3 stunning sunrise spots in Tohoku

Japan is often called the land of the rising sun, but where should you go to witness the sun rise over this beautiful land? For those of us travelling to Japan we have probably seen a sunrise whilst struggling with jet lag, from our hotel room or the airport. Even from the plane window! However,…
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Hiraizumi : Pure Land Buddhism and Tohoku Pride

“夏草や 兵どもが 夢の跡”(`Natsukusa ya tsuhamonodomo ga yume no ato`) – “Grasses in summer, the warriors’ dreams… all that is left”. This poem, written by Master haikuist Matsuo Bashō after he visited the ancient temple complex of Hiraizumi, is one of the most famous writings in Japan. Located in Iwate on the banks of the Kitakami-gawa, these simple…

10 Things to Do in the Scenic and Less Crowded City of Morioka

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 city, it has a lot of…

Feast Your Eyes on Morioka History and Culture Museum’s Exciting Exhibits!

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 you may hear are fascinating. I…

Ishiwarizakura: See Japan’s Ancient Rock-Splitting Cherry Tree in Full Bloom!

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 sight to see. Where It Began  …

3 Reasons the Morioka Castle Ruins Will Captivate You

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 castle started to be…

Soba Lovers Check Out What Morioka Has in Store For You!

Soba is one of the most famous noodle varieties in Japan alongside udon, soumen, and ramen. Whether served hot or cold, these buckwheat noodles are delicious in any form. If you are a fan of soba and would love to eat it to your heart’s content, then you’re in luck! Soba Noodles   bsigfishslam.com/ Wanko…