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  • Iwate Museum of Art
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    4.0
    62 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...

  • Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center
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    4.0
    81 Reviews
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    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...

  • Tono Municipal Museum
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    4.5
    32 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 a neat museum at the foot of a small hill where they used to have a local castle (Nabekura Castle). Of the same modern building, the lower section is the municipal library and the upper...

  • Folktale and Storytelling Center
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    49 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Chuoudori 2-11
    This is museum where guests can experience Tono’s world of folklore passed down through the generations through audio and visual exhibits. The facility offers something for both adults and children to enjoy, with a theater, video library, and experience corner. In the Tono-za, a theater that was once used as a sake brewer’s storehouse, visitors can appreciate folk tales told by a professional storyteller and other folk entertainment.

    We visited this museum because entry to it came with entry to the Castle museum, so we thought wed get our moneys worth. I do speak some Japanese but my husband doesnt, and we both found this...

  • 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。

  • Polan Square Garden
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    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Yasawa 1-1-36
    A square located close to the Miyazawa Kenji Memorial Museum in Yasawa, Hanamaki City. The name is derived from a fairy tale of the same name written by Kenji Miyazawa. Highlights include the sundial flower bed and Nansha flower bed dutifully recreated based on the designs of Kenji Miyazawa.
  • Morioka Takuboku & Kenji Museum
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Nakanohashidori 1-1-25
    A museum dedicated to Takuboku Ishikawa and Kenji Miyazawa. These two historic figures spent their youths in Morioka City during the Meiji and Taisho periods, and the museum presents materials relating to Morioka City during those times. The museum building, completed in 1910, was once the Dai Kuju Bank head office and is designated a National Important Cultural Property.

    啄木・賢治青春館の併設された喫茶店ですが、建物自体も歴史があるものなので、下手な喫茶店よりもとっても雰囲気がいいです。レトロな店内でリラックスできます。

  • Aiina Center
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Moriokaekinishidori 1-7-1
    This glass structure, located to the west of JR Morioka Station, aims to be a base for the use of all the citizens of Iwate Prefecture. It houses public facilities such as the prefectural library and has a multi-purpose hall with a maximum capacity of 507 people. It also houses the Iwate Prefectural University campus where courses, including those for lifelong learning, are held mostly for local residents. Another of its features is that it is a complete universal design. There is tactile paving and audio guidance on each floor.
  • Hachimantai Flowerland
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    Iwate Pref. Hachimantaishi Hirakasa 2-6-270
    Hachimantai Flower Land is a botanical garden, located in the city of Hachimantai in Iwate Prefecture, which gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy landscapes with flowers in every season. Up to 1,200 kinds of flowers, trees, and other plants are planted here so that visitors can come into close contact with the natural wonders of the Hachimantai area. Mofu Mofu Animal Land, with alpacas, rabbits, ponies, and other animals, is a popular attraction. Visitors can even take small dogs on walks through the gardens.
  • Kuji Underground Aquarium and Science Museum Moguranpia
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    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 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?

  • 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。

  • 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。

  • Iwate Prefectural Museum
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    4.0
    13 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.

    岩手県の歴史や自然について勉強できる施設です。規模は比較的小さいので、時間があれば全部見るのが良いと思います。

  • Morioka Children's Museum of Science
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Motomiya Hebiyashiki 13-1
    This science museum that opened in 1983 is located in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. Giving children a scientific mindset! is the theme of the planetarium and science shows held every week on Sundays and holidays. In addition, workshops held for topics such as science handicraft lessons are popular, and many families visiting on the weekends.

    楽しく科学を学べる場所です。夏休み期間中ということもあり、ワークショップで工作をしたり、職員の方が科学について優しく講義してくれたりと子どもはとても楽しめる施設です。プラネタリウムもあるので時間が合えば是非観た方がいいと思います。

  • Animal Museum
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Shinjoshimo Yagita 60-18

    The rain didnt dampen our experience one bit! In fact, it highlighted a wonderful aspect of the zoos character - childrens umbrellas only cost 300 yen. There was no entrance fee for children 15...

  • Stone and Kenji Museum
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    9 Reviews
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    Iwate Ichinoseki-shi Higashiyamacho Matsukawa Takinosawa 149-1
    A museum located a three-minute walk from Rikuchu-Matsukawa Station on the Ofunato Line in Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture. The museum was established for future generations to share with and make it possible to come in contact with the ideas and lifestyles of engineer Kenji Miyazawa and Tohoku Rubble Factory owner Tozo Suzuki. The museum has lapis lazuli, amethyst, and ammonite fossils on display and a library of books collected by Suzuki. Visitors can also take a tour of the former Tohoku Rubble Factory, which was erected in 1924 and registered a National Tangible Cultural Property in 1996 (note: at the present time, tours are not possible due to renovations; tours are scheduled to reopen in the spring of 2020.)

    陸中松川駅前から続くトロッコのレールを歩いていくと、「太陽と風の家」があり、もっと行くと、旧東北砕石工場に着く。このルートは石を運ぶトロッコが通ったところだ。賢治が駅から工場へ行くときは「でくの坊の道」を通ったらしい。途中に「群像のひろば」があって、賢治をはじめとする当時の人々に会える。「太陽と風の家」には賢治ゆかりの物や石、化石をはじめ面白い珍しいものが展示され、触ったり、動かしたりもできる。黒...

  • The Cattle Museum
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    Iwate Oshu-shi Maesawa Minamijinba 103-1
    A museum located a seven-minute taxi ride from Maesawa Station on the Tohoku Main Line in Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture. The museum contains a variety of exhibits on cattle such as cattle skeletons and how milk is produced, the relationship between humans and cattle from ancient times to the present, the history of Maesawa beef, and the cattle industry. The museum holds events such as symposiums and picture book readings, as well as classes like butter making and recreating Meiji period ice cream. The museum store sells original merchandise like T-shirts featuring a cow stomach design, and leather cell phone straps.
  • Flower and Garden Mori no Kaze
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    Iwate Iwate-gun Shizukuishicho Oshuku 10-64-1
    This authentic Western style garden, located a 25-minute drive from the Morioka Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway in Iwate District, Iwate Prefecture, is one of the largest of its kind in Japan. The garden was designed by world class landscape architect Kazuyuki Ishihara. The facility is divided into the Mori no Keikoku main garden, which is filled with an abundance of seasonal flowers and waterside landscapes; and the Mori no Oka community garden, created based on the idea of a secret flower garden. The facility's store sells gifts and souvenirs like local specialty products, seasonal flower seedlings, and soft serve ice cream. Several events are held here throughout the year such as lighting up the gardens at night.
  • Kitakami City Oni no Yakata
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    13 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."

    鬼剣舞が有名な町なのですが、館内はさすがの鬼がたくさん。ここまで鬼について学べる所も珍しいと思います。ただ駅からは遠いので、レンタカーなどを借りて鬼の館→温泉コースがオススメです

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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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