Spots in Hanamaki / Kitakami / Tono Area

  • Miyazawa Kenji Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    179 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Yasawa 1-1-36
    The Miyazawa Kenji Memorial Museum is located in the city of Hanamaki in Iwate Prefecture. It contains video images, as well as materials related to the poet and author of children's stories, Miyazawa Kenji, organized into exhibits in five fields. There are presentations about the creative process that led to Miyazawa's works, commentaries, and the results of research about him. Special events are held inside the museum, including limited-time exhibits of the manuscripts of his children's stories.

    The museum is dedicated wholly to the life of Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933) the author of Night on the Galactic Railroad. He was a poet, wrote childrens books, painted (a bit), taught agricultural...

  • Hotel Senshukaku
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    4.0
    105 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Yumoto 1-125
    This lodging facility is located in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. It is popular as a hot spring resort where you can taste local sake and dishes made using seasonal Iwate ingredients. You can take a bath in the large public bath or open-air bath of the adjacent hotel, or the spacious public bath with plenty of water on the premises. The sky restaurant on the top floor of the hotel lets you look out on Hanamaki City, and you can enjoy their menu of Western and Japanese dishes as well as a Western dinner.

    The front desk told us our rooms were non-smoking. But they smelled so badly with strong cigarette smell. The windows were completely sealed due to a construction outside. Since we couldnt even open...

  • Roadside Station Tono Kazu no Oka
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
    Transportation
    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Ayaorichounisato 8-2-1
    This roadside station is located in Tono City, Iwate Prefecture. The spiral magnus wind turbine, with blades shaped like screws, is the symbol of the facility. In addition, it sells locally harvested agricultural products, folk crafts and handicrafts, and features a rich variety of items. You can also enjoy Kuretsubo soba (buckwheat noodles), gyoja garlic ramen and a set meal with jingisukan (grilled mutton).

    This “Michi-no-Eki” or Roadside Station is located at the west side of the city of Tohno on National Highway 283. Symbolically it has a uniquely shaped windmill within the complex. Like many other...

  • Osawa Onsen
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    4.5
    56 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Yuguchi Osawa 181
    This hot spring is located in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. While gazing at the seasonal natural scenery, you can enjoy soaking in a hot spring in a relaxed state of mind. It consists of three accommodation facilities, Sansuikaku, Kikusuikan and Toujiya, which have differing baths you can use. In addition, there is also a shop, eatery and banquet hall on the premises.

    Stayed in a 200+ years old thatched roof building on a snow day. Absolutely beautiful experience. Their open air hot spring is situated by the gorge and co-sex. They have 4 other hot springs in the...

  • Tono Furusato Village
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Tsukimoushichoukamitsukimoushi 5-89-1
    Tono Furusato Village is an experience-type theme park that recreates the beautiful natural environment of the Tono region in days gone by. Several traditional farmhouses that retain Tono’s unique character have been relocated to the Village, which is frequently used as a location for the filming of period dramas, etc. Besides the old farmhouses, there are also facilities where visitors can experience aspects of traditional lifestyles such as woodworking, ceramics-making, charcoal burning, etc. There are also special seasonal events based on traditional festivals, such as the “Dobekko Festival.”

    A lovely museum on the whole. Enjoyed visiting each house for a look at how it used to be. Remember to enter the museum near the entrance for a display of the wildlife in the tohoku area. Beware...

  • Folktale and Storytelling Center
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    4.0
    49 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Chuoudori 2-11
    This is museum where guests can experience Tono’s world of folklore passed down through the generations through audio and visual exhibits. The facility offers something for both adults and children to enjoy, with a theater, video library, and experience corner. In the Tono-za, a theater that was once used as a sake brewer’s storehouse, visitors can appreciate folk tales told by a professional storyteller and other folk entertainment.

    We visited this museum because entry to it came with entry to the Castle museum, so we thought wed get our moneys worth. I do speak some Japanese but my husband doesnt, and we both found this...

  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Hanamaki-shi Ota 21-5-1
    A Tendai Buddhist temple located a 24-minute drive from Hanamaki Station on the Tohoku Main Line in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. The temple was founded to pray for Sakanoue no Tamuramaro in 807 and is considered one of Japan's three Kiyomizu temples. The temple is also the first temple on the Oshu 33 Kannon Pilgrimage and the Togoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage. The temple's principal object of worship is an eleven-faced statue of Kannon kept in the Kannondo hall. Other highlights include the Deva gate, which enshrines the statue of Kannon which is on the Togoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage; the Jigansuido hall, which is said to miraculously heal eye diseases; and a Japanese cedar split into four trunks which is said to bless worshippers with children.

    こんなところにこんな場所があったのか、と少し驚きましたが、それなりの歴史を感じさせる場所でした。宮沢賢治の文章にも出てきたとの説明に、建物が少なかった当時は、花巻の市街地からもこの森が見えたのだとしみじみ感じました。

  • Tono Municipal Museum
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    4.5
    33 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Higashidatechou 3-9
    Established in 1980, this museum is the first of its kind in Japan. It is a museum introducing the folklore and folk culture of the Tono peoples' lifestyle, environment, history, and culture. The life of the Tono people in the Tono basin valley is displayed in an easy to understand manner through documents and photographs. One can enjoy viewing the Tono Story, the picture works based on local folklore and topics, and the animated film ''Shigeru Mizuki's Tono Story.''

