Travel / Tourism Spots in Iwate Area

  • Koiwai Farm
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    Iwate Pref. Iwategunshizukuishichou Maruyachi 36-1
    A spacious, 3,000 hectare farm, one of the largest in Japan, located in the southern foot of Mt. Iwate. In addition to a horse riding facility and sheep field, the farm’s tourist area is dotted with attractions children and adults can enjoy. Many of the farm’s structures are historically important, and 21 of the farm’s buildings, including the office and storehouse, built between the Meiji and early Showa periods, were designated Important Cultural Properties in 2017. Visitors who take part in the guided Cultural Property Tour can view some of these Cultural Properties.

    Great place to expend all day I visited during winter, you can see Mt. Iwate on the background and huge snowed camp. At night there is illumination

  • Miyazawa Kenji Memorial Museum
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    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Yasawa 1-1-36
    The Miyazawa Kenji Memorial Museum is located in the city of Hanamaki in Iwate Prefecture. It contains video images, as well as materials related to the poet and author of children's stories, Miyazawa Kenji, organized into exhibits in five fields. There are presentations about the creative process that led to Miyazawa's works, commentaries, and the results of research about him. Special events are held inside the museum, including limited-time exhibits of the manuscripts of his children's stories.

    The museum is dedicated wholly to the life of Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933) the author of Night on the Galactic Railroad. He was a poet, wrote childrens books, painted (a bit), taught agricultural...

  • Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo Hall (Takkoku Seikoji Temple)
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    Iwate Pref. Nishiwaigunhiraizumichou Hiraizumi Kitazawa 16
    This temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism is located in the Hiraizumi-cho area of Nishiwai County, Iwate Prefecture. This cascade temple worships Bishamonten, which is in the Bishamondo Hall, and is a nationally designated Historic Site. In addition, it is also famous for having a torii gate, which is rare in temples. Many tourists visit to enjoy the different scenery of every season.

    This temple does not take that long to visit with its main feature being the Buddha carved into the cliff face. Nevertheless it played an important role in the history of this area and has impressive...

  • Morioka Hachimangu Shrine
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Hachimanchou 13-1
    Morioka Hachimangu Shrine was built in 1680 by the 29th feudal lord Shigenobu Nambu. The god enshrined here has been revered by the locals since ancient times as the god for the roots of human life which include farming, industry, commerce, learning and the other basics of life. Many people know about the various festivals held throughout the year including the Dashi-gyoji (float) Festival and Yabusame Jinji (a horseback archery ritual).

    We had the privilege of having a tea ceremony and dressing up in yukatas while visiting the shrine. It is a very spiritual and beautiful place and the ceremony and wearing of the costume was fabulous...

  • Chuson-ji Temple
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    Iwate Pref. Nishiwaigunhiraizumichou Hiraizumi Koromonoseki 202
    This temple was reportedly founded in 850 by Jikaku Daishi, a monk associated with Enryaku-ji Temple in Hieizan (Mt. Hiei). Fujiwara Kiyohira is said to have laid the substantial foundation of the temple. Sights on the premises include the Konjikido, which has been designated as a National Treasure, and the Sankozo, which houses a collection of more than 3,000 cultural properties left by the Oshu Fujiwara lords. In 2011 the cultural heritage of Hiraizumi including Chuson-ji Temple was registered as a World Heritage Site.
  • Miyako Jodogahama Boat Cruise
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    Iwate Pref. Miyakoshi Hitachihamachou 32-69
    This very popular pleasure cruise will take you around Miyako Bay in about 40 minutes. You’ll be able to enjoy some of the best sights in Sanriku Geopark, not to mention several famous sights such as National Scenic Beauty Jodogahama Beach, the Natural Monuments Rosoku-iwa Rock, the Shiofukiana blowhole, Hidejima Island, and others. You can even feed the black-tailed gulls as you take in the scenery.

    Very short boat ride to visit the blue cave. 1500 yen per person plus a small bag of crab chips to feed the sea gulls. The sea gulls will poop on you, happened to a few people in my boat. It would...

  • Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center
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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...

  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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    Iwate Hanamaki-shi Ota 21-5-1
    A Tendai Buddhist temple located a 24-minute drive from Hanamaki Station on the Tohoku Main Line in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. The temple was founded to pray for Sakanoue no Tamuramaro in 807 and is considered one of Japan's three Kiyomizu temples. The temple is also the first temple on the Oshu 33 Kannon Pilgrimage and the Togoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage. The temple's principal object of worship is an eleven-faced statue of Kannon kept in the Kannondo hall. Other highlights include the Deva gate, which enshrines the statue of Kannon which is on the Togoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage; the Jigansuido hall, which is said to miraculously heal eye diseases; and a Japanese cedar split into four trunks which is said to bless worshippers with children.

    こんなところにこんな場所があったのか、と少し驚きましたが、それなりの歴史を感じさせる場所でした。宮沢賢治の文章にも出てきたとの説明に、建物が少なかった当時は、花巻の市街地からもこの森が見えたのだとしみじみ感じました。

  • 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...

  • Kamaishi Daikannon Statue
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    Iwate Pref. Kamaishishi Odairachou 3-9-1
    The Kannon (goddess of mercy) statue holding a fish is 48.5 kilometers in height and stands as if watching over the boats coming and going from Kamaishi Bay. Building of the statue was initiated by Meihozan Sekiosenji Temple praying for peace of the spirit worlds. From the 12th floor inside the statue, 120 meters above sea level, you can see the panorama of Mada-misaki Cape, Ozaki Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean.

    I visited this Temple while in Kamaishi for RWC 2019. It is a magnificent site to explore and is very peaceful and quiet. The views of the bay and Kamaishi from the top are excellent. This city was...

  • Jodogahama Visitor Center
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    Iwate Pref. Miyakoshi Hitachihamachou 32-69
    This information facility is located inside Rikuchu Kaigan National Park in the Hitachihama-cho area of Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture. It gives you information about various natural areas in the national park such as the Jodogahama rock formations and Sanno Rock. There are exhibits related to the Sanriku coast and also a rest space, making it a place used by many local residents. In addition, it also holds events to maintain the Michinoku Coastal Trail footpath.

    Well designed visitor center next to a stunningly beautiful coastline. Furniture fans will enjoy the upholstered chairs made to look like smooth rocks. Simple, clear exhibits that get the point...

  • Roadside Station Tono Kazu no Oka
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    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Ayaorichounisato 8-2-1
    This roadside station is located in Tono City, Iwate Prefecture. The spiral magnus wind turbine, with blades shaped like screws, is the symbol of the facility. In addition, it sells locally harvested agricultural products, folk crafts and handicrafts, and features a rich variety of items. You can also enjoy Kuretsubo soba (buckwheat noodles), gyoja garlic ramen and a set meal with jingisukan (grilled mutton).

    This “Michi-no-Eki” or Roadside Station is located at the west side of the city of Tohno on National Highway 283. Symbolically it has a uniquely shaped windmill within the complex. Like many other...

  • Hiraizumi Tourist Information Center
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    Iwate Nishiiwai-gun Hiraizumicho Hiraizumi Izumi Ya 61-7
    This tourist information center in front of Hiraizumi Station is located in Izumiya, Hiraizum, Hiraizumi Town, Nishiiwai County. It provides sightseeing information on locations such as Hiraizumi’s temples, historical sites and accommodation facilities. In addition, there are also audio pens that can give information in seven languages when touched on a special pamphlet.

    Theis bus serves the Hiraizumi railroad station, Motsu-ji, Yukyunoyu Hot Spring, the Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, Chuson-ji, the Takadachi Dikeido Hall, Muryoko-in ruins, the Yanaginogosho...

