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Iwate

Cultural discoveries from Hiraizumi to Morioka

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Osawa Onsen, Hanamaki

Osawa Onsen, Hanamaki

Aric Denfield

Osawa Onsen, in the verdant hills of Iwate, is more than just a hot spring hotel, it's a retreat and a snapshot of Japan from...

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Iwate Hanamaki Airport

Iwate Hanamaki Airport

Kim

The Iwate Hanamaki Airport was designed with accessibility in mind. The convenient transport hub has routes to a number of ci...

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About Iwate

Iwate
Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Tohoku
Island Honshu
Capital Morioka
Population 1,330,147
Area 15,275.01 sq. km
Main Station Morioka Station

Iwate Prefecture (岩手県, Iwate-ken) is perhaps most famous for Chuson-ji and Motsu-ji, which are two of the five sites that make up the World Heritage Site “Historic Monuments and Sites of Hiraizumi.”

Iwate is enjoyable any time of the year - ski at Appi Ski Resort in the winter, marvel at Tenshochi’s cherry blossoms in the spring, swim in the pristine waters of Jodogahama Beach and cool down in Ryusendo Limestone Cave in the summer, and hike at Mount Iwate while being surrounded by fall foliage in autumn.

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