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Iwate: Hiraizumi

Days needed: 1–3
Approximately 2 hours 10 minutes from Tokyo to Morioka on the Tōhoku Shinkansen 

Renowned Japanese children's author Kenji Miyazawa referred to Iwate as "Ihatov," an ideal village. Iwate Prefecture can be divided into four areas, each brimming with attractions. The Southern Iwate area is famous for Hiraizumi, the first Japanese site registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Central Iwate area is home to Morioka, with its majestic views in which Mount Iwate serves as a centerpiece. The Coastal Iwate area, nicknamed Iwate Sanriku, is known throughout Japan as a treasure trove for seafood. The Northern Iwate area is known for its varied and unique climate. Hiraizumi is a particularly beautiful city, with the World Heritage Site Chūson-ji Temple Konjikidō painted in gold colors. 

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Last Updated: 2021-8-26

Travel for less to Morioka by using a pass

JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

5 days of unlimited travel for ¥20,000
* Foreigners living in Japan can also purchase a JR EAST PASS!

Recommended Sights

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Map of Iwate

Picture of the three great noodle dishes of Morioka

The Three Great Noodle Dishes of Morioka

The Three Great Noodle Dishes of Morioka
Wonderful culinary delights, the three great noodle dishes of Morioka are: reimen (cold ramen with toppings), jajamen (udon-like noodles with a miso and meat sauce) and all-you-can-eat wanko soba (buckwheat) noodles.
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Picture of Hanamaki Onsen-kyo

Hanamaki Onsen-kyo

Hanamaki Onsen-kyo
Hanamaki Onsen-kyo, a village long known for its hot springs.
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Picture of Hiraizumi

Hiraizumi

Hiraizumi
Chūson-ji Temple in Hiraizumi, a registered World Heritage Site.
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Picture of Jodogahama

Jodogahama

Jodogahama
Jodogahama, literally "Pure Land Beach," a place where the white beach and blue sea contrast beautifully.
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Picture of Geibi Gorge

Geibikei Gorge

Geibikei Gorge
The Geibikei Gorge is counted among Japan's 100 most famous views. Sheer rock cliffs extending two kilometers tower 100 meters above the river on both sides.
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Iwate Model Sightseeing Course

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Iwate: A trip to discover Sanriku's nature and Tono's history2 Days 1 Night

Jodogahama is situated in the center of the Sanriku Fukko (reconstruction) National Park and Sanriku Geopark and is one of Miyako's most scenic spots. You will never be bored with how dynamic nature is here. Stop at Tono, the home of folklore, on your way back. The village is known as the home of folktales, where many old legends remain. Discover Sanriku's breathtaking natural beauty and Tono, a place that retains the landscape of a Japanese mountain village.

2 Days 1 Night Model Course

First Day
8:30Take the Tōhoku Shinkansen from Tōkyō Station (enjoy an Ekiben box breakfast inside the train). 
11:00Arrive at Morioka Station.
11:00Take the Yamada Line from Morioka Station.
13:30Arrive at Miyako Station.
13:30Take a taxi to Jodogahama.
14:001Enjoy a Bin-don lunch at Jodogahama.
15:00Start walking from the Jodogahama Visitor Center and explore Jodogahama.
Make crafts with seashells and walk along the Michinoku Shiokaze Trail.
17:301Arrive at The Park Hotel Jodogahama. Enjoy dinner and stay at the hotel.
Second Day
9:30Take a taxi to Miyako Station from The Park Hotel Jodogahama.
10:00Take the Sanriku Railway from Miyako Station and enjoy the scenery along the line.
11:30Arrive at Kamaishi Station.
11:30Take the Kamaishi Line from Kamaishi Station.
12:301Arrive at Tōno Station.
12:30Take a taxi2Visit Tono Furusato Village and enjoy a traditional local lunch.
13:30Stroll through Tono's traditional Japanese mountain village and participate in craft workshops.
16:30Take a taxi1Tōno Station.
17:00Take the Kamaishi Line from Tōno Station.
18:00Arrive at Shin-Hanamaki Station.

Route Map

A Map of Iwate Model Sightseeing Course

Iwate: Enjoy Iwate's traditional culture and food2 Days 1 Night

At the Morioka Regional Industry Promotion Center, try making your own reimen noodles, a local specialty of Iwate, and learn about the traditional crafts, local cuisine, and architecture unique to the region. Your second day will be full of fun, too; visit the World Heritage Site of Chūson-ji Temple in Hiraizumi and go down the Geibikei Gorge on a boat. You can enjoy the culinary delights of Iwate with reimen noodles on the first day and a Maezawa beef lunch on the second day.

2 Days 1 Night Model Course

First Day
8:30Take the Tōhoku Shinkansen from Tōkyō Station to Morioka Station.
11:30Take the Iwateken Kotsu Bus to the1Morioka Regional Industry Promotion Center and enjoy making and eating Morioka's local specialty reimen.
14:30Take the Iwateken Kotsu Bus to Morioka Station, then take the Tōhoku Main Line to 1Hanamaki Station.
16:001Take the shuttle bus from Hanamaki Station to2an inn at Hanamaki Onsenkyo (Osawa onsen).
Second Day
8:00Depart from the inn and take a taxi to 1Hanamaki Station.
9:001Take a train from Hanamaki Station to Hiraizumi Station.
10:003Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Chūson-ji Temple. Enjoy a Maezawa Beef lunch at Chūson-ji.
12:30Take the Tōhoku Main Line from Hiraizumi Station to Ichinoseki Station, then transfer to the Ōfunato Line and ride to 2Geibikei Station.
13:304Enjoy a stroll and boat ride at Geibikei Gorge.
17:00Take the Ōfunato Line to Ichinoseki Station.

Route Map

A Map of Iwate Model Sightseeing Course

Travel for less to Morioka by using a pass

JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

5 days of unlimited travel for ¥20,000
* Foreigners living in Japan can also purchase a JR EAST PASS!

Take a train through Iwate and see the Tohoku region

JOYFUL TRAINS
The Joyful Train lineup at JR EAST makes riding fun. Discover the culture of the Tohoku region with the SL Ginga, have fun with the family with the POKÉMON with YOU Train, and enjoy fine cuisine on board with the TOHOKU EMOTION.

Route map of Iwate

SL Ginga: Between Hanamaki and Kamaishi Stations (Iwate)

The SL Ginga expresses the worldview of Kenji Miyazawa, while emanating the culture and natural beauty of the Tohoku area.

Our crew and the local residents along the route 
welcome you with warm hospitality.

POKÉMON with YOU Train: Between Ichinoseki (Iwate) and Kesennuma (Miyagi) Stations

The POKÉMON with YOU Train lets parents and children have fun together on board

Depictions of Pikachu can be found everywhere on the train.
You may be able to find other POKÉMON monsters on the train as well!

TOHOKU EMOTION: Between Hachinohe (Aomori) and Kuji (Iwate) Stations

Tohoku's all-dining restaurant train

In addition to a plethora of attractions that include excellent design, art, and panoramic views, the TOHOKU EMOTION is particularly known for its cuisine. The Tohoku's all-dining restaurant train features include an open kitchen where you can watch your food being prepared while you wait.

Travel for less to Morioka by using a pass

JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

5 days of unlimited travel for ¥20,000
* Foreigners living in Japan can also purchase a JR EAST PASS!

JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass

Enjoy Hokkaido (Sapporo and Hakodate) as well! 6 days of unlimited travel for ¥27,000

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