Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Iwate Area

  • Iwate Museum of Art
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
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    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...

  • Tono Furusato Village
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
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    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...

  • Kuji Amber Museum
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
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    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.

    琥珀好き、石好きの人には良いと思います。 私はまったく興味がないので、ツアーで参加しましたが、ただの時間つぶしです。 案内してくれた若い男性は、知識も乏しく。 観光客からの質問に答えられないというものもありました。 最終的には 見学後、お土産を購入するよう誘導されているような。 まあ、ツアーで良くみる景色です。

  • Tono Municipal Museum
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    4.5
    33 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Higashidatechou 3-9
    Established in 1980, this museum is the first of its kind in Japan. It is a museum introducing the folklore and folk culture of the Tono peoples' lifestyle, environment, history, and culture. The life of the Tono people in the Tono basin valley is displayed in an easy to understand manner through documents and photographs. One can enjoy viewing the Tono Story, the picture works based on local folklore and topics, and the animated film ''Shigeru Mizuki's Tono Story.''

    This is of surprisingly high standard for a municipal museum. The 500 yen admission fee includes the loan of an audio visual device which provides a commentary in English. The displays are well...

  • Iwate Safari Park
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Fujisawachoukinomi Yamaya 121-2
    This zoo is located in Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture. Besides animals including white lions and tigers, you can also interact with herbivores such as giraffes and camels inside the park. In addition, you can feed animals up close while riding in a bus designed with a tiger motif. Various events are held in the park, drawing many people and their families.

    肉食動物放し飼いパークがおすすめです。 アメリカライオンが悠々としています。動物たちもキレイです。洗ってる?

  • Appi Kogen Ski Resort
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    Iwate Pref. Hachimantaishi Appikougen
    This is a popular ski resort that cares about the quality of its slopes and where guests can enjoy “aspirin snow” which is fluffy powder snow with little humidity. There are 21 various runs including long courses that even beginners can enjoy and ungroomed snow courses with a maximum gradient of 32 degrees intended for those more advanced making for a snow resort with something for everyone from families to expert skiers and snowboarders. On site is a ski and snowboard school that offers various lessons to help students improve safely and enjoyably. In addition to its slopes the resort has a complete restaurant and lounge area that groups and families will appreciate.
  • Iwate Yakehashiri International Exchange Village
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Hachimantaishi Hirakasa Dai24chiwari 728
    Iwate Yakehashiri International Exchange Village is a lodging facility in the city of Hachimantai in Iwate Prefecture. In addition to a spacious campground and cabins, it also has a hot spring bath available for day use. Its popular restaurant serves specialties such as Lava Flow Black Curry. The lodging facilities allow guests to bring their pets, so many pet owners stay here.

    岩手山登山で焼走り登山口からピストンしました。上り5時間、下り4時間の長丁場です。下山後、温泉に入って汗を流せるのは登山では最高の贅沢です。ついでに食事をしようと思ったのですが、午後2時までだそうです。諦めて夕食は国道まで出ていただきました。日帰りのお客さんやキャンプ場で自炊する方が多いのでしょうが、せめて浴場が閉まるまでは営業していてほしいと思います。

  • Cassiopeia Messe: Nanyato Products Center
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
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    Iwate Ninohe-shi Ishikiridokoro Moriai 68
    This is a multipurpose facility located next to Ninohe Station in Moriai, Ishikiridokoro, Ninohe City. It includes a souvenir shop that sells products of the three prefectures of Aomori, Akita, and Iwate, as well as an event hall, a networking space, and a Japanese-style restaurant that uses local ingredients. The 31-meter observation tower affords a panoramic view of Ninohe.

    旧・奥州街道をランニングで旅した際に立ち寄りました。お土産物屋が連なる施設で比較的新しい雰囲気でした。また、無料の展望台があって二戸の街を一望。新幹線が良く見えるので鉄道好きには良いかもしれません。

  • Iwayama Parkland
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Shinjou Iwashi Park
    This amusement park is located inside Iwayama Park in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, and you can enjoy the Ferris wheel and go carts while taking in the magnificent panoramic view. In addition, thrilling attractions such as Rainbow Spin Coaster and Apollo are very popular. You can see the park bustling with many families and couples on holidays.

