By Chris Barnes
Hotel Pearl City Morioka is a hotel ideally situated right in the heart of Morioka. From Morioka Station (on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line, Akita Shinkansen Line, Tazawako Line, Iwate Ginga Tetsudo Line, and Tohoku Main Line), getting to Hotel Pearl City Morioka is a matter of a simple stroll over the Kaiunbashi Bridge and a two-minute walk beyond it down one of Morioka’s main streets. I arrived in Morioka both late and in the rain, and still had no trouble locating the hotel quickly. Definitely a positive for those who travel with heavy suitcases.
A variety of rooms are available: standard, double, twin rooms and suites, and all are equipped with a television, a refrigerator, a kettle and green tea. If you are staying on the fifth floor or above, you may be lucky enough to have a view of Morioka’s Kitakami-gawa River from your window. I found the room comfortable and well maintained. Each bed has a bright reading light, and each room a bathroom with all the usual amenities.
The reception area is through the main entrance and up the elevator inside the door on the second floor. The lobby is well lit, kept very clean, and equipped with a number of comfy chairs. High-speed, reliable Wi-Fi is available in the lobby. Some of the staff speak a little English, and all are willing to help out and make your stay as comfortable as possible. A number of vending machines are also present in the lobby, and snacks are available for purchase. Coin-laundry machines are also available. The hotel is well equipped for business travellers, with meeting space available for gatherings. The Japanese restaurant downstairs on the street level offers a buffet breakfast each morning from 6:30, where you can choose from a combination of Western and Japanese options.
The best thing about Hotel Pearl City Morioka, however, is its location. Within easy walking distance of the train station when you arrive, the hotel is situated right at the top of Morioka’s main shopping mall in the city centre. After arriving, no further transport is needed, as simply stepping out the front door puts you right where you want to be. Across the road is Cross Terrace Morioka, a shopping building stocking everything you would expect to find in a typical shopping centre, including groceries and restaurants. A walk through Morioka’s shopping strip is an experience: restaurants providing cuisine from all around the world line the streets. At the end of the strip are Iwate Park, the site where Morioka Castle once stood, and the Sakurayama Jinja Shrine.
If you want accommodation conveniently situated right in the heart of the city, but not too far from the train station, then Hotel Pearl City Morioka is the place for you.
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