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.
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15,278.40 km 2
Japanese(No official language)
Electricity 100V/50 or 60Hz (U.S. plug, commonly 2-prong without ground)
Time Zone UTC +9(No DST)
Iwate prefecture (岩手県 Iwate-ken) is in the northeastern Tohoku region of the main Japanese island Honshu.
Understand [ edit ]
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 ]
By train [ edit ]
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.
Get out [ edit ]