Hanamaki is a city in Iwate prefecture famous for hot springs.
Hanamaki is accessible by local trains as well as by the Tohoku Shinkansen line.
The Tohoku Shinkansen stops at Shin-Hanamaki station; however, it is not a major stop so it is usually only accessible by the slower Yamabiko (やまびこ) train which terminates at Morioka.
The local JR East train also makes a stop at Hanamaki Station.
From Tokyo, there is a night bus operated by Iwateken Kotsu from Ikebukuro that stops in Hanamaki. A one way trip ranges from ¥7,300 to ¥9,000 depending on the season. Reservations are required and can be made in person or online, though the website is only in Japanese.
From Sendai, there is a highway bus called the Kenji Liner that operates three times a day. The trip takes roughly two and a half hours, with one-way tickets costing ¥2,600 and round trips for ¥4,700.
The most convenient way to get around the city is by bus. There are many bus stops with routes that go towards the big tourist locations around town. You can find a schedule of these buses here, however the information is in Japanese only.
The Kenji Miyazawa museum.
Soak and relax in onsens