Spots in Iwate Area

  • Koiwai Farm
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    4.0
    300 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Iwategunshizukuishichou Maruyachi 36-1
    A spacious, 3,000 hectare farm, one of the largest in Japan, located in the southern foot of Mt. Iwate. In addition to a horse riding facility and sheep field, the farm’s tourist area is dotted with attractions children and adults can enjoy. Many of the farm’s structures are historically important, and 21 of the farm’s buildings, including the office and storehouse, built between the Meiji and early Showa periods, were designated Important Cultural Properties in 2017. Visitors who take part in the guided Cultural Property Tour can view some of these Cultural Properties.

    Great place to expend all day I visited during winter, you can see Mt. Iwate on the background and huge snowed camp. At night there is illumination

  • Pyonpyonsya (Morioka Station Branch)
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    4.0
    342 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Moriokaekimaedori 9-3
    A Korean restaurant located a two minute walk from Morioka Station. The restaurant is located in the Jaran Building, named after the Korean Jeju Province name “Jaran,” meaning “hush little baby.” Floors one through three are spacious and fashionable, and it’s a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The cold noodles and yakiniku grilled meat set have been the restaurant’s most popular item since it opened, making it easy for diners to enjoy Morioka reimen cold noodles. The soup is sweet, spicy, and simple, while the noodles are slippery, chewy, and delicious. Other popular menu items include the bibimbap set and kalbi marinated barbecue rib meat.

    Cold noodles come in a variety, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. On top of the Soba, Morioka offers something closer to the Korean kin, with a piece of fruit to spice it up. We were offered apple and...

  • Hakuryu
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    4.0
    188 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Uchimaru 5-15
    This is a popular restaurant for Morioka jaja-men. The shop is said to have originated when the founder had eaten zhajiangmian in Manchuria before WWII, and tried to replicate the dish with Japanese ingredients. Enjoy the chewy, broad noodles garnished with meat stir-fried in miso, cucumber and green onion, and mix in garlic, ginger and chili oil. Finish off the meal as Zhidan soup by leaving behind one mouthful of noodles, then adding in noodle broth and a beaten egg.

    I visited Pairon main shop. I enjoyed at Morioka station Branch shop in the past. But main shop is more warm and homely atmosphere and service. Shop itself is old and narrow space. But I like main...

  • Miyazawa Kenji Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    179 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Yasawa 1-1-36
    The Miyazawa Kenji Memorial Museum is located in the city of Hanamaki in Iwate Prefecture. It contains video images, as well as materials related to the poet and author of children's stories, Miyazawa Kenji, organized into exhibits in five fields. There are presentations about the creative process that led to Miyazawa's works, commentaries, and the results of research about him. Special events are held inside the museum, including limited-time exhibits of the manuscripts of his children's stories.

    The museum is dedicated wholly to the life of Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933) the author of Night on the Galactic Railroad. He was a poet, wrote childrens books, painted (a bit), taught agricultural...

  • Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo Hall (Takkoku Seikoji Temple)
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    4.5
    147 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Nishiwaigunhiraizumichou Hiraizumi Kitazawa 16
    This temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism is located in the Hiraizumi-cho area of Nishiwai County, Iwate Prefecture. This cascade temple worships Bishamonten, which is in the Bishamondo Hall, and is a nationally designated Historic Site. In addition, it is also famous for having a torii gate, which is rare in temples. Many tourists visit to enjoy the different scenery of every season.

    This temple does not take that long to visit with its main feature being the Buddha carved into the cliff face. Nevertheless it played an important role in the history of this area and has impressive...

  • Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building
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    4.0
    141 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Nakanohashidori 1-2-20
    The Bank of Iwate building is located in the Nakanohashidori area of Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. Opened to the public after its renovation in 2016, it exhibits documents related to the Bank of Iwate. In addition, it has multipurpose halls that can be used for a variety of events. The building has been selected as a nationally-designated Important Cultural Property, and is visited by many tourists.

    In my opinion, this is a must-visit building in Morioka. It is iconic for Morioka. Without visiting this building, you will regret. We walked a long way from Iwate Park to visit this building...

  • Shidotaira Onsen
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    4.0
    138 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Iwate Hanamaki-shi Yuguchi Shidotaira 26
    This quiet hot spring district, situated amid mountains and renowned since ancient times, is one of the many dotting the Hanamaki Onsenkyo hot spring village in the mountainous northwest of Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. Famed for ages for its curative springs, according to legend, the area was discovered by soldiers under the command of the shogun Sakanoue no Tamuramaro some 1,200 years ago during the Heian period, who were led here, it is said, by the goddess Kannon. The waters of the area's simple hot spring and chloride springs are said to treat such ailments as women's diseases, skin diseases, diabetes, and constipation. There is a hot spring hotel as well as a traditional ryokan inn in the area, both of which are elegant and charming. The Hiraizumi World Heritage Site is located a 70 minute drive away. Shidotaira Onsen is perfect for visiting this scenic destination, which was built more than 800 years ago to be an earthly paradise by Fujiwara no Kiyohira, founder of the mighty Northern Fujiwara clan, the former rulers of the Hiraizumi region.

