About Iwate

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)

Sight in Iwate

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

Sight in Iwate

Kokuseki-ji Temple, in Iwate, is the venue of the Sominsai Festival.



Sight in Iwate

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

Sight in Iwate

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.

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Hotels in Iwate


Hotel Morinokaze Sawauchi Gingakogen

Hotel in Iwate

Located in Kaizawa in the Iwate Region, 35 km from Morioka, Hotel Morinokaze Sawauchi Gingakogen boasts a hot spring bath and sauna. Guests can enjoy the on-sit


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