Videos 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 filming samurai dramas

Geibikei Cruise

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

Jodogahama

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 pure sky

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 coast

Tono Furusato Village

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

Muryokoin Ruins

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

Kamaishi Daikannon

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

Ryusendo

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

Morioka Handi-Works Square

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

Kappabuchi

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

Kita Yamazaki

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

Fukusen-ji Temple

Japan’s biggest wooden Kannon statue at 17m is enshrined here in a temple that was built in 1912

Yakehashiri Lava Flow

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

Densho-en

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

Ho’on-ji Temple

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)

Matsukawa Geothermal Plant

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

Meganebashi Bridge (Miyamori River Bridge)

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

Wanko Soba

The traditional taste of Iwate as you continuously gobble down bite-sized bowls of soba.

Unedori-sama Shrine

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

Gohyaku Rakan (The 500 Arhats)

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...

Sekinoichi Sake Brewery

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

Nataya-cho

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

Hachimantai

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

Unosu Cliff

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

Michinoku Folklore Village

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

Matsukawa-so

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

Hashino Blast Furnace Ruins

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

Takamuro Suiko-en

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

Morioka Jajamen

Hot boiled noodles are topped with a special sauce of miso and minced meat for a rich taste!

Sukawa Kogen Onsen

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

Morioka Reimen

Noodles with a firm bite are combined with a spicy soup to create a well-matched invigorating taste that makes up the attractive reimen

Uni (Sea Urchin)

Locally enjoy sea urchin for which freshness is key! This is the perfect place for uni which is creamy and has plenty of sweetness

Orientation

Tour World Heritage sights, dine on the fruits of the sea and enjoy some sake while soaking in bubbling hot springs.