Other Sightseeing Spots in Iwate Area

  • Hachimantai Jukai Line
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    Iwate Hachimantai-shi
    This driving course runs along Prefectural Route 318 from Hachimantai City’s Matsukawa Onsen. You can drive through the nature of Hachimantai Plateau on the way to Hachimantai Aspite Line via Toshichi Onsen. Although it is closed during the winter, you can enjoy a snow corridor with snow on both sides of the road after it reopens.


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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Moriokaekinishidori 2-9-1
    A skyscraper and commercial complex located a three-minute walk from the west entrance of Morioka Station on the Tohoku Main Line. In addition to the numerous offices which rent space here, there are conference rooms with free Wi-Fi. The observation deck on the top floor offers a sweeping view of Morioka and can be used as an exhibition hall for paintings and handicrafts. The building's mall area is occupied by a drug store; clinics; and restaurants serving Japanese, Western food, a cafe buffet, and even establishments which can be used for parties. The atrium in the building contains a recreation of the front facade for the former Japan National Railways Morioka Factory.
  • Motsuji Temple Garden
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    Iwate Pref. Nishiwaigunhiraizumichou Hiraizumi Osawa 58 Moshi Temple grounds
    A garden located a seven-minute walk from Hiraizumi Station on the JR Tohoku Main Line. The Motsuji Temple has been designated a Special Historic Site and a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and, together with the adjoining Pure Land Garden, is collectively referred to as the Motsuji Temple Garden. Oizumi ga Ike pond in the center of the garden is 180 meters from east to west and 90 meters from north to south, and is still the same shape as when it was first created. Goshuin seal marks are offered at the temple shop just past the main temple gate. At the Shofuan restaurant, you can rest legs tired from walking and enjoy soba noodles as well as sweets.
  • Esashi Yume-no-Hashi Bridge
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    Iwate Oshu-shi Esashi Iwayado
    An arch bridge over the Hitokabe River, connecting Tateyama Historic Park and Mukaiyama Park, famous for its cherry blossoms. Completed in 1999, Yume-no-Hashi (Dream Bridge) got its name because its construction was a dream come true for the locals. The highest part of the bridge is 50 meters above the river. It has a view of the Taneyama Highland to the east, downtown Esashi to the west, and the Yakeishi Mountain Range. The view of the bridge itself from below is also popular, often featuring in photos with cherry blossoms or the nightscape. Sightseeing spots including Esashi-Fujiwara Heritage Park and Esashi Native District Cultural Museum are close by.
  • Kuma-no-hana Observatory
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    Iwate Shimohei-gun Iwaizumicho Omoto
    "About 25 minutes by car from Ryusendo Cave. Extending from the south of the Omoto Coast, the tip of the peninsula is thought to look like a bear's nose, the literal meaning of ""kuma-no-hana.” It's covered with red pine trees that create a special beauty contrasting with the blue of the sea. It's one of the best viewpoints in Sanriku Fukko (reconstruction) National Park. The observatory is located about 800 meters from the national highway down a country road. There's a rest area too, as well as a parking lot a short distance from the lookout. The Omoto Coast's triangular Tatsuko-iwa Rock is worth seeing as well."
  • Shijuhassaka Observation Deck
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    Iwate Shimohei-gun Yamadamachi Funakoshi 1-77
    This observation deck is located a 150-minute drive from Kitakami-Ezuriko Interchange. It looks out to the Pacific Ocean and has an amazing view with a variety of landscapes between the shoreline and the horizon. In the past, it was known as a difficult place to visit with the many winding slopes that gave birth to its name of Shijuhachisaka (Forty-eight Hills), but it has now been made accessible by the opening of National Route 45, which serves as the southern gateway to Yamada Town. The bay is located on National Route 45, 33 kilometers from Miyako and 20 kilometers from Kamaishi, and has been recognized as one of the top eight views of Yamada. The view of the sea from the observation deck gives visitors the chance to see squid fishing and fishing fires in the summer.
  • Shiyui Ohashi Bridge
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    Iwate Shimohei-gun Tanohata Mura Sugenokubo
    About 15 minutes by bus from Tanohata Station, this bridge was named after the nearby Shiino-mori Forest. It connects parts of a well-known historic route and was inaugurated in accord with the wishes of forward-thinking local residents as well as thought of everyday life, a way of life, and the future. The bridge is 120 meters above the valley floor. It's one of the largest inverted arch bridges in the country, and the view of it with the surrounding mountains is beautiful.
  • Kurosaki Observation Deck
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    Iwate Shimohei-gun Fudaimura
    This observatory is a scenic spot that is representative of Fudai. It is located on the eastern end of Sanriku Fukko National Park, 40 degrees north latitude, in Fudai Village, Iwate Prefecture. Its current appearance has remained unchanged since the 1950s, and it is said that in the past, Ino Tadataka observed the starry sky here in Kurosaki. The observation deck overlooks Benten Fishing Port, with the deep blue waters of Nedari Beach and its small islands, and in some places, visitors can see where the precipice of the cliffs exceed 150 meters. In the distance, visitors can see from the coast of Kuki City to the coastline of Noda Village. Birds such as Japanese cormorants and osprey fly between the blue sky and the blue sea here, and at night, visitors can enjoy an amazing view of the starry sky.
