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Iwate prefecture (岩手県 Iwate-ken) is in the northeastern Tohoku region of the main Japanese island Honshu.
Understand [ edit ]
Iwate is just a stone's throw away from
Miyagi, and the largest city in Tohoku, Sendai. The coastal areas were damaged very heavily by the 2011 Tsunami but the area has been recovering steadily since then.
This is a great place for people wanting to experience "deep Japan", with towns and cities steeped in history, agriculture and scenery. The "Golden Route" within Iwate is usually considered to be the route between
Hiraizumi, Tono and Hanamaki.
Other destinations [ edit ]
Ryusendo lime stone cave - located in
Iwaizumi, considered one of the three major lime stone caves in Japan.It also boasts one of the largest underground lakes in Japan, with crystal-clear water.
Appi ski resort - one of the best ski grounds in Tohoku, with runs for all levels.
By plane [ edit ]
Hanamaki Iwate Airport at Hanamaki but it only has limited domestic services and occasional flights to other locations in East Asia.
The main airport in Tohoku is
Sendai Aiport but international services are largely confined to East Asia.
Most foreign visitors are likely to enter through
Haneda or Narita in wider Tokyo and make their way north by train.
By train [ edit ]
Do note that the JR Rail Pass and the JR East Rail Pass covers all JR lines through Iwate.
The Tohoku Shinkansen barrels through
Ichinoseki and Morioka on its way from Sendai north to Aomori.
IGR Iwate Ginga Tetsudo It's north train of Iwate
JR Yamada Line
JR Hanawa Line
JR Tazawako Line
JR Iwaizumi Line One of JR's least frequent service lines with 3 daily round-trip services between Moichi and Iwaizumi.
Sanriku Railway (Kita-Lias Line) runs between Miyako (Iwate) and Kuji.
Get around [ edit ]
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.
tetsukuri mura(盛岡手づくり村, "handmade village")
Azumaya you can eat wanko-soba
Pyon pyon Sya It's famouse for Reimen (cold noodles) shop. There are many chain shops in Iwate and Tokyo.
Many places in Iwate have
farm-stay / home-stay programs - a great way to get to meet the locals and more importantly, live like the locals. Try the various Minshuku (home-stays) at Tono for example.
Get out [ edit ]