    This is of surprisingly high standard for a municipal museum. The 500 yen admission fee includes the loan of an audio visual device which provides a commentary in English. The displays are well...

  • Motoyu Geto
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    4.0
    43 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Iwate Pref. Kitakamishi Wagachouiwasakishinden 1-22
    This hot spring facility is located in the valley of Mt. Yakeishi of the Waga-cho area of Kitakami City, Iwate Prefecture. A natural hot spring with water flowing directly from the spring source, it has one inside bath and five open-air baths. In addition, the open-air baths are exclusively for women during specific times. In the winter, it is a secluded hot spring because of closed roads, and used by locals and tourists. Pick-up from JR Kitakami Station to the facility is available with a reservation.

    元湯夏油さんは、日本秘湯を守る会会員のお宿。 大自然にかこまれた露天風呂始め、異なる7つの温泉を楽しめます。 点在する湯船を巡るのは楽しいです。 露天風呂から色付いた美しい渓谷美を堪能しながらの湯あみは至福の時でした。 お部屋は昔ながらの和室で、寛げます。 夕食は大広間で頂きます、温かみのある献立で美味しく頂きました。 山奥の秘湯で温泉三昧、極上の時間でした。

  • Kawajiri Onsen Hottoyuda
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    3.5
    35 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Iwate Waga-gun Nishiwagamachi Kawashiri 40-chiwari 53
    This hot spring facility is located in Kawashiri, Nishiwaga Town, Waga County. It adjoins the station building for Hottoyuda Station, and has a large public bath, private bath and break room. There is a traffic light in the bathhouse that shows the arrival time of the next train, so you can enjoy bathing while waiting for the train.

    駅舎にある温泉施設で、共同浴場の他に家族風呂などもありました。入湯料は300円で、時間制限はなく、二階の休憩所も利用可能でした。駅の温泉と言うことで、浴室内に信号機を模した電灯サインがあり、列車の時刻が近づくにつれて青→黄色→赤と表示色が変化します。ただし、接近の列車が上りか下りかは自己責任でチェックして下さい(笑)。お湯は無色透明で匂いもありませんでした。

  • Geto Kogen Resort
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Kitakamishi Wagachouiwasakishinden
    This is a ski resort in Kitakami City Iwate Prefecture. The resort has one of the richest snowfalls in the Tohoku region and skiers can enjoy a long season of powder snow. Every year many visitors come to the resort from both within and outside the prefecture. There are a total of 14 unique slopes. For skiers who love powder snow we recommend the non-compacted snow course where the best powder snow can be enjoyed during snowy weather. There is a food court which offers a wide selection such as curry and ramen noodles rental shops and a childcare facility. Also there is a large outdoor natural hot spring bath called the “Usagimori no yu” and it is pleasing to have many facilities in one complex.

    春スキーで訪問。雪の量も十分でとても楽しめました。近くに温泉もあってアフターも楽しめました。また是非行きたいです。

  • Denshoen
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Tsuchibuchichoutsuchibuchi 6-5-1
    Located in Tono, land of Japanese folklore, Denshoen is a facility which exists to share the lifestyle of farmers in the area once lived to future generations. Visitors can learn about old folk tales, experience traditional events, and try making folk crafts. The facility also engages in silkworm raising. Each year a festival to pray to the household god Oshira-sama is held at Denshoen. In addition, the facility regularly has a storyteller share old Tono folktales (fee and reservation required). You can enjoy local Tono cuisine in Denshoen’s cafeteria, and there’s also a memorial museum dedicated to Tono storyteller Kizen Sasaki, as well as the Oshira-do Hall.

    施設の中には曲がり家があり、昔話が聴ける。CDから流れる声だけど、囲炉裏のそばに座って目を閉じると、いい感じで聴ける。行ったときは、ちょうど、「おしらさま」の話だった。聴き終えてから建物を見学すると、意味がよくわかる。 他にも、水車小屋や、染め物をしているところがあり、入口にホップが植えてあった。 施設を出てからカッパ渕へ行く途中にホップ畑があったが、おかげでそれがホップだとわかった。

  • Roadside Station Miyamori
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
    Transportation
    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Miyamorichoushimomiyamori 30-37-1
    This roadside station is located in Tono City, Iwate Prefecture. It sells processed goods using wasabi (Japanese horseradish), a specialty of the area that boasts the largest production in the Tohoku region, and items such as Tassobe-zuke, wasabi miso and wasabi kasu-zuke line its storefronts. In addition, you can taste unique wasabi beer, which has wasabi extracts, and weitzen beer that utilizes technology from the land of beer, Germany.

