Other Shopping Spots in Iwate Area

  • Kogensya Main Branch
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    4.5
    33 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Zaimokuchou 2-18
    Kogensya is a store located on a site extending from JR Morioka Station to the Kitakami River that specializes in traditional handicraft products such as Nambu ironware and Urushi lacquerware. The items on sale are not limited to Iwate Prefecture’s own specialty products; they also include handicraft products from all over Japan, including Okinawan glassware, Shusaigama-ware ceramics from Shimane Prefecture, etc. Kogensya’s founder, Oikawa Shiro, was a classmate of Miyazawa Kenji, the writer of children’s stories who is one of Iwate Prefecture’s most famous authors, and was involved in the publication of “The Restaurant of Many Orders,” a collection of Miyazawa’s children’s stories. Kogensya’s Majieru-kan building and Kahi-kan café both have many items relating to Miyazawa Kenji on display, making Kogensya a popular place for Miyazawa Kenji enthusiasts to visit.

    宮沢賢治作品が好きなので盛岡出張の際には必ずこちらに立ち寄ります。お土産店の裏側にコーヒーショップがあります。 カウンターでゆっくりするだけても落ち着けます。 そういえば、雨ニモ負ケズの手ぬぐいが見つかりませんでした。

  • Lala Iwate Morioka Shop
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Saien 1-3-6 Agricultural and forestry hall 1F
    Located on the first floor of the Norin Kaikan building at the entrance to Iwate Park, Lala Iwate Morioka is an antenna shop selling specialty goods and crafts of Iwate. They have a vast selection with almost any Iwate souvenir here. The foods include not only livestock and farmed items, but also nanbu senbei crackers, local sake and seafood from Sanriku Coast. The crafts wing has a wide selection too—nanbu ironware to hidehira-nuri lacquerware, amber, and Iwayado tansu dressers.

    岩手公園のそば、ビルの一階にある物産館、うっかりすると見逃してしまいそうなところにあります。駐車場はなく最寄りの提携先に駐車しなければならないのも残念です。 ただし店内には岩手の名産品がずらっとそろっています。 迷ってしまってなかなか決められないほどでした。

  • Matchan Market
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Shopping
    Iwate Hachimantai-shi Yoriki 2-512
    This is a farmers’ market located along Prefectural Route 45 in Yoriki, Matsuo, Hachimantai City. It sells locally grown fresh vegetables and fruit, as well as season delicacies, such as wild plants and mushrooms, along with processed foods, such as ice creams. The adjacent restaurant serves ramen and soba made with guinea fowland other countryside and wild food cuisine.

    A cozy market that sell fresh eggs, fruits and vegetables. The volcano museum of Hachimantai is right beside this facility. English and Chinese brochures are available.

  • Gozaku Moriku Store
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Konyachou 1-31
    Located in a residential district along Nakatsugawa River, Gozaku is a miscellany shop for everyday bamboo goods. The flat-roofed Japanese building is designated a preserved building in Morioka City and was used in the filming of NHK’s serial TV drama “Dondo hare.” Built from late Edo Period to Meiji Period, the building was a merchant house dealing in straw products and wicks for lanterns. Now, it sells traditional straw sandals, colanders, and baskets, all which exude handmade warmth.

    岩手県盛岡市の中津川沿いにある江戸時代後期の文化13年(1816年)に創業した紺屋町にある商家。 レトロな消防署の紺屋町番屋のすぐ近くにあり、こちらも実に趣のある素敵な建物です。 昔ながらの長屋って感じで、私の年齢的にはさすがに懐かしいという感情は無いですが、一瞬だけタイムスリップしたかのような古めかしい景観が目の前にありました。 いつまでも残しておいて欲しい風景です。ちなみに早朝の訪問だった...

  • Genbikei Rest House
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Gembichou Kounosu 132
    This rest house is located in Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture. You can look out on Genbi Gorge, a designated scenic natural monument. In addition to souvenirs from Ichinoseki available for purchase, enjoy meals such as suba buckwheat noodles and curry and dishes using Maesawa beef while gazing out on the gorge and the clear emerald green flow of the Iwai River from the observation dining area on the second floor.

