Spots in Morioka City / Shizukuishi Town / Koiwai Area

  • Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building
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    4.0
    149 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Nakanohashidori 1-2-20
    The Bank of Iwate building is located in the Nakanohashidori area of Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. Opened to the public after its renovation in 2016, it exhibits documents related to the Bank of Iwate. In addition, it has multipurpose halls that can be used for a variety of events. The building has been selected as a nationally-designated Important Cultural Property, and is visited by many tourists.

    In my opinion, this is a must-visit building in Morioka. It is iconic for Morioka. Without visiting this building, you will regret. We walked a long way from Iwate Park to visit this building...

  • Koiwai Farm
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    48 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Iwategunshizukuishichou Maruyachi 36-1
    A spacious, 3,000 hectare farm, one of the largest in Japan, located in the southern foot of Mt. Iwate. In addition to a horse riding facility and sheep field, the farm’s tourist area is dotted with attractions children and adults can enjoy. Many of the farm’s structures are historically important, and 21 of the farm’s buildings, including the office and storehouse, built between the Meiji and early Showa periods, were designated Important Cultural Properties in 2017. Visitors who take part in the guided Cultural Property Tour can view some of these Cultural Properties.

    一本桜で有名な小岩井農場のまきば園にあり、家族連れで観光するには良いところです。 まきば園に入園するには有料ですが入り口にあるショップに立ち寄る人は多くいます。 またこの時期岩手山をバックに桜を撮影する良いスポットです。

  • Morioka Hachimangu Shrine
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    91 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Hachimanchou 13-1
    Morioka Hachimangu Shrine was built in 1680 by the 29th feudal lord Shigenobu Nambu. The god enshrined here has been revered by the locals since ancient times as the god for the roots of human life which include farming, industry, commerce, learning and the other basics of life. Many people know about the various festivals held throughout the year including the Dashi-gyoji (float) Festival and Yabusame Jinji (a horseback archery ritual).

    We had the privilege of having a tea ceremony and dressing up in yukatas while visiting the shrine. It is a very spiritual and beautiful place and the ceremony and wearing of the costume was fabulous...

  • Morioka Handi-Works Square
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    95 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Tsunagi Oirino 64-102
    This facility is home to first-rate artisan groups who craft authentic handiworks every day. It consists of the industry revival center, the handi-works square, and the “magariya” zone. The handi-works square offers visitors a chance to craft various Morioka specialty products and hosts events as well, giving people a chance to observe artisans up close and try their hand at making their own items. The local cultural site “Nanbu Magariya” is a must-see as well. It’s about 20 minutes by car from the Morioka Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.

    We visited here on our way back from a local Onsen and it was very interesting. You can see how local cast iron teapots are made, make your own Japanese cookie and purchase handicrafts.

  • MALIOS
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    67 Reviews
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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.

    Malios has made the top floor of their building a free observation deck. You get pretty much 360 degrees. Its all enclosed, no going outside. There are some binoculr machines at spots. The windows...

  • Iwate Museum of Art
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    66 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Motomiya Matsuhaba 12-3
    This art museum that opened in 2001 is located in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. Paintings and sculptures by artists related to Iwate Prefecture, such as Tetsugoro Yorozu, Shunsuke Matsumoto and Yasutake Funakoshi are on display. In addition, in the permanent exhibition, commentaries by volunteers, collection talk events and other events are regularly held, drawing many tourists to the museum.

    This is a beautiful museum. I was impressed when I stepped into the lobby. When I went there was barely anyone there so I had the museum to myself. There are many exhibits of local artists...

  • Kyukamura Iwate Amihari Onsen
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    57 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Iwategunshizukuishichou Nagayama Komatsukura 14-3
    This lodging facility is located in Shizukuishi-cho, Iwate County. In Towada Hachimantai National Park at the foot of Mt. Iwate, you can enjoy the Amihari Onsen no Yu, a famous hot spring with a 1,300-year history. It can also be used for day-trip bathing. In addition, the facilities meet the various needs of guests including conference rooms, souvenir shops selling specialty products and a large hall. It also operates skiing and camp areas.

