Travel / Tourism Spots in Morioka / Tsunagi Area

  • Morioka Hachimangu Shrine
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    4.0
    91 Reviews
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    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).

    We had the privilege of having a tea ceremony and dressing up in yukatas while visiting the shrine. It is a very spiritual and beautiful place and the ceremony and wearing of the costume was fabulous...

  • Iwate Museum of Art
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    66 Reviews
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    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.

    This is a beautiful museum. I was impressed when I stepped into the lobby. When I went there was barely anyone there so I had the museum to myself. There are many exhibits of local artists...

  • Takuboku Newlyweds' House
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Chuoudori 3-17-18
    Takuboku Newlyweds' House is a historic building in the city of Morioka in Iwate Prefecture. The poet Ishikawa Takuboku lived here for three weeks with his wife Setsuko, his parents, and his younger sister. In 1984, it was named a Morioka City Designated Tangible Cultural Property. It is the building where Takuboku wrote his essay, My Four-and-a-Half Mat Room, and it is the only extant relic of his life in the city of Morioka.
  • Morioka History and Culture Museum
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    46 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Uchimaru 1-50
    This museum that opened in 2011 is located inside Morioka Castle Park in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. You can see exhibited documents related to the history and culture of Morioka. In addition, it regularly holds various events such as workshops, seasonal events and Morioka Sansa Odori performances. It is not only visited by local residents but also many tourists.

    This museum took us no more than 30 minutes to go through. I went mainly for the armour and clothing, which were beatiful. The lack of English means that its hard for english speakers to fully...

  • Mitsuishi-jinja Shrine
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    45 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Nasukawachou 2-1
    Located in a corner of the Tokenji Temple of Morioka City, the Mitsuishi-jinja Shrine is a power spot said to be the origin of Iwate Prefecture’s name. It is effective for fertility, good relationships, and relief from illness. There is a legend that a god named “Mitsuishi-sama” expelled the raging Raseki demon from these lands, and made it promise never to do evil again as evidenced by its handprint left on a rock at this shrine. Every August, one of Tohoku’s big five festivals, the Sansa Odori (dance), is held here. This dance originated as a show of gratitude to this god, and the offering dance is performed within Mitsuishi-jinja Shrine’s precincts.

    This shrine is located in the temple area of Morioka, where you can visit a few temples and shrine in one go. The area is quiet and very relaxing. The Hand Print of the Demon on a stone attracted...

  • Kogensya Main Branch
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    4.5
    33 Reviews
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    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.

    宮沢賢治作品が好きなので盛岡出張の際には必ずこちらに立ち寄ります。お土産店の裏側にコーヒーショップがあります。 カウンターでゆっくりするだけても落ち着けます。 そういえば、雨ニモ負ケズの手ぬぐいが見つかりませんでした。

  • Morioka Takuboku & Kenji Museum
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    33 Reviews
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    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.

    As we tourists may not be familiar with the Takuboku and Kenji, the exhibits are not of much interests to us. However the building itself is well maintained. It is good to take a few pictures.

  • Plaza Odette
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    24 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Nakanohashidori 1-1-10
    This commercial complex is located in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. Besides the Machinaka direct sales store where you can purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, there are various facilities including a hall and conference rooms. In addition, it even has a tourism information center that can address inquiries in English called the Tourism and Culture Information Plaza. It is used not only by local residents but also by many overseas tourists.

    赤煉瓦の旧盛岡銀行の向かいにある、複合施設です。一階が物産店、二階には観光案内所もあります。二階は広々として、歩くのに疲れたら腰を下ろして休憩することもできます。観光地や催し物の広報物が並んでいます。

  • Asabiraki Showa Asahi Gura
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    18 Reviews
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    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.

    We dropped by for a tour. This place is frequented by bus-load of Japanese tourists. So you might need to wait for a tour. The tour is Japanese only. Though you dont participate in tour, you can...

  • Iwate Prefecture Public Hall
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    20 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Uchimaru 11-2
    This public facility opened in 1927 and is located adjacent to the Iwate Prefectural Office in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture. It has conference rooms, large halls and a gallery. In addition, it regularly holds various events such as music concerts and theater performances, making it a place used by local residents to socialize.

    岩手県盛岡市にある公共施設で盛岡城跡公園の少し北側にあります。 1927年に建てられた歴史を感じさせる素敵な建物でした。 日比谷公会堂と同じ建築家・佐藤功一が手掛けたものだそうです。 ここを訪問したのは原敬の胸像があるからで、公会堂西側の庭園内にありました。 「平民宰相」の名で知られる岩手の生まれの第19代...

  • Hara-Kei Memorial Museum
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    18 Reviews
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Motomiya 4-38-25
    A memorial museum located a five-minute taxi ride from Morioka Station. The museum is dedicated to Hara Takashi, Japan's first commoner prime minister, and the museum adjoins Hara's birth home. The museum contains rare items connected to Japanese politics and also displays things which belonged to Hara like the clothes he was wearing when he was assassinated as well as the famous Hara Diary. His birth home was built in 1850; Hara lived here until the age of 15. Designated a Cultural Property and Preservation building by the city, the home is made open to the general public for limited periods each year.

    平民宰相として民衆の支持を集めた、原敬の記念館です。遭難時の服や遺品等も展示されていて、想像以上に本格的なものでした。

  • Iwachu Tekkikan
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    17 Reviews
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    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.

