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  • Iwate Museum of Art
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Morioka Hachimangu Shrine
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    4.0
    68 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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).

    A very friendly Shrine where everyone feels welcome, even when it is very crowded. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the many buildings in and around the shrine, or visit the special shrine area to ask...

  • Hakuryu
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    4.0
    157 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Uchimaru 5-15
    This is a popular restaurant for Morioka jaja-men. The shop is said to have originated when the founder had eaten zhajiangmian in Manchuria before WWII, and tried to replicate the dish with Japanese ingredients. Enjoy the chewy, broad noodles garnished with meat stir-fried in miso, cucumber and green onion, and mix in garlic, ginger and chili oil. Finish off the meal as Zhidan soup by leaving behind one mouthful of noodles, then adding in noodle broth and a beaten egg.

    I visited Pairon main shop. I enjoyed at Morioka station Branch shop in the past. But main shop is more warm and homely atmosphere and service. Shop itself is old and narrow space. But I like main...

  • Azumaya Soba Restaurant
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Nakanohashidori 1-8-3
    This is a long-established soba restaurant founded in 1907 that serves up Morioka’s famous wanko soba and also their original “Nambu Soba Kaiseki.” Guests that eat more than 100 bowls of wanko soba can receive an original Azamaya wanko soba certificate. In addition to soba, they offer a wide selection of other items including colorful bento (Japanese box lunches) that use ingredients in season.

    You can enjoy Wanko Soba in this restaurant, which is very famous free refill soba noodles in Japan. It must be one of the best food entertainment in Japan! There is two choice of Wanko Soba...

  • Kamasada
    Shopping
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Konyachou 2-5
    This is a long-established workshop that has continued to make nambu tekki (a famous type of ironware from the south of Iwate) since the Meiji period. The works produced by the third generation Nobuho Miya, who has experience living in Finland, are distinctive for being a combination of Japan’s old traditions and modern art. The functionality of simple yet outstanding nambu tekki has been garnering attention again recently.
  • Ishiwarizakura (The Rock-Splitting Cherry Tree)
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Uchimaru 9-1
    This an edohigan cherry tree that is more than 360 years old which has taken root near the prefectural offices in Morioka City. It grows from a large crack in a huge granite builder 21 meters in circumference. The tree was designated as a Natural Monument in 1923 and blooms every year from about mid-April.
  • Club Faces
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Odori 2-4-22 Nikkatsu Golden Building 3F
    This club is a great venue for people who want to dance to the latest hits, hip hop, R&B, house music, or EDM. But during the day, it rents out spaces for wedding receptions and other events. Every Tuesday night, it offers dance lessons, which are becoming increasingly popular, especially with the ladies.
  • SICKth
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Odori 1-6-19 Odori Building B1
    Opened in 2017, this club has a high-class, laid-back atmosphere. It is known for its decor and its high-quality sound system for club music, especially house and techno. The recently installed air-cooled beer server is just one example of the care that the club takes with the quality of its drinks.
  • Asabiraki Showa Asahi Gura
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Iwachu Tekkikan
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Ebisuya Ono Sensaisho
    Shopping
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Zaimokuchou 10-16
    A long-standing shop selling Nanbu stencil dyed goods easily distinguished by its red tile roof in Zaimoku Town, Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. Nanbu stencil dying got its start when the first owner of Ebisuya began using paper stencils to dye household crests and designs on clothing and armor. The shop’s kimono, noren shop curtains, table centers, accessories, and other patterned indigo goods feel both elegant and dainty yet somehow wild, and make perfect gifts and souvenirs. The second floor has an exhibit on the history of Nanbu stencil dying and an audio tape explaining the processes involved. The nearest station is Morioka Station.
  • Pyonpyonsya (Morioka Station Branch)
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    4.0
    303 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Moriokaekimaedori 9-3
    A Korean restaurant located a two minute walk from Morioka Station. The restaurant is located in the Jaran Building, named after the Korean Jeju Province name “Jaran,” meaning “hush little baby.” Floors one through three are spacious and fashionable, and it’s a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The cold noodles and yakiniku grilled meat set have been the restaurant’s most popular item since it opened, making it easy for diners to enjoy Morioka reimen cold noodles. The soup is sweet, spicy, and simple, while the noodles are slippery, chewy, and delicious. Other popular menu items include the bibimbap set and kalbi marinated barbecue rib meat.

    Here is so famous Restaurant for Morioka cold noodle. We waited 50min at lunch time on Saturday. Yakiniku BBQ is good. But it’s standard. Morioka Cold Noodle is tasty. Soup is good taste and noodle...

  • Kogensya Main Branch
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    4.5
    19 Reviews
    Shopping
    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.

