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  • Sanriku Fukko National Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi prefecture, Iwate prefecture, Aomori prefecture
    This is a national park which was established in May 2013 in order to contribute to the reconstruction of the Sanriku region which was damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and preserves the “Miracle Lone Pine Tree” and other remnants of the disaster. Visitors can see nature and geographical features unique to the coastal areas such as a rare sea shore (the Tanesashi Coast) where the “sand squeaks”, colonies of rugose rose and sweat pea etc., and the scenic spot of Ohakozaki Senjojiki representing Kamaishi City. There are some visitor centers and museums in the area, exhibiting materials related to nature, ecosystems and the disaster in each area, providing tourist information and multilingual brochures.
  • Kuji Underground Aquarium and Science Museum Moguranpia
    5 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Kujishi Samuraihamachoumugio First District 43-7
    This aquarium is located in Kuji City, Iwate Prefecture. It is Japan's first underground aquarium, and uses a tunnel at the National Kuji Storage Base. Besides being able to come into contact with sea creatures, there are also various exhibits and a corner to learn about the oil reserves. You can also see the nanbu moguri (traditional diving technique) and hokugen no ama (northernmost female free divers) underwater demonstrations on weekends and national holidays.


  • Fudaihama Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Prefecture Shimokuigaya-gun Miyono-mura Utsubu
    Fudaihama Beach is a swimming beach located in the village of Fudai, Shimohei County, Iwate Prefecture. The most distinctive feature of the 600 meter-long beach is its crescent shape, and it attracts swimmers, as well as those who just want to walk along the shore or play in the sand. It is one of the rare white sand beaches along the rocky Sanriku Coast, and the surrounding area has been set aside as a park. At the southern end of the beach is a restaurant that serves light meals based on freshly caught seafood.
  • Kuji Amber Museum
    36 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Kujishi Kokujichou Dai19chiwari 156-133
    This museum is located in Kuji City, Iwate Prefecture. Among the amber used in jewelry, this is where you can see amber from Kuji, which has the world's oldest deposits. There are exhibits that show the production of amber and artworks using it. With prior reservations, you can also participate in events where you can experience digging amber.

    琥珀好き、石好きの人には良いと思います。 私はまったく興味がないので、ツアーで参加しましたが、ただの時間つぶしです。 案内してくれた若い男性は、知識も乏しく。 観光客からの質問に答えられないというものもありました。 最終的には 見学後、お土産を購入するよう誘導されているような。 まあ、ツアーで良くみる景色です。

  • Jodogahama Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Miyakoshi Hitachihamachou 32-4
    A beach located a 15-minute walk from a parking area located a 10-minute drive from JR Miyako Station in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture. The beach has been selected for inclusion in a list of the Best Beach 100 of Japan. Also a picturesque destination situated in the center of Sanriku Fukko National Park/Sanriku Geopark, the beach is set off by the surrounding sharp white rhyolite boulders, green pine trees, and blue sea. There's a rest house where you can eat ramen made with local seafood, and a marine house which offers boat rentals. Pleasure cruises also leave and return near here.
  • Yukiyagawa Dam Forest Park Karumai
    7 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Kunohe-gun Karumaimachi Kogarumai 20-3-1
    A natural forest park located a 15-minute drive from the Karumai Interchange on the Hachinohe Expressway. The park was designed to make use of the beautiful scenery created by the surrounding forest and dam. The grounds have been planted with some 150 thousand tulips which come into beautiful bloom from late April through mid-May. In addition to colorful tulips in spring, visitors can take in seasonal scenery throughout the year such as hydrangeas in summer and fall foliage in autumn. The park is adjoined by a campground and tennis courts and offers a class in which you can try making charcoal.

    A mini tulip park, similar to Holland. A refreshing view of nature. I didnt take a picture a of little trail that they have from they have a clean bathroom in the middle of the forest and a drink...

