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  • Miyazawa Kenji Dowa Mura (Village of Fairy Tales)
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    4.0
    121 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Takamatsu 26-19
    An experience-oriented museum dedicated to the fairy tales of Kenji Miyazawa located in Takamatsu, Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. Surrounded by hills and fields, you’ll feel like you’ve wandered into the world of Miyazawa’s fairy tales in the museum’s charming, magical atmosphere. The Kenji’s School area is divided into five zones themed after the Miyazawa’s works. Other museum facilities include Milky Way Station, the Sky Plaza, Kenji’s Classroom, the Fairy Path, the Owl Path, and the Yamano Soen forest. Visitors are encouraged to slowly stroll the facility’s grounds and enjoy the fairy tale world and various sculptures scattered here and there. The nearest station is Shin-Hanamaki Station.

    As I do not know much about Kenji, the village is a place to know more about the nature. There are different exhibition rooms about the nature, such as animals, birds and anatomy. If you do not know...

  • Kosode Ama Center
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    4.0
    53 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Kujishi Ubechou 24-110-2
    Kosode Ama Center is in the city of Kuji, Iwate Prefecture. It is a base facility for Japan's northernmost ama (traditional female free divers). The first floor houses a tourist information center and a retail outlet. The second floor has an exhibit that presents information about the ama. Light meals and snacks are served on the third floor. The Ama Festival is held during the diving season of July to September, with demonstrations of free diving.

    KUJI is the northern limit for traditional fishing by ama, Japnaese female divers. You can see them fishing there, and also enjoy view of the dynamic ria coast. Of course fresh seafood is available...

  • Kamaishi City Iron and Steel History Museum
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Kamaishishi Odairachou 3-12-7
    This history museum is located in Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture. The birthplace of modern steelmaking, it is a facility where you can learn about the history of steel. In addition to exhibiting models of full-sized blast furnaces, they also show the progress of steelmaking using images, sounds and lights. Because there are many visual devices, both children and adults can learn about steel while having fun.

    小高い場所にあり景色もキレイ。釜石の鉄産業の歴史を、資料と映像で紹介しています。大人向けの内容ですが、後半は子供も楽しめるものもあります。

  • Morioka History and Culture Museum
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    44 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Uchimaru 1-50
    This museum that opened in 2011 is located inside Morioka Castle Park in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. You can see exhibited documents related to the history and culture of Morioka. In addition, it regularly holds various events such as workshops, seasonal events and Morioka Sansa Odori performances. It is not only visited by local residents but also many tourists.

    This museum took us no more than 30 minutes to go through. I went mainly for the armour and clothing, which were beatiful. The lack of English means that its hard for english speakers to fully...

  • Animal Museum
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    29 Reviews
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Shinjoshimo Yagita 60-18

    The rain didnt dampen our experience one bit! In fact, it highlighted a wonderful aspect of the zoos character - childrens umbrellas only cost 300 yen. There was no entrance fee for children 15...

  • Tono Castle Shitamachi Museum
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
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    Iwate Tono-shi Chuodori 4-6
    This museum introduces the castle town of Tono. In the Edo period, the area flourished as a castle town under the lordship of Tono Nanbu, of Mutsu Province. The museum, which was designed in the image of the castle's white earth walls, has exhibits of various artifacts from Tono Nanbu. There are also a wide variety of items including armor, hanging scrolls, swords, boxes containing letters, and shell collections. There are also historical materials on display that date from ancient times to the modern age.

    The museum is very small, in that you will be done in under 15 minutes. But entry to it also includes entry to the Tono Folktale Museum, and together theyre both worth a look. The artefacts here are...

