Culture & History in Iwate

Chuson-ji Temple

  Chuson-ji Temple, a heritage site for Heian Buddhist culture that came of age in the Tohoku region Chuson-ji is a temple built upon a 130m hi...

Motsu-ji Temple

  The miraculous Motsu-ji Temple with its legend of the white deer When the great priest Ennin came to this land during his pilgrimage through...

Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo Temple

A National Historic Site with numerous Important Cultural Properties   400 years before the establishment of Chuson-ji Temple by Kiyohira Fujiw...

Morioka Castle Ruins Park (Iwate Park)

The remains of a castle within a flourishing castle town Morioka is a city that has had a history as an Edo Era castle town surrounding Morioka Castl...

Esashi Fujiwara Heritage Park

Historical buildings restored on its vast grounds The Esashi district of Oshu City where the historical park Esashi Fujiwara Heritage Park is locate...

Geibikei Cruise

  The vista of a secluded area built from strangely-shaped rocks and cliffs Geibikei is a gorge on the Satetsu River, a tributary of the Kitak...

Morioka Hachiman-gu Shrine

Morioka Hachiman-gu enshrining the god for the roots of human life Established in 1062 to pray for military victory, the shrine first began as Hatomo...

Hanamaki Festival

A traditional festival in tribute to the founders of the town of Hanamaki The Hanamaki Festival is in honor to Nobuchika Kita who established Hanama...

Morioka Sansa Odori Festival

The Sansa Odori, competing through polished technique and beauty The sound of nimble flutes, the smart drumming of wadaiko, and the colorful costume...

Tono Furusato Village

Recreated traditional farm life in the village of folklore, Tono Tono Furusato Village is an outdoor museum which has recreated the agricultural env...

Hanamaki Onsen

The pristine natural environment where masterpiece poetry and children’s stories were born is also the place for a charming onsen village Along...

Morioka Handi-Works Square

Traditional crafts passed down in Morioka all under one roof In the ancient historic castle town of Morioka, many traditional crafts and industries...

Densho-en

The recreated nostalgic farm lifestyle Tono has come to tell of the old life through many ancient folk tales and myths. At Densho-en which brings th...

Ho’on-ji Temple

An ancient temple in an honorable temple community that has continued since the Edo Era Kitayama, which is in the northeast section of central Morio...

Sekinoichi Sake Brewery

Truly enjoy the food culture of Ichinoseki through regional cuisine and sake with a long history Sekinoichi Brewery, which evokes a sense of history...

Hachiyozan Tendai-ji Temple

Tohoku’s oldest temple with its history of prosperity and destruction Tendai-ji was established in 728 by the monk Gyoki under the command of...

Hashino Blast Furnace Ruins

A blast furnace in the early period of modern iron manufacturing with the mountain contributing to industry The Hashino Blast Furnace Ruins is a gro...

Tono City Museum

Many exhibits to relate the folk customs of Tono steeped in mystery The Tono City Museum was first opened in 1980 as Japan’s first ethnic muse...

Michinoku Traditional Dance Festival

3 days of regional folk entertainment in the streets The annual Michinoku Traditional Dance Festival which is held for 3 days starting from the 1st...

Morioka History and Culture Museum