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  • Machinaka Visitor Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Kamichou 1-10
    The Machinaka Visitor Center, with its recreated white walls recalling Hanamaki’s hay days as a center of merchants, is a tourist information center built in an old private storehouse. It offers tourist information, Hanamaki umbrellas, Hanamaki dolls, Hanamaki kokeshi wooden dolls, ceramics, dyed fabrics and other traditional crafts and local specialties. It’s 15 minutes’ walk from JR Hanamaki Station.
  • Jodogahama Visitor Center
    60 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Tsunagi Onsen Tourist Information Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Tsunagi Tateichi 89
    This tourist information center is located near Lake Gosho about 30 minutes by car from Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. It provides information about Tsunagi Onsen, popular as Morioka's reception room, and introduces tourist attractions such as the nearby inn Shikitei, and Hiraizumi, a World Heritage Site. In addition, it regularly holds events visited by many tourists.
  • Plaza Odette
    16 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Nakanohashidori 1-1-10
    This commercial complex is located in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. Besides the Machinaka direct sales store where you can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, there are various facilities including a hall and conference rooms. In addition, it even has a tourism information center that can address inquiries in English called the Tourism and Culture Information Plaza. It is used not only by local residents but also by many overseas tourists.


  • Matsuo Hachimantai Visitor Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Hachimantaishi Kashiwadai 1-28
    This information facility is located in Matsuo Sakura Park in Hachimantai City, Iwate Prefecture. You can learn information about the natural environment of Hachimantai and Mt. Iwate. In addition, there is a video hall in the facility where high definition videos can be seen and an exhibition hall with miniature models. It is used by many climbers as a place to socialize.
  • Tanohata Tsunami Storytellers
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Shimohei-gun Tanohata Mura Wano 38-14
    "A nature program held on the Rikuchu Coast, known for ""cliffs, the sea, and its people.” Part of Banya Ecotourism initiative, the program tells the story of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Locals who saw the disaster first-hand act as guides, telling about their experiences and conveying the need for disaster preparedness. With local ports and the villages where they were born and raised swallowed by the tsunami, these people were forced to live in temporary housing. The program conveys the authentic experience and lessons of victims who lived through the disaster, the support that aided their time in evacuation shelters, and recovery efforts since then."
  • Shizukuishi Tourism & Local Products Center
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Iwate-gun Shizukuishicho Teranoshita 46-3
    This is the station building for the JR Tazawako Line’s Shizukuishi Station and a community facility. The building is inspired by Kenji Miyazawa's fairy tales and has been selected as one of the “100 Tohoku Stations.” There is a tourism exchange center and the local production for local consumption restaurant “Shizuku” where you can enjoy beef steak on the first floor. On the second floor, there is “Kobirikko” in the fast food corner and “Ekinaka Sanchoku” with rice, vegetables, Koiwai's dairy products, Shizukuishi beef and souvenirs, making it filled with the appeal of Shizukuishi.

    温泉と観光で雫石周辺に来た際に立ち寄ってみました。 ちょうど新幹線こまちの通過が見れました。 小さな駅です。

  • Taro Shiosato Station
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Miyako-shi Taro 2-5-1
    This tourist information center adjoining Roadside Station Taro along National Route 45 is located an approximately five-minute drive from the Sanriku Coastal Road’s Taro Masaki Kaigan Interchange. Originally a facility located at Taro (train) Station as a tourist information center, it was relocated to this area after being completely destroyed by the tsunami from the Great East Japan Earthquake. It is also the base for earthquake and disaster prevention learning in the Taro district, and besides being the reception area for a guide to learn about disaster prevention held by the Miyako Tourism Cultural Exchange Association and screening tsunami and disaster prevention related videos, it also displays a model that shows the cityscape of the Taro district before the disaster.
  • Hiraizumi Tourist Information Center
    8 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.


  • Ihatov Volcano Bureau
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Hachimantai-shi Matsuo Yoriki Dai2-chiwari Hata 515
    This exhibition facility is located along Prefectural Route 45 in Matsuoyoriki, Hachimantai City. It introduces information related to the history and mechanism of the volcanic activity of Mt. Iwate and disaster prevention through dioramas, videos and panels. You can also watch live video from the summit of Mt. Iwate.

    Most of the information in the showcases is in Japanese, but there are brochures explaining the same information in other languages and visitors can follow along. Some of the information detailed...

  • Travel Link
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Kaiumbashidori 2-23 Maple Central Building Funabashi-dori 3F
  • Kinki Nippon Tourist Tohoku AEON MALL Morioka Minami
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Morioka-shi Motomiya 7-1-1 AEON MALL Morioka Minami 2F
  • Moriokatakubokukenjiseishunkan
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Nakanohashidori 1-1-25
  • Iwate Ginga Tourist
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Morioka-shi Nishimatsuzono 3-chome 11-5
  • Tobu Top Tours Morioka Branch
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Morioka-shi Odori 1-11-13
  • Watt Kanko
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Honchoudori 1-10-9
  • Iwate Kita Tourist Miyako Ekimae Branch
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Miyako-shi Odori 4-5-3
  • Ryori Product Tourist Center Ginga
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Ofunato-shi Sanrikucho Ryori Miyano 40-1
  • Goishi Kaigan Tourist Information Office
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Ofunato-shi Massakicho Ohama 221
  • Kaihatsu Tourist
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Ofunato-shi Sakaricho Cho 8-19

Iwate Main Areas


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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