IWATE

IWATE

Have you ever dreamed of experiencing the traditional Japanese way of living complete with the serene countryside ambiance and the absence of technology and the city's bustle? Finding a traditional inn or hotel in Japanese provinces is now made easy given that establishment owners are only one call away....

Iwate Prefecture (岩手県) in the northeastern region of Tohoku (東北) in Japan has the lowest population density in the whole country after Hokkaido (北海道). Its capital is Morioka (盛岡市), a beautiful riverside city with a population of just 299,169 (as of September 2015). Even though it’s a scarcely populated...

In Japan, bread rolls called "koppe pan" are extremely popular and when you go to elementary schools in Japan, these bread rolls are frequently included in the lunch menus. They are basically the Japanese equivalent of hot dog buns but slightly larger and fluffier. In Morioka City in Iwate prefecture,...

The Morioka History and Culture Museum preserves items related to the history of its city and its rich artifacts. Are you aching to find out more about Morioka? Do you wish you had all the knowledge imaginable regarding this city? Even if you don’t live in Morioka, the stories...

Iwate Museum of Art was opened in October 2001 to acquire, research, conserve, preserve, treasure, and honour masterpieces of local artists such as Tetsugoro Yorozu, Shunsuke Matsumoto, and Yasutake Funakoshi. Are you an art enthusiast that would like to marvel at these timeless artworks? Are you intrigued by what...

Rikuzentakata is one of the cities in Iwate which was heavily devastated by the 2011 tsunami in Japan. It was even reported as being 'wiped off the map'. However, out of 70,000 trees that once lined the shore, only one survived and soon became an iconic symbol of hope...

Over a thousand years ago, a Buddhist Temple was built in the rock wall of a cliff in Hiraizumi, Iwate. It was called Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo which was primarily dedicated to the warrior gods of the 9th century. At that time, Japanese territories were expanding northwards which was...

In the mountains of Iwate nestles a deteriorating theme park known as Tohoku New Zealand Village. It was built based on Japan's idea of New Zealand culture. The village is quite charming where you are likely to see alpacas, sausages and unique architectures. There are also a few attractions...

Japan care very deeply about this particular cherry tree as it is 400 years old and signifies the coming of spring. Also, its beloved pink and white blossoms is a masterpiece for all to enjoy. Furthermore, for those who love nature and gardening, this is definitely a wonderful...

Have you ever dreamed of living in a castle? Do you enjoy learning about the history of Japan? For history buffs as well as curious tourists, Morioka Castle, in the central part of the city of Morioka, is the perfect place to be. A Long History blog.goo.ne.jp/ The once three-story...

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