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A World Heritage site of Scenic Beauty with a surviving elegant garden of Heian aristocracy that came of age in the Tohoku region

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Mt. Iwate with its landscape being the calming soul of Iwate

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Immerse yourself in the beauty of the four seasons at the gorge with a superb view created from fantastically-shaped rocks and waterfalls

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Cruise down the Geibikei Gorge with its superb scenery as you hear the strains of the minyo song “Oiwake Uta”

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The mysterious blue that expands within the cave. A remote part of Jodogahama toured by a sappa boat.

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The castle of a Nambu feudal lord inside a civic park. The remains of the stone walls have history carved into them

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The magnificent culture of the Tohoku Heian nobility is recreated here, and the park is famous as a location for filming samurai dramas

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An interactive facility where the artisans of Morioka gather to show the traditional handicrafts from the good old days

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A small trip on a single track starting from Morioka City making stops at rustic stations while navigating through lush green mountains

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A rare scene is provided with Bishamondo which seems to meld into the rock wall

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A mountainous driving course that proceeds for a total of 27km through the picturesque scenery of Hachimantai

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A semi-naked festival with more than 1000 years of history that has been called one of the Three Major Unusual Festivals of Japan

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Jodogahama

The world of the “Pure Land” as the scenery of mysterious stone mountains rises up from the bay

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A lively local fish market with ample fresh seafood brought in from Japan’s prominent fishing grounds off the Sanriku coast

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Take a dynamic walk along the grand panorama of precipitous cliffs that boast “Japan’s Most Beautiful Coastline”

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Nataya-cho

The scenery of machiya townhouses as vestiges of Edo when water transportation on the Kitakami River flourished

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Ryusendo

A limestone cave with a deep blue, clear and tranquil lake of mystery

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Arhat (people who have achieved Nirvana) statues carved into natural rock in prayer for the repose of souls of those lost during a great famine which struck the Tohoku area

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An ancient temple in a town of temples which has retained a charm from the feudal era which was dedicated to the 500 Buddhist arhats (statues)

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Rural districts, water wheels, thatched-roof houses…experience the region of Tono within the landscape of a recreated agricultural village

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A pure white Daikannon statue that rises 48.5m in height with a beautiful contrast with the blue sea

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A railway that soars up to the galaxies runs here. A bridge in a remote woodland that spurs thoughts of nostalgia.

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Hachimantai

At 40 degrees north latitude, a panorama of superb scenery that is said to have the most beautiful seasonal changes

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A beautiful classically-designed Western-style building from the Meiji Era with its red brick and a green dome

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Riding a horse-drawn cart down the cherry tree path is a spring view out of a dream. One of the famous places in the Tohoku region for sakura.

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Natural caverns where seawater is dynamically blown up into the sky through the pressure of waves

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A landscape of the epic sea, fantastically-shaped rocks and pine forests which is a Place of Scenic Beauty along the coast

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Kappabuchi

A deep pool of a clear stream which is the home of the kappa water sprites mentioned in folklore!

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The Tohoku’s largest river flows quietly with the grand ridge of the Iwate Mountains in the background

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A history of hardship and restoration. See the masterpiece of the Standing Image of Shokannon protecting the Tohoku’s oldest temple

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From a pit dwelling to a Nambu Magari house, this is an open-air museum with examples of old Iwate architecture

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The remains of a glorious temple of the past related through a pond, embankments and foundation stones

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A wild landscape consisting of a cooled and hardened lava flow down the mountain

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A Tenman-gu shrine that has enshrined a guard dog so charming that it is almost like a mascot character

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A beautiful cape with a white lighthouse where you can catch the earliest sunrise on the island of Honshu

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A 40-minute excursion with a refreshing sea breeze in which you can enjoy the scenic beauty of a tour of the strangely-shaped rocks

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Unosu Cliff

The landscape of soaring cliff walls carved into a zigzag shape as it juts out into the ocean

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A fully restored World Heritage site that expressed the world of the Pure Land

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With sake brewed from the water and caverns of Ryusendo Cave, it is a venerable brewery in operation since the Edo Era that has earned numerous awards

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Densho-en

An open-air museum relating the old hometown traditions of Tono

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A local line that runs through the landscape of all 4 seasons. Once you get out of the tunnel, witness the autumn colors on the mountains and the snow-covered lake through the train windows

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With exhibitions centering on the works of local artists, domestic and foreign special exhibitions are also held

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Japan’s first ethnic museum where you can learn about Tono’s unique traditional culture

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The snowy streets are wondrously lit up with candles to soothe the soul in an annual winter event from Morioka

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Cars dash jauntily between the walls of snow. A snow corridor that presages spring in Hachimantai

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Stroll through the garden and relax in a hot bath. Spend a soothing time in Tono

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A famous place for lovely mountain flora that has been selected as one of the Top 100 Mountains for Flowers in Japan

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Looking back upon the gaiety of a more refined age as a poetry competition is recreated within a scene rolling out like a Heian picture scroll at Motsu-ji Temple

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Kenjiy Miyazawa Fairytale Village where you can enjoy a whole day as the protagonists of the author’s works can potentially pop up.