    Iwachu Ironworks is one of the several major ironware manufactures in the prefecture of Iwate. Their ironware is well-known all over Japan as “Nanbu Tekki (Ironware)” from the name of the feudal day...

  • Nanshoso
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    15 Reviews
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Shimizucho 13-46
    This historical building is located in Shimizu-cho, Morioka City. A mansion built in the Meiji period (1868-1912) by the businessman from the city called Yasugoro Segawa, it is a designated protected garden by the city, a structure of landscape importance, and the garden is a nationally registered monument. It is now open to the public and is also used for events such as tea ceremonies and concerts.

    Nanshosho is a historic protected residence that is open to the public. The house has been preserved in top condition and has very interesting architecture. The location is quiet and peaceful; it...

  • Lala Iwate Morioka Shop
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
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    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.

    岩手公園のそば、ビルの一階にある物産館、うっかりすると見逃してしまいそうなところにあります。駐車場はなく最寄りの提携先に駐車しなければならないのも残念です。 ただし店内には岩手の名産品がずらっとそろっています。 迷ってしまってなかなか決められないほどでした。

  • Baeren Brewery
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    14 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Kitayama 1-3-31
    "A brewery located a 10-minute walk from JR Kamimorioka Station. The brewery makes traditional, classic style beers using brewing equipment purchased from the south of Germany. The brewery took the top prize at the first ""Japanese Craft Beers We Want to Share with the World"" contest and also published a book on the journey from the brewery's foundation to winning this event. There's a room where visitors can see inside the brewery, and a brewery shop where you can taste fresh made local beer. The staple Classic has been brewed since the brewery was established and is characterized by its excellent balance between body and bitter flavor."

    If you get a chance to visit the brewery, it is worth the stop just to enjoy a refreshing beer.. Very cordial and excellent brewers..

  • Fukazawa Koko No no Hana Museum
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    12 Reviews
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Konyacho 4-8
    This art museum is located in Konya-cho, Morioka City, devoted to a collection of the works of the Western-style painter Koko Fukazawa and her husband, also a Western-style painter, Shozo Fukazawa. Exhibits of the both painters' works are set up with seasonal themes. Inside the building are Cafe No no Hana, where visitors can pass the time while watching the Nakatsugawa River, and a museum shop.

    It has been awhile since our visit to Morioka, but we are now advising friends planning a trip to Japan to visit there. Since they have an artistic child, the Nonohana Museum will definitely be on...

  • Morioka Memorial Museum of Great Predecessors
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Motomiya Hebiyashiki 2-2
    A memorial museum located a 10-minute taxi ride from Morioka Station. Here visitors can learn about the achievements of people connected to Morioka from the Meiji period onward. The museum was established in 1987 to commemorate the city's 100th anniversary. Exhibits include Inazo Nitobe's beloved furnishings; a sugoroku board game said to have been made by Nitobe's own hands; and a 5,000 yen bill featuring a portrait of the author, the printing of which ended in 2007. The museum presents 130 people, including memorial rooms dedicated to Mitsumasa Yonai and Kyosuke Kindaichi.

    地域の偉人に関しての博物館です。金田一京助、米内光政、新渡戸稲造に関しては、一階に各々に特化した部屋があります。2階はたくさんの偉人が紹介されていて、郷土愛を感じる施設でした。

  • Morioka Machiya Monogatarikan
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    10 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Natayachou 10-8
    Morioka Machiya Monogatarikan is a civic multipurpose facility in the city of Morioka, Iwate Prefecture. A well-preserved building from Morioka's past, the Hamato Sake Warehouse, was remodeled and reopened as a multipurpose facility. Inside are shops that recreate the look of a Showa (1926-1989) period shopping district and a cafe where visitors can drink varieties of coffee that are unique to the facility. The multipurpose hall serves as the site of a wide variety of events, lectures, and other public occasions.

    北上川の水運に関係した河岸があった地域で、明治期から135年間続いた旧岩手川酒造の工場の建物群を利用した施設です。土産物屋や物産館、カフェもあります。

  • Gozaku Moriku Store
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    10 Reviews
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    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.

    岩手県盛岡市の中津川沿いにある江戸時代後期の文化13年(1816年)に創業した紺屋町にある商家。 レトロな消防署の紺屋町番屋のすぐ近くにあり、こちらも実に趣のある素敵な建物です。 昔ながらの長屋って感じで、私の年齢的にはさすがに懐かしいという感情は無いですが、一瞬だけタイムスリップしたかのような古めかしい景観が目の前にありました。 いつまでも残しておいて欲しい風景です。ちなみに早朝の訪問だった...

  • Morioka Study Museum of Archeological Site
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    10 Reviews
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Motomiya Araya 13-1
    This museum inside Morioka Central Park is located in Araya, Motomiya, Morioka City. In addition to the prefecture-designated historic site Odate Ruins, it conducts exhibits of excavated materials from excavated ruins in the prefecture. Besides theme exhibitions and special exhibitions, there are also hands-on learning experiences such as pottery making and fire-making. There is also an adjoining library where you can view historical materials.

    入口が道路とは反対側にあるので、ちょっと見過ごしてしまいがちですが、結構おもしろい博物館です。土器や石器がたくさんあって、時代ごとの変遷も併せて学べます。

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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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