  • Rikuchu Kurosaki Lighthouse
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    Iwate Shimohei-gun Fudaimura 2-845
    This lighthouse is located in Kurosaki, protruding out into the Pacific Ocean from Fudai Village, Iwate Prefecture. The structure was originally Fudai Lightpole, but it was remade into a concrete lighthouse in 1952. The scenery around the lighthouse includes the coastal terrace of Sanriku Fukko National Park, and it has been selected as one of the top 50 Lighthouses ofJapan. The beautiful chalk lighthouse was also named the Love Lighthouse by the Japan Romanticist Association in June 2019. The beam of light is the furthest reaching in the Tohoku region, extending approximately 30 nautical miles, and as a lighthouse at 40 degrees north latitude, it is paired with Nyudozaki Lighthouse (Oga Peninsula, Akita Prefecture), on the Sea of Japan side.
  • Ihatov Avenue Zaimoku-cho
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Zaimokucho
    This street is located in Zaimoku-cho, Morioka City. Besides Kogensha (currently sells folk crafts) that published Kenji Miyazawa’s collection of fairy tales, “The Restaurant of Many Orders,” there are six monuments with motifs from Kenji Miyazawa's works such as the “Ishiza” sculpture of Kenji Miyazawa resting at a stone quarry along the street.
  • Ichinohe Observatory
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    Iwate Ninohe-gun Ichinohemachi
    This is located in Megashinden, Ichinohe Town in Ninohe County. In addition to being able to observe the starry night sky and sunspots through a 500-millimeter diameter telescope, visitors can also enjoy the adjacent planetarium. It is open on Fridays, weekends, and holidays between early May and mid-October.
  • Gentaiwa Observation Deck
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    Iwate Hachimantai-shi
    This observation space is located in the Matsuoyoriki Kitanomata National Forest in Hachimantai City. It is 1,200 meters high along the Hachimantai Aspite Line crossing through Hachimantai Plateau. You can enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Iwate and other surrounding mountains.
  • Megane Bridge
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    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Miyamorichoushimomiyamori 30-37-1 Inside Miomi way street
    Megane (“Eyeglasses”) Bridge is a railroad bridge on the Kamaishi Line of the East Japan Railway Company (JR East). Its official name is Miyamori River Bridge. The curves of the arches in this stone bridge supposedly look like eyeglasses, hence the nickname. It was built in 1915 and extensively restored in 1943. Three of the original supports still exist. Every weekend, the bridge is illuminated from sunset till about 10:00 p.m., and it is a favorite photographic subject for railroad fans.
  • Hachimantai Aspite Line
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    Iwate Pref. Hachimantaishi
    Hachimantai Aspite Line is a 27 kilometer driving course stretches from Iwate prefecture’s Hachimantai Gozaisho district to Akita Prefecture’s Toroko Onsen. It’s only open from mid-April to early November. From the time it opens to late April, the course is lined with snow to create a “Snow Corridor,” and in autumn the fall colors on Mt. Iwate and the surrounding forests offer an overwhelming sight. It’s 35 minutes’ drive from Tohoku Expressway Matsuo Hachimantai Interchange.
  • Isawa Dam
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    Iwate Pref. Oushushi Isawa-ku Wakayanagi
    Isawa Dam is located in Isawa Ward of the city of Oshu in Iwate Prefecture. It is the highest multipurpose dam in the Tohoku region and has the longest basin in the country at 723 meters. It is also known as the largest rock fill dam in Japan. There are observation platforms and campgrounds in the area, which allow visitors to view the dam in a lovely natural setting.
  • Kitayamazaki Observatory
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    Iwate Pref. Shimoheiguntanohatamura Kitayama 129-10
    This observatory is located in the village of Tanohata in Shimohei County, Iwate Prefecture. You can look out over Kitayamazaki, a scenic spot representative of the Sanriku coast. The observatory protrudes into the sea, with a wooden first observation desk, a powerful second observation desk, and third observation desk where you can go forest bathing. In addition, there are also stairs set up that lead down from the observatory to sea level. Enjoy the scenery of the eight-kilometer long dynamic coastline.
  • Lake Kinshuko (Yuda Dam)
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    Iwate Pref. Wagagunnishiwagamachi Kawashiri
    Lake Kinshuko is an artificial lake created by the Yuda Dam in the town of Waga, Waga County, Iwate Prefecture. It is famous for its autumn leaves and attracts many visitors at that time of year. It also attracts people who like to fish for two varieties of trout that live in the lake. Nearby is the Lake Kinshuko Information Center, which contains exhibits and written materials about the lake.
  • Kirara Muronesan Astronomical Observatory
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    Iwate Ichinoseki-shi Muronecho Orikabe Muronesan 1-146


  • Orikasa Ohashi
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    Iwate Shimohei-gun Yamadamachi
  • Odaira Bridge
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    Iwate Kamaishi-shi

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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