Iwate 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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Sights in Iwate
Toge (Main Store)
This soba restaurant in Iwate is best known for their "Wanko Soba". The name "wanko" comes from the Iwate dialect, meaning "bowl" or, more specifically, a small
Kokuseki-ji Temple, in Iwate, is the venue of the Sominsai Festival.
All the rooms at Horaikan are Japanese-style, including some ocean-side rooms. From the open-air bath overlooking the Sanriku coast, one can observe the light o
Unosumai station is a train station on the JR East Railway's Yamada line. It was washed away in the tsunami following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
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 P
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 ci
Hotels in Iwate
Appikogen Kamuinomori YH
Appikogen Kamuinomori YH offers accommodation in Hachimantai, a 8-minute drive from JR Appikogen Station. Rooms have a shared bathroom. Guests can enjoy vario
Matsurube Onsen Kamikura
Featuring free WiFi and a hot spring bath, Matsurube Onsen Kamikura offers accommodation in Ichinoseki. Free private parking is available on site. Every room a
San Hotel Koromogawaso
Located in Hiraizumi, 1.9 km from Chusonji Temple, San Hotel Koromogawaso boasts a restaurant and free WiFi. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private park
Morioka City Hotel
Featuring free WiFi, Morioka City Hotel offers accommodation in Morioka, 1.9 km from Morioka Ice Arena. Akita Airport is 79 km away.
Offering a children's playground and hot spring bath, Hotel Senshukaku is situated in Hanamaki in the Iwate Region. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Fre
Located in Hanamaki, 29 km from Morioka, Kashoen features a hot spring bath and sauna. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on si
Yamagata has been called 'hidden' Japan and is definitely not on the regular tourist routes. It is Japan's largest prefecture and you can find it along the Sea
Miyagi is on the Pacific coast in the Tohoku Region. It’s castle-town capital, Sendai City, has a long history which you can experience in many interesting muse
Fukushima has been a place of scenic beauty and history for centuries, but since 2011 the world equates the name with the difficulties at the Fukushima nuclear
Aomori prefecture is surrounded by the sea and boasts amazing natural beauty and opportunity for outdoor adventures. It is the home of Lake Towada, the Hakkoda
In Akita, on the Sea of Japan coast in the northern Tohoku region, visitors can revel in Japan’s natural beauty. You can climb mountains, look over beautiful la