    We had a very good experience in this hotel. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Lobby and communal area is large. The onsen places are spacious & relaxing. Taking a half board package is a MUST...

  • Osawa Onsen
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    4.5
    106 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Yuguchi Osawa 181
    This hot spring is located in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. While gazing at the seasonal natural scenery, you can enjoy soaking in a hot spring in a relaxed state of mind. It consists of three accommodation facilities, Sansuikaku, Kikusuikan and Toujiya, which have differing baths you can use. In addition, there is also a shop, eatery and banquet hall on the premises.

    自炊部なので温泉ならではの和食は無いですが、温泉は本館などと共通ですから素晴らしい風呂を手頃な楽しむ事が出来ました。自炊部は昭和な雰囲気満点で、広さも十分。炊事はせずに食堂を利用しましたが、鶏重は実に旨かった。逸品です。 露天風呂は桜が満開で最高の眺め。しかし2日後にはすっかり葉桜に。大型連休中は気温が高かったため風呂はやや熱かったです。スタッフの対応も良い宿でした。 良い休みになりました。 Yo...

  • Hotel Senshukaku
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    4.0
    105 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Yumoto 1-125
    This lodging facility is located in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. It is popular as a hot spring resort where you can taste local sake and dishes made using seasonal Iwate ingredients. You can take a bath in the large public bath or open-air bath of the adjacent hotel, or the spacious public bath with plenty of water on the premises. The sky restaurant on the top floor of the hotel lets you look out on Hanamaki City, and you can enjoy their menu of Western and Japanese dishes as well as a Western dinner.

    The front desk told us our rooms were non-smoking. But they smelled so badly with strong cigarette smell. The windows were completely sealed due to a construction outside. Since we couldnt even open...

  • Shokudoen
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    4.0
    101 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Odori 1-8-2
    At 1 Chome Odori, Morioka City, this shop specializes in yakiniku and cold noodles. Founded in 1954, it developed its original cold noodles based on Hamheung and Pyongyang cold noodles. This is the origin of present-day Morioka cold noodles. There is a lunch set that comes with galbi, rice, and half serving of cold noodles.

    Although this restaurant is famous for its reimen, I ordered barbecue beef which is amazingly good! If you want to have great beef, this restaurant is a good choice.

  • Morioka Hachimangu Shrine
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    4.0
    91 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Hachimanchou 13-1
    Morioka Hachimangu Shrine was built in 1680 by the 29th feudal lord Shigenobu Nambu. The god enshrined here has been revered by the locals since ancient times as the god for the roots of human life which include farming, industry, commerce, learning and the other basics of life. Many people know about the various festivals held throughout the year including the Dashi-gyoji (float) Festival and Yabusame Jinji (a horseback archery ritual).

    We had the privilege of having a tea ceremony and dressing up in yukatas while visiting the shrine. It is a very spiritual and beautiful place and the ceremony and wearing of the costume was fabulous...

  • Miyako Jodogahama Boat Cruise
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    4.5
    82 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Miyakoshi Hitachihamachou 32-69
    This very popular pleasure cruise will take you around Miyako Bay in about 40 minutes. You’ll be able to enjoy some of the best sights in Sanriku Geopark, not to mention several famous sights such as National Scenic Beauty Jodogahama Beach, the Natural Monuments Rosoku-iwa Rock, the Shiofukiana blowhole, Hidejima Island, and others. You can even feed the black-tailed gulls as you take in the scenery.

    Very short boat ride to visit the blue cave. 1500 yen per person plus a small bag of crab chips to feed the sea gulls. The sea gulls will poop on you, happened to a few people in my boat. It would...

  • Azumaya Soba Restaurant (Ekimae Branch)
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    4.0
    83 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Moriokaekimaedori 8-11
    Azumaya is a soba restaurant located just two minutes' walk from JR Morioka Station in the city of Morioka, Iwate Prefecture. Established in 1907, it is famous for serving Wanko Soba, that is, All-you-can-eat soba. It also serves a variety of other kinds of food, including a Nanbu Soba Kaiseki Dinner and box lunches made from seasonal ingredients. It accepts large groups and is barrier free, so it attracts a lot of tourists from both Japan and overseas.

    I recently was passing through Morioka late one night during my trip to Japan and decided to hop off the Shinkansen because I really wanted to try Wanko Soba. This restaurant is a conveniently...

  • Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center
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    4.0
    82 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Nishiwaigunhiraizumichou Hiraizumi Hanadate 44
    This free facility introduces the history and culture of Hiraizumi in an understandable way through wall panels and videos. Items such as documents related to Hiraizumi’s World Heritage sites and articles recovered from the ground during excavation projects are displayed. Paying a visit before sightseeing will deepen your understanding of Hiraizumi’s history and culture and make for a more enjoyable visit. Audio guides that support four languages are also available for use by foreign visitors.

    If you have time, start here to understand the 100 years when Hiraizumi was the most important center of Japan. Chusonji is the head temple of Tendai Buddhism in northeast Japan and it was founded...

  • Seijiro Conveyor Bett Sushi Fesan Branch
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    4.0
    71 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Morioka-shi Moriokaekimaedori 1-44 Fesan B1F
    This conveyor belt sushi restaurant is located inside the Morioka Station Building FES’AN, Ekimae-dori, Morioka City. It serves sushi topped with fresh seafood from the waters off the Sanriku Coast, sent directly from local markets.

    We had about 10 people ahead of us. We waited about 30 minutes. It was all worth it! The sushi was so fresh and the sushi makers friendly and helpful. There was an English menu that helped with...

  • Yumori Hotel Taikan
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Tsunagi Yunotate 37-1
    Yumori Hotel Taikan is a hot spring and lodging facility located near Lake Gosho in the city of Morioka, Iwate Prefecture. Its hot water is sourced entirely from a natural spring, and its 25-meter bathing area is the largest in northern Tohoku. Its guest rooms all have an outdoor bathing pool, which makes the hotel popular with family groups. In addition, the hotel's buffet of food made from seasonal local ingredients is another reason that it attracts large numbers of tourists.

    The room I have stayed which was newly renovated. Its totally amazing, perfect view, quite, comfortable and have nice private onsen in room whch can be adjusted the water temperature. Since we do...

  • Iwate Museum of Art
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Motomiya Matsuhaba 12-3
    This art museum that opened in 2001 is located in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. Paintings and sculptures by artists related to Iwate Prefecture, such as Tetsugoro Yorozu, Shunsuke Matsumoto and Yasutake Funakoshi are on display. In addition, in the permanent exhibition, commentaries by volunteers, collection talk events and other events are regularly held, drawing many tourists to the museum.

    This is a beautiful museum. I was impressed when I stepped into the lobby. When I went there was barely anyone there so I had the museum to myself. There are many exhibits of local artists...

  • Kamaishi Daikannon Statue
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    52 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Kamaishishi Odairachou 3-9-1
    The Kannon (goddess of mercy) statue holding a fish is 48.5 kilometers in height and stands as if watching over the boats coming and going from Kamaishi Bay. Building of the statue was initiated by Meihozan Sekiosenji Temple praying for peace of the spirit worlds. From the 12th floor inside the statue, 120 meters above sea level, you can see the panorama of Mada-misaki Cape, Ozaki Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean.

    I visited this Temple while in Kamaishi for RWC 2019. It is a magnificent site to explore and is very peaceful and quiet. The views of the bay and Kamaishi from the top are excellent. This city was...

  • Jodogahama Visitor Center
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Miyakoshi Hitachihamachou 32-69
    This information facility is located inside Rikuchu Kaigan National Park in the Hitachihama-cho area of Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture. It gives you information about various natural areas in the national park such as the Jodogahama rock formations and Sanno Rock. There are exhibits related to the Sanriku coast and also a rest space, making it a place used by many local residents. In addition, it also holds events to maintain the Michinoku Coastal Trail footpath.

    Well designed visitor center next to a stunningly beautiful coastline. Furniture fans will enjoy the upholstered chairs made to look like smooth rocks. Simple, clear exhibits that get the point...

  • Roadside Station Tono Kazu no Oka
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    61 Reviews
    Transportation
    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Ayaorichounisato 8-2-1
    This roadside station is located in Tono City, Iwate Prefecture. The spiral magnus wind turbine, with blades shaped like screws, is the symbol of the facility. In addition, it sells locally harvested agricultural products, folk crafts and handicrafts, and features a rich variety of items. You can also enjoy Kuretsubo soba (buckwheat noodles), gyoja garlic ramen and a set meal with jingisukan (grilled mutton).

    This “Michi-no-Eki” or Roadside Station is located at the west side of the city of Tohno on National Highway 283. Symbolically it has a uniquely shaped windmill within the complex. Like many other...

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A northern Tohoku prefecture promising peace and quiet, Iwate is sparsely populated, replacing people with snow-capped mountains, history-rich sites, and fields of crops that are to thank for the region's delicious local cuisine. Meander along the three-city Golden Route, where you'll visit the grand Buddhist temples of Hiraizumi and the Tono folk villages before tasting the three famed noodle dishes of Morioka.

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