About Iwate
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

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Geto Kogen, Ski and Resort

One of the top 3 resorts for powder in Tohoku

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

Community discussion

Geto Kogen, Ski and Resort

One of the top 3 resorts for powder in Tohoku

Looks nice place for skiing.

Genbikei Gorge

A beautiful gorge near World Heritage Site Hiraizumi


Hiraizumi - Iwate

A glorious memory

Ah, I love surrounded by the green.

Chūson-ji Temple in Hiraizumi

Tohoku's first World Heritage, the "Kyoto of the East"

I would love taking stroll here.