What to do and see in Hitachinaka, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

July 27, 2017 Flossie Demartino

Discover the best top things to do in Hitachinaka, Japan including Hitachi Seaside Park, Nakaminato Fish Market, Hitachinaka Rail, Ajigaura Beach, Sakatsura Isozaki Shrine, Hiraiso Beach, Morita Suisan Nakaminato Honten Fish Market, Hiraiso Hakuakiso Strata, Torazuka Tomb, Nakaminato Reverberatory Furnace.
Restaurants in Hitachinaka

1. Hitachi Seaside Park

605-4 Onuma Mawatari, Hitachinaka 312-0012, Ibaraki Prefecture +81 29-265-9001
Excellent
49%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 888 reviews

Hitachi Seaside Park

Reviewed By Joy_Sinha - Kolkata (Calcutta), India

Located in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture. It is accessible by bus from the JR Katsuta station. JR Katsuta station is roughly 2.5 hours travel from the Tokyo station on the JR Joban Line.
The seaside park offers magnificent views throughout the year with different floral growths and landscapes along the park, The Summer is famous for the Nemophila - baby blue flowers and the autumn is famous for the pink coloured bush growths along the valley inside the park.
The park is spread out across a huge area and they have restaurants, restrooms, recreational activities like cycling , train rides as well. One side of the park is very close to the sea and offers views of the coastline and the Hitachi Port.
This is a wonderful one day activity on a holiday from Tokyo.

2. Nakaminato Fish Market

19-8 Minatohoncho, Hitachinaka 311-1221, Ibaraki Prefecture +81 29-275-3000
Excellent
26%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 226 reviews

Nakaminato Fish Market

Reviewed By neminskii - Singapore, Singapore

Took the Hitachinaka Seaside Railway to Nakaminato station and picked a hand-drawn map from the station and walked to the fish market.
It was already 3.30pm when I reached and the 5 or so main fresh seafood shops were already starting to clear their wares. There were also cooked seafood stalls and seafood restaurants selling kaisen-don and sushi.
I bought a steamed crab from one of the roadside stalls for 500 yen and also had a late lunch of kaisen don at one of the restaurants.
This fish market is small and no where near Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. Prices are also more expensive than Tsukiji but still good to visit.
To get here:
1. Take the JR from Mito to Katsuta Station (one stop)
2. Take the Hitachinaka Seaside Railway from Katsuta to Nakaminato
3. Walk for about 10 minutes (get the map from the train station)

3. Hitachinaka Rail

22-2 Shakamachi, Hitachinaka 311-1225, Ibaraki Prefecture +81 29-262-2361
Excellent
28%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Hitachinaka Rail

Reviewed By Joy_Sinha - Kolkata (Calcutta), India

A 15 km railway line in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, operated by the third-sector railway operator Hitachinaka Seaside Railway.
The connects Katsuta station with the coastal town of Ajigaura. The railway line is served by KiHa diesel rail cars and is a wonderful experience and sight for any railway lover and rail fain.
The Nakaminato station along the route has the railway diesel car depot and one can see different diesel cars with different livery.
The service is very efficient and enjoyable.

4. Ajigaura Beach

Ajigauracho, Hitachinaka 311-1201, Ibaraki Prefecture
Excellent
22%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
41%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 27 reviews

Ajigaura Beach

Reviewed By Joy_Sinha - Kolkata (Calcutta), India

A very pristine and calm beach at Ajigaura, Ibaraki Prefecture. It is located close to the Hitachi Seaside park. The beach is accessible from the Ajigaura station served by the Hitachinaka seaside railway and is accessible by Bus from the JR Katsuta station.
The beach offers wonderful views along the stretch and one can view the Hitachi Port as well. There is a pier at one end of the beach where you can view the waves hitting the rocks and provides an excellent sight.