    厳美渓の天工橋を渡ったところにある、お土産屋さん。2階が食堂になっています。昔ながらの観光地のお土産屋さんで、やや寂れた印象。トイレは2階で食堂利用者のみ使用可能で、1階にトイレはありません。

  • Appi Urushi Studio
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    5.0
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Hachimantai-shi Kamasuda 230-1
    This lacquerware studio is located in Kamasuda, Hachimantai City. It sells lacquerware bowls, plates, layered boxes, and other items made by taking Japanese wood and applying rare Japanese lacquer made onsite. Visitors who make reservations can try their hand at applying their own designs to chopsticks or dessert plates (reservation required).

    We visited the Urushi Studio to check out the wares and discovered they offer the chance to create your own lacquerware products. This will be an activity for the future for us. The wares are very...

  • Soshido
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Morioka-shi Konyacho 2-15
    This store for dyed goods is located in Konya-cho, Morioka City. It manufactures and sells dyed goods of “Nanbu Akanezome” and “Nanbu Murasakizome,” which have long been known as special products in the Nanbu region. In addition to kimonos and obi belts, it sells accessories such as furoshiki traditional wrapping cloth, noren traditional shop curtains, book covers and small drawstring bags.

    紺屋町散策していたら偶然通りがかったので入ってみると、お店の方は大変親切に色々と見せてくださった。コースターを購入。

  • Tekiseisha
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Ninohe-shi Jobojimachi Onyamanakamaeta 23-6
    "This lacquerware shop is located in Maeta, Onyamanaka, Joboji-mach, Ninohe City that manufactures Joboji lacquerware, a famous local product since the old days. In addition to selling bowls and plates and sake cups made with Japanese lacquer, only 3% of which is distributed nationwide, the shop also sponsors ""make your own lacquerware"" events."

