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Iwate

Cultural discoveries from Hiraizumi to Morioka

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The Best Bread in Morioka

The Best Bread in Morioka

Everyone seems to have their own favorite restaurant, cafe, or sweets shop. But if you are asking for bakery recommendations in Morioka, you are going to hear the same answer over and over again: Fukuda Pan Bakery (福田パン). What started as a simple bak..

Retro Dining in Hanamaki

Retro Dining in Hanamaki

If you find yourself in Hanamaki, Iwate, you don't want to miss out on a great dining experience. To say that Marukan is an institution in Hanamaki is an understatement. Not only do they have the restaurant and department store, they had at some ..

The Great Wanko Soba Food Challenge

The Great Wanko Soba Food Challenge

“Jan jan!” the waitress shouted encouragingly as she tilted the small bowl of noodles over the larger, empty bowl on the table in front of me. They slid into it with a dull splat and I gazed down at them sadly. “More more!” T..

Places to stay

Hotel Metropolitan Morioka

Hotel Metropolitan Morioka

Situated in the heart of Morioka, at the source of the city’s animated pulse, is Hotel Metropolitan Morioka. Hotel Metropolitan Morioka is a convenient 2-minute walk from Morioka train station. From the station to the hotel, you will pass thro..

Hotel Folkloro Hanamaki Towa

Hotel Folkloro Hanamaki Towa

A hotel with a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, a tasteful local winery, a majestic mountain, and a peaceful farm all within a one-hour driving radius sounds pretty grand, doesn’t it? Welcome to Hotel Folkloro Hanamaki Towa! In addition to..

Yamayuri Hotel, Dai Onsen

Yamayuri Hotel, Dai Onsen

While in my previous installment I introduced a small hot spring place called Dai Onsen, this time I will talk about my favorite hotel there. It is a Japanese style hotel, a so-called Ryokan, and you could call their style omakase, which basically m..

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Experiencing the Spirit of Washoku in Ichinoseki

Experiencing the Spirit of Washoku in Ichinoseki

Long since enshrined a UNESCO protected cultural property, “washoku” as a word has now entered into the English language in response to the shortcomings of merely translating it as “Japanese cuisine”. In short this is because ..

Struggles through Life and Death

Struggles through Life and Death

Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933) was a local hero of Hanamaki City in Iwate Prefecture. Tragically, mirroring today's Hollywood celebrities, Miyazawa became only truly famous nation-wide after his death. He is remembered as a farmer, teacher, social ac..

A Taste of Iwate

A Taste of Iwate

Iwate is usually forgotten by most visitors, in fact, most don't even know it exists but it's a jewel to discover. It's the largest prefecture in Japan with one of the lowest population. That leaves a lot natural beauty to explore. This ..

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About iwate

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionTohoku
IslandHonshu
CapitalMorioka
Population1,330,147
Area15,275.01 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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