Spots in Appi / Hachimantai / Ninohe Area

  • Toshichi Onsen Saiunso
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    4.5
    56 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Iwate Pref. Hachimantaishi Matsuoyoriki Kita no Mata
    Toshichi Onsen Saiunso is a hot spring and lodging facility located at an altitude of 1,400 meters near the summit of Mt. Hachimantai in Hachimantai National Park in the city of Hachimantai, Iwate Prefecture. Guests can take advantage of mud packs made from mud that contains mineral elements from the hot spring. The natural hot water flows out of the ground and is a milky white color. Day visits are possible, and visitors can spend a relaxing day in a space surrounded by the wonders of nature.

    Right away I’ll say that those looking for a luxury hotel style onsen experience should move on. For anyone who’s actually interested in an authentic stay, I couldn’t recommend this more. We had an...

  • Matsukawa Hot Spring Shofuso
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Iwate Pref. Hachimantaishi Matsuoyoriki 1-41
    This hot spring facility is located between mountains in Matsukawa Valley in Hachimantai City, Iwate Prefecture. It opened in 1743 and is the oldest in Matsukawa Onsen. The water of the hot spring is milky white and there are indoor baths and mixed open-air bath. Day-trips to the hot springs are also possible, and the facility is visited not only by locals but also by many tourists.

    洗い場も洗い場用に流れている温泉を汲んで体を流します。 すべて温泉です。気持ち良いです。混浴もあるので、同伴者と楽しみました。

  • Roadside Station Nishine
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Transportation
    Iwate Pref. Hachimantaishi Obuke 2-154-36
    This roadside station is located along National Route 282. In the direct sales store for produce, you can purchase fresh seasonal vegetables, juices and jams produced at the base of Mt. Iwate. In addition, they offer curry and ramen using spinach. There is also a restaurant certified with two stars for local production and consumption visited by many tourists.

    This combined facility is both a farmers market and a restaurant where you can eat lunch. The farmers market is great for all kinds of local items and is pretty affordable. The restaurant serves...

  • Cassiopeia Messe: Nanyato Products Center
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Ninohe-shi Ishikiridokoro Moriai 68
    This is a multipurpose facility located next to Ninohe Station in Moriai, Ishikiridokoro, Ninohe City. It includes a souvenir shop that sells products of the three prefectures of Aomori, Akita, and Iwate, as well as an event hall, a networking space, and a Japanese-style restaurant that uses local ingredients. The 31-meter observation tower affords a panoramic view of Ninohe.

    旧・奥州街道をランニングで旅した際に立ち寄りました。お土産物屋が連なる施設で比較的新しい雰囲気でした。また、無料の展望台があって二戸の街を一望。新幹線が良く見えるので鉄道好きには良いかもしれません。

  • Hachimantai Sancho Rest House
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Hachimantaishi ツキ Semboku, Akita prefecture
    At this rest area located near the peak of Hachimantai, there is a restaurant and souvenir shop where you can buy local products. Also, the Observatory spot also makes this a great location for looking out over Hachimantai. The rest house has one floor above ground and two basement floors—the first floor features the observatory spot and a rest area with tons of information on the natural surroundings of Hachimantai. The basement first floor has a section for light meals like udon and curry, and a section with sightseeing information. In the hall of retail shops on the basement second floor, you can purchase Hachimantai original goods.

    Its located at the peak of Mt. Hachimantai, a border of Akita and Iwate. Its kind of like a hub to hike around. You can park your car there, and then start your hike to the trails. There is an...

  • Matsuo Hachimantai Visitor Center
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Hachimantaishi Kashiwadai 1-28
    This information facility is located in Matsuo Sakura Park in Hachimantai City, Iwate Prefecture. You can learn information about the natural environment of Hachimantai and Mt. Iwate. In addition, there is a video hall in the facility where high definition videos can be seen and an exhibition hall with miniature models. It is used by many climbers as a place to socialize.

    I love this place, located at the foot of Mt.Hachimantai. Good coffee brewed with Hachimantais spring water called Kanazawa Spring by a siphon coffee-maker. But the coffee stand and restaurant...

  • Ihatov Volcano Bureau
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Hachimantai-shi Matsuo Yoriki Dai2-chiwari Hata 515
    This exhibition facility is located along Prefectural Route 45 in Matsuoyoriki, Hachimantai City. It introduces information related to the history and mechanism of the volcanic activity of Mt. Iwate and disaster prevention through dioramas, videos and panels. You can also watch live video from the summit of Mt. Iwate.