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Who, when and why did someone place this rock? A gigantic rock standing stealthily in the middle of a forest

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A simple shrine that just seems to pop up in the middle of a rice paddy, it is a Japanese scene from out of memory that is filled with nostalgia

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A matchmaking shrine built in the Edo Era at the foot of Mt. Atago, it is said to bring romantic fulfillment

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One of the Tohoku region’s prominent mountains for flora, it has a breathtaking beauty when it is covered in the fall colors

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A highland resort where you can fully enjoy the blessings of nature without fail all throughout the year

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Kenji Miyazawa’s private residence once located in a farming village from the good old days where his famous works bask in the afterglow

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The area that was dubbed the English Coast by Kenji Miyazawa due to his love for the Dover Strait

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A venerable event in the bitterly cold Morioka held by half-naked participants in prayers for sound health

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A historical residence remaining within the city of Morioka, it has a beauty and serenity that can only be found in such an old home

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The local shrine of the Nambu clan built in 1749 on the outermost region of Morioka Castle

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A pure Japanese onsen inn surrounded by primeval forest, it provides healing from a simple mountain hospitality and supreme waters

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A unique museum to get to know cows and to look at the relationship between them and humans from many angles!

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A large festival with 300 years of history. The highlight is the atmospheric daimyo (feudal lord) procession that passes under the cherry trees

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Established in 729, the Tohoku’s first Shugendo temple with a sleeping Buddha in the lushly green city of Oshu

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A museum that diversely recreates the world of Kenji Miyazawa’s works

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One of two Fujiwara festivals held in the spring and fall, the Spring Fujiwara Festival has the elegant procession of the ages

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A 500-year-old traditional kagura (ancient Shinto music and dance) that has been registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

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A mysterious shrine deep in nature which has been in worship of a mountain since ancient times

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An artificial lake with beautiful fall colors as far as the eye can see. You can also enjoy an onsen and camp next to the lake

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A fantasy land of snow. The soft snow light through the streets provides a scenery that warms the heart

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Iwate Snow Festival, the largest snow celebration on the island of Honshu attracts 300,000 visitors annually

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A fantastically-shaped rock that boasts to be the most spectacular in the Sanriku coastal area at a height of 50m, it has continued to endure 100 million years of wind and snow

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A museum that was restored from a former county office, modeled after Kenji Miyazawa’s children’s story “The Cat Office”

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A 400-year-old shopping avenue which thrives with activity on Saturdays when the street market is open

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A grand elegant festival adding color to the spring in Oshu where the absolutely gorgeous Hayashi floats are paraded through the streets

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The residence where early 20th-century poet Takuboku Ishikawa lived with his newlywed wife

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A traditional singing and dancing ritual performed for longevity that has continued at Motsu-ji Temple since its establishment 850 years ago

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A gorge of two mighty soaring cliffs bracketing the Mabechi River for a grand superb scenery in northern Iwate Prefecture

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A water mill that evokes the feeling of Tono with the appearance of an old-fashioned countryside

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Begin your exploration of a castle town with these formal samurai houses preserved in Oshu

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A spectacular cruise led by expert fishermen! A thrilling ride through fantastically-shaped rocks that are Places of Scenic Beauty

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Ski runs that total a distance of 45,100m! One of Japan’s foremost ski resorts with accommodations

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A 280-year-old summer event in Morioka to pray for good health towards the ancestral spirits

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A World Heritage mountain adorned in legends which include one where a golden rooster had been buried there to protect Hiraizumi

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A mountain onsen with a wild feeling and hot waters roaring through the rough rock

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100 horses are on parade dressed in colorful costumes and jingling bells in a 200-year-old traditional event

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A cave bath that evokes the image of a mine with the steam having a good effect on warming you right down to the core

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An unusual onsen inside a train station where you can begin and end your travels in a hot spring

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The power of nature to help you forget the cold of winter. Soothe your body through sand heated by a hot spring.

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Raising a banner to celebrate a big catch, fishing vessels containing objects of worship majestically cross the ocean one after another in this local festival

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You gotta get up early! An inexpensive market selling vegetables of the season raised on the great land under the pure sky

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Fresh seafood abound in Ofunato. A treasure trove of the fruits of the sea in Sanriku!

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A museum where you can learn for free about the culture and history in the World Heritage site of Hiraizumi

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Enjoy the regional taste of sake and local beer that has garnered international acclaim

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Relics to show the record of natural disasters to future generations to depict the threats from nature and a step toward recovery

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The mystery behind the force of life of a cherry tree! A 360-year-old blossoming cherry tree that can break through a mighty rock

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The World Heritage blast furnace is in the middle of a forest. The history of its modern-day iron manufacturing is related to the present day

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The Japanese museum to gather 600 kinds of elegantly blossoming camellia from all over the world

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With its gigantic cooling tower jutting out from within a heavily-wooded mountain, this is Japan’s first geothermal plant

 

Hire a guide for your Iwate Trip

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