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Iwate

Cultural discoveries from Hiraizumi to Morioka

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Hanamaki

Hanamaki

Hanamaki offers a collection of hot spring areas in central Iwate prefecture, including the Hanamaki Onsen, Dai, Shidodaira, Osawa and Namari - known collectively as the Hanamaki Onsenkyo Village. This is thanks to the vast natural environments that bless the Hanamaki area, with the city borde..

Tono

Tono

Tono is a small city located in Tohoku's Iwate prefecture. Known as the City of Folklore, Tono is well-known for its abundant collection of folktales as well as dedication to the preservation of traditional culture. Kunio Yanagita recorded the legends, the Tōno Monogatari, in 1910, preserving th..

Morioka

Morioka

Morioka is the capital city of Iwate Prefecture, it has quite a rich history and a few old buildings still remain. It is at the confluence of 3 rivers, Kitakami, Shizukiishi and Nakatsu rivers, a strategic location in old times. It is also located just a few kilometers away from Mt. Iwate, the large..

Where to eat

Sobe's Cafe

Sobe's Cafe

Sobe's Café Sobe's Café is located in Hanamaki near Fuji University in the south part of the city. What is special about this place is that it's a macrobiotic restaurant and shop. They also grow their own organic rice,..

The Best Bread in Morioka

The Best Bread in Morioka

Everyone seems to have their own favorite restaurant, cafe, or sweets shop. But if you are asking for bakery recommendations in Morioka, you are going to hear the same answer over and over again: Fukuda Pan Bakery (福田パン). What started as a simple bak..

Retro Dining in Hanamaki

Retro Dining in Hanamaki

If you find yourself in Hanamaki, Iwate, you don't want to miss out on a great dining experience. To say that Marukan is an institution in Hanamaki is an understatement. Not only do they have the restaurant and department store, they had at some ..

Places to stay

Hotel Metropolitan Morioka

Hotel Metropolitan Morioka

Situated in the heart of Morioka, at the source of the city's animated pulse, is Hotel Metropolitan Morioka. Hotel Metropolitan Morioka is a convenient 2-minute walk from Morioka train station. From the station to the hotel, you will pass thro..

Hotel Folkloro Hanamaki Towa

Hotel Folkloro Hanamaki Towa

A hotel with a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, a tasteful local winery, a majestic mountain, and a peaceful farm all within a one-hour driving radius sounds pretty grand, doesn't it? Welcome to Hotel Folkloro Hanamaki Towa! In addition to..

Yamayuri Hotel, Dai Onsen

Yamayuri Hotel, Dai Onsen

While in my previous installment I introduced a small hot spring place called Dai Onsen, this time I will talk about my favorite hotel there. It is a Japanese style hotel, a so-called Ryokan, and you could call their style omakase, which basically m..

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Shivering in Iwate's Beauty

Shivering in Iwate's Beauty

Tohoku contains some of Japan's most undiscovered treasures, and while the 2011 tsunami and earthquake damaged the region, it has bounced back stronger and now offers a gateway into the less-trodden path in Japan. A two-day tour of Iwate aimed to..

Amihari Ski Resort and Hotel

Amihari Ski Resort and Hotel

Many places in Japan are well known for great powder to ski or snowboard, yet somehow, Iwate is often overlooked for more popular places like Hokkaido or Nagano. Iwate has over a dozen great places to enjoy, 19 in all, there's certainly something..

Rikuzentakata, Iwate

Rikuzentakata, Iwate

Rikuzentakata (陸前高田) is a coastal city in southern Iwate Prefecture, along Japan's Pacific coastline. The area is known for a number of popular attractions, but since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami Rikentakata is also known as a region that has ..

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About iwate

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
  • RegionTohoku
  • IslandHonshu
  • CapitalMorioka
  • Population1,330,147
  • Area15,275.01 sq. km

Situated in northeastern Honshu, Iwate was another prefecture that was badly damaged by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, although its swift recovery has started to draw visitors back again to its many tourist sites.

Iwate is perhaps most famous for Chuson-ji and Motsu-ji, which are two of the five sites that make up the World Heritage Site “Historic Monuments and Sites of Hiraizumi.”

Iwate is enjoyable any time of the year - ski at Appi Ski Resort in the winter, marvel at Tenshochi’s cherry blossoms in the spring, swim in the pristine waters of Jodogahama Beach and cool down in Ryusendo Limestone Cave in the summer, and hike at Mount Iwate while being surrounded by fall foliage in autumn.

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