    盛岡市で、友人の車に乗せてもらって訪問した市民公園です。広い敷地があり、家族連れなどが遊んでいましたが、観光地として、わざわざ訪問するほどの価値はありません。

  • Iwate Kogen Snow Park
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Iwategunshizukuishichou Nagayama Iwateyama
    This ski area is located in Shizukuishi-cho, Iwate County. Situated 35 minutes from the Morioka Interchange, it is easily accessible. All courses, which mainly feature straight ones with slight slopes, can be reached from the gondola in the center. In addition, the children’s course makes it a ski area that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Equipment is also available for rent.

    Even in the middle of April this ski resort is a great place to snowboard.. great hot springs in the property too. Facilities are varied, you can rent lots of ski equipment.

  • Iwate Prefecture Public Hall
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Uchimaru 11-2
    This public facility opened in 1927 and is located adjacent to the Iwate Prefectural Office in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. It has conference rooms, large halls and a gallery. In addition, it regularly holds various events such as music concerts and theater performances, making it a place used by local residents to socialize.

    岩手県盛岡市にある公共施設で盛岡城跡公園の少し北側にあります。 1927年に建てられた歴史を感じさせる素敵な建物でした。 日比谷公会堂と同じ建築家・佐藤功一が手掛けたものだそうです。 ここを訪問したのは原敬の胸像があるからで、公会堂西側の庭園内にありました。 「平民宰相」の名で知られる岩手の生まれの第19代...

  • Morioka Castle Ruins Park
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Uchimaru 1-37
  • Kitayamazaki Nature Guided Trekking
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
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    Iwate Shimohei-gun Tanohata Mura Kitayama 129-10 Kitayamazaki Visitor Center
    Shared tourist taxis run from Tanohata Station. Trekking is available with local guides along the Michinoku Shiokaze Trail, including Kitayamazaki. They know the Tanohata area well, and the treks can be adapted to your fitness level and time available, as well as to your preferred course or theme. You can take in highlights such as earthquake remnants, the Unosu Cliff Nature Trail, and the Kitayamazaki Nature Trail, which has been selected as one of Japan's 100 Best Walks. You'll enjoy hiking in the great outdoors while experiencing the story and background of the area.

    ログハウス風の建物が目印です。 4月に行ったらまだまだ寒いので、ここで暖をとりました。 サッパ船クルーズ常時受付中と表示されてありますが、4月下旬からとのことでした。 観光案内所も兼ねているので、ここで観光情報をもらうとより充実した旅になりますね。

  • Geto Kogen Resort
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Kitakamishi Wagachouiwasakishinden
    This is a ski resort in Kitakami City Iwate Prefecture. The resort has one of the richest snowfalls in the Tohoku region and skiers can enjoy a long season of powder snow. Every year many visitors come to the resort from both within and outside the prefecture. There are a total of 14 unique slopes. For skiers who love powder snow we recommend the non-compacted snow course where the best powder snow can be enjoyed during snowy weather. There is a food court which offers a wide selection such as curry and ramen noodles rental shops and a childcare facility. Also there is a large outdoor natural hot spring bath called the “Usagimori no yu” and it is pleasing to have many facilities in one complex.

    春スキーで訪問。雪の量も十分でとても楽しめました。近くに温泉もあってアフターも楽しめました。また是非行きたいです。

  • Denshoen
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Tsuchibuchichoutsuchibuchi 6-5-1
    Located in Tono, land of Japanese folklore, Denshoen is a facility which exists to share the lifestyle of farmers in the area once lived to future generations. Visitors can learn about old folk tales, experience traditional events, and try making folk crafts. The facility also engages in silkworm raising. Each year a festival to pray to the household god Oshira-sama is held at Denshoen. In addition, the facility regularly has a storyteller share old Tono folktales (fee and reservation required). You can enjoy local Tono cuisine in Denshoen’s cafeteria, and there’s also a memorial museum dedicated to Tono storyteller Kizen Sasaki, as well as the Oshira-do Hall.

