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Place famous for cherry blossoms Spots in Iwate Area

  • Ishiwarizakura (The Rock-Splitting Cherry Tree)
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Uchimaru 9-1
    This an edohigan cherry tree that is more than 360 years old which has taken root near the prefectural offices in Morioka City. It grows from a large crack in a huge granite builder 21 meters in circumference. The tree was designated as a Natural Monument in 1923 and blooms every year from about mid-April.
  • Omonomi Park
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    Iwate Oshu-shi Maesawa Jinba 179-6
    About 15 minutes on foot from JR Maesawa Station, this park is a famous cherry blossom viewing spot from mid to late April. It's on a hill overlooking the townscape of Maesawa in Oshu City and gets lots of visitors during cherry blossom season. Fun for kids and grown-ups alike, a variety of events are held during the Omonomi Park Cherry Blossom Festival. There's also a large complex playground with a jungle gym, animal replicas, etc. that is fun for the children. Hiking while taking in the natural scenery is also recommended.
  • Kobo-zakura Cherry Tree
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    Iwate Iwate-gun Shizukuishicho
    Located about a 30-minute drive from the Tohoku Expressway’s Morioka Interchange and about ten minutes by taxi from JR Shizukuishi Station. The edo-higanzakura cherry is about 800 years old and is designated as a natural monument in Shizukuishi. It is the oldest in Iwate Prefecture and the largest in size. There is a legend that when Kobo Daishi visited, the cherry blossom staff he had took root where he stabbed it into the ground and became a cherry tree. Every year around Golden Week, many beautiful flowers bloom with such power that it does not seem like an old tree.
  • Dogtooth Violet Colony
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    Iwate Waga-gun Nishiwagamachi Kawafune 39
    This dogtooth violet colony is located in the Yasugasawa area of Nishiwaga Town, Waga County. There are three colonies scattered about, and they usually bloom from around late April. In addition to the adjoining Asian skunk-cabbage colony, you can also enjoy the sight of the Asian fawn lilies and North Japanese hill cherry trees blooming at the same time.
  • Yonai Jousui Ba
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Morioka-shi Kamiyonai Nakai 49

Iwate 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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