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Iwate

Iwate is the prefecture with the largest landmass in Japan. It is on the Pacific coast in the northern Tohoku region. The capital city Morioka is famous for its castle and local noodle dishes. A former political and cultural center, the city of Hiraizumi has many national treasures and historical ruins. Iwate’s scenic coast was badly hit by the March 2011 tsunami, but the prefecture continues to rebuild and reach out to the world. You can try amazing seafood dishes and explore the enchanting saw-toothed cliffs of the coastline. Another great area is Hanamaki City famous for hot spring resorts and easy to visit because of its airport. You can discover both history and nature in this beautiful prefecture.

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Koiwai Farm Makiba-en

Koiwai is a privately owned farm located right by Mount Iwate. Locals and tourists alike visit its pastoral area called Makiba-en for activities an...Read more

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Chuson-ji Temple

This popular Buddhist temple is located in Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture. In June 2011, the temple was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a p...Read more

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    Pyon Pyon Sya

    Pyon Pyon Sya is a long-established chain of restaurants specializing in Morioka Reimen (Korean cold noodles). This particular shop is located just...Read more

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    Morioka Castle Site Park (Iwate Park)

    Opened to the general public in 1906, this park marks the place where Morioka Castle once stood. The castle was built in 1598 by Lord Nambu Nobunao...Read more

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    Morioka Handi-Works Square

    Morioka Handi-Works Square offers visitors different ways of experiencing the traditional crafts and foods of Morioka.Read more

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    Baeren Brewery

    Baeren Brewery manufactures classic European-style beer using German brewing equipment.Read more

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    Takkoku no Iwaya

    Takkoku no Iwaya is a temple that is set in amongst the rock face of a cliff.Read more

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      Kitakami

      Kitakami is a city in Iwate renowned for its cherry blossoms lining the Kitakami River. In late April visitors should not miss the 10,000 cherry tr...Read more

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