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Souvenirs Spots in Iwate Area

  • Kamasada
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Konyachou 2-5
    This is a long-established workshop that has continued to make nambu tekki (a famous type of ironware from the south of Iwate) since the Meiji period. The works produced by the third generation Nobuho Miya, who has experience living in Finland, are distinctive for being a combination of Japan’s old traditions and modern art. The functionality of simple yet outstanding nambu tekki has been garnering attention again recently.
  • Ebisuya Ono Sensaisho
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Zaimokuchou 10-16
    A long-standing shop selling Nanbu stencil dyed goods easily distinguished by its red tile roof in Zaimoku Town, Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. Nanbu stencil dying got its start when the first owner of Ebisuya began using paper stencils to dye household crests and designs on clothing and armor. The shop’s kimono, noren shop curtains, table centers, accessories, and other patterned indigo goods feel both elegant and dainty yet somehow wild, and make perfect gifts and souvenirs. The second floor has an exhibit on the history of Nanbu stencil dying and an audio tape explaining the processes involved. The nearest station is Morioka Station.
  • Kogensya Main Branch
    19 Reviews
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Zaimokuchou 2-18
    Kogensya is a store located on a site extending from JR Morioka Station to the Kitakami River that specializes in traditional handicraft products such as Nambu ironware and Urushi lacquerware. The items on sale are not limited to Iwate Prefecture’s own specialty products; they also include handicraft products from all over Japan, including Okinawan glassware, Shusaigama-ware ceramics from Shimane Prefecture, etc. Kogensya’s founder, Oikawa Shiro, was a classmate of Miyazawa Kenji, the writer of children’s stories who is one of Iwate Prefecture’s most famous authors, and was involved in the publication of “The Restaurant of Many Orders,” a collection of Miyazawa’s children’s stories. Kogensya’s Majieru-kan building and Kahi-kan café both have many items relating to Miyazawa Kenji on display, making Kogensya a popular place for Miyazawa Kenji enthusiasts to visit.

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  • Lala Iwate Morioka Shop
    11 Reviews
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Saien 1-3-6 Agricultural and forestry hall 1F
    Located on the first floor of the Norin Kaikan building at the entrance to Iwate Park, Lala Iwate Morioka is an antenna shop selling specialty goods and crafts of Iwate. They have a vast selection with almost any Iwate souvenir here. The foods include not only livestock and farmed items, but also nanbu senbei crackers, local sake and seafood from Sanriku Coast. The crafts wing has a wide selection too—nanbu ironware to hidehira-nuri lacquerware, amber, and Iwayado tansu dressers.


  • Gozaku Moriku Store
    5 Reviews
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Konyachou 1-31
    Located in a residential district along Nakatsugawa River, Gozaku is a miscellany shop for everyday bamboo goods. The flat-roofed Japanese building is designated a preserved building in Morioka City and was used in the filming of NHK’s serial TV drama “Dondo hare.” Built from late Edo Period to Meiji Period, the building was a merchant house dealing in straw products and wicks for lanterns. Now, it sells traditional straw sandals, colanders, and baskets, all which exude handmade warmth.


  • Ootiya
    Iwate Pref. Nishiwaigunhiraizumichou Hiraizumi Koromonoseki 1-7
    Ootiya is a shop that deals in lacquer ware and other items in the town of Hiraizumi in Nishiiwai County, Iwate Prefecture. It preserves the essential traditions and craftsmanship of Hidehira-nuri, Iwate Prefecture's traditional style of lacquer, but produces and sells products that are in harmony with contemporary life. In addition to bowls, containers, trays, and other food-related items, its products include inkstone cases, straps, and smartphone covers.
  • Genbikei Rest House
    9 Reviews
    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Gembichou Kounosu 132
    This rest house is located in Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture. You can look out on Genbi Gorge, a designated scenic natural monument. In addition to souvenirs from Ichinoseki available for purchase, enjoy meals such as suba buckwheat noodles and curry and dishes using Maesawa beef while gazing out on the gorge and the clear emerald green flow of the Iwai River from the observation dining area on the second floor.