5. Sakatsura Isozaki Shrine

4607-2 Isozakicho, Hitachinaka 311-1202, Ibaraki Prefecture +81 29-265-8220
Excellent
25%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
38%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 32 reviews

Sakatsura Isozaki Shrine

Reviewed By Katsumi56 - Nishitokyo, Japan

阿字ヶ浦港近くの高台にありますが樹木に囲まれた境内から海は見えません。
入口の鳥居から境内まで続く参道の両側には、椿などが鬱蒼と茂りトンネルみたいになっていました。
歴史ある神社らしく境内には拝殿、本殿の他に水戸斉昭公腰かけの石や海亀の石造などがありました、ご利益ありそうです。

6. Hiraiso Beach

Hiraisocho, Hitachinaka 311-1203, Ibaraki Prefecture
Excellent
23%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Hiraiso Beach

Reviewed By manimanimani - Tokyo, Japan

那珂湊から近いところにある海水浴場。砂浜は広くはないけど、防波堤に囲まれていて波は静かでした。沖にくじらのオブジェがありました。

7. Morita Suisan Nakaminato Honten Fish Market

21-7 Minatohoncho, Hitachinaka 311-1221, Ibaraki Prefecture +81 29-263-4800
Excellent
16%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
41%
Poor
13%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 30 reviews

Morita Suisan Nakaminato Honten Fish Market

Reviewed By Lamaking - Katsushika, Japan

森田水産はこの市場で最大手の鮮魚直売店。その店の奥が回転ずしになっています。
大トロやボタンエビの巨大なネタが一皿800~1000円と価格も巨大。
市場へ行って寿司食べたんだよーって自慢にはなります。

8. Hiraiso Hakuakiso Strata

Hiraisocho | Mitsuzuka Chisaki Beach, Hitachinaka 311-1203, Ibaraki Prefecture
Excellent
25%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Hiraiso Hakuakiso Strata

Reviewed By wenkopin - Tokyo, Japan

ひたちなか市の平磯町から磯崎町へと続く海岸線は、すぐ隣にある阿字ヶ浦の浜とは全く異なる景観を持つ場所でした。
この海岸は、大昔に恐竜たちが歩き、翼竜たちが大きな翼をはためかせ空を自由に滑空した場所で【中生代白亜紀層】と呼ばれる化石海岸が広がっている場所なのです。
その特徴は、“一様に北東方向に35°~50°傾斜したごつごつとした岩礁群の連続地層で、その岩の様子は海岸からノコギリの刃が生えているように見える”ということで、化石海岸を訪れるのにお勧めの時間帯は干潮の時。
干潮を狙って訪れると、その様子がよくわかります。
此処の化石の特徴は異常巻きと呼ばれる通常はありえない巻き方をしたアンモナイト化石で、最近の発掘ではヒタチナカリュウと呼ばれる翼竜が発掘されたとのこと。
磯崎海岸も近く、夏休みの子どもの自由研究課題として訪れてもオトナもコドモも楽しめると思います。
【アクセス情報】
基本は車がお勧めです。
私はひたち海浜公園から歩きましたが、1時間以上かかりました。
中生代白亜紀層のある海岸線の目印は、バス停留所「総合住宅前」。
この辺り~平磯海水浴場が化石海岸エリアとなります。
駐車場は磯崎海岸沿いに3か所ありました。

9. Torazuka Tomb

3494-1 Nakane Sashibu, Hitachinaka 312-0011, Ibaraki Prefecture
Excellent
11%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Torazuka Tomb

Reviewed By manimanimani - Tokyo, Japan

前方後円墳で、内部に赤い色で描かれた壁画が残っています。内部は春と秋に公開されているそうです。外観は自由に見学できました。場所はひたちなかICの近くでした。ひたちなか海浜鉄道の中根駅から歩ける距離でした。

10. Nakaminato Reverberatory Furnace

1-10 Sakaecho, Hitachinaka 311-1223, Ibaraki Prefecture
Excellent
0%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
63%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 16 reviews

Nakaminato Reverberatory Furnace

Reviewed By neminskii - Singapore, Singapore

I decided to come here as it was indicated as a landmark place to visit from the hand drawn map provided at the Nakaminato train station, and I had some spare time before the next train came. Walked around the town and through a temple (I think it's a temple) grounds to reach this furnace.
The information boards were all in Japanese. Just took some photos and then caught a spectacular sunset.
Nothing fantastic but I guess it should have some historical significance which I cannot read that is indicated on the information boards.

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