IwateIwate 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.
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 east of Morioka station.
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, but unfortunately fell into ruins during Shogunate rule. Today, the park has become a renowned location for che
Pyon Pyon Sya (Inari-cho Honten)
Pyon Pyon Sya is a long-established chain of restaurants specializing in Morioka Reimen (Korean cold noodles), and this particular shop is their headquarters.
Morioka Handi-Works Square
Morioka Handi-Works Square offers visitors different ways of experiencing the traditional crafts and foods of Morioka.
Baeren Brewery manufactures classic European-style beer using German brewing equipment.
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 trees in full bloom in Tenshochi Park.
Appi Rocky Inn
Offering a barbecue and hot tub, Appi Rocky Inn is located in Hachimantai in the Iwate Region, 100 metres from Appi Kogen ski resort. There is a games room on site and guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.
Green Hotel Kitakami
Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Green Hotel Kitakami offers accommodation in Kitakami, 47 km from Morioka. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV.
Hotel Hanamaki offers accommodation in Hanamaki. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV.
Hotel Route-Inn Miyako
Located a 10-minute drive from JR Miyako Train Station, Hotel Route-Inn Miyako offers free Wi-Fi in rooms, a public bath and a breakfast buffet. Air conditioned rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV, an electric kettle and a ref
Cafe Restaurant B&B Burari
Cafe Restaurant B&B Burari offers comfortable rooms with a balcony and a flat-screen TV. Guests can enjoy Western or Japanese-style dishes for breakfast and JR Hanamaki Train Station is a 10-minute drive away.
Hotel Folkloro Hanamakitowa
Hotel Folkloro Hanamakitowa is situated in Hanamaki, 36 km from Morioka. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.
Hachimantai Royal Hotel
Hachimantai Royal Hotel features accommodations with mountain views and free WiFi access in all areas. A hot-spring bath and massage services are available for guests’ relaxation.
Connecting with Departed Loved Ones Through Japan's Wind Phone
Out on a small hill in the town of Otsuchi stands a British style telephone booth, with its distinctive glass panes looking out to a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. But unlike the regular iconic British telephone booths, this one is white, intimating
Morioka: Most Walkable City in Tohoku (Shinkansen Diary Series)
Snapseed.jpg 1.21 MBAs you traverse through Tohoku towards Hokkaido on the Shinkansen, you'll have to pass through Morioka, the capital city of Iwate. This city was of great importance during Japan's Industrial revolution in the Meiji era, and the influence