Lifestyle Guide

* Store information may be changed, so please check with each store for the latest information.

Japanese sweets, Mitsudango, teahouse

Aji-no-mise Takahashi

Aji-no-mise Takahashi

~ Oarai Sweets "Mitsudango" Shop ~

[Phone number] 029-267-3954 (Japanese only)

[Address] Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Isohama-cho GoogleMap

[Business hours] from 10 am to 6 pm

[Regular holiday] Tuesday and 1st Wednesday of every month

[Shop introduction] Mitsudango is the name of a well-loved Japanese sweets shop in Oarai, as well as the name of a snack from the Taisho period (1912-1926).  A mitsudango is a kind of dumpling made of wheat with special honey and kinako that has a gentle, nostalgic taste.Its soft, sweet flavor will keep you coming back for more.

Japanese-style cafe San-San

Japanese-style cafe San-San

~ Oarai's quiet forest café known for Green tea (matcha) and sweets ~

[Phone number] 029-267-5301 (Japanese only)

[Address] Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Isohama-cho 8321  GoogleMap

[Business hours] From 1 pm to evening

[Regular holiday]  Irregular holidays

[Shop introduction]  A genuine Japanese-style cafe in the forest of Oarai Sumae Shrine, which might remind you of Kyoto.How would you like to try matcha, kuzukiri and kuzumochi in Kasama’s famous cups and pottery?



~ Amataro has been well-loved by the Oarai townspeople for the past 60 years. ~

[Phone number] 029-267-7293 (Japanese only)

[Address] Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Isohama-cho 881  GoogleMap

[Business hours]  From 9 am to 5:30 pm

[Regular holiday]  Irregular holiday

[Shop introduction]  An oban-yaki(Japanese pancake) shop that is loved by the locals. In addition to usual oban-yaki fillings such as ogura(sweet bean paste) and cream, the shop offers a selection of seasonal fillings such as strawberries, fresh caramel cream and green tea.

Nenpou Kashi Ten

Nenpou Kashi Ten

~ A shop well-known for handmade candy and toffee

[Phone number] 029-267-2805 (Japanese only)

[Address] Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Isohama-cho 673  GoogleMap

[Business hours] From 9 am to 7 pm

[Regular holiday] Tuesdays, January 1st

[Shop introduction] This shop is famous for its handmade candies. The shop owner uses molds in the shape of seashells to create these cute, colorful and original sweets for people to enjoy. There is a variety of flavors available, such as coffee and plum.

Okonomiyaki Hanawa

Okonomiyaki Hanawa

At the Okonomiyaki Hanawa you can enjoy Oarai's "Tarashi" dishes

[Phone number] 029-267-8700 (Japanese only)

[Address] Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Onuki-cho 256-474  GoogleMap

[Business hours] From 4 pm to 10 pm (last order 9 pm)

[Regular holiday] Monday

[Shop introduction] An okonomiyaki shop which is popular with the local surfers. This shop offers a wide range of teppanyaki dishes, including okonomiyaki and monjayaki. “Tarashi” is a specialty of Oarai which is similar to monjayaki. You can enjoy a uniquely Japanese way of dining;cooking and eating your meal on a large iron plate, together with friends or family.

Chikuraku Tea Shop

Chikuraku Tea Shop

-Okonomiyaki and Japanese sweets shop-

[Phone number] 029-266-1719 (Japanese only)

[Address] Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Isohama-cho 7944  GoogleMap

[Business hours] 11:30 am-3:30 pm, 5 pm-8:30 pm (last order)

[Regular holiday] Irregular holidays

[Shop introduction] The interior of this store is hand-crafted and bespoke. In addition to okonomiyaki and yakisoba, the store also offers Japanese-style sweets. Come and have a great time eating hot okonomiyaki with friends or family around a teppan cooking table!

Bread ・Western-style bakery・Take-out

PunkyTrip Café (Oarai Branch)

PunkyTrip Café (Oarai Branch)

~ A takeout shop selling original burgers on weekends ~

[Phone number] 029-266-1312 (Japanese only)

[Address] Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Gotanda 534  GoogleMap

[Business hours 11:30 am to 4 pm (Closed on weekdays after lunches have sold out)

[Regular holiday] Every Sunday

Official website(Japanese)

[Shop introduction] Most of the time,this is a western-style take-out restaurant, but on weekends it also serves additional side-menu items such as french fries, croquettes filled with iwashi (whitebait) and mentaiko, and original hamburgers filled with cheese and other ingredients such as the "Korokke Mentaiko Cheese Burger.”