  • Abasse Takata
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Rikuzentakata-shi Takatacho Tate no Oki 1
    A shopping mall located a 20-minute walk from JR Rikuzen-Takata Station. Designed around the concept of gathering, eating, and having fun, there are 14 shops in the mall primarily consisting of local businesses, a supermarket, and drug store. Confectionary and stationary shops as well as cafes and restaurants can be found in the A Building. The B Building is occupied by large specialty stores, while the C Building is dedicated to a drug store. All three buildings are connected by shaded walkways ensuring that customers can enjoy their shopping experience no matter what the weather is like.
  • Kesen Carpentry and Folklore Museum
    10 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Rikuzentakata-shi Otomocho Myoga 1-237
    A museum located a 90-minute drive from the Ichinoseki Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway. The museum is modeled after early Meiji period Kesen homes and was built to pass on the techniques of Kesen carpentry to future generations. The museum was built exclusively with local materials like Kesen cedar wood. The main building is made of wood and modeled after a single story thatch roof family home. Looking up from beyond the irori sunken hearth, visitors can spot Kesen carpentry techniques everywhere, such as three stage beams. There's also a 3.11 Light of Hope eternally lit gas lamp on the grounds which was lit from the 1.17 Light of Hope in Kobe.

    The Kesen carpentry style is unique to the area and unfortunately there are very few carpenters (if any) left to carry on the techniques. Inside the main building with high ceilings is a...

  • Fureai Land Iwaizumi
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Shimohei-gun Iwaizumicho Otomo Omukai 48
    This facility is located on the south of the roadside station Iwaizumialong National Route 455. It is an ideal spot for families to visit, and has a full complement of facilities such as an auto campground and outdoor stage. There are over 40 sites in the auto campground, a cottage that can accommodate up to 10 people, and a trailer house with an unusual design, where visitors can spend some time away from the monotony of their day to day lives. There is also a center house that is open 24 hours a day and also functions as a point of contact for emergencies. The roadside station also has a hill with large playground equipment for children to enjoy, as well as a central plaza surrounded by nature.
  • Ryusenshindo Science Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Shimohei-gun Iwaizumicho Iwaizumi Kannari
    A limestone cave discovered after the Ryusendo Cave–one of Japan's three major caves–in Iwaizumi-cho. In 1967, Ryusendo Cave was discovered during construction to widen a prefectural road. The well-developed cave system and its water course markings have scientific value, and in 1975 it was opened to the public as a science museum. In addition to the stalactites and stalagmites that are still being surveyed, there are abundant traces of pre-modern people. The cave has displays depicting life in the cave, which acted as shelter from the elements. There is also an area of water that looks beautiful when lit up.
  • Ryusendo Youth Travel Village
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Shimohei-gun Iwaizumicho Iwaizumi Kannari 12
    15 minutes by bus from JR Iwaizumi Station, this leisure facility is right next to Ryusendo Cave, one of Japan's three major caves. It has a campground, a sports field, a lighted tennis court, etc. It's open from May to October, the perfect season for spending time outdoors. The travel village is connected to the Ryusendo Cave property, so you can visit it while camping just a ten-minute walk away. The campground has tent sites and bungalows as well as facilities for outdoor recreational activities.
  • Tsukuehama Banyagun
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Shimohei-gun Tanohatamura Tsukue 142-3
    About three hours from Morioka by bus or train. These banya, or fishermen's huts, symbolize the connection between the Rikuchu Coast's natural environment and the lives of its people. Tanohata Banya Ecotourism is the idea behind their nature experience programs. There are lots of hands-on activities that let you get in touch with nature, including riding in a small fishing boat known as a sappa, making your own shell art, etc. A guide will accompany you trekking on the Kitayamazaki Nature Trail, which has been selected as one of Japan's 100 best walks. The guide speaks in a friendly Tohoku dialect.
  • Kitayamazaki Nature Guided Trekking
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Shimohei-gun Tanohata Mura Kitayama 129-10 Kitayamazaki Visitor Center
    Shared tourist taxis run from Tanohata Station. Trekking is available with local guides along the Michinoku Shiokaze Trail, including Kitayamazaki. They know the Tanohata area well, and the treks can be adapted to your fitness level and time available, as well as to your preferred course or theme. You can take in highlights such as earthquake remnants, the Unosu Cliff Nature Trail, and the Kitayamazaki Nature Trail, which has been selected as one of Japan's 100 Best Walks. You'll enjoy hiking in the great outdoors while experiencing the story and background of the area.
  • Aketo Camping Ground
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Shimohei-gun Tanohata Mura Aketo 157-3
    This campsite is located in Tanohata Village, Iwate Prefecture. It was destroyed by the earthquake in 2011, but was reopened in 2015. In addition to sites for eight automobiles, there is also an open tent site with space for approximately 100 tents, as well as a fire circle where a large campfire can be held. The campsite also has a cooking area and flushing toilets, so families can bring small children without worrying about anything. Visitors can enjoy the surrounding nature such as the spacious lawn in the plaza and the hydrangea garden that blooms beautifully when it is in season, while also enjoying the scent of the tide.
  • Kurosaki Auto Camping Ground
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Shimohei-gun Fudaimura Shimomura Dai2-chiwari
    This campground is located approximately a 90-minute drive from Kunohe Interchange. The auto campground is one of the highlights of Sanriku Fukko National Park. It is situated in a forest of pine trees and has 23 autocamping sites. It is attractive because of the high ratio of experienced campers, so people can expect good camping manners from the majority of its users. The campground is also fully equipped with cooking areas and flushing toilets, and campers can experience nature quietly filtering through the leaves of the forest. There is also Kurosaki-Sou, a national youth hostel, which has a bath with an excellent view, so visitors can enjoy a day-trip to the bath.
  • Uchimagi Valley Shower Climbing
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Kuji-shi Yamagatacho Oguni 16-100-15 (Magi Visitor Center)
    This limited-time sport from July to September is when you try to reach the goal across large and small waterfalls while walking and swimming in the river against the flow of the Uchimaki mountain streams. You can enjoy the exhilaration and thrills while feeling the stream of the river and the clear air of the forest. Beginners can feel at ease because it is led by an instructor. Everyone from elementary school-age children can participate, and it is perfect for families. To join, contact the Furusato Taiken Gakushu Kyokai. The meeting place for the activity is the Uchimagi Visitor Center.
  • Iwate Prefectural Fishery Science Museum
    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Miyako-shi Hitachihamacho 32-28
    Japan’s first marine science museum, it is located in Jodogahama Beach about four kilometers from JR Miyako Station. In addition to introducing the history of Iwate’s fishing grounds, traditional and modern fishing methods, and aquaculture techniques, sea life inhabiting the Sanriku area is shown in a giant diorama. There is a large aquarium in the “Osakana Corner” where you can see a variety of marine creatures such as fish found in the waters near Iwate and clown fish living on coral reefs. You can also experience being in the fishing industry by painting scallop shells and coring wakame seaweed, and canning to make time capsules (reservations required).

