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Iwate Prefecture (岩手県 Iwate-ken) is in the northeastern Tohoku region of the main Japanese island Honshu.

Chusonji Temple in Hiraizumi

Understand edit

Visit Iwate is the prefecture's official multilingual guide site.

Cities edit

Map of Iwate
  • 1 Morioka — The prefectural capital.
  • 2 Hachimantai
  • 3 Hanamaki — Hanamaki is most famous as the birthplace of Kenji Miyazawa and for its onsen.
  • 4 Hiraizumi — once rivaled Kyoto, but now known for two temples and a poet who visited 400 years ago.
  • 5 Ichinoseki
  • 6 Iwaizumi — the town has Ryusendo, one of Japan's three famous caves.
  • 7 Kamaishi
  • 8 Kuzumaki   — has rich nature.
  • 9 Miyako
  • 10 Ninohe
  • 11 Otsuchi
  • 12 Rikuzentakata  
  • 13 Tono — a small city famous for its folk tales.
  • 14 Tanohata — is proud of Kitayamasaki Cape, seaweed and farm products.

Other destinations edit

  • 1 Ryusendo limestone cave   — located in Iwaizumi, considered one of the three major limestone caves in Japan. It also boasts one of the largest underground lakes in Japan, with crystal-clear water.
  • 2 Appi Kogen Ski Resort   — one of the best ski grounds in Tohoku, with runs for all levels.

Get in edit

By plane edit

Hanamaki Airport (HNA IATA)

By train edit

  • The Tohoku Shinkansen barrels through Ichinoseki and Morioka on its way from Sendai north to Aomori.
  • IGR Iwate Ginga Tetsudo It's north train of Iwate
  • JR Yamada Line
  • JR Hanawa Line
  • JR Tazawako Line
  • Sanriku Railway (Kita-Lias Line) runs between Miyako (Iwate) and Kuji.

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Get around edit

See edit

Geibikei Gorge in Ichinoseki
  • Visit Geibikei Gorge and enjoy a ride on one of the boats and listen to the singing of your guide. Feed koi carp in warmer weather, enjoy the changing leaves in the fall and the snow in the winter. (Ichinoseki)
  • Explore the remains of the former northern capital (Hiraizumi)
  • Make your way through Ryusendo Cave, one of Japan's Top Three caves. (Iwaizumi)
  • Search for kappa in one of the most famous kappa towns (Tono)
  • Walk through art inspired by the books of Kenji Miyazawa in the Miyazawa Kenji Dowa-Mura (Hanamaki)

Do edit

Eat edit

  • Azumaya (東家). Eat wanko-soba, served indefinitely before you stop.
  • Pyonpyonsha (ぴょんぴょん舎). famous for Morioka Reimen (cold noodles). Many branches in Akita and other prefectures.

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