    私が行った時は、商店街で夜市をやってました。 賑やか通りから、お店の奥まったところになんとも不思議な空間…宮沢賢治ワールドとても素敵でした。

  • Lala Iwate Morioka Shop
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Shopping
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Saien 1-3-6 Agricultural and forestry hall 1F
    Located on the first floor of the Norin Kaikan building at the entrance to Iwate Park, Lala Iwate Morioka is an antenna shop selling specialty goods and crafts of Iwate. They have a vast selection with almost any Iwate souvenir here. The foods include not only livestock and farmed items, but also nanbu senbei crackers, local sake and seafood from Sanriku Coast. The crafts wing has a wide selection too—nanbu ironware to hidehira-nuri lacquerware, amber, and Iwayado tansu dressers.

    岩手のお土産が集まっていて、お土産を探すだけでも楽しめます。南部鉄器から食品、ポストカードまで、ここだけで買うことができます。盛岡都心循環バス『でんでんむし』で盛岡駅からも簡単に行けました。

  • Gozaku Moriku Store
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Shopping
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Konyachou 1-31
    Located in a residential district along Nakatsugawa River, Gozaku is a miscellany shop for everyday bamboo goods. The flat-roofed Japanese building is designated a preserved building in Morioka City and was used in the filming of NHK’s serial TV drama “Dondo hare.” Built from late Edo Period to Meiji Period, the building was a merchant house dealing in straw products and wicks for lanterns. Now, it sells traditional straw sandals, colanders, and baskets, all which exude handmade warmth.

    盛岡の中心街にありました。江戸時代から明治にかけて、燈明用の燈心売や藁工品などを取り扱った豪商が今もまだ残っています。白壁と貼り瓦、格子戸の低い野気が続く建物は当時の面影を残しており見どころ感あります。

  • Fukuda-pan Main Shop at Nagatacho
    Shopping
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Nagatachou 12-11
    An old bread shop established in 1948 in Nagata Town, Morioka City. The founder originally only developed coffee bread with the mindset of “filling the bellies of students at a low price.” The coffee bread comes in a wide variety of styles, from sweets like “red bean jam & butter”, to sides like ham and egg sandwiches, and the “Original Veggie Sandwich” —a vegetable sandwich with toppings like ground meat cutlets available. With such abundant variation, this shop has become synonymous with Morioka soul food.
  • Shokudoen
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    4.0
    91 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Odori 1-8-2
    At 1 Chome Odori, Morioka City, this shop specializes in yakiniku and cold noodles. Founded in 1954, it developed its original cold noodles based on Hamheung and Pyongyang cold noodles. This is the origin of present-day Morioka cold noodles. There is a lunch set that comes with galbi, rice, and half serving of cold noodles.

    Although this restaurant is famous for its reimen, I ordered barbecue beef which is amazingly good! If you want to have great beef, this restaurant is a good choice.

  • Morioka Takuboku & Kenji Museum
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    駅中のインフォメーションセンターのお姉さんに「インスタ映えするカフェをおしえてください」と教えてもらって行きました。今風の感じではなく、大正モダンを彷彿させる重厚な建物の中にひっそりと喫茶コーナーがあり、静かにクラッシックがながれ贅沢なカフェタイムができました。

  • Neuf de Pape
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Odori 2-4-22 Nikkatsu Golden Building 4F
    Neuf du Pape is a French restaurant offering vegetables and seafood from Iwate. The restaurant offers a wide range of dishes from a variety of a la carte dishes to pizza and paella, using Hakkinton pork, Iwate Tankaku (shorthorn) Wagyu, and guinea fowl, etc. In addition to the more than 3,000 select wines on offer, the restaurant also stocks a wide range of popular beer and sake.

    広々とした店内ですので人数に応じた対応が可能です。岩手が誇る日本短角種に白金豚、三陸の牡蠣に帆立、地元産の野菜に茸などをふんだんに使ったお洒落な料理が堪能出来ます。何と言っても日本短角種のイチボステーキは黒毛和種とは異なり放牧された牛らしいガツンと来る赤身の旨さに圧倒されます。白金豚のグリルは厚みがあるので、豚肉の旨みが溢れてきます。広田湾の牡蠣は濃厚なクリーミーさです。地元の珍しい茸料理もあり岩...

  • FESAN Odense-kan
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Moriokaekimaedori 1-44 Fezan Odenzakan 1F
    This is an area of gourmet food and restaurants located on the Odensekan floors of FESAN Department Store in the Morioka Station Building. There are plenty of shops selling Iwate specialties and confections, and restaurants offering seafood rice bowls made with seafood delicacies from off the Sanriku coast, etc. “Odense” in the Iwate dialect means “please come”.

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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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