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Oarai Isosaki Shrine

Let's get spiritual.

While the main attraction for many day-trippers to Oarai City is either the beach or neighboring hot springs, don’t miss the chance to visit this bonafide “power spot”, or place of spiritual energy along the rugged Oarai coastline.

Interestingly, this shrine has a total of three torii gates situated in different locations, but the most famous one by far is called Kamiiso-no-Torii, meaning Gate of the Seashore God. This spectacular structure faces the Pacific Ocean on a single rock as strong waves repeatedly splash against the stone from dawn to dusk. As if looking through a window, the breathtaking view visible from the gate’s opening is enough to feel the presence of something divine – or at least the makings of a swoon-worthy picture.

Oarai Isosaki Shrine and Oarai Beach in Ibaraki Prefecture Japan

See the first sunrise of the year at Oarai Shrine.

Built during the Heian Period (856 A.D.), the gods enshrined in the main hall at Oarai Isosaki are Onamuchi-no-Mikoto – the god of marriage – and Sukunahikona-no-Mikoto – the god of medicine. Ever dreamed of having a Shinto wedding? Oarai Isosaki Shrine has watched countless couples tie the knot of eternal bliss.

Furthermore, the presence of guardian lion-dogs statuettes seen outside the gates of Shinto shrines are replaced by a trio of frog statues. Perhaps these frogs represent a pun on the words “kaeru” which can either mean “frog” or “return home” – wishing travelers a safe return on their journey back from a day at the beach, shrine, and sea.

Because the Oarai coastline faces the east, the Oarai Isosaki Shrine is also aligned in the direction of the sunrise. Many locals venture to the shrine on New Year’s Day to catch the first sunrise of the year.

Things To Know

Opening Hours

6:00 – 17:00, year-round.

How To Get There


Japan, 〒311-1301 Ibaraki-ken, Higashiibaraki-gun, Ōarai-machi, Isohamachō, 6890 大洗磯前神社

By train

Access the shrine via the Kashima Rinkai Railway’s Oarai-Kashima Line to Oarai Station. Oarai Isosaki-jinja Shrine is approximately 2.5 kilometers from the station; you can take a taxi or local bus bound for Nakaminato Station.

By bus

Take the bus bound for Nakaminato Station from Oarai Station. Get off at either Oarai Isosaki-jinja Shrine or Aqua World Oarai bus stop.

Where To Stay

Isozaki Onsen Hotel New Hakuaki
  • 4604 Isozakicho, Hitachinaka-shi, Ibaraki, 311-1202 Japan
  • ¥17,600 - ¥35,200
  • 4.47/5 (1,104 reviews)
  • 8.0 km
Hotel Crown Hills Katsuta Omotechoten
  • 11-6 Omotecho, Hitachinaka-shi, Ibaraki, 312-0047 Japan
  • ¥8,643 - ¥10,143
  • 3.38/5 (1,534 reviews)
  • 10.0 km

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