Spots in Iwate Area

  • Ryusendo Cave
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    4.5
    225 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Shimoheiguniwaizumichou Iwaizumi Kannari 1-1
    This massive limestone cave is one of Japan’s three largest, and is designated a National Natural Monument. The cave is over 5,000 meters long overall, and hosts eight underground lakes that are among the clearest in the world. The color of the water, called Dragon Blue, is astonishing and the mystical sight is worth visiting. A 700 meter walking route in the cave and three of the eight lakes are open to the public. One section of the trail is barrier-free, with full wheelchair access. The limestone filtered water has been named one of Japan’s top 100 waters, and is available to drink at the cave entrance.

    This spot is far from any station, so you need a car or bus to reach it. The entrance fee costs 1000 yen per person. Business hours are from 8:30 to 17:00, and open everyday. It is one of the three...

  • Miyazawa Kenji Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    183 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.

    I recommend to book Donguri to Yamaneko bus service to take you many spots in the area in classic style little bus costing about USD52 for whole day tour(half day also available) In the morning...

  • Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo Hall (Takkoku Seikoji Temple)
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    4.5
    150 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...

  • Miyazawa Kenji Dowa Mura (Village of Fairy Tales)
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    4.0
    124 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Takamatsu 26-19
    An experience-oriented museum dedicated to the fairy tales of Kenji Miyazawa located in Takamatsu, Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. Surrounded by hills and fields, you’ll feel like you’ve wandered into the world of Miyazawa’s fairy tales in the museum’s charming, magical atmosphere. The Kenji’s School area is divided into five zones themed after the Miyazawa’s works. Other museum facilities include Milky Way Station, the Sky Plaza, Kenji’s Classroom, the Fairy Path, the Owl Path, and the Yamano Soen forest. Visitors are encouraged to slowly stroll the facility’s grounds and enjoy the fairy tale world and various sculptures scattered here and there. The nearest station is Shin-Hanamaki Station.

    As I do not know much about Kenji, the village is a place to know more about the nature. There are different exhibition rooms about the nature, such as animals, birds and anatomy. If you do not know...

  • Osawa Onsen
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    4.5
    108 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...

  • Chuson-ji Temple
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Nishiwaigunhiraizumichou Hiraizumi Koromonoseki 202
    This temple was reportedly founded in 850 by Jikaku Daishi, a monk associated with Enryaku-ji Temple in Hieizan (Mt. Hiei). Fujiwara Kiyohira is said to have laid the substantial foundation of the temple. Sights on the premises include the Konjikido, which has been designated as a National Treasure, and the Sankozo, which houses a collection of more than 3,000 cultural properties left by the Oshu Fujiwara lords. In 2011 the cultural heritage of Hiraizumi including Chuson-ji Temple was registered as a World Heritage Site.

    本尊の弁財天十五童子(べんざいてんじゅうごどうじ)は仙台藩主伊達綱村公(だてつなむらこう)の正室仙姫(せんひめ)によって1705年に寄進されたもので、堂は1716年に建立されました。 また堂内には千手観音菩薩二十八部衆(せんじゅかんのんにじゅうはちぶしゅう)も安置されています。

  • Morioka Hachimangu Shrine
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    4.0
    90 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...

  • Morioka Handi-Works Square
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    4.0
    95 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Tsunagi Oirino 64-102
    This facility is home to first-rate artisan groups who craft authentic handiworks every day. It consists of the industry revival center, the handi-works square, and the “magariya” zone. The handi-works square offers visitors a chance to craft various Morioka specialty products and hosts events as well, giving people a chance to observe artisans up close and try their hand at making their own items. The local cultural site “Nanbu Magariya” is a must-see as well. It’s about 20 minutes by car from the Morioka Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.

    We visited here on our way back from a local Onsen and it was very interesting. You can see how local cast iron teapots are made, make your own Japanese cookie and purchase handicrafts.

  • Roadside Station Tono Kazu no Oka
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    4.0
    65 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...

  • Toshichi Onsen Saiunso
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    4.5
    60 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Iwate Pref. Hachimantaishi Matsuoyoriki Kita no Mata
    Toshichi Onsen Saiunso is a hot spring and lodging facility located at an altitude of 1,400 meters near the summit of Mt. Hachimantai in Hachimantai National Park in the city of Hachimantai, Iwate Prefecture. Guests can take advantage of mud packs made from mud that contains mineral elements from the hot spring. The natural hot water flows out of the ground and is a milky white color. Day visits are possible, and visitors can spend a relaxing day in a space surrounded by the wonders of nature.

