Culture / Tour Spots in Iwate Area

  • Iwate Museum of Art
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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 Municipal Museum
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    4.5
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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...

  • Kuji Amber Museum
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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 Safari Park
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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?

  • Iwate Prefectural Museum
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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
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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 Museum of Art
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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...

  • 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。

  • Fukazawa Koko No no Hana Museum
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Konyacho 4-8
    This art museum is located in Konya-cho, Morioka City, devoted to a collection of the works of the Western-style painter Koko Fukazawa and her husband, also a Western-style painter, Shozo Fukazawa. Exhibits of the both painters' works are set up with seasonal themes. Inside the building are Cafe No no Hana, where visitors can pass the time while watching the Nakatsugawa River, and a museum shop.

    It has been awhile since our visit to Morioka, but we are now advising friends planning a trip to Japan to visit there. Since they have an artistic child, the Nonohana Museum will definitely be on...

  • Sekino-ichi Brewery Sake-no-minzoku Culture Museum
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    13 Reviews
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    Iwate Ichinoseki-shi Tamuracho 5-42
    A sake folk museum runs by Iwate's 100-year-old Sekinoichi brewery. Originally it was Tohoku’s largest storehouse for the initial stages of the brewing process, then was remodeled into a museum. A variety of sake brewing equipment is on display, including a large barrel for preparation. The sake making process is explained in detail. You can also visit the brewer’s room, dedicated to Matsuo Daimyojin, the god of sake. There is also a literary museum with materials from authors with ties to Ichinoseki.

    一ノ関駅から歩いて10分ほど。酒の製造方法や、昔使われていた農具が紹介されています。入館料は300円ですが、とても勉強になる施設です。

  • Yorozu Tetsugoro Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
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    Iwate Hanamaki-shi Towacho Tsuchizawa 5-135
    "About two minutes by car from Towa Interchange on the Kamaishi Expressway. An art museum that honors Yorozu Tetsugoro, a painter from Tsuchizawa, Towa-cho, Hanamaki City and one of the pioneers of modern Japanese art. Under the theme of ""Yorozu and Tsuchizawa,"" the museum displays collected work that includes oil paintings, ink paintings, sketches, and other items such as notebooks, letters, photographs, and his personal articles. The Haccho Dozo on the west side of the museum is the earthen storehouse from his family home that was transferred to the site and rebuilt. The gallery holds exhibitions with a focus on contemporary art. The adjacent cafe is open to everyone, not just museum visitors."

    Tetsugoro Yorozu (1885-1927) is one of the most important modern painters of Japan who excelled not only in the Western-style oil painting but also in traditional Japanese black ink painting. One of...

  • Kesen Carpentry and Folklore Museum
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
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    Iwate Rikuzentakata-shi Otomocho Myoga 1-237
    A museum located a 90-minute drive from the Ichinoseki Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway. The museum is modeled after early Meiji period Kesen homes and was built to pass on the techniques of Kesen carpentry to future generations. The museum was built exclusively with local materials like Kesen cedar wood. The main building is made of wood and modeled after a single story thatch roof family home. Looking up from beyond the irori sunken hearth, visitors can spot Kesen carpentry techniques everywhere, such as three stage beams. There's also a 3.11 Light of Hope eternally lit gas lamp on the grounds which was lit from the 1.17 Light of Hope in Kobe.

    The Kesen carpentry style is unique to the area and unfortunately there are very few carpenters (if any) left to carry on the techniques. Inside the main building with high ceilings is a...

  • Morioka Study Museum of Archeological Site
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    10 Reviews
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Motomiya Araya 13-1
    This museum inside Morioka Central Park is located in Araya, Motomiya, Morioka City. In addition to the prefecture-designated historic site Odate Ruins, it conducts exhibits of excavated materials from excavated ruins in the prefecture. Besides theme exhibitions and special exhibitions, there are also hands-on learning experiences such as pottery making and fire-making. There is also an adjoining library where you can view historical materials.

