Factory / Workshop Spots in Iwate Area

  • Asabiraki Showa Asahi Gura
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Daijijicho 10-34
    This sake brewery that was founded in 1871 is located in Daijiji-cho, Morioka City. It brews the famous Asabiraki sake brand using traditional handmade processes and modern processes using the latest equipment. In addition to conducting free tours of the sake brewing process, the local sake product shop offers free tastings, and sells limited edition sake, delicacies and drinking vessels.

    We dropped by for a tour. This place is frequented by bus-load of Japanese tourists. So you might need to wait for a tour. The tour is Japanese only. Though you dont participate in tour, you can...

  • Iwachu Tekkikan
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Minamisemboku 2-23-9
    A theme-park style Nanbu ironware factory located in Minamisenboku, Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. Visitors can view a gallery of Nanbu ironware dating back 400 years and take a tour to view the ironmaking process free of charge. The adjoining shop sells old-fashioned Nanbu ironware and a variety of ironware souvenirs. In recent years, the shop has come to offer a variety of products designed to meet the needs of modern lifestyles while making use of traditional techniques, and its modern designs and colorful cookware are particularly popular.

    Iwachu Ironworks is one of the several major ironware manufactures in the prefecture of Iwate. Their ironware is well-known all over Japan as “Nanbu Tekki (Ironware)” from the name of the feudal day...

  • Sahara Glass Park
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Gembichou Takinou no yu 263-1
    The glassware dealer is located in Ichinoseki City. They exhibit glass products from all over the world including Japan. In addition to selling glass products, you can also have a glassmaking experience if you make a reservation in the glass workshop. You can try glassblowing and making dragonfly balls. The second floor of the shop is a restaurant where you can enjoy drinks such as coffee, snacks and set meals using local ingredients.

    The outside of the Sahara Glass Park is so aged that it feels like stepping back into time...I enjoyed browsing in the store after finishing walking around the nearby Gembikei Valley. I wouldnt go...

  • Baeren Brewery
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Kitayama 1-3-31
    "A brewery located a 10-minute walk from JR Kamimorioka Station. The brewery makes traditional, classic style beers using brewing equipment purchased from the south of Germany. The brewery took the top prize at the first ""Japanese Craft Beers We Want to Share with the World"" contest and also published a book on the journey from the brewery's foundation to winning this event. There's a room where visitors can see inside the brewery, and a brewery shop where you can taste fresh made local beer. The staple Classic has been brewed since the brewery was established and is characterized by its excellent balance between body and bitter flavor."

    If you get a chance to visit the brewery, it is worth the stop just to enjoy a refreshing beer.. Very cordial and excellent brewers..

  • Edel Wein Outlet Store Wein Chateau Ohasama
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Ohasamamachiohasama 10-18-3
    This winery is located in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. It is directly operated and offers a rich selection of wines. The store is divided into a dealer area where you can taste wines for free, and a tasting room where you pay to taste specially made wines. You can also tour and see wine bottle checks, production and the barrel fermentation room.

    観光コースで立ち寄りました。「神の雫」に紹介された白ワインがあったので、試飲して気に入ったので購入しました。2000円代とお求めやすい価格も嬉しいです。リコッタチーズがすごく安くて美味しそうでした。

  • Kuzumaki Winery
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Iwategunkuzumakimachi Ekari 1-95-55
    This winery, located in Hiraniwa Highland in Iwate District, Iwate Prefecture, was established in 1979 as part of a project aimed at town renewal utilizing the area's crimson glory vine grapes. Focused on making wines rooted in the local community, the winery makes wines like Yamabudo Wine made exclusively with crimson glory vine grapes; Hotaru; and Foret, a wine made with European grapes which has won awards in international wine competitions. Visitors can taste and purchase the winery's wines in the on-site shop. With an advance reservation, you can tour the winery and view the production tanks, bottling facility, and even the wine cellar, plus enjoy soba noodles and other dishes at the adjoining restaurant dedicated to local production for local consumption.