    There are a lot of interesting maps and 3D diagrams here of Mt. Iwate and past volcanic activity in this area. Unfortunately most of the information is only in Japanese. Still, it is free, so if...

  • Ishigami-no-Oka Museum of Art
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Iwate-gun Iwatemachi Itsukaichi 10-121-21
    Located about 30 minutes towards Ninohe on National Route 4 from the Tohoku Expressway’s Takizawa Interchange, it opened as the first outdoor sculpture museum in Iwate Prefecture, and is next to Roadside Station Ishigaminooka. You can enjoy outdoor exhibitions where you can see nature throughout the four seasons and sculptures, and special exhibitions centered on artists related to Iwate. There is a lavender garden in the outdoor exhibition hall, and about 20,000 plants are in full bloom from late June to early July, when lavender fair is also held. It also holds various workshops including one for dried flowers. In addition, it is certified as a “Koibito no Seichi” (Lover’s Sanctuary). (The outdoor exhibition hall will be closed until early summer of 2020 due to renovation work)

    Iwate-machi is a town of about 14K residents (according to wikipedia), which is somehow able to sustain a beautiful, expansive sculpture garden co-located with a bountiful roadside farmers market...

  • Hachimantai Resort Panorama Ski Area and Shimokura Ski Area
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Hachimantaishi Matsuoyoriki 1-509-1
    Panorama Ski Area and Shimokura Ski Area are located in Hachimantai Resort in the city of Hachimantai, Iwate Prefecture. The two ski areas are adjacent to each other, and they have a total of 14 runs, with slopes suitable for each level of ability, from beginners to top-level experts, and there are seven lifts. Children's activities are also available, including a Snow Park and snowshoe trekking. These activities are one reason that the ski areas are a popular destination for families.

    The ski runs here are beginner to intermediate level. They have a good amount of runs and three different lifts to give a great chance to ski the slopes of Mount Iwate. The hotel here has been...

  • Hachimantai Jukai Line
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    下界の暑さから逃れてきました。硫黄の香のする温泉を過ぎ登って行くと、パーキングエリアに登山者の車が沢山停まっていました。登山の入り口でした。有料駐車所と無料駐車所がそう離れていない場所にありましたが、視界の眺めと心地良い風が吹いていて、無料の場所で休憩しました。

  • Matchan Market
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Shopping
    Iwate Hachimantai-shi Yoriki 2-512
    This is a farmers’ market located along Prefectural Route 45 in Yoriki, Matsuo, Hachimantai City. It sells locally grown fresh vegetables and fruit, as well as season delicacies, such as wild plants and mushrooms, along with processed foods, such as ice creams. The adjacent restaurant serves ramen and soba made with guinea fowland other countryside and wild food cuisine.

    A cozy market that sell fresh eggs, fruits and vegetables. The volcano museum of Hachimantai is right beside this facility. English and Chinese brochures are available.

  • Iwate Yakehashiri International Exchange Village
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Hachimantaishi Hirakasa Dai24chiwari 728
    Iwate Yakehashiri International Exchange Village is a lodging facility in the city of Hachimantai in Iwate Prefecture. In addition to a spacious campground and cabins, it also has a hot spring bath available for day use. Its popular restaurant serves specialties such as Lava Flow Black Curry. The lodging facilities allow guests to bring their pets, so many pet owners stay here.

    岩手山登山で焼走り登山口からピストンしました。上り5時間、下り4時間の長丁場です。下山後、温泉に入って汗を流せるのは登山では最高の贅沢です。ついでに食事をしようと思ったのですが、午後2時までだそうです。諦めて夕食は国道まで出ていただきました。日帰りのお客さんやキャンプ場で自炊する方が多いのでしょうが、せめて浴場が閉まるまでは営業していてほしいと思います。

  • Roadside Station Kuzumaki Kogen
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
    Transportation
    Iwate Pref. Iwategunkuzumakimachi Kuzumaki 39 - 159 - 3
    Roadside Station Kuzumaki Kogen is located in the town of Kuzumaki, Iwate County. It includes a farmers' market featuring greens, vegetables, dairy products, and food items made from mountain grapes, as well as a range of other facilities, such as a restaurant, park, and rest area. The dairy products sold here are from the popular tourist spot Kuzumaki Highland Meadows, and among the top-selling products are milk, yogurt, and ice cream.

