The prefecture of Iwate is on the northern end of Honshu, the main island in the Japanese archipelago. Known for it’s stunning scenery many people flock to the under populated Iwate to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is lesser known that Iwate can actually be full of excitement and adventure. There are several difficult extreme activities you can get involved in.
The name may be a little confusing in English and is better known as river tracing. No shower is involved! Uchimagi stream, near Kuji city on the eastern edge of Iwate prefecture offers this exciting activity. You can get really close to nature through this activity. You start by climbing into the river bed of a mountain stream- Uchimagi stream. Through your trip, you will climb upstream against the current. You must work as a team to tackle all the obstacles ahead. You must manage rugged waterfalls and cold snowmelt water as you ascend upwards. If you want to do this activity visit the Uchimagi Visitors Center in Kuji city.
Mt. Sukawadake is also known as Mt. Kurikomayama and goes through four difference prefectures; Iwate, Akita, Yamagata, and Miyagi. The side of the mountain in Iwate prefecture is known as Mount Sukawadake. This mountain offers beautiful scenery, highlands, and natural hot springs. Climbing this mountain takes around two hours. You can not only get great exercise from the hike but see some amazing plants. At an altitude of 1,150 meters, there is a marshy area covered in over 30 species of alpine plants. If you are tired from the hike there is a hot spring, Sukawa Hot Spring, located near the peak at 1,126 meters. What better than a beautiful hike followed by the relaxing natural waters of Japan?
Shizukuishi ski resort was once the location of the 1993 World Alpine Ski Championships and was used for the advanced skiers! So obviously this is a great place for skiing. The resort offers a 4,500 meter downhill trail with a slope of 36 degrees! They also offer trails for all levels of skiing ability, so even if you are a novice there is something for you.
There are slalom courses for both beginners and the more advanced. For a novel experience, you can even ski in the night time! Lessons are available to learn how to ski or snowboard. The quality of the snow here is superb. The resort is open from mid-December until the end of March.
Whatever you fancy, be it water, hiking or skiing, Iwate has something for you in every season. Visit this underpopulated prefecture and get back to nature.