    珍しい山ぶどうのワインのワイナリーです。 ワイン醸造場の見学コースもあります。 おススメは常時10種類以上のワインの無料試飲ができることですね。

  • Appi Urushi Studio
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    5.0
    2 Reviews
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    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...

  • Narushima Washi Craft Center
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    4.0
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    Iwate Hanamaki-shi Towacho Hokusei Shima 5-202
    About five minutes by car from Towa Interchange on the Kamaishi Expressway. An experience facility where you can learn about Narushima Washi, the northernmost Japanese washi paper with a tradition of more than 300 years. Narushima Washi is a simple Japanese paper made with a mix of paper mulberry bark and panicle hydrangea. Known for its unique, inviting texture, today it is mainly used for calligraphy paper, stationery, postcards, crafts, etc. Visitors can also join in a washi paper making experience where they create their own paper. The facility is also the production base of Narushima Washi, and you can observe the process in the winter when paper making is in full swing.

    和紙づくりに挑戦することができ、貴重な体験ができました。冬は紙すきの作業も見ることができるのでおすすめです。

  • Kita no Chocolate Factory & Shop 2door
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    Iwate Ninohe-shi Ishikiridokoro Arase 65-3
    "A chocolate factory and shop located a 15-minute walk from JR Ninohe Station. The facility was opened by Iwateya, a long standing nanbu senbei rice cracker company, in 2016. The facility makes and sells ""Choco Nanbu Premium"" chocolate covered nanbu senbei confection series. The factory stands behind the shop and visitors can watch as products are made beyond a glass window. There are a wide variety of confections to choose from, including ""Tablet Choco"" flavorful sesame seed nanbu senbei covered with smooth chocolate, and ""Choco Nanbu Ice"" chocolate ice cream blended with nanbu senbei."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kojiya Motomiya Miso Kobo
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    Iwate Hachimantai-shi Terashida 165-28
    This miso brewing facility is located along National Route 282 in Terashida, Hachimantai City. It holds homemade miso workshops where you can experience making miso using high-quality domestic soybeans under the guidance of professionals (reservation required). You can take home about four kilograms of miso that you have prepared yourself, and you can also use the on-site shop and restaurant.
  • Morioka Handi-Works Square
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Tsunagi Oirino 64-102
    This facility is home to first-rate artisan groups who craft authentic handiworks every day. It consists of the industry revival center, the handi-works square, and the “magariya” zone. The handi-works square offers visitors a chance to craft various Morioka specialty products and hosts events as well, giving people a chance to observe artisans up close and try their hand at making their own items. The local cultural site “Nanbu Magariya” is a must-see as well. It’s about 20 minutes by car from the Morioka Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.
  • Oigenchuzou
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
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    Iwate Prefecture Oshu City Mizusawa Haneda Town Horinouchi 45

    overall rating:3.75 stars Oigen Ironworks produces very fine ironware pieces. The company has been in business since the mid-19C, apparently. The lovely showroom is located on the second floor of...

  • Tonojozo
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Chuoudori 10-15

    We found this bar by chance and it was fantastic. A really friendly atmosphere, with great upmarket bar snacks (you could eat enough to for a meal) washed down with some delicious beer. They are...

  • Kiku no Tsukasa Brewery
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Konyacho 4-20

    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。白塗りの壁の立派な酒蔵です。酒蔵見学も出来るようですが、時間が合わなかったのか開いていませんでした。蔵の前には「紺屋町・鍛冶町・紙町」の町名由来を示す案内板が立っています。

  • Nambubijin
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Ninoheshi Fukuoka Kamimachi 13

    旧・奥州街道をランニングで旅した際に立ち寄りました。岩手のお酒と言えば南部美人ですね。二戸に酒蔵があるのを知らず、下調べなしでしたが、冬季には酒蔵見学も行っているとのこと。次に訪れる際には見学してみたいですね。

  • Bearn Jozosho
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Kitayama 1-3-31
  • Iwai Sales
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Minamisemboku 2-chome 23-9
  • Iwatekenkigyokyokuiwahoradaichihatudensho
    Travel / Tourism
    Morioka, Iwate Prefecture Nichito Ubafutokoro 36-34

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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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