    Kyukamura Iwate-Amiharionsen is a Japanese style resort which I stayed at as part of a ski tour. Japanese style bedrooms were available with futons but I chose a western style bedroom. The room was...

  • Yumori Hotel Taikan
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    74 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Tsunagi Yunotate 37-1
    Yumori Hotel Taikan is a hot spring and lodging facility located near Lake Gosho in the city of Morioka, Iwate Prefecture. Its hot water is sourced entirely from a natural spring, and its 25-meter bathing area is the largest in northern Tohoku. Its guest rooms all have an outdoor bathing pool, which makes the hotel popular with family groups. In addition, the hotel's buffet of food made from seasonal local ingredients is another reason that it attracts large numbers of tourists.

    The room I have stayed which was newly renovated. Its totally amazing, perfect view, quite, comfortable and have nice private onsen in room whch can be adjusted the water temperature. Since we do...

  • Morioka History and Culture Museum
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    48 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...

  • Takuboku Newlyweds' House
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    3.5
    65 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Chuoudori 3-17-18
    Takuboku Newlyweds' House is a historic building in the city of Morioka in Iwate Prefecture. The poet Ishikawa Takuboku lived here for three weeks with his wife Setsuko, his parents, and his younger sister. In 1984, it was named a Morioka City Designated Tangible Cultural Property. It is the building where Takuboku wrote his essay, My Four-and-a-Half Mat Room, and it is the only extant relic of his life in the city of Morioka.

    You can freely enter this residence. When I went there were only a couple other people there. So I had the house to myself for the most part. It was a peaceful place. The condition was just ok...

  • Kogensya Main Branch
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    23 Reviews
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    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.

    いーはとーぶアベニュー材木町にある宮沢賢治との係わりの深い場所です。賢治が童話集「注文の多い料理店」を出版し、当時はほとんど売れなかった時代をともにした出版社。店の奥、中庭に、注文の多い料理店 出版の地の碑や烏の北斗七星の石柱、原稿などの展示館があり、賢治との係わりの深さが感じられる場所です。 訪ねた際は休館中でしたが、喫茶室もあるので、通りの散策の際、立ち寄って楽しんでください。

  • Iwate Kogen Snow Park
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    19 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Iwategunshizukuishichou Nagayama Iwateyama
    This ski area is located in Shizukuishi-cho, Iwate County. Situated 35 minutes from the Morioka Interchange, it is easily accessible. All courses, which mainly feature straight ones with slight slopes, can be reached from the gondola in the center. In addition, the children’s course makes it a ski area that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Equipment is also available for rent.

    Even in the middle of April this ski resort is a great place to snowboard.. great hot springs in the property too. Facilities are varied, you can rent lots of ski equipment.

  • Natural Hot Spring Kimori no Yu
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    15 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Minamisemboku 1-18-50
    This super bath house hot spring is in the city district just south of JR Senbokuchou Station along the main road. This hot spring aims to warm your body and your core with 11 indoor and outdoor baths such as highly-concentrated carbonated bath and an infrared low-temperature sauna. They also have five types of rock baths including the latest aroma baths which really gets the sweat flowing. The relaxation space comes with reclining beds and tatami floors with bean cushions so visitor can spend a lot of time relaxing.

    盛岡旅行の際に訪れました。炭酸泉が売りの温泉だけあって、炭酸が高濃度で気持ち良かったです。ただ、盛岡駅周辺に宿をとっていたのでアクセスが悪く、行きは、盛岡市内からバスで、帰りは最寄り駅から電車を利用しました。特に、帰りの最寄り駅は分かり難く、暗い夜道を歩いていると不気味でした。

  • Morioka Takuboku & Kenji Museum
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Nakanohashidori 1-1-25
    A museum dedicated to Takuboku Ishikawa and Kenji Miyazawa. These two historic figures spent their youths in Morioka City during the Meiji and Taisho periods, and the museum presents materials relating to Morioka City during those times. The museum building, completed in 1910, was once the Dai Kuju Bank head office and is designated a National Important Cultural Property.

