Factory / Workshop Spots in Iwate Area

  • Morioka Handi-Works Square
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    4.0
    95 Reviews
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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.

    We visited here on our way back from a local Onsen and it was very interesting. You can see how local cast iron teapots are made, make your own Japanese cookie and purchase handicrafts.

  • 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...

  • Asabiraki Local Sake Store
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    4.0
    19 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.

    あさ開は岩手県盛岡市にある酒蔵です。地域共通クーポンが使えます。また、高速道路のETC東北観光フリーパスを利用していたので申込メールを見せたら特典として小さな地酒をいただきました。試飲しながら選ぶことができます。送料無料にするために11,000円分の日本酒や日本酒で作った梅酒を購入しました。私は運転しなければならなかったので試飲できませんでしたが、JAF会員は100円割引を使って酒粕を使ったソフト...

  • Sahara Glass Park
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    3.5
    19 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.

    厳美渓に行った帰りに立ち寄りました。厳美渓のすぐ入口にあります。バス停からもすぐです。外観はまさに昭和そのもの。1970-80年代の面影が色濃く残っています。案内看板のフォントも昭和のままです。平日だったからか分かりませんが、店内はちらほらとお客さんがいる程度でした。ガラス製品の種類は豊富なので、バス待ちの空いた時間に立ち寄るのは良いかも知れません。質が良いのか分からないですが、価格帯としては決し...

  • Kuzumaki Winery
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    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。

  • Suzuki Morihisa Studio
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
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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.

    かつては十三代目が南部鉄器の人間国宝で、現在は十五代目です。その十五代目の息子さんが丁寧に説明してくれました。とくに錆させない使用方法について、他のお店とは異なる説明でとても納得しました。 また茶道具ですが可愛らしいデザインのものが多く、十五代目が女性だからでしょうか。 他店の大量生産品とは異なり、完全受注生産とのこと。一つ一つが手作りです。そのため、納品まで一年くらいかかり、価格もややお高いです...

  • Baeren Brewery Kitayama Factory
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    Iwate Morioka-shi 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."
  • 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."
  • Narushima Washi Craft Center
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sekinoichi Brewing Co., Ltd.
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    Iwate Ichinoseki-shi Tamuracho 5-42
  • Asa Hiraki (Asa Hiraki Brewery)
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Daijijicho 10-34
  • Pyonpyonsha Reimen Workshop
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Tsunagi Oirino 64-119
  • Suzuki Shuzendo
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Minamiodori 1-1-25
  • Kamihei Shuzo Co., Ltd
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    Iwate Tono-shi Aozasacho Nukamae 31-chiwari 19-7
  • Appi Urushi Studio
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    Iwate Hachimantai-shi Kamasuda 230-1
  • Iwanoi Shuzo
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    Iwate Ichinoseki-shi Hanaizumicho Wakutsu Tate 72
  • Rikuzentakata Micro Brewery
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    Iwate Rikuzentakata-shi Kesencho Cho 308-5
  • Kuras
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    Iwate Nishiiwai-gun Hiraizumicho

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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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