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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…

Hachimantai Ski Resort: The Perfect Place for Winter Holidays!

‘Tis the season to be jolly! It is about that time of the year when families get a nice long holiday. Deciding the destination can be really time-consuming so I am suggesting a beautiful winter destination somewhere in the slopes of Japan. The Hachimantai Ski Resort is renowned for its amazing powder snow which has…

Be in Awe of Konjikido, the Golden Palace of Iwate

Many people know of the very famous building Kinkakuji in Kyoto, the Golden Pavilion. Few people are aware of the golden hall, Konjikido, which stands in Iwate prefecture. Entirely covered in gold, Konjikido is a sight to behold. Tendai Buddhism   japan-iwate.info/ The Tendai sect of Buddhism originated in 805. The founder, Saicho, was influenced…

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…

Visit Iwate this Winter and Experience a Fun Rural Escape!

A land of abundance surrounded with nature’s beauty, Iwate, is one of Japan’s largest prefectures just second to winter wonderland Hokkaido. There are many natural sights and sceneries as well as historical landmarks which you can visit in Iwate. There are also numerous hot springs to go to and relax. dantai-ryokou.com/ There is no right…

Chagu Chagu Umakko: Iwate Prefecture’s Horse Festival

On the second Sunday of June, you can hear a beautiful sound coming from horses’ bells. This is known as “chagu-chagu,” which is an onomatopoetic expression for it. Thus, the event is known as Chagu Chagu Umakko, a festival of horses. In Iwate prefecture, about 100 horses with brightly colored harnesses parade through a distance…

3 Iwate’s Extreme Outdoor Activities to Help You Get Back to Nature

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…

Escape to the Rugged Beauty of Iwate Prefecture

Iwate prefecture is the most eastern point on the Japanese island of Honshu. Iwate has a rich and ancient history, inhabited by the Jomon people and one of the last areas of Honshu to be taken by imperial forces in the 9th century. Now Iwate prefecture has the lowest population of all the prefectures in…

Visit Geibikei Gorge in Rural Iwate Prefecture!

Geibikei Gorge, located in Ichinoseki city, Iwate, is a bit of a hidden gem in Japan. Not to be confused with a smaller attraction nearby named Gembikei, Geibikei Gorge is a 2 kilometer gorge carved out by the Satetsu River. The cliffs here are over 50 meters tall, and the scenery is beautiful. What makes…