    As we tourists may not be familiar with the Takuboku and Kenji, the exhibits are not of much interests to us. However the building itself is well maintained. It is good to take a few pictures.

  • Iwate Prefecture Public Hall
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Uchimaru 11-2
    This public facility opened in 1927 and is located adjacent to the Iwate Prefectural Office in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. It has conference rooms, large halls and a gallery. In addition, it regularly holds various events such as music concerts and theater performances, making it a place used by local residents to socialize.

    岩手県盛岡市にある公共施設で盛岡城跡公園の少し北側にあります。 1927年に建てられた歴史を感じさせる素敵な建物でした。 日比谷公会堂と同じ建築家・佐藤功一が手掛けたものだそうです。 ここを訪問したのは原敬の胸像があるからで、公会堂西側の庭園内にありました。 「平民宰相」の名で知られる岩手の生まれの第19代...

  • Plaza Odette
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    24 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Nakanohashidori 1-1-10
    This commercial complex is located in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. Besides the Machinaka direct sales store where you can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, there are various facilities including a hall and conference rooms. In addition, it even has a tourism information center that can address inquiries in English called the Tourism and Culture Information Plaza. It is used not only by local residents but also by many overseas tourists.

    赤煉瓦の旧盛岡銀行の向かいにある、複合施設です。一階が物産店、二階には観光案内所もあります。二階は広々として、歩くのに疲れたら腰を下ろして休憩することもできます。観光地や催し物の広報物が並んでいます。

  • Asabiraki Local Sake Store
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Daijijicho 10-34
    This sake brewery that was founded in 1871 is located in Daijiji-cho, Morioka City. It brews the famous Asabiraki sake brand using traditional handmade processes and modern processes using the latest equipment. In addition to conducting free tours of the sake brewing process, the local sake product shop offers free tastings, and sells limited edition sake, delicacies and drinking vessels.

    We dropped by for a tour. This place is frequented by bus-load of Japanese tourists. So you might need to wait for a tour. The tour is Japanese only. Though you dont participate in tour, you can...

  • Hara-Kei Memorial Museum
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    18 Reviews
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Motomiya 4-38-25
    A memorial museum located a five-minute taxi ride from Morioka Station. The museum is dedicated to Hara Takashi, Japan's first commoner prime minister, and the museum adjoins Hara's birth home. The museum contains rare items connected to Japanese politics and also displays things which belonged to Hara like the clothes he was wearing when he was assassinated as well as the famous Hara Diary. His birth home was built in 1850; Hara lived here until the age of 15. Designated a Cultural Property and Preservation building by the city, the home is made open to the general public for limited periods each year.

    平民宰相として民衆の支持を集めた、原敬の記念館です。遭難時の服や遺品等も展示されていて、想像以上に本格的なものでした。

  • Nanshoso
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Shimizucho 13-46
    This historical building is located in Shimizu-cho, Morioka City. A mansion built in the Meiji period (1868-1912) by the businessman from the city called Yasugoro Segawa, it is a designated protected garden by the city, a structure of landscape importance, and the garden is a nationally registered monument. It is now open to the public and is also used for events such as tea ceremonies and concerts.

    Nanshosho is a historic protected residence that is open to the public. The house has been preserved in top condition and has very interesting architecture. The location is quiet and peaceful; it...

  • Iwachu Tekkikan
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    17 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Minamisemboku 2-23-9
    A theme-park style Nanbu ironware factory located in Minamisenboku, Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. Visitors can view a gallery of Nanbu ironware dating back 400 years and take a tour to view the ironmaking process free of charge. The adjoining shop sells old-fashioned Nanbu ironware and a variety of ironware souvenirs. In recent years, the shop has come to offer a variety of products designed to meet the needs of modern lifestyles while making use of traditional techniques, and its modern designs and colorful cookware are particularly popular.

    Iwachu Ironworks is one of the several major ironware manufactures in the prefecture of Iwate. Their ironware is well-known all over Japan as “Nanbu Tekki (Ironware)” from the name of the feudal day...

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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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