    Right away I’ll say that those looking for a luxury hotel style onsen experience should move on. For anyone who’s actually interested in an authentic stay, I couldn’t recommend this more. We had an...

  • Jodogahama Visitor Center
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    4.0
    67 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...

  • Matsukawa Hot Spring Kyounso
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    4.0
    72 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Iwate Pref. Hachimantaishi Matsuoyoriki Matsukawa Onsen
    This hot spring accommodation facility is located in Hachimantai National Park in Hachimantai City, Iwate Prefecture. The hot spring water is milky white, and you can overlook the scenery of the four seasons from the open-air bath, such as the pristine forest of beech and Mongolian oak. Many tourists visit to spend a relaxing day in the hot spring for day trips.

    The bus ride from East Exit of Morioka Station took about 2hrs. There are no pit stops so be prepared. We booked the only room with western bed. It was expensive @ ¥17,500pp. Room was larger n...

  • 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...

  • Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center
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    4.0
    86 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • MALIOS
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    4.0
    64 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Moriokaekinishidori 2-9-1
    A skyscraper and commercial complex located a three-minute walk from the west entrance of Morioka Station on the Tohoku Main Line. In addition to the numerous offices which rent space here, there are conference rooms with free Wi-Fi. The observation deck on the top floor offers a sweeping view of Morioka and can be used as an exhibition hall for paintings and handicrafts. The building's mall area is occupied by a drug store; clinics; and restaurants serving Japanese, Western food, a cafe buffet, and even establishments which can be used for parties. The atrium in the building contains a recreation of the front facade for the former Japan National Railways Morioka Factory.

    Malios has made the top floor of their building a free observation deck. You get pretty much 360 degrees. Its all enclosed, no going outside. There are some binoculr machines at spots. The windows...

  • Tono Furusato Village
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    4.0
    57 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Tsukimoushichoukamitsukimoushi 5-89-1
    Tono Furusato Village is an experience-type theme park that recreates the beautiful natural environment of the Tono region in days gone by. Several traditional farmhouses that retain Tono’s unique character have been relocated to the Village, which is frequently used as a location for the filming of period dramas, etc. Besides the old farmhouses, there are also facilities where visitors can experience aspects of traditional lifestyles such as woodworking, ceramics-making, charcoal burning, etc. There are also special seasonal events based on traditional festivals, such as the “Dobekko Festival.”

    A lovely museum on the whole. Enjoyed visiting each house for a look at how it used to be. Remember to enter the museum near the entrance for a display of the wildlife in the tohoku area. Beware...

  • Yumori Hotel Taikan
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    4.0
    74 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...

  • Morioka History and Culture Museum
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    4.0
    46 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Uchimaru 1-50
    This museum that opened in 2011 is located inside Morioka Castle Park in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. You can see exhibited documents related to the history and culture of Morioka. In addition, it regularly holds various events such as workshops, seasonal events and Morioka Sansa Odori performances. It is not only visited by local residents but also many tourists.

    This museum took us no more than 30 minutes to go through. I went mainly for the armour and clothing, which were beatiful. The lack of English means that its hard for english speakers to fully...

  • Miyako City Fish and Vegetable Market
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    3.5
    37 Reviews
    Shopping
    Iwate Pref. Miyakoshi Satsukichou 1-1
    This market is located in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture. It sells fresh seafood and processed marine products from the early morning. Their item selection includes not only seafood but vegetables and flowers raised by local farmers. It is known as the community kitchen, and is a market where people interact. In addition, they also pack and ship items purchased as souvenirs.

    コロナウイルスでイライラしていたので、ドライブに出かけました。目当ては毛蟹。蟹祭りをしている魚菜市場で新鮮な蟹をゲットしました。

  • Kuji Amber Museum
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Kujishi Kokujichou Dai19chiwari 156-133
    This museum is located in Kuji City, Iwate Prefecture. Among the amber used in jewelry, this is where you can see amber from Kuji, which has the world's oldest deposits. There are exhibits that show the production of amber and artworks using it. With prior reservations, you can also participate in events where you can experience digging amber.

    三陸鉄道に乗るために八戸から久慈にレンタカで移動、琥珀の博物館があるというので訪れた。久慈が琥珀の産地として有名であることはネット情報で初めて知った。博物館には、何万年も前の昆虫や植物が閉じ込められた珍しい琥珀や琥珀の工芸品が並ぶ。陳列されていた世界の琥珀と久慈産を見比べると決定的に違うのは透明感。どう見ても久慈産の琥珀は濁っていて美しくない。 受付のある新館と本館、二つの展示棟があるものの、展示...

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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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