About Iwate
Region:Tohoku
Island:Honshu
Capital:Morioka
Population:1,330,147
Area:15,275.01 sq. km

Situated in northeastern Honshu, Iwate was another prefecture that was badly damaged by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, although its swift recovery has started to draw visitors back again to its many tourist sites.

Iwate 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.

Things to Do in Iwate

Latest travel features

Struggles through Life and Death

Kenji Miyazawa re-examined and reburied

A Taste of Iwate

Discover the incredible beauty and people of Iwate

Morioka City From Atop Malios

Viewing Morioka from 20 floors up in the air

Tono's Megane Bridge

Take in the spectacle of one of Tono's Heritage Sites

Community discussion

Michinoku Folklore Village

The Mochinoku Folklore village in Kitakami.

It's amazing that the houses were preserved! Very interesting place to visit!

Catching the Sun in Morioka

Prepare your eyes for some incredible sunset moments

Very interesting! Thank U!

Tono's Megane Bridge

Take in the spectacle of one of Tono's Heritage Sites

Also worth mentioning is that there is a rest area just next to it. It's a good place to stop and enjoy the scenery. I find it a lot more reminiscent of the Roman architecture of northern Italy and southern...

Kamaishi Iron and Steel Museum

The origin on industrial steel making in Japan

The highway saves a lot of time, it took me only 1 hour and 20 minutes from Hanamaki, it used to take almost 3 hours. Alternatively the old road is faster now that nobody uses it. Last month we saw a...