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Iwate

Cultural discoveries from Hiraizumi to Morioka

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Tono

Tono

Tono is a small city located in Tohoku's Iwate prefecture. Known as the City of Folklore, Tono is well-known for its abundant...

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Hanamaki

Hanamaki

Hanamaki offers a collection of hot spring areas in central Iwate prefecture, including the Hanamaki Onsen, Dai, Shidodaira, ...

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Morioka

Morioka

Morioka is the capital city of Iwate Prefecture, it has quite a rich history and a few old buildings still remain. It is at t...

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Kitakami

Kitakami

Kitakami (北上市 Kitakami-shi) is a city located in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 March 2017, the city had an estimated po...

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Ichinoseki

Ichinoseki

Ichinoseki (一関市 Ichinoseki-shi) is a city located in Iwate Prefecture, in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan. As of 1 Jun...

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Hiraizumi

Hiraizumi

Hiraizumi is a town located in Nishiiwai District, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 June 2019, the town had an estimated popu...

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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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