"Girls und Panzer" was broadcast in 2012. The anime takes place in Oarai in Ibaraki Prefecture. Oarai girls school is located on top of a huge ship called the school ship. The school ship port of call is Oarai.
Since being broadcast "Girls und Panzer", residents and fans have tried to bring GuP more to life in Oarai. Think things like GuP characters to welcome fans aswell as special GuP events. As a result, this town become one of the most famous places to visit for anime fans.
The theater version was published in 2015, and there is still no signs of declining popularity of the show.
Lets explore the area where the practice game of St. Gloriana girls school was held. Remember to bring some good walking shoes because to fully enjoy the town of Oarai, you want to really take your town walking around the town.
Oarai Station → Oarai Resort outlets → Oarai Marine Tower → Sakaiya → ambush location → Uochu → Fukumotorou → back alley → Sakanaya Honten → Oarai Isosaki Shrine → Oarai Station (Duration: about 3 hours)
・Tokyo → (express Hitachi) → Mito → Oarai (about 2 hours)
・Sapporo → New Chitose Airport - (airplane) → Haneda Airport → Shinagawa - (express Hitachi) → Mito → Oarai (about 5 hours)
・Osaka → Shin-Osaka - (bullet train) → Tokyo → (express Hitachi) → Mito → Oarai (about 4 hours)
・Nagoya - (bullet train) → Tokyo → (Express) → Mito → Oarai (about 3 hours)
・Fukuoka Airport - (airplane) → Haneda Airport → Shinagawa - (express Hitachi) → Mito → Oarai (about 5 hours)
Oarai Station is only a railway station in Oarai-machi. Because this is the only station it is most likely going to be your starting point for your GuP tour.
There is a tourist information office in the station building. You can get a map of GuP in the tourist office. And, there is display of GuP. It takes 15 minutes by train to get to Oarai Station from JR Mito Station. Parts of the Kashima coastal railway trains have GuP decals.
”Oarai-Resort-Outlet” is a shopping mall in Oarai. This is the front of the intersection that appeared in Episode 4 "Girls und Panzer". The Oarai team goes to the city and turn right at this intersection.（Episode4, 9 minutes 35 seconds）It takes about 15 minutes from Oarai Station.
When you turn left at this intersection, you will find the Oarai Marine Tower.
After a practice game with St. Gloriana, Nishiju visits Oarai-Resort-Outlet. this is the sign that says "Market Garden". （Episode4, 16 minutes 18 seconds）"Market Garden" is the name of the North Building of Oarai-Resort-Outlet. The staff was very pleased, because the name of the North Building was the same as the "Market Garden Operation". There is a crepe shop on the right side of the stairs. You can also find a "Girls und Panzer gallery" in front.
This huge blue building is located in Oarai-machi. This is a symbol of Oarai "Oarai Marine Tower" "Oarai Marine Tower" is 60m high. This tower has an observatory on the top floor (55m) where you can have a good view of the town of Oarai. On the second floor you will find a GuP cafe "Panzer vor", where you can drink Darjeeling and Orange Pekoe.
In practice game of the St. Gloriana, location of Location of St. Gloriana team passes. Here is the before Sakaiya Rice Shop. (Episode4, 9 minutes 50 seconds)
In St. Gloriana's practice game, this is the location of Reki-jo team ambush.（Episode4, 10 minutes 8 seconds） Reki-jo team defeated Matilda Ⅱ here. There is no space in which StuG III is hidden in reality. But next to the house of the roof has been reproduced.
In St. Gloriana's practice game, this is the location where Ankou team's Mk.Ⅳ and Darjeeling's Churchill engaged in combat.（Episode4, 13 minutes 48 seconds）
You can find an "under repair" sign near the intersection.
In St. Gloriana's practice game, this is where Ankou's team cornered in Darjeeling.（Episode4, 12 minutes 45 seconds）
This is the front of the fish shop named "Uochu". This store is named "sword fish" in the anime. "Swordfish" is the name of the United Kingdom's torpedo bomber.
Student Council team's Type38(t) came to help. But...
In St. Gloriana's practice game, this is where Ankou's team cornered in Darjeeling.（Episode4, 12 minutes 50 seconds）
This is the front of the Japanese-style hotel named "Fukumotorou".
The Kanji "福" is upside down in the anime. This is a good luck sign in China, called "Daofu".Tiger wearing this mark was in WWII Kursk battle. Perhaps this has become the motif.
There is a Isuzu Yuri of the panel in front of the inn. And character of "福" of the lantern is turned upside-down.
In St. Gloriana's practice game, Ankou's team fled through this road.(Episode 4, 13 minutes 35 seconds) In reality, this road is not wide enough for a Mk.Ⅳto pass through.（Overall width 2.8m）.
In St. Gloriana's practice game, MatildaⅡ chases Annkou team's Mk.Ⅳ. But MatildaⅡ can not take the turn and crashes into the inn.(Episode 4, 12 minutes 15 seconds) This inn became famous as the "inn that where a tank crashed into." Actually, this inn is a long-established continued the Meiji. There is a Darjeeling panel of St. Gloriana in front of the inn. For GuP fans this is a fun place to stay.
In St. Gloriana's practice game, the first grade team has been defeated. On the way to the city to help out, Nishizumi passed through this torii. (Episode 4, 9 minutes)
This Torii is about a 40 minutes' walk from Oarai Station.
In practice game of the St. Gloriana, location of Nishiju has left turn from Torii. After this, the tank will run along the coast. The sea of the road there is a Oarai Marine Tower, Oarai Resort outlets.