  • Oshu City Warrior Residence Museum
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    Iwate Oshu-shi Mizusawa Kichikoji 43
    A restored Edo period samurai residence on Ote-dori Street west of JR Mizusawa Station. It is said to have been the residence of Uchida Kannojo, an imperial guard. It's counted as one of the most prestigious samurai residences in Oshu City. About 29 meters wide and 55 meters deep, it features a thatch roofed yakuimon style front gate. Oshu City has designated it a cultural asset to pass on how senior samurai lived in the region during the late Edo period. The adjacent Samurai Residence Museum has an exhibition of valuable historical materials and offers guidance for exploring the area.
  • Ishidoriya Museum of History and Folklore
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    Iwate Hanamaki-shi Ishidoriyacho Nakaterabayashi 7-7-1
    A museum about a 15-minute drive from Hanamaki Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway. It has a collection of 1,788 pieces of sake brewing equipment on display assembled with the help of Nanbu master brewers and brewery workers. The collection depicts the history of sake brewing and has been designated a National Important Cultural Property. In addition to an overview of the brewing process, it also displays sake drinking vessels from Japan and around the world, ancient documents, and items from daily life excavated from local sites.
  • Miyako Kitakamisanchi Museum of Folklore
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    Iwate Miyako-shi Kawai 2-187-1
    This museum introduces the life and wisdom of the Kawai area of Miyako City, where the mountains bring rich blessings, there is little flat ground, and the winter is extremely cold. Mountain equipment from the Kitakami mountains are exhibited in the first exhibition room. In the second exhibition room, there is a reproduction of a Nambu Magariya farmhouse, and items from daily life in villages is stored and on display. The third exhibition room has a reproduction of the Ogawa Clinic's examination room dedicated to mountain area medical care, and introduces the achievements of the predecessors of community health care. Some of the exhibits are designated as national Important Tangible Folk Cultural Properties.
  • Yahaba History and Folklore Museum
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    Iwate Shiwa-gun Yahabacho Nishitokuta 3-188-2
    This museum is located in the Dai 3 Chiwari area of Nishitokuta in Yahaba Town, Shiwa County. It holds exhibits centering on excavated items from sites such as the neighboring Tokutan Castle Ruins, a nationally designated historic site, and Fujisawa Ezomori Kofun in the same town. In addition, the Sasaki family magariya (bent house ) displays folklore materials such as living tools in the building with a unique architectural style of the Nanbu region.
  • Morioka City Tonan Historical Folklore Museum
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Yuzawa 1-1-38
    This museum is located inside TonanTsudoi Forest in the 1 Chiwari area of Yuzawa, Morioka City. It stores folk materials such as farming tools and daily life tools, historical materials such as ancient documents, materials related to local beliefs, artifacts from ruins, and donated collections such as swords, armor and Ukiyoe woodblock prints. In addition, it also holds special exhibitions and public participation exhibitions.
  • Hachimantai Matsuo Mine Museum
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    7 Reviews
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    Iwate Hachimantai-shi Kashiwa Dai2-5-6
    This museum is located in Kashiwadai2-Chome, Hachimantai City. It stores and exhibits historical materials related to the Matsuo Mine. The Matsuo Mine developed from the Meiji period (1868-1912) to around 1970 as the sulfur mine with the highest output in Asia, but also became famous for large-scale mining pollution.

    Very interesting objects in here showcasing the history of the mine. It is cold inside in winter, but still worth checking out

  • Nishiwagamachi History Folk customs Museum
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    Iwate Waga-gun Nishiwagamachi Uenono 39-190-2
  • Yohohyakunenkanhachimitumura
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Wakasonochou 3-10
  • Kamaishi Hashino Kurogane Mine Information Center
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    Iwate Kamaishi-shi Hashinocho Dai2-chiwari 6
  • 3.11 higashinippondaishinsai Tono Shikohoshien Museum
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    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Aozasachounukamae 10-46 Tono Comprehensive Disaster Prevention Center Parking on site
  • Yama no Sta. Showa no School
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    25 Reviews
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    Iwate Hanamaki-shi Kutashizawa Ushikado 86-1

    先般、花巻南温泉の優香苑に宿泊した際、施設から10分程の所に当該施設があると言う話を聞いた為、立ち寄って見ました。施設は廃校になった前田小学校の跡地を利用し、昭和の時代に流行した家電製品やミュージシャンの写真、その他諸々物が展示されています。花巻市の山の駅ということですが、展示されている物は、全国共通の物の為、昭和の時代を過ごした人であれば、地方の人でも共感を得られると思います。

  • Ninohe History Folk customs Museum
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    Iwate Ninohe Fukuoka Nagamine 80-1
  • Tamasato Folk customs Museum
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    Iwate Oshu Esashi
  • Tamayama History Folk customs Museum
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    Iwate Morioka Tamayama

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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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