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Cultural discoveries from Hiraizumi to Morioka

About Iwate
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Top Attractions in Iwate

Iwate Top 10

Upcoming Iwate Events

Ohasama Wine Festival

Ohasama Wine Festival

Mid Sep

Ohasama Wine Festival in Iwate, come and enjoy good wine and good food

Ohasama Free
Morioka Autumn Festival

Morioka Autumn Festival

Sep 14 - Sep 16th

Each year in September, the streets of Morioka come alive to celebrate the arrival of Autumn. The Morioka Aki Matsuri of the Morioka..

Morioka Hachimangū 3

Where to eat in Iwate

Hot Jaja, Morioka

Hot Jaja, Morioka

Justin Velgus

Hot Jaja is a restaurant specializing in Jajamen noodles. Located right in front of JR Morioka Station, it's the perfect p..

Places to stay in Iwate


Unosu Dangai Tunnels

Unosu Dangai Tunnels

Malcome Larcens

Unosu Dagai (Cormorant's Nest Cliffs) is well known for its majestic vista. The view of sunrise over the Pacific is absolutely..


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
Region Tohoku
Island Honshu
Capital Morioka
Population 1,330,147
Area 15,275.01 sq. km
Main Station Morioka Station

Iwate Prefecture (岩手県, Iwate-ken) 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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