Culture / Tour 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...

  • Kuji Amber Museum
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    37 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.

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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?

  • 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.

    古民家や水車小屋・雪隠・井戸などの昔の建物や、土着神オシラサマを祀るオシラ堂を見ることができます。また遠野物語の語り部である佐々木喜善に関する展示もしています。レストランもあり、郷土食のひっつみ(すいとん)やけいらん(もち粉の皮で餡を包んで茹で汁をはったデザート)を食べることができます。総じてなかなか満足度が高い施設でした。

  • Kuji Underground Aquarium and Science Museum Moguranpia
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    4.0
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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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    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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    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.

    いわゆるローカル観光地にありがちな取って付けたような博物館かな思いきや、蘭学・辞書編纂・和算などのテーマ別に掘り下げて展示することで地元出身の学者の業績をわかりやすく展示していたり、舞草刀(もぐさとう)という、日本等の源流となる刀の展示もあり、かなり見応えがある博物館でした。厳美渓に来たらここにも立ち寄らない手はないです。

  • Sekino-ichi Brewery Sake-no-minzoku Culture Museum
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    3.5
    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。

  • Stone and Kenji Museum
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    3.0
    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...

  • Oshu City Archaeological Research Center
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    3.0
    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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    4.5
    3 Reviews
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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...

  • Runbinii Art Museum
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    Iwate Hanamaki-shi Hoshigaoka 1-21-29
    A museum located about five minutes by taxi from JR Hanamaki Station. The main focus of the exhibitions is the artwork of people with disabilities. The free Borderless Gallery, a cafe, and a bakery are on the first floor, and the second floor consists of an atelier used by Mayura, a local creative group featuring artists with disabilities. The atelier is open to the public in the morning except on weekends and other times the museum is closed. The shop on the first floor sells original merchandise.

    前回は道路に雪が残っていて、雨が降っていたが、JR花巻駅まで20分前後、道を変えて徒歩で往復した。 今回は車だったし、気になって寄ってみたが、福祉関係の情報量が減っているように思えた。気のせいだろうか。 道路の向かいは高校で、その北側は花巻球場で賑やかだった。 高校は、今回初めて花巻東と気づいた。

  • Hekishoji Temple Museum
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    Iwate Waga-gun Nishiwagamachi Sawauchi Ota 3-32
    This museum is located on the grounds of Hekishoji Temple in Ota Sawauch, Nishiwaga Town, Waga County. It houses a collection of over 10,000 items related to local folkways, including National Important Cultural Properties, the tools used by “matagi,” traditional local wintertime hunters, and items used in everyday life. Visitors can encounter the unique culture that grew up in the harsh natural environment of Japan’s “snow country.”

    山に入り熊を撃つという猟師を岩手と秋田のこの辺りではマタギというようですが、その文化を伝える展示内容が充実しています。

  • Iwate Prefectural Fishery Science Museum
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    Iwate Miyako-shi Hitachihamacho 32-28
    Japan’s first marine science museum, it is located in Jodogahama Beach about four kilometers from JR Miyako Station. In addition to introducing the history of Iwate’s fishing grounds, traditional and modern fishing methods, and aquaculture techniques, sea life inhabiting the Sanriku area is shown in a giant diorama. There is a large aquarium in the “Osakana Corner” where you can see a variety of marine creatures such as fish found in the waters near Iwate and clown fish living on coral reefs. You can also experience being in the fishing industry by painting scallop shells and coring wakame seaweed, and canning to make time capsules (reservations required).

    浄土ヶ浜は有名で、それぞれの季節 多くの観光客で賑わいます。 その浄土ヶ浜へ行く道の途中にある水産科学館。 正直 私たちが立ち寄った時も 他にはお客さんはおらず。 この施設を県立でやっていくのは 厳しいのでは… と思いました。 外枠は とても立派です! もっと上手に活用すれば良いのに。

  • 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.

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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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