The recommended station is Nakaminato station. This station was originally fishing harbor so the name “Minato line” came from this. So there are more tourists coming to Minato line to taste the fresh seafood and purcahse. In the past, those fish was used to be shipped out from this station. For the train ticket, 1 day ticket is more reasonable, for adult 900 JPY and for kids 450 JPY. The train starts from 6pm and ends at 12am at night.
For the way to go to Minato line, take the JR Tokiwa line from Mito station and get off at Katsuta station.
4th Oarai Marine Tower
“Oarai Marine Tower” is such a symbol of Oarai. The height is 60m and the view from observatory is dinamic. The Pacific Ocean is spread in front of you and you can see Mt. Fuji and Mr. Tsukuba in a long distance if you’re lucky. When it’s dark in the night, you can enjoy the illumination and the beautiful light. It opens at 9am to 9pm from March to August, and at 9am to 6pm from September to February. It only closes at December 28th and 30th. Admission fee is 330JPY for adult and 160 JPY for kids (Under the junior high school student).
For the way to go to Oarai Marine tower, take Kashima rinkai line from Mito station and get off at Oarai station, then take the bus for about 5 minutes and get off at Oarai Marine Tower.
3rd. Nakaminato fish market
“Nakaminato fish market” in Hitachinaka city, Ibaraki is one of the famous sightseeing market of Kanto area, which is located next to the Nakaminato port, so the fresh fish and other seafood unloaded at port are delivered to this fish market. Those fish and seafood are fresh and reasonable, that’s why they attract a million tourists every year. The fish market was established in 1995, and has been loved by people for over 20 years. At this port, mostly Hirame, the prefectural fish of Ibaraki, Gurnard, and Sea bream are unloaded. In winter, Garfish, Octopus, and Loligo bleekeri are the ones. As this port buy in the seafood from neighborhood Mito public market and all over Japan, you can enjoy a variety of fish and seafood. The recommended one is the sushi restaurant called “Ichiba-zushi”. They provide the big material of Sushi and it tastes good. Each shop opens at different time. For the entrance fee, it’s free even if you just walk around the market.
For the way to Minato fish market, take JR Tokiwa line from Mito station and get off at Katsuta station. Then, change the train to Kaihin rail Minato line and get off at Nakaminato station. You may need to walk about 12 minutes from the station and will reach to the fish market.
2nd. Oarai Isosaki Shrine
“Oarai Isosaki Shrine” is famous of spiritual sites with the beautiful scenery. Its Shusaijin (main enshrined deities) is Oonamuchi no Mikoto, and its Haishishin (associated deities) is Sukunahikona no Mikoto. “Oarai Isosaki Shrine” is loved by local people called as “Oarai sama” and the prayers are answered for many wishes such as great prosperity in business (Shobai hanjo), virtue and prosperity (Fukutoku enman), Disease treatment (Byonan chiryo), Safety and well-being of the family (Kanai anzen). In front of the shrine, Pacific Ocean is spread widely and there’s guard frame standing on the rocks on the sea. This guard frame is called “Kami iso no Torii” and has been told that this place the god landed on. To worship, it will take for about an hour.
For the way to the shrine, take Kashima rinkai rail line from Mito station and get off at Oarai station. And then, take the bus “Kaiyu go” for about 15 minutes and get off at Oarai Isosaki shrine bus stop.
1st. Hitachi Seaside Park
Hitachi Kaihin Park is in Hitachinaka city, and managed by the government. The area has 350 hectares, which means 5 times as large as Tokyo Disneyland. For 55% of all, it is used as park. You can enjoy the colorful flower and the plants through four seasons, especially nemophila in Spring and Kokia in Autumn are so beautiful and very famous. In the past, it was a site proposed for Tokyo dineyland. As seen through all the media and SNS, the park is known by many people, not only in Japan but also from overseas. The best recommended spot is “Miharashi hills” of Kaihin park. It is known by many people that you can see the beautiful nemophila. The best season of nemophila is during end of April and Middle of May. It is amazing that 4.5 million nemophilas spread over the Miharashi hills all in blue.
The parts starts from 9:30 am to 6 pm. (for close time, it depends on the season.) It closes on every Monday and end of the year, and also first Tuesday to Friday in February. Though, it will open everyday with below schedule. (3/26～5/31, 7/21～8/31, 10/1～10/31, 12/25～30, 1/2～1/7) Entrance fee is 450JPY for adult (over high school student), and 210 JPY for over age 65.
For the way to the park, take JR Tokiwa line at Tokyo station and the express will take about 85 minutes to reach to Katsuta station, then change it to the bus. You can see the bus at east exit 2 at Katsuta station, and then it will take about 20 minutes to Kaihin park West gate or Kaihin park South gate.
2. Getting to Mito Station from Tokyo
(Train) From Tokyo station, take Tokiwa 79 and you can reach to Mito station.
It will take about 1 and a half hour to reach to Mito station. The train fare is 3,818 JPY. You can get the ticket at Midori no madoguchi, the ticket office, but if you take trains many times during your trip, it’d be better to issue IC tip card such as Suica and PASMO.
(Bus) Take the bus “Mito-go”at Tokyo station Yaesu-guchi, then it will take about 2 hours to reach to Mito. The bus fare is 2,080 JPY for one way.
3. Other Area List
Hitachinaka, Oarai and Nakaminato
Mito – Kasama
Tsukuba, Tsuchiura and Ushiku
Itako, Hokota and Kashima
Yuki and Chikusei
Fukuroda, Daigo and Hitachiota
Kitaibaraki and Hitachi