Travel / Tourism Information Spots in Iwate Area

  • Jodogahama Visitor Center
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
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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...

  • Plaza Odette
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    3.5
    24 Reviews
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    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.

    赤煉瓦の旧盛岡銀行の向かいにある、複合施設です。一階が物産店、二階には観光案内所もあります。二階は広々として、歩くのに疲れたら腰を下ろして休憩することもできます。観光地や催し物の広報物が並んでいます。

  • Matsuo Hachimantai Visitor Center
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
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    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.

    I love this place, located at the foot of Mt.Hachimantai. Good coffee brewed with Hachimantais spring water called Kanazawa Spring by a siphon coffee-maker. But the coffee stand and restaurant...

  • Ihatov Volcano Bureau
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
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    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.

    There are a lot of interesting maps and 3D diagrams here of Mt. Iwate and past volcanic activity in this area. Unfortunately most of the information is only in Japanese. Still, it is free, so if...

  • Hiraizumi Tourist Information Center
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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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.

    The tourist information center is located to the right as you exit from the railway station. You can get local maps and information in English and other languages here and buy tickets for the...

  • Tsunagi Onsen Tourist Information Center
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
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    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.

    役に立ちません。コミュニケーションはゼロに近い。特に、外国人が入ると、ビビったスタッフが黙り込んで何もしてくれない。お茶が用意されている様だが、勧めてくれないし、もらってもいいかどうか戸惑う雰囲気。日本の「オモテナシ」がどこに消えたか。

  • Taro Shiosato Station
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    5.0
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    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.

    道の駅たろうの中核となる観光案内所。 となりのトイレと産直と別胸だが繋がっているので、冬季の建物間の移動が快適。 トイレ前の休憩所がなかなか快適。

  • Hayasaka Plateau Visitor Center
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    Iwate Shimohei-gun Iwaizumicho Kamatsuta Gongen 45-5
    This visitor center in Hayasaka Pass serves as a base for visitors to the local Forestry Agency-certified Therapy Road. Inside, the center provides information on area walking routes and displays informational panels presenting the alpine plants which can be found on the Hayasaka Plateau. The center also sells soba mochi, dengaku roasted tofu, and other light meals, and many people enjoying scenic driving in the area stop by here to take a break.
  • Tanohata Tsunami Storytellers
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    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
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    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.
  • Machinaka Visitor Center
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    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.
  • tabinokura Tono
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Shinkokuchou 5-8

    So much great information in English here about all of Tonos attractions. If youre getting a bike here, be warned:the E-bikes cost more, but the batteries in them are old and dont keep a charge...

  • Ichinoseki Tourist Information Office
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
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    Iwate Ichinoseki-shi Ekimae 1

    At this information office we obtained a very useful sheet with all the bus and train timetables to and, best of all, between Hiraizumi and the two spectacular gorges in the area. The staff member...

  • Kitakami Tourist Information Office
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    3.0
    11 Reviews
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    Iwate Kitakami-shi Odori 1-chome 1-2

    旧・奥州街道をランニングで旅した際に通りかかりました。待合室の片隅にひっそり存在している、という感じです。パンフレットをちょっと拝見して今後の道中の参考にさせて頂きました。

  • Yuwate Morioka Koikikanko Ctr
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    3.0
    10 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Moriokaekimaedori 1-48

    旧・奥州街道をランニングで旅した際に立ち寄りました。下調べをして旅をしてはいますが、こういった施設は周辺の案内をする地図などがあるのが有難いですね。

  • Hanamaki Tourist Center
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
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    Iwate Hanamaki-shi Yasawa Dai10-chiwari 87-7

    新花巻駅の改札口の先にあります。待合室を広くして、観光案内と花巻東高校出身のプロ野球選手の写真とか優勝プレートなどが並んでいました。

  • Kamaishi Tourist Product Association‧Kamaishi Tourist General Information Office
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
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    Iwate Kamaishi-shi Suzukocho 22-4

    全く知らない土地に来てほっとするスペースです。すぐにスタッフの方が対応してくださいました。電車のことや街での食事のことなど便利です。このあたりは7時には商店街等も閉まってしまうので仕方ないのですが、閉まるのが早い。今後は、乗り換えの案内表示を大きく示すとか、三陸鉄道のPR、ユニバーサルな視点での掲示、Wifiスペースやeat inのスペースなどできてくるといいかなと思います。

  • Goishi Kaigan Tourist Information Office
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
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    Iwate Ofunato-shi Massakicho Ohama 221

    碁石海岸の観光案内、みちのく潮風トレイルのサテライト、碁石海岸キャンプ場の受付も兼ねる。キャンプで翌日雨の時、とても気遣ってもらってありがたかった。また、管理や掃除の年配の方々がとても人情味があり、また行きたいなと思わせる。ここに情報が集まっているというよりは、ここを基点に碁石海岸を散策して、いろんな場所の看板を読み込むことで、三陸復興国立公園のこと、碁石海岸のことが分かるようになっている。

  • Amihari Visitor Center
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
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    Iwate Iwate-gun Shizukuishicho Naga Yama Komatsu Kura 1-2

    網張温泉の薬師の湯に併設。岩手山連峰の地形や自然について、無料で学べるようになっている。地元の子供たちが展示にアレンジを加えているよう。

  • Nishiwagamachi Tourist Association
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    3.0
    2 Reviews
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    Iwate Waga-gun Nishiwagamachi Kawashiri 40-chiwari 73-11

    観光案内所を兼ねていますが、メインはお土産品の販売と、お食事処の運営です。案内所と土産売り場は朝9時にオープンします。レストランの方は11時からの営業らしいです。私は朝ぶろの後に、土産品コーナーを冷かして、レストランの営業開始前には列車に乗ってしまいました。また、施設前の駅前広場には、無料で足湯ができる場所も準備されていました。

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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