Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Oshu / Hiraizumi / Ichinoseki Area

  • Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center
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    Iwate Pref. Nishiwaigunhiraizumichou Hiraizumi Hanadate 44
    This free facility introduces the history and culture of Hiraizumi in an understandable way through wall panels and videos. Items such as documents related to Hiraizumi’s World Heritage sites and articles recovered from the ground during excavation projects are displayed. Paying a visit before sightseeing will deepen your understanding of Hiraizumi’s history and culture and make for a more enjoyable visit. Audio guides that support four languages are also available for use by foreign visitors.

    If you have time, start here to understand the 100 years when Hiraizumi was the most important center of Japan. Chusonji is the head temple of Tendai Buddhism in northeast Japan and it was founded...

  • Iwate Safari Park
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    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Fujisawachoukinomi Yamaya 121-2
    This zoo is located in Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture. Besides animals including white lions and tigers, you can also interact with herbivores such as giraffes and camels inside the park. In addition, you can feed animals up close while riding in a bus designed with a tiger motif. Various events are held in the park, drawing many people and their families.

    肉食動物放し飼いパークがおすすめです。 アメリカライオンが悠々としています。動物たちもキレイです。洗ってる?

  • Ichinoseki City Museum
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    3.5
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    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Gembichou Okinono 215-1
    This museum is located in Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture. You can learn about the history and culture of the Ichinoseki area and the accomplishments of previous generations. It shows cultural assets and tools from the stone age until the modern era. In addition to permanent exhibitions separated by theme, it also hosts temporary exhibitions, lectures and experiential learning events.

    道の駅厳美渓に訪れた際に隣にあった博物館に立ち寄ってみました。 正直あまり期待してなかったのですが思ったより見どころも多くて楽しめました。 夏休みということもあったせいかこどもも多かったですね。 一関の歴史を学ぶことができました。

  • Sekino-ichi Brewery Sake-no-minzoku Culture Museum
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    Iwate Ichinoseki-shi Tamuracho 5-42
    A sake folk museum runs by Iwate's 100-year-old Sekinoichi brewery. Originally it was Tohoku’s largest storehouse for the initial stages of the brewing process, then was remodeled into a museum. A variety of sake brewing equipment is on display, including a large barrel for preparation. The sake making process is explained in detail. You can also visit the brewer’s room, dedicated to Matsuo Daimyojin, the god of sake. There is also a literary museum with materials from authors with ties to Ichinoseki.

    一ノ関駅から歩いて10分ほど。酒の製造方法や、昔使われていた農具が紹介されています。入館料は300円ですが、とても勉強になる施設です。

  • Sankozo
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    Iwate Nishiiwai-gun Hiraizumicho Hiraizumi Koromonoseki 202
    This is a treasure house located within the precincts of Chusonji Temple in Koromonoseki, Hiraizumi, Hiraizumi Town, Nishiiwai County. In addition to the 15 scrolls of the Chusonji Sutra, a National Treasure, it contains more than 3,000 Important Cultural Properties, including Buddhist statues from the Heian Period (795-1115) and funerary goods from the Oshu Fujiwara clan.

    金色堂とセットの入場券で入場できます。様々な展示を見て当時の栄華に思いを馳せました。金色堂に行く前に訪れたい場所。ただし修学旅行生が多く結構混雑していました。

  • Stone and Kenji Museum
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    Iwate Ichinoseki-shi Higashiyamacho Matsukawa Takinosawa 149-1
    A museum located a three-minute walk from Rikuchu-Matsukawa Station on the Ofunato Line in Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture. The museum was established for future generations to share with and make it possible to come in contact with the ideas and lifestyles of engineer Kenji Miyazawa and Tohoku Rubble Factory owner Tozo Suzuki. The museum has lapis lazuli, amethyst, and ammonite fossils on display and a library of books collected by Suzuki. Visitors can also take a tour of the former Tohoku Rubble Factory, which was erected in 1924 and registered a National Tangible Cultural Property in 1996 (note: at the present time, tours are not possible due to renovations; tours are scheduled to reopen in the spring of 2020.)

    この場所は、35歳の宮沢賢治が7カ月働いた東北砕石工場の場所である。技師として就任した賢治は、この工場で作られた炭酸石灰販売に努力を重ね、出張先の東京で倒れます。その後療養するも37歳で亡くなるのです。農村に土地改良の石灰を安く提供できる、貧しい農村の土地を改良しなければと考えていた賢治。工場の経営者鈴木東蔵と思いは一致したのです。賢治は石にも詳しかった。このミュージアムには原石の数々が展示されて...

