History / Culture / Tour Spots in Morioka / Tsunagi Area

  • Morioka Hachimangu Shrine
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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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    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...

  • 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.

  • Iwate Prefecture Public Hall
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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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    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。

  • Nanshoso
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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...

  • Fukazawa Koko No no Hana Museum
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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 Study Museum of Archeological Site
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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。

  • Daijiji Temple
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Daijijichou 5-6
    The Daijiji Temple, founded in 1673, is famous for its temple gate built in a style known as dragon palace gate. The temple is constructed with gable pantile roofing and the large lower walls are finished in white lime plaster with curved soil wall edges, a style usually seen only on the continent, such as in China. The temple building burnt down in the Meiji fire of 1884 but it was rebuilt and designated as a protected building in Morioka City in 1991. The surrounding area including the temple grounds is also a protected environmental area. The principal object of worship at Daijiji Temple is the bodhisattva Nyoirin Kanzeon.

    岩手県盛岡市大慈寺町にある黄檗宗の寺院です。山号は福聚山です。 山門がとても印象的で楼門形式のどこか異国風の素敵な門でした。 本堂も良い感じです。 境内は静かな雰囲気で、原敬の菩提寺であることから境内には原敬の墓所がありました。 それほど多くのものがあるわけではないですが、心落ち着く素晴らしい寺院です。

  • Morioka Tenmangu Shrine
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Shinjouchou 5-43
    A seven-minute walk from the Tenmangu-mae bus station, accessible by bus from Morioka Station. At this shrine located on top of a small hill in Morioka City, the god of learning—Sugawara no Michizane is worshipped. Quietly dignified amid the rich greenery, the shrine sits peacefully on a hill overlooking the town. This is a place where Takuboku Ishikawa, a famous poet used to come to read or stroll in his days as a student. The humorous komainu statues perched above a stone inscribed with lyrics written by Takuboku are a sight worth seeing. Takuboku lovingly called them “Ishiuma”, and they are said to have appeared in his novel called “Souretsu.”

    岩手県盛岡市新庄町の小高い丘にある神社。 石川啄木が中学時代に訪れた散策場所で、啄木お気に入りの人の顔をした珍しい狛犬や芭蕉塚、銭湧石とも言われている石割梅、啄木の歌碑、高橋煙山の句碑、高橋青湖の句碑など見どころが多い所です。 天満宮なので当然、学問・文芸の神、菅原道真公を祀り、受験生などの訪問も多いみたいでたくさんの絵馬が掛けられてました。 小高い丘にあるため、盛岡の街並みが境内からよく見え...

  • Sekizo Juroku Rakan (Sixteen Stone Arhats)
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    Iwate Pref. Moriokashi Chabatake 2-1
    These stone Buddhist images are on the grounds of a Rakan Children's Park in 2 Chome, Chabatake, Morioka City. A total of 21 statues including the five wisdom Buddhas were erected in the late Edo period to honor those who passed away through the famines that occurred at that time. The temple that was there was destroyed by fire in the Meiji period. The statues are designated a Morioka Tangible Cultural Property.
  • Former Shibutami Jinjo Elementary School
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Shibutami Shibutami 9
    This historical building is located in Shibutami, Morioka City. The school building where the poet from the same area called Takuboku Ishikawa spent his elementary school days and later worked as a substitute teacher, it was relocated next to the Ishikawa Takuboku Memorial Museum after it was closed. It has also been designated as a tangible cultural property of the city.
  • Morioka City Tonan Historical Folklore Museum
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Yuzawa 1-1-38
    This museum is located inside TonanTsudoi Forest in the 1 Chiwari area of Yuzawa, Morioka City. It stores folk materials such as farming tools and daily life tools, historical materials such as ancient documents, materials related to local beliefs, artifacts from ruins, and donated collections such as swords, armor and Ukiyoe woodblock prints. In addition, it also holds special exhibitions and public participation exhibitions.
  • Jokoji Temple
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Hinoto Furuyashiki 71
    "This temple is located in Furuyashiki, Hinoto, Tamayama Ward, Morioka City. The area is known as the birthplace of poet IshikawaTakuboku (1886-1912). The room within the precincts where Takuboku stayed has been partly restored and is labeled with a plaque that his close friend, KyosukeKindaichi, wrote in his own hand: ""Ishikawa Takuboku Birthplace.”"
  • Daiji Shimizu Rest House
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    Iwate Morioka-shi Natayacho 3-15
    "This is a leisure facility located in Nataya-cho, Morioka City. It is administered partly as one aspect of preservation activities for the old-style Morioka townhouses that still remain. Visitors can tour the house, which is built around a central courtyard and contains a living room called a ""joi,"" which is a living room with a Shinto altar."
  • Giboshi Pillars of Kaminohashi Bridge
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    Iwate Prefecture Morioka City Nakatsugawa Uenobashi
    Kaminohashi Bridge is in the city of Morioka, Iwate Prefecture. The feudal lord of the region, Nanbu Toshinao, built a wooden bridge in conjunction with his construction of Morioka Castle. The present-day bridge was built in 1935. Cypress wood was used for the railings, but later, hiba wood grown in the prefecture was used. The bridge is characterized by giboshi; decorated pillars that were installed during the original construction process.

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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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