Ōarai, Ibaraki

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Location of Ōarai in Ibaraki Prefecture
Location of Ōarai in Ibaraki Prefecture
Ōarai is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 36°19′N 140°34′E / 36.317°N 140.567°E / 36.317; 140.567Coordinates: 36°19′N 140°34′E / 36.317°N 140.567°E / 36.317; 140.567
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Ibaraki Prefecture
District Higashiibaraki
 • Total 23.19 km2 (8.95 sq mi)
Population (2003)
 • Total 19,606
 • Density 850/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website Town of Ōarai

Ōarai (大洗町 Ōarai-machi?) is a town located in Higashiibaraki District, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.

As of 2003, the town has an estimated population of 19,606 and a density of 845.45 persons per km². The total area is 23.19 km².

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency operates a research center there with a number of nuclear research reactors.


  • Area: 23.19 k㎡ (231.9 hectares/5,730acre)
  • Population: 19,203 persons (6,981 households) 2005 national census
  • Mayor: Takaaki Kotani
  • Assembly Chairman:  Takashi Yamato
  • Ōarai Town Office Location:
Telephone +81-29-267-5111(Ext.217) Facsimile+81-29-266-3084
E-mail: koushitsu@town.oarai.ibaraki.jp


Ōarai attracts 3 million visitors a year. Tourist attractions include bathing beaches, yacht and cruiser marina, marine sports, camping site, fishing, aquarium, a famous golf course and Ōarai Isozaki Jinja (Shrine). It is known for its monkfish.[1]

Places of interest[edit]

  • Port of Ōarai (A ferry company operates two ferries to Hokkaidō a day)
    • Two ferry wharves, and an "event" wharf
    • Fishery Wharves
  • Ōarai and Sun Beach Bathing Beaches (First to introduce bathing beach of barrier free for disability in Japan)
  • Ōarai Culture and Environment Hands-on Learning Program "Ōarai Umi-no-Daigaku"
  • In the wake of the popular 2012 Anime Girls und Panzer, which was set in the town, Ōarai has attracted anime fans to see the sites referenced in the show


  • Chosen as one of 55 best bathing locations in Japan
  • Chosen as one of 100 best beach in Japan
  • Chosen as one of 100 best new tourist spots in Japan
  • Chosen as one of 100 best nature in Japan
  • Chosen as one of 100 best wood bathing forest in Japan


  • Fisheries
  • Biggest inshore fishery port in Ibaraki Prefecture
  • Main fishery products include whitebait, sardines, flounder and clams
  • Marine Product Processing - Main products include salted and dried horse mackerel, smelt and sardines and boiled octopus

History and Culture[edit]

  • The birthplace of Famous Folk song "Isobushi"
  • The biggest ancient tomb mound "Kurumazuka-kofun" and "Kagamizuka-kofun"
  • The main characters of the anime series Girls und Panzer study in a huge ship originally based in Ōarai. Real locations in the city are also featured in the series which drew fans to visit it, giving a boost to local commerce.


Main agricultural products include rice, sweet potatoes and Japanese radish


From Tokyo

From Narita International Airport

To Nikkō

  • Road: 2 hours 30 minutes

To Hokkaidō


  1. ^ "Monkfish Hot Pot - あんこう鍋". WASHOKU@KITCHEN Blog. Wordpress. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Ōarai, Ibaraki at Wikimedia Commons