Iwate

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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Geibikei Gorge

Geibikei is a gorge with natural rock formations and beautiful scenery. It is a particularly popular destination during autumn and spring.

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Ryusendo Cave

This limestone cave located in Iwaizumi can easily be reached from either Morioka or Miyako. It is one of Japan's largest caverns with several underground lakes

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Chuson-ji Temple

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 "H

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Kitayamazaki Coast

Kitayamazaki is part of the 200 km long Sanriku Fukko National Park as well as the 700 km long Michinoku Shiokaze Trail and a popular scenic spot on the Iwate c

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Motsu-ji Temple

This Buddhist temple is said to have been founded in 850 by the priest Ennin (Jikakau Daishi). However, most of its structures date to the 12th century Motohira

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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 unfortu

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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

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Kokuseki-ji Temple

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

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Horaikan

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

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Unosumai Station

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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Sennin-toge Pass

Sennin-toge Pass is one of the main spots in Kamaishi for observing the change in color of the autumn foliage. The peak time is in late October to November. The

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Hongo Cherry Blossom Street

This street is known for its sakura (cherry blossoms) and is lined by about 2,800 cherry trees. Below them, a sakura festival is held once every 3 years, during

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Hotels in Iwate

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Hotel Senshukaku

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

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Kashoen

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

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