    施設の中には曲がり家があり、昔話が聴ける。CDから流れる声だけど、囲炉裏のそばに座って目を閉じると、いい感じで聴ける。行ったときは、ちょうど、「おしらさま」の話だった。聴き終えてから建物を見学すると、意味がよくわかる。 他にも、水車小屋や、染め物をしているところがあり、入口にホップが植えてあった。 施設を出てからカッパ渕へ行く途中にホップ畑があったが、おかげでそれがホップだとわかった。

  • Kuji Underground Aquarium and Science Museum Moguranpia
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Kujishi Samuraihamachoumugio First District 43-7
    This aquarium is located in Kuji City, Iwate Prefecture. It is Japan's first underground aquarium, and uses a tunnel at the National Kuji Storage Base. Besides being able to come into contact with sea creatures, there are also various exhibits and a corner to learn about the oil reserves. You can also see the nanbu moguri (traditional diving technique) and hokugen no ama (northernmost female free divers) underwater demonstrations on weekends and national holidays.

    三陸鉄道リアス線の久慈駅下車、三陸石油備蓄基地のトンネルを使った日本初の地下水族館です。地下水族館すごいです。光るクラゲの水槽は綺麗でしたよ。

  • Iwate Prefectural Museum
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Ueda Matsuyashiki 34
    This museum that opened in 1980 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the creation of Morioka Prefecture is located in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. It exhibits materials about the natural environment in Iwate and the history of the prefecture from the geological age to the modern era. You can see Mt. Iwate from the second floor on day with clear weather. The private houses Former Sasaki Residence and Former Fujino Residence, both Important Cultural Properties, are exhibited on the premises and visited by many tourists.

    盛岡駅から松園バスターミナル行き路線バスに乗り、松園バスターミナルでバスを乗り換え片道410円、約40分位。入館料310円。 予想以上に立派な建物で、展示内容もとても充実していたので大満足。新型ウィルス感染症の世界的流行で観光施設が軒並み営業中止している中やる事がなくなり、博物館へ急遽行き先変更。特に、岩手県の地質についてはとても印象的で、化石が数多く発掘されているのが面白かった。 ただ、松園...

  • Ichinoseki City Museum
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Gembichou Okinono 215-1
    This museum is located in Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture. You can learn about the history and culture of the Ichinoseki area and the accomplishments of previous generations. It shows cultural assets and tools from the stone age until the modern era. In addition to permanent exhibitions separated by theme, it also hosts temporary exhibitions, lectures and experiential learning events.

    道の駅厳美渓に訪れた際に隣にあった博物館に立ち寄ってみました。 正直あまり期待してなかったのですが思ったより見どころも多くて楽しめました。 夏休みということもあったせいかこどもも多かったですね。 一関の歴史を学ぶことができました。

  • Kitakami City Oni no Yakata
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
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    Iwate Kitakami-shi Wagacho Iwasaki 16-131
    "A museum located a 20-minute drive from JR Kitakami Station. The museum was opened in 1994 to present information on oni, mythical Japanese creatures alternately translated as ""ogres"" and ""demons."" The museum introduces all kinds of oni, from scary ones to cute and cuddly ones. Exhibits include a large number of oni masks, including a giant mask three-meter-tall and weighing 80 kilograms. The museum also introduces masks depicting oni-like creates from around the world with a focus on Thailand, Nepal, and other Asian countries."

    鬼についての展示がある博物館です。 日本国内にとどまらず、世界の鬼や妖怪などが展示されています。 お面だけの展示が多かったのが少し残念でした。全身の展示であればもっと迫力があると思います。 小さな子どもは怖がってしまいそうな博物館でした。

  • Ishigami-no-Oka Museum of Art
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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    Iwate Iwate-gun Iwatemachi Itsukaichi 10-121-21
    Located about 30 minutes towards Ninohe on National Route 4 from the Tohoku Expressway’s Takizawa Interchange, it opened as the first outdoor sculpture museum in Iwate Prefecture, and is next to Roadside Station Ishigaminooka. You can enjoy outdoor exhibitions where you can see nature throughout the four seasons and sculptures, and special exhibitions centered on artists related to Iwate. There is a lavender garden in the outdoor exhibition hall, and about 20,000 plants are in full bloom from late June to early July, when lavender fair is also held. It also holds various workshops including one for dried flowers. In addition, it is certified as a “Koibito no Seichi” (Lover’s Sanctuary). (The outdoor exhibition hall will be closed until early summer of 2020 due to renovation work)

    Iwate-machi is a town of about 14K residents (according to wikipedia), which is somehow able to sustain a beautiful, expansive sculpture garden co-located with a bountiful roadside farmers market...

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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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