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Access

The following information is provided to assist you if you are traveling by car, by train, by highway bus (Tokyo Station), by ferry, coming from Ibaraki Airport, or if you are using the Oarai Loop Bus.

By Car

From the Tokyo area

Misato JCT

↓ Joban Expressway (E6) About 60 minutes

Tomobe JCT

↓ North Kanto Expressway Higashi-Mito Road (E50) About 15 minutes

Mito Oarai IC

↓Route 51 approximately 15 minutes

Oarai

From the Maebashi and Takasaki area

Takasaki IC

↓ Kan-etsu Expressway (E17) about 5 minutes

Takasaki JCT

↓ North Kanto Expressway (E50) About 1 hour 50 minutes

Tomobe JCT

↓ North Kanto Expressway Higashi Mito Road (E50) About 15 minutes

Mito Oarai IC

↓ Route 51 approximately 15 minutes

Oarai

From the Koriyama and Iwaki area

Koriyama Higashi JCT

↓ Ban-etsu Expressway (E49) about 60 minutes

Iwaki JCT

↓ Joban Expressway (E6) about 60 minutes

Hitachi Minami Ota JCT

↓ Approximately 40 minutes via Route 6, Route 293, Route 245

Oarai

From the southern Chiba area

Wangan Ichikawa IC

↓ East Kanto Expressway (E51) about 60 minutes

Itako IC

↓ Route 51 about 1 hour 10 minutes

Oarai

By train

From the Tokyo area

Ueno Station

↓ JR Joban Line, Limited Express Approx. 70 minutes * Shinagawa departure + approx. 15 minutes

Mito Station

↓ [1] Kashima Rinkai Railway Oarai Kashima Line 15 minutes
[2] Kitaguchi Bus Stop Ibaraki Kotsu Bus Aqua World / Oarai About 30 minutes (about 5 minutes on foot after getting off at Oarai Station entrance)

Oarai Station (with loop bus service)

From the Oyama area

Oyama Station

↓ JR Mito Line / Normal About 1 hour 20 minutes

Mito Station

↓ [1] Kashima Rinkai Railway Oarai Kashima Line Approx. 15 minutes
[2] Kitaguchi Bus Stop Ibaraki Kotsu Bus Aqua World / Oarai Approx. 30 min. Loop bus (a 5 minute walk from the exit of Oarai Station)

Oarai Station (with loop bus service)

From Iwaki

Iwaki Station

↓ JR Joban Line, Limited Express 1 hour 20 minutes

Mito Station

↓ [1] Kashima Rinkai Railway Oarai Kashima Line Approx. 15 minutes
[2] Kitaguchi Bus Stop Ibaraki Kotsu Bus Aqua World / Oarai Approx. 30 min.

Loop bus (a 5 minute walk from the exit of Oarai Station)

Oarai Station (with loop bus service)

From the Kashima area

Kashima Jingu Station

↓ Kashima Rinkai Railway Oarai Kashima Line about 60 minutes

Oarai Station (with loop bus service)

*Naka Minato Station is the closest to JR Katsuta Station if you use the "Hitachinaka Seaside Railway (Minato Line)".

For details, please check the  official Hitachinaka Seaside Railway site(Japanese only).

By Highway Bus (Tokyo Station)

Highway buses connect from Tokyo Station, Utsunomiya Station, Nagoya Station and Sendai Station to Mito Station.

Please click the name of each bus for details such as the route map and tickets.

From Mito Station, please use the Kashima Rinkai Railway Oarai Kashima Line or the Ibaraki Kotsu Bus.

Access from Tokyo Station

Highway bus “Mito-Go”

○ Stops at Tokyo Station Yaesu South Exit 4
○Get off at Mito Station North Exit / South Exit

  • Ibaraki Kotsu Hamada Sales Office (Japanese only)

    Telephone: 029-231-5268 (from 9:00 to 18:30)

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    Kanto Railway Mito Sales Office (Japanese only)

    Phone: 029-247-5111

  • JR Bus Kanto (Japanese only)

    Telephone: 03-3844-1950 (10: 00-22: 00)

  • JR Bus Kanto Mito Branch (Japanese only)

    Telephone: 029-221-2836 (9: 00-18: 00)

Access from Utsunomiya Station

Highway bus "Kitakanto Liner Utsunomiya Line"

○Stop: JR Utsunomiya Station West Exit
 Stop: Tobu Utsunomiya Station West Exit
Mito Station North Exit 8 stop

  • Ibaraki Kotsu Katsuta Sales Office (Japanese only)

    Telephone: 029-272-7311 (8:30-18:00)

