IwateIwate is the prefecture with the largest landmass in Japan. It is on the Pacific coast in the northern Tohoku region. The capital city Morioka is famous for its castle and local noodle dishes. A former political and cultural center, the city of Hiraizumi has many national treasures and historical ruins. Iwate’s scenic coast was badly hit by the March 2011 tsunami, but the prefecture continues to rebuild and reach out to the world. You can try amazing seafood dishes and explore the enchanting saw-toothed cliffs of the coastline. Another great area is Hanamaki City famous for hot spring resorts and easy to visit because of its airport. You can discover both history and nature in this beautiful prefecture.
Places to visit in Iwate
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Koiwai Farm Makiba-en
Koiwai is a privately owned farm located right by Mount Iwate. Locals and tourists alike visit its pastoral area called Makiba-en for activities and entertainment, such as cow milking, horse riding and a sheep herding show, as well as their popular dairy produ
This popular Buddhist temple is located in Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture. In June 2011, the temple was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a part of the "Historic Monuments and Sites of Hiraizumi".
Pyon Pyon Sya
Pyon Pyon Sya is a long-established chain of restaurants specializing in Morioka Reimen (Korean cold noodles). This particular shop is located just east of Morioka station.
Morioka Castle Site Park (Iwate Park)
Opened to the general public in 1906, this park marks the place where Morioka Castle once stood. The castle was built in 1598 by Lord Nambu Nobunao, but unfortunately fell into ruins during Shogunate rule. Today, the park has become a renowned location for che
Pyon Pyon Sya (Inari-cho Honten)
Pyon Pyon Sya is a long-established chain of restaurants specializing in Morioka Reimen (Korean cold noodles), and this particular shop is their headquarters.
Kitakami is a city in Iwate renowned for its cherry blossoms lining the Kitakami River. In late April visitors should not miss the 10,000 cherry trees in full bloom in Tenshochi Park.
Hotel Route-Inn Hanamaki
Hotel Route-Inn Hanamaki offers modern accommodations with an air purifier and free wired internet. Guests can rent a laptop at the front desk or relax in the spacious public baths. Iwate Hanamaki Airport is a 5-minute drive away.
Kajiyabekkan Ramakkoro Yamaneko Yado
A 5-minute walk from the beautiful Geibi Valley, Yamaneko Yado has free Wi-Fi throughout, karaoke and air-conditioned Japanese rooms with an en suite bathroom. Japanese cuisine is served, and on-site parking is free.
R&B Hotel Morioka Ekimae
R&B Hotel Morioka Ekimae is ideally located just a 2-mintue walk from JR Morioka Station. It features free WiFi in the public areas, and free-use internet PC is provided at the lobby.
At Iyashinoyado Rodem, guests can stay in affordable Japanese-style accommodations and enjoy the public hot-spring baths. Free Wi-Fi is available at the dining room and massages can be requested for an extra cost.
Hotel Route-Inn Miyako
Located a 10-minute drive from JR Miyako Train Station, Hotel Route-Inn Miyako offers free Wi-Fi in rooms, a public bath and a breakfast buffet. Air conditioned rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV, an electric kettle and a ref
Hotel New Carina
Located 900 metres from JR Morioka Train Station, Hotel New Carina offers rooms with free wired internet and a private bathroom. It features a Chinese restaurant, cafe and massage services.
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Morioka
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Morioka features rooms with air conditioning and a large double bed, as well as free WiFi at all areas. From JR Morioka Bullet Train Station, the hotel is a 15-minute walk away.
Connecting with Departed Loved Ones Through Japan's Wind Phone
Out on a small hill in the town of Otsuchi stands a British style telephone booth, with its distinctive glass panes looking out to a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. But unlike the regular iconic British telephone booths, this one is white, intimating
Morioka: Most Walkable City in Tohoku (Shinkansen Diary Series)
Snapseed.jpg 1.21 MBAs you traverse through Tohoku towards Hokkaido on the Shinkansen, you'll have to pass through Morioka, the capital city of Iwate. This city was of great importance during Japan's Industrial revolution in the Meiji era, and the influence