  • Esashi Local Culture Hall
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    5 Reviews
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    Iwate Oshu-shi
    An experience-based museum showcasing the history, culture, and local industries of the Esashi region. It is located about 15 minutes by car from the Mizusawa Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway, adjacent to the Esashi-Fujiwara Heritage Park. It consists of an agricultural center and the Okunoin exhibition area. It's display of the Nakazen Obara family's 101 statues of the Bodhisattva Kannon are notable and exemplify the beliefs of the region. They also have hands-on programs with culinary and craft themes that let you try making soba noodles, pottery, magatama amulets, and more. During the summer and winter holidays they organize other special hands-on programs too.

    藤原の郷は小説の世界ですが、こちらは江差の歴史です。一番も奥の仏教のテーマゾーンは独特の世界観です。 江差の米、ホップ、江差牛の説明はよくわかります。

  • Hanaizumi Flower World
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    Iwate Pref. Ichinosekishi Hanaizumichouoimatsu Shimomiyazawa 159-1
    This park is located around a 25-minute drive from the Wakayanagi-Kannari Interchange off of the Tohoku Highway via the National Route 183 and National Route 342. The park blooms with flowers all year round, but the peony garden with over 320 cultivars and 4000 peony plants is a main attraction and also the beautiful begonia conservatory, Reina de Flores. Often called the king of one hundred flowers, the peony, is at its peak from around early May, but in late April the park hosts the Peony Festival, which encompasses the Chinese peony season as well. Local produce is sold at the exchange plaza, and the restaurant offers a set combination tray with five mochi flavors that differ every day throughout the year.

    一関市花泉町にある施設。花泉だから「花と泉の公園」ということらしい。花の好きな方には興味深い施設であるでしょう。

  • Oshu City Archaeological Research Center
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    Iwate Oshu-shi
    A historical museum that showcases the culture of Ezo (pre-modern Northern Japan) and exhibits buried cultural properties excavated from Oshu City. It's on Prefectural Road 270, a five-minute drive from Mizusawa Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway. Isawa Castle Ruins Historical Park is right in front. Displays focus on the way of life of the Ezo culture during ancient times. It has anime screenings about Ezo leaders known as Aterui that even children can understand. There are also hands-on classes making clay figurines, Jomon period accessories, and more. It's an accessible way to learn about the world of archaeology and ancient history.

    坂上田村麻呂の蝦夷征伐は知っていたが、この地に胆沢城が築かれたのは初めて知った。蝦夷の長阿弖流為など歴史に興味のある人は楽しめると思います。充実度からいえばまだまだのような気はしますが、ビデオもあってわかりやすかったです。

  • Oshu City Traditional Industries Museum
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    Iwate Oshu-shi Mizusawa Hadacho Ekimae 1-109
    This museum tells the history of Mizusawa, the birthplace of Nanbu ironware. It's located a five-minute walk from JR Mizusawa Esashi Station. There are displays on the process of making ironware and some of the actual equipment that was used. There's also a recreation of an ironware workshop to help you learn more about the tradition and casting process. Major league baseball player Otani Shohei hails from Mizusawa Ward, and there's a Nanbu ironware casting of his hand you can try shaking. Nanbu ironware products and crafts such as wind chimes and iron kettles are available for purchase in their gift shop.

    南部鉄器の製作工程を学ぶことができます。職人を模した等身大の人形を使っての説明は迫力があります。動画による説明が一番分かりやすかった。奥州市出身の野球選手、大谷翔平を紹介するコーナーもありました。