  • Kanto Jidousha Yanase Sales Office (Japanese only)

    Phone: 028-633-3482

Access from Nagoya Station

Highway bus "Nagoya Line"

○Stop: Nagoya Station Taikodori Exit
○Get off at the south exit of Mito Station

  •  Ibaraki Kotsu Katsuta Sales Office (Japanese only)

     Telephone: 029-272-7311 (8:30-18:00)

Access from Sendai Station

Highway bus "Sendai Line"

○Stop: At Sendai station stop number 40
○Get off at Mito Station South Exit / North Exit

  • Ibaraki Kotsu Iba Daimae Sales Office (Japanese only)

    Telephone: 029-251-2334 (from 6:00 to 20:00)

* This information is current as of January 2016.
 Please check the Ibaraki Kotsu website for details.

Ferry customers

There are two ferry voyages a day to Hokkaido's Tomakomai and Oarai Port.

For details such as schedules and reservations, please check the merchant ship Mitsui Ferry official site.

* From Oarai Ferry Terminal to Oarai Station, it takes about 15 minutes on the Kaiyugo loop bus(Japanese) or 20 minutes on foot.

Customers using Ibaraki Airport

By Bus

About 40 minutes to Mito Station (highway route), about 1 hour 10 minutes (general route)

From Mito Station, please use Kashima Rinkai Railway Oarai Kashima Line or Ibaraki Kotsu Bus.

By Car

  • Highway:

    Higashi-Kanto Expressway (E51) Mito Line [Ibaraki Kukou Kita IC]-Ibaraki machi JCT-Kitakanto Expressway -Higashi-Mito Road (Mito Oarai IC), about 50 minutes

  • General Road:

    Prefectural road 360-Prefectural road 18-Prefectural road 116-Prefectural road 115-Prefectural road 114-Prefectural road 16-Prefectural road 2, approximately 45 minutes

    For details, please check the Ibaraki Airport official site.

Ibaraki Airport

Customers using Oarai Loop Bus

Loop bus "Kaiyu-Go", Jinguri bus "Nacchan-Go" route and schedule (revised on October 1, 2018)

“Kaiyu-Go” loop bus

Familiar to tourists and people visiting Oarai, the loop bus “Kaiyu- Go” runs on the “Aqua World Oarai Route”, “Oarai Sun Beach Route” and the “Oarai South (Minami) Route” when operating.

* School bus, Bus 2, Bus 4 (Aquaworld Oarai Route), school attendance bus 2 and returning school bus (Oarai South Route)  is not in service on holiday weekends, during the Obon period (August 13-15) or during the New Year's holiday (December 29 to January 3)

* Busses 2 and 4 (Aqua World Oarai Route) run counterclockwise.

* School attendance bus 1 (Oarai Minami Route) operates only on days when Oarai Minami Elementary School is in-session.

Ticket Prices

Ticket (single): 100 yen for adults, 50 yen for children

1-day ticket (hop-on hop-off): 200 yen for adults, 100 yen for children

* One-day hop-on hop-off tickets are limited to the “Kai-yu-go”.

* If needed, please purchase a ticket book (1,000 yen per book, 50 yen x 22 tickets) and a 1-day hop-on hop-off ticket from the driver, or at the Ibaraki Kotsu Nakaminato Sales Office.

★ 1-day hop-on hop-off ticket benefits:

  • Special reduced-fee admission to Oarai Marine Tower!

  • Special reduced-fee admission to the Oarai Museum of Bakumatsu-Meiji History!
  • 10% discount on the entrance fee to Oarai “Waku-waku” Science Museum!
  • Get a discount on the entrance fee for Aqua World Oarai!

  • 20% discounts on drinks at the cafe lounge in Oarai Hotel!

Jinguri Bus "Natchan-Go"

In addition to the “Kaiyu-Go” route, the bus “Nacchan-Go” runs in the direction of Natsumi, Matsukawa and Kamiyama.

* Nacchan-Go is only available on weekdays.
It does not operate on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, during the Obon period (August 13th to 15th) or during the New Year holidays (from December 29th to January 3rd).

Ticket Prices

Ticket: 100 yen per adult, 50 yen per child

* A one-day hop-on hop-off ticket for the loop bus "Kaiyu-Go " cannot be used.

* Purchase a ticket book (1,000 yen per book, 50 yen x 22 tickets) from the driver or at the Ibaraki Kotsu Nakaminato Sales Office.

See below for details.

Kaiyu-go / Nacchan [Route Map / Timetable] 2019 [PDF format / 2.36MB] [PDF format / 2.71MB] (Japanese only)

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