Oarai Museum of Bakumatsu-Meiji History (Oarai Town)
This museum was established in 1929 by Mitsuaki Tanaka, a samurai during the late Edo Period who went on to become a Cabinet Minister in the Imperial Household Agency.
The museum houses a range of exhibits related to key political figures active in the late Edo Period and early Meiji Period including important personal letters and clothing. It has been visited by the former Emperor and Empress.
The museum is set in expansive grounds filled with pine and cherry trees and is just a short drive or leisurely walk from the Oarai coast.
8231 Isohamacho, Oarai Town
By public transport: 25 minutes' walk, 5 minutes by taxi or 6 minutes by community bus (Kaiyu Bus) from Oarai Station on the Oarai-Kashima Line.
Alternatively, 35 minutes by bus from JR Mito Station. Take a bus bound for Aquaworld Aquarium and get off at 'Bakumatsu to Meiji no Hakubutsukan'.
5 min. by taxi from Oarai station of Kashima Rinkai Tetsudo, Oarai Kashima line.
By car: around 10 minutes from Mito-Oarai IC on the Higashi-Mito Toll Road/Kita-Kanto Expressway.
PARKING50 spaces (3 large vehicle spaces)
HOURS9:00 - 16:00 (last entry 30 minutes before closing)
CLOSEDClosed Wednesday (open Wednesday and closed Thursday in the event that Wednesday is a National Holiday)
Closed over the New Year Period
Open everyday between April 29th - May 5th and from the first National Holiday in July to August 31st.
High school and junior high school students: ¥300
Elementary school students: ¥150