Observatory / Outlook Spots in Iwate Area

  • Kuma-no-hana Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Kurosaki Observation Deck
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Ichinohe Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Kitayamazaki Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Kirara Muronesan Astronomical Observatory
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    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Ichinoseki-shi Muronecho Orikabe Muronesan 1-146


  • Hachimantai Sancho Parking lot Tembosho
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Hachimantaishi
  • Iwayama Park (Iwayama Observation Deck)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Morioka-shi Shinjo Iwayama 50-6
  • Gassan Observation Deck
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Miyako-shi Omoe Dai26-chiwari Uiso
  • Basenkyo Observation Deck
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Ninohe-shi Ishikiridokoro
  • Iwatesanshohashirikokusaikoryumuraginga station Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Hachimantaishi Hirakasa Dai24chiwari 728

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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