Spots in Hanamaki / Kitakami / Tono Area

  • Miyazawa Kenji Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    183 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.

    I recommend to book Donguri to Yamaneko bus service to take you many spots in the area in classic style little bus costing about USD52 for whole day tour(half day also available) In the morning...

  • Miyazawa Kenji Dowa Mura (Village of Fairy Tales)
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    4.0
    124 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Takamatsu 26-19
    An experience-oriented museum dedicated to the fairy tales of Kenji Miyazawa located in Takamatsu, Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture. Surrounded by hills and fields, you’ll feel like you’ve wandered into the world of Miyazawa’s fairy tales in the museum’s charming, magical atmosphere. The Kenji’s School area is divided into five zones themed after the Miyazawa’s works. Other museum facilities include Milky Way Station, the Sky Plaza, Kenji’s Classroom, the Fairy Path, the Owl Path, and the Yamano Soen forest. Visitors are encouraged to slowly stroll the facility’s grounds and enjoy the fairy tale world and various sculptures scattered here and there. The nearest station is Shin-Hanamaki Station.

    As I do not know much about Kenji, the village is a place to know more about the nature. There are different exhibition rooms about the nature, such as animals, birds and anatomy. If you do not know...

  • Osawa Onsen
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    4.5
    108 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.

    自炊部なので温泉ならではの和食は無いですが、温泉は本館などと共通ですから素晴らしい風呂を手頃な楽しむ事が出来ました。自炊部は昭和な雰囲気満点で、広さも十分。炊事はせずに食堂を利用しましたが、鶏重は実に旨かった。逸品です。 露天風呂は桜が満開で最高の眺め。しかし2日後にはすっかり葉桜に。大型連休中は気温が高かったため風呂はやや熱かったです。スタッフの対応も良い宿でした。 良い休みになりました。 Yo...

  • Roadside Station Tono Kazu no Oka
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    4.0
    65 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...

  • Tono Furusato Village
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    4.0
    57 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
    50 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...

  • Tono Municipal Museum
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    4.5
    34 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
    37 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.

    旅の1ページとして楽しみにしていた温泉でした。7時14分着。さて、ホームから駅舎へ出ようとするとガラス戸は閉まり、始業は8時からの貼り紙が。なんとホームに閉じ込められた状態に、この時点であり得ないこと。そうこうしていると駅係員?(私服)が出勤なのかガラス戸越しに見えました。そして事務室側のドアから箒と塵取りを持ってこちら側のホームへ出てきた、と思ったら目の前で掃除をはじめたのです。その間私と目を合...

  • Roadside Station Lake Kinshuko
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
    Transportation
    Iwate Pref. Wagagunnishiwagamachi Suginahata 44-264
    Roadside Station Lake Kinshuko is a rest stop for drivers located in the town of Nishi-Waga in Waga County. It offers a panoramic view of Lake Kinshuko, an artificial lake created by the Yuda Dam. There is a retail shop that sells specialties such as bracken and royal Asian ferns, and an adjacent restaurant that uses local ingredients. A favorite dessert item is Nishi-Waga Marugoto Sweets, which combines soft ice cream made from milk produced in Yuda and mochi dusted with bracken power.

    昔の道の駅っぽいメニューが一層され、季節ごとの地元食材を生かしたメニューに変わりました。旬彩御膳などオシャレなメニューも加わり、若者や女性客が増えているようです。

  • Monument to Kenji Miyazawa (Ame ni mo Makezu Monument)
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Shimoheiguntanohatamura Raga 3
    This monument is especially valuable, among all the many Kenji Miyazawa monuments, for the section of his famous poem “Ame ni mo Makezu” engraved on in in the handwriting of Kotaro Takamura. It was erected in 1936, but since some words were accidentally omitted, it was re-engraved in 1944. Crowds of people from all over Japan gather here every year on September 21st, the anniversary of Miyazawa’s death. It’s a 10 minute drive from Tohoku Expressway Hanamaki Minami Interchange.

    北上川の西岸、木々に囲まれた静かな場所にあります。のどかな田舎の風景ですが、冬に訪れると雪が積もって少し歩きにくいところもありました。花巻に宮沢賢治にちなむ場所はたくさんありますが、その中でもここは観光地っぽくないところが良いと思います。

  • Denshoen
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    4.0
    8 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.

    古民家や水車小屋・雪隠・井戸などの昔の建物や、土着神オシラサマを祀るオシラ堂を見ることができます。また遠野物語の語り部である佐々木喜善に関する展示もしています。レストランもあり、郷土食のひっつみ(すいとん)やけいらん(もち粉の皮で餡を包んで茹で汁をはったデザート)を食べることができます。総じてなかなか満足度が高い施設でした。

  • 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。

  • 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。

  • Tono Castle Shitamachi Museum
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    3.5
    15 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...

  • Tono Shokuniku Center
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    4.0
    33 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.

    遠野バイパス沿い、念願叶って初訪問です。 少し遅めの入店だったので待たずに入ることができました。 臭みのあるお肉も好きですがこちらの生ラムは本当にクセもなく美味しい。肉厚なのも良かったです。 〆にいただいた遠野冷麺もすっきりとした中でコクあるスープ、満喫です。 隣では肉の販売もしていてお土産用に購入することも可能です。

  • 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...

  • Wildcat House Yamanekoken (Main Restaurant)
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    3.5
    64 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Yasawa 3-161-33
    Five minutes by car from Shin-Hanamaki Station. A restaurant located along the parking lot for the Miyazawa Kenji Memorial Museum. Modeled after the “Restaurant of Many Orders” appearing in Miyazawa’s fairy tales, diners can enjoy a meal while feeling like they are in the world of Miyazawa’s stories. Popular menu items include hearty Ihatov set meal, which comes with kakuni stewed cubes of Hakkin pork and seasonal tempura; as well as the Yamaneko suiton set—suiton, a soup with flour dumplings, is a local Hanamaki dish. Visitors can also purchase original merchandise themed after the works of Miyazawa, making the restaurant a must-visit for fans of the author.

    入り口に「どなたもどうかお入りください。決してご遠慮はありません」書いてあるとか芸が細かく、中に塩やクリームが展示されたていたり結構芸が細かいです。料理と価格はまあごく普通です。

  • Kitakami Tenshochi Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Kitakamishi Tachibana
    Located at the point where the Kitakawa River and Waga River meet, the Kitakami Tenshochi Park is a municipal park which is referred to as one of the three famous cherry blossom spots in Michinoku (Tohoku). The name “Tenshochi”, meaning beauty spot, comes from the wonderful view of the cherry blossom seen from Jingaoka Hill. 10,000 cherry blossom trees and 100,000 azaleas are planted at the approximately 30,000 square meter site, and in 1990 the park was selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. The Sakura Matsuri Festival (cherry blossom festival) is held each year from the middle of April to the beginning of May, with lots of tourists coming to visit at this time.

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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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