  • Miyazawa Kenji Dowa Mura, Mori no Misekkoya Souvenir Shop
    Iwate Hanamaki-shi Takamatsu 26-19
    "15 minutes by car from Hanamaki Station at Miyazawa Kenji Dowa Mura (Village of Fairy Tales) in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. Village of Fairy Tales is a facility where you can enjoy learning in the fantasy world of Miyazawa Kenji. The Mori no Misekkoya is among the log cabins known as ""Kenji's Classrooms.” In addition to merchandise based on Miyazawa Kenji's work, the shop also handles a variety of Hanamaki specialties. The log cabin classrooms are all side by side, with an ""Animal Classroom"" in the center, a ""Plant Classroom"" on the left, and the Mori no Misekkoya on the left. On the right side, there is a ""Star Classroom"" and a ""Bird Classroom.” All of them feature elements found in his fairy tales."
  • Takita Kogei
    Iwate Hanamaki-shi Takamatsu 26-3
    This Japanese umbrella workshop is located approximately a 10-minutesbus from Hanamaki Station, and one-minute walk from Miyazawa Kenji Museum bus stop. The workshop makes and sells Hanamaki umbrellas that have been traditionally made here since the Kyowa period. Previously, there were around 120 Japanese umbrella stores in the prefecture, but Takita Kogei is now the only one remaining. The umbrellas are made from local madake bamboo and the paper used is Mino Japanese paper. In addition to paper umbrellas and coarse oilpaper umbrellas, the workshop also makes wall-mounting umbrellas and mini umbrellas, which are very popular as souvenirs.
  • Kamaishi Specialty Store
    Iwate Kamaishi-shi Suzukocho 22-1
    This Kamaishi specialty product store is located on the first floor of Sea Plaza Kamaishi, adjacent to JR Kamaishi Station. It sells processed products, such as saury, mirin-dried foods, mekabu (wakame seaweed root), salmon roe and abalone kaihozuke, as well as sweets, local alcohol and crafts. The Iwate Nanbu Soba, made with 100% ingredients produced on farms in Iwate, is a long-lasting product that makes a great souvenir. It also sells local Kamaishi sake such as All Iwate Sake, which is a refined sake made with 100% ingredients from Iwate, and Hamachidori junmai ginjoshu, Ginginga.
  • Shizukuishi Asa no Kai
    Iwate Iwate-gun Shizukuishicho Taka Maeda 155
    This facility is located 14 kilometers, or approximately a 20-minute drivefrom Morioka Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway, via National Route 46. It creates replica Shizukuishi traditional fabrics, called Kikko-ori, which were often offered to samurai as gifts from the Nanbu Domain. The facility also makes and sells purses and pouches. The beautiful hexagonal turtle shell pattern featured in Kikko-ori uses the material hemp, from cultivation to dyeing the threads, all the way to weaving, to create items that are one-of-a-kind. The facility also has various custom-made items, such as accessories, bags and clothing available. There are also Kikko-ori events, weaving and dyeing workshops for groups of five or more people, as well as various other accessory-making experience workshops. (A reservation is required. )
  • Kokujiyaki
    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.
  • Kanko Bussankan Purple
    Iwate Kunohe-gun Noda Mura Noda 31-31-1
    This souvenir shop with specialty products from all over Noda Village and Iwate Prefecture is located along National Route 45 inside Roadside Station Noda, which is combined with the Sanriku Railway Rias Line’s Rikuchu-Noda Station. Popular products such as roll cake and ramen are made using natural salt in a direct boiling process handed down in Noda Village. One particular recommendation is their “Noda salt soft-serve ice cream,” with a flavor enhanced by a gentle saltiness.”Restaurant Papuru” on the second floor is where you can enjoy dishes with the taste of the local area.
  • Soshido
    Iwate Morioka-shi Konyacho 2-15
    This store for dyed goods is located in Konya-cho, Morioka City. It manufactures and sells dyed goods of “Nanbu Akanezome” and “Nanbu Murasakizome,” which have long been known as special products in the Nanbu region. In addition to kimonos and obi belts, it sells accessories such as furoshiki traditional wrapping cloth, noren traditional shop curtains, book covers and small drawstring bags.
  • Kawatoku Ichibankan Cube Shop
    Iwate Morioka-shi Saien 1-8-15
    This is a craft specialty store located in Saien 1-Chome, Morioka City. It sells dishware, accessories, Nanbu iron kettles and other traditional craft items, T-shirts imprinted with famous products of Iwate Prefecture, and food items, including famous local confections and specialties. It is located in the same building as Kawatoku Kogeikan, which exhibits folk crafts.
  • Iwaizumi Junboku Kagu
    Iwate Morioka-shi Zaimokucho 8-26
    This custom furniture store is located in Zaimoku-cho, Morioka City. It exhibits wooden furniture made using broad-leaved trees from Iwate Prefecture, and sells Persian rugs and other items that match the furniture. You can order furniture that matches your lifestyle by considering things including the design and size while consulting with a designer.
  • Suzuki Morihisa Studio
    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.
  • Goyosha
    Iwate Morioka-shi Kitayugaosecho 9-24
    This traditional toy shop is located in Kita Yugaose-cho, Morioka City. It sells Morioka-style wooden kokeshi dolls, kinakina dolls which are believed as the antetype of kokeshi dolls, toy horses decorated in the style of ChaguchaguUmako festival, and more. It contains panel displays of the history of kokeshi dolls and offers experiential learning opportunities in which customers can try painting their own kokeshi.
  • Tekiseisha
    Iwate Ninohe-shi Jobojimachi Onyamanakamaeta 23-6
    "This lacquerware shop is located in Maeta, Onyamanaka, Joboji-mach, Ninohe City that manufactures Joboji lacquerware, a famous local product since the old days. In addition to selling bowls and plates and sake cups made with Japanese lacquer, only 3% of which is distributed nationwide, the shop also sponsors ""make your own lacquerware"" events."
  • Appi Urushi Studio
    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).

Iwate Main 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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