WARNING On 11th March 2011 the region was hit by an earthquake with an 8.9 magnitude followed by a tsunami and several aftershocks. The prefecture is now safe to visit, although relief efforts are being conducted along the coast.
Iwate prefecture (岩手県 Iwate-ken) is in the northeastern Tohoku region of the main Japanese island Honshu.
Geibikei Gorge (near Ichinoseki)-enjoy a ride on one of the boats and listen to the singing of your guide. Feed koi carp in warmer weather, enjoy the changing leaves in the fall and the snow in the winter.