Burian (Oarai branch)

Burian (Oarai branch)

~ A bakery that prides itself on its “coppe-pan” ~

[Phone number] 029-267-3222 (Japanese only)

[Address] Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Isohama-cho 1091  GoogleMap

[Business hours] From 8:30 am to 6 pm

[Regular holiday] Tuesday

[Introducing the shop] This shop specializes in Japan’s original bread, “coppe-pan”. This oval-shaped bread is similar to a hot dog bun, and is often eaten during elementary school lunches in Japan. The shop also offers a variety of freshly baked bread as well as anpan (bread filled with sweet red bean paste) and pork cutlet sandwiches.

Kanouya confectionery store

Kanouya confectionery store

~ Fresh baked bread and sweet souvenirs ~

[Phone number] 029-267-2128 (Japanese only)

[Address] Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Isohama-cho 3450-3 GoogleMap

[Business hours] From 8 am to 7 pm

[Regular holiday] Wednesday

[Shop introduction] This sweets shop is famous for its bean paste-filled “Sake Manju”. There is also a range of homemade items such as Japanese and Western-style sweets and fresh bread. Baked freshly every day, their soft and fluffy bread is very popular among locals.

Onsen / Massage



-Mineral seawater hot springs and Japanese-style seafood dining-

[Phone number] 029-267-4031 (Japanese only)

[Address] Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Onuki-cho 256-25 GoogleMap

[Business hours] Bath 10 am -11 pm (last reception 10:20 pm)

[Restaurant hours] 10 am to 9:30 pm (Last order 8:30 pm)

[Holidays]  Open all year round

Official website(Japanese)

[Shop introduction] A hot spring close to Oarai Sun Beach, perfect for a one-day getaway.
The large open-air bath has a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. There is a restaurant with a selection of seafood dishes on its menu, as well as private rooms that can be rented (charges apply) and sleeping places (free), so you can spend the day relaxing. As this resort has ties with a fishing business, it boasts a wide array of fresh fish. You can choose your own fish and have it cooked to your liking. This hot spring’s body care and foot care treatments are also recommended.

Sports / Experience / Fruit picking / Karaoke etc.

Oaraimachi Beach Tennis Club

Oaraimachi Beach Tennis Club

-A tennis court surrounded by a pine forest ~

[Phone number] 029-267-7151 (Japanese only)

[Address] Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Isohama-cho 8231-20 GoogleMap

[Business hours] Weekdays 9:30 am-9 pm    Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9 am to 6 pm

[Regular holiday] January 1st

Official website(Japanese)

[Shop introduction] This is a tennis club surrounded by a pine forest, near Oarai Isosaki Shrine.  It features 4 outdoor and 2 indoor hard-surface courts, and offers free rentals of rackets and shoes. Players of all levels are welcome.

Yellow Sands Surf Shop

Yellow Sands Surf Shop

~A great location! It takes no time at all to get to the beach! ~

[Phone number] 029-267-1017 (Japanese only)

[Address] Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Onuki-cho 256-328 GoogleMap

[Business hours] May to October 8 am-7 pm    November to April 10 am to 7 pm

[Regular holiday] Monday (If Monday is a public holiday, the following Tuesday)

Official website(Japanese)

[Shop introduction] A surf shop with a good location; you can walk right from the parking lot in front of the shop to the beach! They stock a lot of rare surf brands. You might find some good bargains here. Various rentals are available.

Surf Shop WEDGE

Surf Shop WEDGE

-A great surf school for beginners-

[Phone number] 029-267-7088 (Japanese only)

[Address] Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Isohama-cho 8179-3  GoogleMap

[Business hours] From 9 am to 6 pm

[Regular holiday] Wednesday

Official website(Japanese)

[Shop introduction] A surf shop near Aqua World Oarai Aquarium. They offer classes that make it fun and easy to learn how to surf, even for beginners (reservation required). The shop also accepts small group reservations. Various rentals are available.

Oarai Berries

Oarai Berries

~ Enjoy strawberry picking with friends and family ~

[Phone number] 090-9135-0391 (Japanese only)

[Address] Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Oarai-machi, Kamiyama-cho 2054  GoogleMap

[Business hours] Weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 9 am to 4 pm

[Regular holiday] Irregular holidays (Strawberry picking is usually from January to May)

Official website(Japanese)

[Shop introduction] If you want to pick strawberries in Oarai, please visit our farm, Oarai Berries. The strawberries here are grown so that they hang from above, so it is safe and easy for children to pick them. You can enjoy picking delicious strawberries here for as long as you like!