Iwate Hanamaki Airport

Carefully designed with accessibility in mind

By Kim B    - 2 min read

The Iwate Hanamaki Airport serves as a gateway to the wonders of the Tohoku region. The airport offers regular domestic routes to Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka, as well as international routes to Shanghai in China and Taipei in Taiwan.

Even though this is a smaller regional airport, there are still options for dining and shopping. The Appi Kogen restaurant on the second floor is popular with airport travelers, and uses a range of local Iwate ingredients in their dishes. Some of the menu options available include Morioka cold noodles, Iwate beef curry, and Harami steak, and if you're traveling with children they have a kids meal option available as well.

As for the retail options, the Miyazawa Shoten store on the second floor sells various products from across the prefecture, including sake and wine, confectionery, and local handicrafts. There's also the Akanuma store which sells a variety of agricultural items, and the Hana Airport Shop & Cafe, where you can grab a bento, an onigiri, or some tasty bakery products and enjoy them in the in-store cafe space. For those traveling abroad, the Miyazawa Shoten Tax-free Shop is open on international flight days.

One really impressive point about the Iwate Hanamaki Airport is their goal of making the airport as accessible as possible. The airport was moved to a new building in 2009, and consultations took place with universal design experts and people with disabilities about what should be included. As a result, you'll find braille panels on all signs, ramps for wheelchair users, a kids corner for children to play in, two-way elevators, and multi-function restrooms among other inclusive features.

Getting there

The Iwate Hanamaki Airport is located approximately 4 kilometers from the JR Hanamaki Kuko Station, served by the Tohoku Main Line. The airport is also around 45 minutes by bus from Morioka Station.

For those who are driving to the airport, there is free on-site parking for 1150 vehicles adjacent to the main terminal building.

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Kim B

Kim B @kim.b

I'm an Australian who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan - specifically Tokyo and Niigata. I've  visited 44 of 47 prefectures, with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out. I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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Sleiman Azizi a month ago
Bit by bit many places in Japan are recognising the need for accessibility for all their patrons. Good work too.
Kim B Author a month ago
Refreshing progress, for sure!