    夕方の6時頃着いたのですが、明かりはついていたのですが、店はバタバタ閉めていて利用できませんでした。道の駅って閉めるのがこんなに早かったのか? 結局トイレだけ利用して早々に出発しました。

  • Tono Shokuniku Center
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Tonoshi Matsuzakichoushiraiwa 20-13-1
    This jingisukan (Mongolian grilled mutton) restaurant is located in Tono City, Iwate Prefecture. The birthplace of raw jingisukan, you can taste authentic jingisukan using raw mutton in a spacious area with a maximum seating capacity of 136 seats. The restaurant uses mutton from Australia and New Zealand. In addition, their rich and fruity-tasting Tono Reimen (cold noodles) is recommended to finish.

    レストランというよりも、大型バスでくる団体客目当ての観光スポット、という方がしっくりくるかもしれません。 あんべよりタレが美味しいのが救いかも?

  • Yabuya (Hanamaki Main Restaurant)
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    3.5
    54 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Fubbarichou 7-17
    This soba buckwheat noodle restaurant is located in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. Opened in 1923, they provide tsuyu (soup base) using high-grade bonito flakes and soba buckwheat noodles using flour from Iwate. It is known as a wanko soba restaurant, and your bowl is endlessly refilled until you close the lid. The poet Kenji Miyazawa is also said to have been a customer at the time of its establishment, so there is a Kenji Set on the menu which includes the tempura soba and Mitsuya Cider he used to order.

    At Yabuya main shop, you can challenge how many bowls of Soba noodle you can eat. Wanko-Soba is a mouthful Soba noodle in a bowl and peoples are competing in terms of number of bowls consumed. A...

  • Edel Wein Outlet Store Wein Chateau Ohasama
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Ohasamamachiohasama 10-18-3
    This winery is located in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. It is directly operated and offers a rich selection of wines. The store is divided into a dealer area where you can taste wines for free, and a tasting room where you pay to taste specially made wines. You can also tour and see wine bottle checks, production and the barrel fermentation room.

    観光コースで立ち寄りました。「神の雫」に紹介された白ワインがあったので、試飲して気に入ったので購入しました。2000円代とお求めやすい価格も嬉しいです。リコッタチーズがすごく安くて美味しそうでした。

  • Roadside Station Hayachine
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    3.0
    7 Reviews
    Transportation
    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Ohasamamachiuchikawame 10-30-114
    This roadside station is located in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. Situated on the side of Hayachine Dam, it sells local specialties centered on Edel wine using Japanese grapes. In addition, there is a corner exhibiting the exchange records with the city's Austrian sister city, Berndorf, and spots for relaxation such as a park to come into contact with water and greenery. There is also a restaurant where you can enjoy meals while gazing out on the natural scenery of Hayachine.

    交通量の少ない場所にある道の駅。必要性をいまいち感じない。 小規模の売店とトイレのみ。駅の向かいにあったレストランも閉店。実に淋しい。

  • Kitakami City Oni no Yakata
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Kitakami-shi Wagacho Iwasaki 16-131
    "A museum located a 20-minute drive from JR Kitakami Station. The museum was opened in 1994 to present information on oni, mythical Japanese creatures alternately translated as ""ogres"" and ""demons."" The museum introduces all kinds of oni, from scary ones to cute and cuddly ones. Exhibits include a large number of oni masks, including a giant mask three-meter-tall and weighing 80 kilograms. The museum also introduces masks depicting oni-like creates from around the world with a focus on Thailand, Nepal, and other Asian countries."

    鬼についての展示がある博物館です。 日本国内にとどまらず、世界の鬼や妖怪などが展示されています。 お面だけの展示が多かったのが少し残念でした。全身の展示であればもっと迫力があると思います。 小さな子どもは怖がってしまいそうな博物館でした。

  • Tono Castle Shitamachi Museum
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Tono-shi Chuodori 4-6
    This museum introduces the castle town of Tono. In the Edo period, the area flourished as a castle town under the lordship of Tono Nanbu, of Mutsu Province. The museum, which was designed in the image of the castle's white earth walls, has exhibits of various artifacts from Tono Nanbu. There are also a wide variety of items including armor, hanging scrolls, swords, boxes containing letters, and shell collections. There are also historical materials on display that date from ancient times to the modern age.

    The museum is very small, in that you will be done in under 15 minutes. But entry to it also includes entry to the Tono Folktale Museum, and together theyre both worth a look. The artefacts here are...

  • Yorozu Tetsugoro Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Hanamaki-shi Towacho Tsuchizawa 5-135
    "About two minutes by car from Towa Interchange on the Kamaishi Expressway. An art museum that honors Yorozu Tetsugoro, a painter from Tsuchizawa, Towa-cho, Hanamaki City and one of the pioneers of modern Japanese art. Under the theme of ""Yorozu and Tsuchizawa,"" the museum displays collected work that includes oil paintings, ink paintings, sketches, and other items such as notebooks, letters, photographs, and his personal articles. The Haccho Dozo on the west side of the museum is the earthen storehouse from his family home that was transferred to the site and rebuilt. The gallery holds exhibitions with a focus on contemporary art. The adjacent cafe is open to everyone, not just museum visitors."

    Tetsugoro Yorozu (1885-1927) is one of the most important modern painters of Japan who excelled not only in the Western-style oil painting but also in traditional Japanese black ink painting. One of...

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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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