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.
Last Updated: 2021-8-26
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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.
|8:30||Take the Tōhoku Shinkansen from Tōkyō Station (enjoy an Ekiben box breakfast inside the train).|
|11:00||Arrive at Morioka Station.|
|11:00||Take the Yamada Line from Morioka Station.|
|13:30||Arrive at Miyako Station.|
|13:30||Take a taxi to Jodogahama.|
|14:00||Enjoy a Bin-don lunch at Jodogahama.|
|15:00||Start walking from the Jodogahama Visitor Center and explore Jodogahama.|
Make crafts with seashells and walk along the Michinoku Shiokaze Trail.
|17:30||Arrive at The Park Hotel Jodogahama. Enjoy dinner and stay at the hotel.|
|9:30||Take a taxi to Miyako Station from The Park Hotel Jodogahama.|
|10:00||Take the Sanriku Railway from Miyako Station and enjoy the scenery along the line.|
|11:30||Arrive at Kamaishi Station.|
|11:30||Take the Kamaishi Line from Kamaishi Station.|
|12:30||Arrive at Tōno Station.|
|12:30||Take a taxiVisit Tono Furusato Village and enjoy a traditional local lunch.|
|13:30||Stroll through Tono's traditional Japanese mountain village and participate in craft workshops.|
|16:30||Take a taxiTōno Station.|
|17:00||Take the Kamaishi Line from Tōno Station.|
|18:00||Arrive at Shin-Hanamaki Station.|
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.
|8:30||Take the Tōhoku Shinkansen from Tōkyō Station to Morioka Station.|
|11:30||Take the Iwateken Kotsu Bus to theMorioka Regional Industry Promotion Center and enjoy making and eating Morioka's local specialty reimen.|
|14:30||Take the Iwateken Kotsu Bus to Morioka Station, then take the Tōhoku Main Line to Hanamaki Station.|
|16:00||Take the shuttle bus from Hanamaki Station toan inn at Hanamaki Onsenkyo (Osawa onsen).|
|8:00||Depart from the inn and take a taxi to Hanamaki Station.|
|9:00||Take a train from Hanamaki Station to Hiraizumi Station.|
|10:00||Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Chūson-ji Temple. Enjoy a Maezawa Beef lunch at Chūson-ji.|
|12:30||Take the Tōhoku Main Line from Hiraizumi Station to Ichinoseki Station, then transfer to the Ōfunato Line and ride to Geibikei Station.|
|13:30||Enjoy a stroll and boat ride at Geibikei Gorge.|
|17:00||Take the Ōfunato Line to Ichinoseki Station.|
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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.