    葛巻町の名物のホルモンを買うことができる。 持ち帰り用の味付けホルモンもあるので、キャベツなどと一緒にホルモン鍋を自宅で手軽に作ることができる。

  • Roadside Station Ishigami no Oka
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Transportation
    Iwate Pref. Iwateguniwatemachi Itsukaichi 10-121-20
    This roadside station is located in Iwate-machi, Iwate County. In the direct sales store for produce, they sell only items harvested in Iwate Town, such as shiitake mushrooms, asparagus and wasabi, and the storefront is lined with seasonal ingredients. Besides a ramen restaurant using the specialty Haru Midori cabbage and another restaurant where you can taste meat dishes with things like Iwate Menkoi Ushi, there is also a teahouse where you can enjoy ice cream and soba buckwheat noodles. In addition, it is adjoined by the Ishigami-no-oka Museum of Art sculpture museum.

    「いわて地産地消二ツ星レストラン」に認定されていて、岩手県産の食材にこだわっています。特産の春みどりキャベツを使った塩ラーメン、ブルーベリーのカレーなど珍しいメニューもありました。今回は、県内産の豚を使用した生姜焼き丼をいただきましたが、甘辛のタレと柔らかい豚肉がマッチして美味でした。

  • Restaurant Totoro
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    3.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Ninohe-shi Ishikiridokoro Moriai 68
    This Japanese-style restaurant is located inside Cassiopeia Messe, a multipurpose facility located next to Ninohe Station in Moriai, Ishikiridokoro, Ninohe City. It serves dishes made with local ingredients, including Oritsume Sangen pork and Kiraho rice. In addition to Tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlet) and Shogayaki (pork stir-fried with ginger), the restaurant serves Hittsumi Jiru (soup with dumplings), Senbei Jiru (soup with rice crackers), and other set meals centered on traditional local cuisine.

    駅の近くで便利なレストランです。万人が利用する価格のメニューが少ないのが残念です。二戸は鶏肉、豚肉、牛肉全ての産地なはずが、それらがいまいちな感じがしました。

  • Hachimantai Matsuo Mine Museum
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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

  • Shiki-no-Sato
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Ninohe-shi Ishikiridokoro Arase 49-1
    This soba buckwheat noodle restaurant inside “Nanbu Senbei no Sato” along Prefectural Route 274 is located in Arase, Ishikiridokoro, Ninohe City. It provides handmade buckwheat noodles made using stone-ground buckwheat grown in the prefecture. In addition to their most popular tenzaru (tempura with chilled buckwheat noodles), they have set menus with sticky rice, and you can also enjoy one of only 30 available servings of juwari (100% buckwheat) soba noodles on Saturdays and Sundays. Breakfast is available for two hours from nine in the morning, and snack time is for one hour from 3:30 p.m..

    I come here to take Soba Noodle lunch. Restaurant house is old Japanese style. Soba noodle is tasty. It’s good for lunch.

  • Fusetsuka
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
    Shopping
    Iwate Hachimantai-shi Hotozaka 236
    This tofu shop is located along National Route 282 in Hotozaka, Hachimantai City. The shop sells Japanese varieties of soybeans cultivated by contract farmers, and rich tofu made from natural bittern and soft water pumped from underground. In addition to yuba tofu skin and okara soy pulp, there are also waffles and donuts made with soy milk.

    お豆腐がしっかりした味おいしかったです!大豆の色ごとに風味が違う豆腐、豆腐シェイク、豆腐ソフトクリームもとっても美味しかったので二杯オーダーしてしまいました!ワッフルもモチモチしてて美味しかったです。お豆腐コロッケ、湯葉、厚揚げ、麻婆豆腐など品揃え豊富なのもよかったです。

  • Kuzumaki Winery
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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。

  • Hachimantai City Museum
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Hachimantai-shi Kamasuda 230
    This museum is located in Kamasuda, Hachimantai City. It houses a collection of materials about the culture and history of the old town, which grew up as a key transport center leading to Tsugaru and Akita. Its four permanent exhibitions are “Life and Culture in the Appikawa and Yoneshiro Watersheds,” “Lacquerware: Beauty in the Midst of Everyday Life,” “Carrying Past Ways of Life into the Present Day,” and “Literature, the Jomon Era, and Skiing.” Other exhibits include specially produced Appi lacquerware, everyday goods from the past, and items connected with Kojun, the 15th great high priest of Kan’eiji Temple Gokoku-in.

    It was a great place to see Japanese ancient histories and their old stuff. There are many sections by each era, starting from Jomon period. The most fascinating things are Appi Urushi bowls and...

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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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