  • The Cattle Museum
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    Iwate Oshu-shi Maesawa Minamijinba 103-1
    A museum located a seven-minute taxi ride from Maesawa Station on the Tohoku Main Line in Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture. The museum contains a variety of exhibits on cattle such as cattle skeletons and how milk is produced, the relationship between humans and cattle from ancient times to the present, the history of Maesawa beef, and the cattle industry. The museum holds events such as symposiums and picture book readings, as well as classes like butter making and recreating Meiji period ice cream. The museum store sells original merchandise like T-shirts featuring a cow stomach design, and leather cell phone straps.
  • Karyuzawa Rapids Park
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    Iwate Ichinoseki-shi Hanaizumicho Hikata Nakadori
    This park takes advantage of the natural landscape of the gorge that flows through it, so that visitors can see small waterfalls and massive rock formations. In the spring, visitors can see scenes of blooming cherry trees, azaleas, wisteria, and other colorful blossoms. The park is equipped with bridges and footpaths that cross the river, so that visitors can explore the riverbanks. There is a tenting site within the park where visitors can camp or barbecue as well as bungalows that sleep several people, so that one can choose whichever style of lodging is most suitable for one’s purposes.
  • Higamori Camping Ground
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    Iwate Ichinoseki-shi Senmayacho Okutama Tobi Ke Mori 11-80
    A campground in Tobigamori at the foot of Mt. Murone in Iwate Prefecture. The extensive grounds feature an area that doubles as a stage for outdoor concerts and music festivals. It has all the facilities required for camping, such as toilets, tent decks, and a cooking area. The campground is closed during the snowy October-April period.
  • Chiba Farm
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    Iwate Ichinoseki-shi Kawasakicho Usuginu Shimomaki 93
    A tourist farm where strawberry picking is the main activity. They grow large Yayoihime and Sachinoka strawberries–with their nice sweet and sour balance–in large vinyl greenhouses. In addition to soil plantings, there are also hydroponic beds where you can harvest strawberries without bending over. Visitors pay the entry fee and enjoy all-you-can-eat strawberries without a time limit. They also sell strawberries to bring with you as gifts.
  • Tsuriyama Park
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    Iwate Ichinoseki-shi Tsuriyama
    This park was built on the site of Ichinoseki Castle. The hilltop castle was originally constructed to take advantage of the topography of the small hill that was called Tsuriyama. The castle was demolished in the Meiji period and the area became the park it is today. Inside the park, visitors can see Japanese gardens, and the castle ruins, including remains of the moat and a well. The park is slightly elevated in comparison to its surroundings and visitors can enjoy a view that overlooks the town of Ichinoseki from the hilltop. It is also famous as a cherry blossom viewing spot, and many people come to see the blossoms during the season.
  • Oshu Koromogawa History Fureai Museum
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    Iwate Oshu-shi Koromogawa Hina 60-18
    A museum that conveys the history of the Abe clan, progenitor of the Northern Fujiwara clan. It has an impressive display of wax figures of Abe no Sadato and Minamoto no Yoshiie depicting a scene in which they compose poems during the Former Nine Years’ War. The exhibition begins with a display of artifacts excavated from a Jomon period site. It also showcases the history and traditions of the region including Masuzawa-nuri lacquerware, first developed during the Northern Fujiwara period and further advanced during the Meiji to Taisho periods. Every Tuesday the Koromogawa Lacquer Association gets together to make Masuzawa-nuri lacquerware at the museum's studio. It’s open to public viewing with a reservation.
  • Atagoyama Natural Park
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    Iwate Oshu-shi Esashi Fujisato
    A nature park built to commemorate the 1993 marriage of Crown prince Naruhito. Located in the Ishiwada district with the winding Idegawa River, sites include the sheer cliffs along the river as well as silicified wood. There are also lots of seasonal flowers such as wisteria and lilies, as well as colored foliage in the fall. An observatory has a view overlooking the city, and lots of visitors come for the hiking course too. Its many other highlights include historic features such as Atago Shrine at the top of the park and the site of Numajiri Castle, as well as a monument to poets with ties to Morioka City such as Tachihara Michizo and Takeshima Shigetaro.
  • Oshu Space and Astronomy Museum
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    Iwate Oshu-shi Mizusawa Hoshigaokacho 2-12
    This museum is located approximately a 10-minute drive from the Tohoku Shinkansen Mizusawa-Esashi Station. It has a long history spanning over 100 years, and was reconstructed and recreated in the image of Japan's first international latitude observatory, in 1921. Visitors can see equipment that is currently in use, as well as historical astronomical instruments. The permanent exhibition room on the first floor teaches visitors about the universe, from the things that we can experience from the ground to space and the universe. There is also a theater room with 4D digital space theater screenings, as well as a permanent Universe Exhibition Room, where visitors can experience the universe by touch. Visitors can also listen to various event lectures while relaxing at the cafe.
  • Motsuji Temple Treasure Museum
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    Iwate Nishiiwai-gun Hiraizumicho
    This treasure museum on the ground of Motsuji Temple makes up one of the components of the “Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land” UNESCO world heritage site, and is located along Motsuji-dori Street in Osawa, Hiraizumi, Hiraizumi Town, Nishiiwai County. It holds and displays treasures such as Buddha statues given to the temple, excavated artifacts, and tools used for the national important intangible folk cultural property “Ennen no Mai” (longevity dance).
  • Iwate Prefectural Floriculture Center
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    Iwate Isawa-gun Kanegasaki Cho Rokuhara Kashiranashi 2-1
    This botanical garden is located along Prefectural Route 159 in Kashiranashi, Rokuhara, Kanegasaki Town, Isawa County. It has a greenhouse where you can see subtropical fruit trees, carnivorous plants, Okinawan subtropical plants and succulents, and a flowerbed and herb sample garden outside. In addition, there are exhibitions of duplicate paintings by Koko Fukazawa, a painter from Iwate who drew a lot of works with wild flowers as motifs, and a flower bed for cultivating the flowers drawn in the works.

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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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