Sights in Iwate

Koiwai Farms, Makiba-en Park

A large historical farm with green pastures and Mt. Iwate in the background

Chuson-ji Temple

The Golden Hall (Konjiki-do) is a World Heritage site showing Buddhist culture in the Tohoku region.

Motsu-ji Temple

A beautiful World Heritage site. There is an elegant garden of the Heian aristocrats who lived in the Tohoku region

Hachimantai Aspite Line

A 27 km mountainous driving course through the picturesque scenery of Hachimantai

Genbikei Gorge

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the four seasons at this gorge created from the natural rocks and waterfalls

Morioka Castle Ruins Park (Iwate Park)

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

Esashi Fujiwara Heritage Park

The magnificent culture of the Tohoku Heian nobility is recreated here, and the park is famous as a location for film...

Geibikei Cruise

Cruise down the beautiful Geibikei Gorge as you listen to the strains of the “minyo” folk song “Oiwake Uta”


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

Blue Cave Sappa Cruise

Mysterious blue waters that expand into the cave. A remote part of Jodogahama that can be toured by a “sappa” boat.

Morioka Tenman-gu Shrine

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

Morioka Hachiman-gu Shrine

Iwate’s finest grand shrine with its magnificent red shaden and large torii gate piercing the sky

Morioka Mikoda Morning Market

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

Kanjizaiō-in Temple

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

Miyako Fish Market

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

Tono Furusato Village

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

Muryokoin Ruins

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


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

Kamaishi Daikannon

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

Morioka Handi-Works Square

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