    入口が道路とは反対側にあるので、ちょっと見過ごしてしまいがちですが、結構おもしろい博物館です。土器や石器がたくさんあって、時代ごとの変遷も併せて学べます。

  • Sankozo
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    Iwate Nishiiwai-gun Hiraizumicho Hiraizumi Koromonoseki 202
    This is a treasure house located within the precincts of Chusonji Temple in Koromonoseki, Hiraizumi, Hiraizumi Town, Nishiiwai County. In addition to the 15 scrolls of the Chusonji Sutra, a National Treasure, it contains more than 3,000 Important Cultural Properties, including Buddhist statues from the Heian Period (795-1115) and funerary goods from the Oshu Fujiwara clan.

    金色堂とセットの入場券で入場できます。様々な展示を見て当時の栄華に思いを馳せました。金色堂に行く前に訪れたい場所。ただし修学旅行生が多く結構混雑していました。

  • Stone and Kenji Museum
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    10 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.)

    この場所は、35歳の宮沢賢治が7カ月働いた東北砕石工場の場所である。技師として就任した賢治は、この工場で作られた炭酸石灰販売に努力を重ね、出張先の東京で倒れます。その後療養するも37歳で亡くなるのです。農村に土地改良の石灰を安く提供できる、貧しい農村の土地を改良しなければと考えていた賢治。工場の経営者鈴木東蔵と思いは一致したのです。賢治は石にも詳しかった。このミュージアムには原石の数々が展示されて...

  • Denshoen
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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。

  • Esashi Local Culture Hall
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    5 Reviews
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    Iwate Oshu-shi
    An experience-based museum showcasing the history, culture, and local industries of the Esashi region. It is located about 15 minutes by car from the Mizusawa Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway, adjacent to the Esashi-Fujiwara Heritage Park. It consists of an agricultural center and the Okunoin exhibition area. It's display of the Nakazen Obara family's 101 statues of the Bodhisattva Kannon are notable and exemplify the beliefs of the region. They also have hands-on programs with culinary and craft themes that let you try making soba noodles, pottery, magatama amulets, and more. During the summer and winter holidays they organize other special hands-on programs too.

    藤原の郷は小説の世界ですが、こちらは江差の歴史です。一番も奥の仏教のテーマゾーンは独特の世界観です。 江差の米、ホップ、江差牛の説明はよくわかります。

  • Oshu City Archaeological Research Center
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    5 Reviews
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    Iwate Oshu-shi
    A historical museum that showcases the culture of Ezo (pre-modern Northern Japan) and exhibits buried cultural properties excavated from Oshu City. It's on Prefectural Road 270, a five-minute drive from Mizusawa Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway. Isawa Castle Ruins Historical Park is right in front. Displays focus on the way of life of the Ezo culture during ancient times. It has anime screenings about Ezo leaders known as Aterui that even children can understand. There are also hands-on classes making clay figurines, Jomon period accessories, and more. It's an accessible way to learn about the world of archaeology and ancient history.

    坂上田村麻呂の蝦夷征伐は知っていたが、この地に胆沢城が築かれたのは初めて知った。蝦夷の長阿弖流為など歴史に興味のある人は楽しめると思います。充実度からいえばまだまだのような気はしますが、ビデオもあってわかりやすかったです。

  • Hachimantai City Museum
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    Iwate Hachimantai-shi Kamasuda 230
    This museum is located in Kamasuda, Hachimantai City. It houses a collection of materials about the culture and history of the old town, which grew up as a key transport center leading to Tsugaru and Akita. Its four permanent exhibitions are “Life and Culture in the Appikawa and Yoneshiro Watersheds,” “Lacquerware: Beauty in the Midst of Everyday Life,” “Carrying Past Ways of Life into the Present Day,” and “Literature, the Jomon Era, and Skiing.” Other exhibits include specially produced Appi lacquerware, everyday goods from the past, and items connected with Kojun, the 15th great high priest of Kan’eiji Temple Gokoku-in.

    It was a great place to see Japanese ancient histories and their old stuff. There are many sections by each era, starting from Jomon period. The most fascinating things are Appi Urushi bowls 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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