Spots in Iwate Area

  • Koiwai Farm
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    4.0
    300 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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

  • 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...

  • Morioka Hachimangu Shrine
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    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...

  • Iwate Museum of Art
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    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...

  • 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...

  • Osawa Onsen
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    56 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.

    Stayed in a 200+ years old thatched roof building on a snow day. Absolutely beautiful experience. Their open air hot spring is situated by the gorge and co-sex. They have 4 other hot springs in the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center
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    4.0
    82 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Roadside Station Genbikei
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    3.5
    51 Reviews
    Transportation
    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Gembichou Okinono 220-1
    A roadside station located in the Ichinoseki Onsenkyo hot spring resort area in Genbi Town, Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture. In addition to a wide array of local foods and crafts being sold here, the facility also aims to introduce the diverse array of mochi rice cake dishes which make up a significant part of local Ichinoseki cuisine. A mochi cuisine restaurant serving select mochi dishes can be found here, giving you the chance to enjoy Ichinoseki mochi until you’re full to bursting. The Noson Park area sprawls outside the station, serving as an event space and location for community interaction.

    地元の採りたて野菜、花の他に岩手名物のお菓子なんかも販売してます。 レストランでは、一関名物のお団子セットなどもたべれます。 私のオススメはチャーシューラーメンです。さっぱりとしていてどこか懐かしい醤油ベースのラーメンで、あまりにも美味しくておかわりしました

  • Toshichi Onsen Saiunso
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    4.5
    56 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...

  • 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。

  • Tono Furusato Village
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    4.0
    56 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...

  • Hiraizumi Tourist Information Center
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    4.0
    57 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Nishiiwai-gun Hiraizumicho Hiraizumi Izumi Ya 61-7
    This tourist information center in front of Hiraizumi Station is located in Izumiya, Hiraizum, Hiraizumi Town, Nishiiwai County. It provides sightseeing information on locations such as Hiraizumi’s temples, historical sites and accommodation facilities. In addition, there are also audio pens that can give information in seven languages when touched on a special pamphlet.

    Theis bus serves the Hiraizumi railroad station, Motsu-ji, Yukyunoyu Hot Spring, the Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, Chuson-ji, the Takadachi Dikeido Hall, Muryoko-in ruins, the Yanaginogosho...

  • Chuson-ji Temple
    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.
  • Takuboku Newlyweds' House
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Chuoudori 3-17-18
    Takuboku Newlyweds' House is a historic building in the city of Morioka in Iwate Prefecture. The poet Ishikawa Takuboku lived here for three weeks with his wife Setsuko, his parents, and his younger sister. In 1984, it was named a Morioka City Designated Tangible Cultural Property. It is the building where Takuboku wrote his essay, My Four-and-a-Half Mat Room, and it is the only extant relic of his life in the city of Morioka.
  • Pyonpyonsya (Morioka Station Branch)
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    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...

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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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