Live Web Cam
This is one of the best web cameras we know off, picture quality is crystal and up time is sensational. Full control with pan and zoom features. In the middle of the Ibaraki coast this is a good indicator Cam. Often it is running in the background on the work desktop all day when the swell is pumping. Enjoy.
With a webcamera as good as this one no need.
Local Information & Recommendations Photo Map
Click the link below to view our interactive map with photos and information of the break and surrounding area.
(All photos are Located using GPS coordinates for pin point accuracy)
Go to Ooarai for: Shopping, fireworks, the Aquarium with sharks, seals, dolphins and stingrays.
The aquarium boasts the largest number of sharks in Japan, and the nearby Ooarai Marine Tower has an observation deck overlooking the Kanto region, the beach and Mt. Fuji (on a clear day). And if you lose your bikini top during the July 30 beach wrestling contest, you can always head over to the Quicksilver or Nike outlets at the Resort Outlet mall for new gear.
How to get there: Take the JR Joban line from Ueno station to Mito. Then take the Kashima Rinkai Railway from Mito to Ooarai station (80min).
Where to stay: Book a room online at the Ooarai Seaside Hotel (029-267-2111,www.ooarai-seasidehotel.co.jp). Matsumoto is nothing fancy, but is reasonably priced, has an outdoor hot spring, and is situated next to the beach (029-266-0555, www.mito.ne.jp/~resort).
Reef and sand breaks, huge parking and toilets and showers and a big aquarium with a restaurant overlooking the break to take a break in or for the family to hang out in while you surf.
General Break Information
To the North is a large river (Naka) and of course a Port, the first 300m is sand bottom and then as you go further South it gets more rocky. The beach is popular and there is always someone in the water.
Access: Head up the Joban highway and get off at the Hitachi seaside Park exit head south on Route 51 and follow the signs to Oarai Aquarium.
Round trip from Tokyo probably takes 1.5 hours early morning.
Best Tide: Low tide on the sand bars and a mid to high tide on the reef breaks
Best Swell Direction: South East - East
Best Size: 4-6 ft (chest to overhead)
Best Wind: West
Perfect-O-Meter: 4 (1= 1 ft wind slop; 10 = G-Land)
Bottom: Sand and rocky reef
Access: By car is easiest (see above)
Crowd Factor: Holidays 7, weekdays 3 (1 = Pipeline in Summer; 10 = Tokyo
Local Vibe: no real heavy locals
Water Quality: 3, (1=clean; 10=turds in the lineup) the local river can get really dirty after big rains.
Food: At the restaurant in the Aquarium or bring it with you
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Video 1 - Nice drop on a solid A-frame wave.
Video 2 - A great race down a quick head high wall ,really nice.
Video 3 - What looks to be a really nice day out in the water.
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