1 day itinerary

Ultimate Guide to Morioka

Have a relaxing tour through Morioka, the central city of history-laden Iwate Prefecture. Walk through a castle park, historic ruins and the land of Iwate’s literary scholars. Try out the famous dish of wanko soba during lunch!



Day 1

Morioka Castle Ruins Park (Iwate Park) ( 10:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM )
Sakurayama Shrine ( 11:00 AM ~ 11:20 AM )
Morioka History and Culture Museum ( 11:25 AM ~ 12:05 PM )
Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building ( 12:15 PM ~ 12:45 PM )
Wanko Soba ( 12:50 PM ~ 01:40 PM )
Morioka Hachiman-gu Shrine ( 02:00 PM ~ 02:45 PM )
Takuboku Shinkon House ( 03:15 PM ~ 03:40 PM )
Kogen-sha ( 03:50 PM ~ 04:50 PM )

Day 1 - Iwate

10:00 AM 11:00 AM   -   Morioka Castle Ruins Park (Iwate Park)


Head over to Morioka Castle Site Park where the castle has been turned into a park. Currently, only the castle walls remain but the walk through the huge garden will provide you with a great appreciation of nature in the center of the city.


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Address Iwate Prefecture, Morioka, Uchimaru 盛岡城跡公園 See map
Telephone 019-604-3305
Website http://www.japan-iwate.info/app/location_detail.php?lid=10

11:00 AM 11:20 AM   -   Sakurayama Shrine


A shrine located to the north of Morioka Castle Site Park. Although a small shrine, the majestic front shrine is splendid. A must-see is the massive rock, Eboshi Iwa which has been enshrined next to the front shrine as a god protecting the people of Morioka.


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Price FREE
Address 桜山神社 1-42 Uchimaru, Morioka, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 019-622-2061

11:25 AM 12:05 PM   -   Morioka History and Culture Museum


A museum to learn about the history and traditional culture of Morioka which was a thriving castle town. Clothing, paintings, writings and other precious displays related to the Nambu clan can be seen.


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Business Hours Open:
April-October 9am~7pm
November-March 9am~6pm

Close:
The 3rd Tuesday of every month (if the Tuesday lands on a holiday, then the next day will be closed)
New Year’s holidays (December 31st-January 1st)


Price Adults: 300 YEN
High school students 200 yen
Junior high school/elementary school students 100 yen
Address 1-50 Uchimaru,Morioka,Iwate See map
Telephone 019-681-2100
Website https://www.morireki.jp/pdf/leaflet_en.pdf

12:15 PM 12:45 PM   -   Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building


Built at the beginning of the 20th century, the former Iwate Bank can be seen as a historic landmark with its proud Western-style architecture. The interior has been made into a museum, and a glimpse can be made of the historical archives from those days along with the interior.


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Business Hours Monday ( 10:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Wednesday ( 10:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Thursday ( 10:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Friday ( 10:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Saturday ( 10:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Sunday ( 10:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )

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Dec. 29th - Jan. 3rd

In addition to the above dates, the building may be closed temporarily for maintenance or refurbishment.
Address Iwate-ken, Morioka-shi, Nakanohashidōri, 1 Chome−2−20 岩手銀行旧本店本館 See map
Telephone 019-604-3305
Website http://www.japan-iwate.info/app/location_detail.php?lid=12

12:50 PM 01:40 PM   -   Wanko Soba


Have the famous Morioka dish of wanko soba for lunch. Walk over to the main branch of the venerable Azumaya wanko soba restaurant which is close to the Former Iwate Bank. Enjoy the soba as small bowls of it are continuously served to you.


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02:00 PM 02:45 PM   -   Morioka Hachiman-gu Shrine


Visit Iwate Prefecture’s grandest shrine. On its wide grounds, in addition to Morioka Hachiman-gu itself, there is also the ancient Kasamori Inari Shrine so that both shrines can be toured.
After making the pilgrimage to Morioka Hachiman-gu, return on foot to the “Morioka Bus Center” bus stop and take the Denden-mushi bus going in the counter clockwise direction and get off at the “Takuboku Shinkon no Ie-guchi” bus stop. (a 12-minute ride)


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Address 13-1 Hachimancho, Morioka, Iwate Prefecture 盛岡八幡宮 See map
Telephone 019-652-5211
Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morioka_Hachimang%C5%AB

03:15 PM 03:40 PM   -   Takuboku Shinkon House


Take a look through the house related to famed Japanese poet Takuboku Ishikawa who was active from the 19th century to the early part of the 20th century. The house was once the residence of a middle-ranked samurai in the Edo Era so that you can learn about the lifestyle of the Japanese in the old times.


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Business Hours Monday ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Wednesday ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Thursday ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Friday ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Weekends ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )

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Tuesday from December to March
New Year’s holidays
Address 3 Chome-17-18 Chūōdōri, Morioka-shi, Iwate-ken See map
Telephone 019-624-2193

03:50 PM 04:50 PM   -   Kogen-sha


This is the site associated with a work created by poet and children’s story writer Kenji Miyazawa who was a contemporary of Takuboku Ishikawa. It currently has a small museum as well as a shop dealing in folk art and handicrafts. The café is also popular. Enjoy shopping and a tea break here.


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Business Hours Everyday ( 10:00 AM ~ 06:00 PM )

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15th of every month
Address 光原社 2-18 Zaimokucho, Morioka, Iwate Prefecture  See map
Telephone 019-622-2894

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By Midori