    浄法寺インター下りて車で数分。漆漆器で有名な浄法寺のいわばアンテナショップ。適正価格で製品をお求め出来ます。アレルギー体質の方はくれぐれもご自愛ください。

  • Kamasada
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Konyachou 2-5
    This is a long-established workshop that has continued to make nambu tekki (a famous type of ironware from the south of Iwate) since the Meiji period. The works produced by the third generation Nobuho Miya, who has experience living in Finland, are distinctive for being a combination of Japan’s old traditions and modern art. The functionality of simple yet outstanding nambu tekki has been garnering attention again recently.
  • Kaachan House Dasuko
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    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Noda 335-2
    A large Japan Agricultural Cooperatives farmers market located a 10-minute drive from Hanamaki Station on the JR Tohoku Main Line in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. The market carries an abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables, flowers, and homemade foods. The market is also filled with side dishes and popular Japanese confections made by local mothers such as ganzuki, a local cake redolent with the aroma of brown sugar; and kirisensho, a chewy rice flower cake with a salty-sweet flavor. In addition, there are breads made with wheat grown in the prefecture, 10 grain rice blends, Hanamaki blue flowers, and a wide variety of foods like dressings and somen noodles. In the market's restaurant, you can enjoy free refills of Hitomebore rice grown in Hanamaki.
  • Miyazawa Kenji Dowa Mura, Mori no Misekkoya Souvenir Shop
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    Iwate Hanamaki-shi Takamatsu 26-19
    "15 minutes by car from Hanamaki Station at Miyazawa Kenji Dowa Mura (Village of Fairy Tales) in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. Village of Fairy Tales is a facility where you can enjoy learning in the fantasy world of Miyazawa Kenji. The Mori no Misekkoya is among the log cabins known as ""Kenji's Classrooms.” In addition to merchandise based on Miyazawa Kenji's work, the shop also handles a variety of Hanamaki specialties. The log cabin classrooms are all side by side, with an ""Animal Classroom"" in the center, a ""Plant Classroom"" on the left, and the Mori no Misekkoya on the left. On the right side, there is a ""Star Classroom"" and a ""Bird Classroom.” All of them feature elements found in his fairy tales."
  • Takita Kogei
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    Iwate Hanamaki-shi Takamatsu 26-3
    This Japanese umbrella workshop is located approximately a 10-minutesbus from Hanamaki Station, and one-minute walk from Miyazawa Kenji Museum bus stop. The workshop makes and sells Hanamaki umbrellas that have been traditionally made here since the Kyowa period. Previously, there were around 120 Japanese umbrella stores in the prefecture, but Takita Kogei is now the only one remaining. The umbrellas are made from local madake bamboo and the paper used is Mino Japanese paper. In addition to paper umbrellas and coarse oilpaper umbrellas, the workshop also makes wall-mounting umbrellas and mini umbrellas, which are very popular as souvenirs.
  • Kamaishi Specialty Store
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    Iwate Kamaishi-shi Suzukocho 22-1
    This Kamaishi specialty product store is located on the first floor of Sea Plaza Kamaishi, adjacent to JR Kamaishi Station. It sells processed products, such as saury, mirin-dried foods, mekabu (wakame seaweed root), salmon roe and abalone kaihozuke, as well as sweets, local alcohol and crafts. The Iwate Nanbu Soba, made with 100% ingredients produced on farms in Iwate, is a long-lasting product that makes a great souvenir. It also sells local Kamaishi sake such as All Iwate Sake, which is a refined sake made with 100% ingredients from Iwate, and Hamachidori junmai ginjoshu, Ginginga.
  • Shizukuishi Asa no Kai
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    Iwate Iwate-gun Shizukuishicho Taka Maeda 155
    This facility is located 14 kilometers, or approximately a 20-minute drivefrom Morioka Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway, via National Route 46. It creates replica Shizukuishi traditional fabrics, called Kikko-ori, which were often offered to samurai as gifts from the Nanbu Domain. The facility also makes and sells purses and pouches. The beautiful hexagonal turtle shell pattern featured in Kikko-ori uses the material hemp, from cultivation to dyeing the threads, all the way to weaving, to create items that are one-of-a-kind. The facility also has various custom-made items, such as accessories, bags and clothing available. There are also Kikko-ori events, weaving and dyeing workshops for groups of five or more people, as well as various other accessory-making experience workshops. (A reservation is required. )
  • Kokujiyaki
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    Iwate Kuji-shi Kokujicho 31-29-1
    Located about a 55-minute drive from Kunohe Interchange on the Hachinohe Expressway, this kiln for Kokuji ware has a history of about 200 years. The glaze made from iron sand and rice husk ash using local Kuji soil is attractive for its unique elegance and simplicity. Inheriting traditional techniques, each piece is handmade using a potter's wheel. It also sells coffee cups, square plates and sake cups. In addition, the pottery experience where you can create your own pieces is popular. Many tourists visit the Kokuji Pottery Fair every May for the auctions from the kiln.
  • Sanchoku Purple
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    Iwate Kunohe-gun Noda Mura Noda 31-31-1
    This sales facility for products direct from producers is located along National Route 45 inside Roadside Station Noda, which is combined with the Sanriku Railway Rias Line’s Rikuchu-Noda Station. It offers local specialty goods such as locally harvested fresh vegetables and dried sea and mountain products. There is also a corner for fried foods lined with freshly prepared side dishes, and you can also enjoy local flavors such as “tofu dengaku” with garlic miso and “kushi mochi” with walnut miso in chewy mochi rice cakes. The dumplings filled with sweet paste using acorns that have been carefully removed of their toxins are their most popular item.
  • Kanko Bussankan Purple
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    Iwate Kunohe-gun Noda Mura Noda 31-31-1
    This souvenir shop with specialty products from all over Noda Village and Iwate Prefecture is located along National Route 45 inside Roadside Station Noda, which is combined with the Sanriku Railway Rias Line’s Rikuchu-Noda Station. Popular products such as roll cake and ramen are made using natural salt in a direct boiling process handed down in Noda Village. One particular recommendation is their “Noda salt soft-serve ice cream,” with a flavor enhanced by a gentle saltiness.”Restaurant Papuru” on the second floor is where you can enjoy dishes with the taste of the local area.
  • Morioka Konya Oshukaido Antique Market
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Konyacho 1-6
    This market is held in Konya-cho, Morioka City on the third Sunday of the month between April and November. Antique dealers and amateurs from inside and outside Iwate Prefecture display their wares. It has been held for more than 30 years, since 1984, and it attracts large numbers of customers, including local people, tourists, and enthusiasts from inside and outside Japan.
  • Kawatoku Ichibankan Cube Shop
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Saien 1-8-15
    This is a craft specialty store located in Saien 1-Chome, Morioka City. It sells dishware, accessories, Nanbu iron kettles and other traditional craft items, T-shirts imprinted with famous products of Iwate Prefecture, and food items, including famous local confections and specialties. It is located in the same building as Kawatoku Kogeikan, which exhibits folk crafts.
  • Suzuki Morihisa Studio
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Minamiodori 1-6-7
    This workshop for traditional Nanbu ironware is located in Minamiodori 1-Chome, Morioka City. Serving as a casting maker for the Nanbu clan for generations, it has been producing Nanbu ironware for 15 generations. In addition to tea pots, iron kettles and bottles used to warm sake, it also sells other small items such as saucers.

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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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