  • Takuboku Newlyweds' House
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Chuoudori 3-17-18
    Takuboku Newlyweds' House is a historic building in the city of Morioka in Iwate Prefecture. The poet Ishikawa Takuboku lived here for three weeks with his wife Setsuko, his parents, and his younger sister. In 1984, it was named a Morioka City Designated Tangible Cultural Property. It is the building where Takuboku wrote his essay, My Four-and-a-Half Mat Room, and it is the only extant relic of his life in the city of Morioka.
  • Folktale and Storytelling Center
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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...

  • Morioka History and Culture Museum
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Uchimaru 1-50
    This museum that opened in 2011 is located inside Morioka Castle Park in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. You can see exhibited documents related to the history and culture of Morioka. In addition, it regularly holds various events such as workshops, seasonal events and Morioka Sansa Odori performances. It is not only visited by local residents but also many tourists.

    This museum took us no more than 30 minutes to go through. I went mainly for the armour and clothing, which were beatiful. The lack of English means that its hard for english speakers to fully...

  • Roadside Station Genbikei
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    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Gembichou Okinono 220-1
    A roadside station located in the Ichinoseki Onsenkyo hot spring resort area in Genbi Town, Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture. In addition to a wide array of local foods and crafts being sold here, the facility also aims to introduce the diverse array of mochi rice cake dishes which make up a significant part of local Ichinoseki cuisine. A mochi cuisine restaurant serving select mochi dishes can be found here, giving you the chance to enjoy Ichinoseki mochi until you’re full to bursting. The Noson Park area sprawls outside the station, serving as an event space and location for community interaction.

    地元の採りたて野菜、花の他に岩手名物のお菓子なんかも販売してます。 レストランでは、一関名物のお団子セットなどもたべれます。 私のオススメはチャーシューラーメンです。さっぱりとしていてどこか懐かしい醤油ベースのラーメンで、あまりにも美味しくておかわりしました

  • Mitsuishi-jinja Shrine
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Nasukawachou 2-1
    Located in a corner of the Tokenji Temple of Morioka City, the Mitsuishi-jinja Shrine is a power spot said to be the origin of Iwate Prefecture’s name. It is effective for fertility, good relationships, and relief from illness. There is a legend that a god named “Mitsuishi-sama” expelled the raging Raseki demon from these lands, and made it promise never to do evil again as evidenced by its handprint left on a rock at this shrine. Every August, one of Tohoku’s big five festivals, the Sansa Odori (dance), is held here. This dance originated as a show of gratitude to this god, and the offering dance is performed within Mitsuishi-jinja Shrine’s precincts.

    This shrine is located in the temple area of Morioka, where you can visit a few temples and shrine in one go. The area is quiet and very relaxing. The Hand Print of the Demon on a stone attracted...

  • Taro Kanko Hotel
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    Iwate Miyako-shi Taro Nohara 80-1
    Located about a 20-minute walk from the Sanriku Railway Rias Line’s Taro Station, the facility was damaged by the tsunami that is said to have exceeded 17 meters in height due to the Great East Japan Earthquake. The building, which was flooded up to the fourth floor, leaving only pillars up to the second floor but not collapsing, is preserved as a tsunami archaeological site to pass on to future generations so memories of the massive damage of not forgotten. You can participate in a guided tour to learn about disaster prevention that is held by the Miyako Tourism Cultural Exchange Association that allows visitors to visit the building and watch tsunami videos taken at the hotel on the day of the earthquake.

    To understand the destruction of the tsunami you need to visit the hotel they have left for that very reason. The smaller buildings were cleared and new ones built. Also watch for buildings with a...

  • Ryusendo Cave
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    Iwate Pref. Shimoheiguniwaizumichou Iwaizumi Kannari 1-1
    This massive limestone cave is one of Japan’s three largest, and is designated a National Natural Monument. The cave is over 5,000 meters long overall, and hosts eight underground lakes that are among the clearest in the world. The color of the water, called Dragon Blue, is astonishing and the mystical sight is worth visiting. A 700 meter walking route in the cave and three of the eight lakes are open to the public. One section of the trail is barrier-free, with full wheelchair access. The limestone filtered water has been named one of Japan’s top 100 waters, and is available to drink at the cave entrance.

Iwate Areas

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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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