    浄土ヶ浜は有名で、それぞれの季節 多くの観光客で賑わいます。 その浄土ヶ浜へ行く道の途中にある水産科学館。 正直 私たちが立ち寄った時も 他にはお客さんはおらず。 この施設を県立でやっていくのは 厳しいのでは… と思いました。 外枠は とても立派です! もっと上手に活用すれば良いのに。

  • Heigawa Auto Camping Ground
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Miyako-shi Shige 8-53
    This auto campground is located approximately a 90-minute drive from Morioka Minami Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway. The campground is inside the recreation park River Park Niisato, situated on an elevated area overlooking Heigawa River. There is a standard auto campground for cars, another for camper vans and an open auto campground, all equipped with a 20-amp power supply. In addition to the management building having cooking areas, coin laundry and heated showers, visitors can also bathe at the adjacent public bath, Yuttarikan. Even first-time campers can enjoy a long stay without worrying about anything, and the campground is also an ideal spot for fishing on Heigawa River.
  • River Park Niisato
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Miyako-shi Shige 8-53
    Located about a 90-minute drive from Morioka-minami Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway, this comprehensive recreation park is situated on a hill overlooking the Heigawa River. Centered on the “Yuttarikan,” an exchange promotion center where you can enjoy five types of hot water and saunas, it has indoor sports grounds covered with all-weather artificial turf, automobile campgrounds and other facilities scattered across its ten hectares. It is an outdoor spot where you can fully experience rich nature, such as fishing and canoeing experiences on the Heigawa River, wild bird watching, nature walks and pottery experiences. You can even get a complete view of the star-filled sky overhead.
  • Koropokkur Land
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Kunohe-gun Kunohemura Esashika 9-81
    Koropokkuru Land is located about a five-minute drive from the Kunohe Interchange on the Hachinohe Expressway. It is a general-purpose leisure spot in a forest of Japanese larch trees in the foothills of Mt. Oritsumedake inside the Oritsume Basenkyo Prefectural Natural Park. It was created for the objective of facilitating interactions between villagers and city residents, and it contains the Tohoku region's first officially approved BMX course and BMX park, along with a playground and campground. Visitors can stay in a treehouse with a steep roof and use outdoor cooking facilities, and engage in other outdoor activities that are ideal for families. They can also bathe in the management building known as the Kunohe Village Interaction Promotion Center.

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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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