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IWATE

JAPAN'S PRISTINE WILDERNESS

Iwate, a place of untouched
Japanese landscapes

The bountiful nature of Iwate’s mountains and sea coast has formed the basis of a rich regional culture since the early days – from unique nature worship, numerous seasonal festivals, folk dances and indigenous stories passed down by the ancestors to the farm produce and seafood from the harsh natural environment.

Take a trip to see and meet for yourself the untouched wilderness, cultures and local people living in harmony with nature throughout Iwate. A hidden Japan of primeval landscapes awaits.

ETERNALNATURE

Majestic cliffs that jut up 200 meters from the ocean. A mysterious cavern boasting an iridescent blue underground lake. Mountain ranges that soar 2000 meters high. Iwate is blessed at every turn with beautiful nature that will take your breath away.

HISTORY &CULTURE

Iwate Prefecture, ruled as separate northern and southern domains by samurai families until the 1870s, has distinct historic and cultural heritage in each region. Beginning with the shrines, temples and gardens of the 9th to the 12th century that are now world heritage sites, there is a world to discover of traditional entertainment and crafts in each district.

LOCALCUISINE

The rich produce of Iwate is made possible by nature, its mountains and seas. It is also the result of the care taken by farmers in nurturing organic soils and ensuring that livestock receive the best feed and purest water. Be sure to taste Iwate’s finest products, including some of its many luxury rice, wagyu beef, apples and oyster brands.

FANTASTIC
EXPERIENCES

Outdoor sports like skiing and mountaineering, and hot springs where you can truly relax while gazing out over a bank of clouds, valleys or the sea? Or will you take part in the world’s record-breaking no. 1 taiko drums parade, an unforgettable experience of mingling with locals?

NOT TO BE MISSED NOT TO BE MISSED

REGIONS OF IWATE REGIONS OF IWATE

SUGGESTED
ITINERARIES
SUGGESTED
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Presented here are some variety-filled model tour routes to discover the diverse attractions of Iwate: mountain and sea, city and wilderness, novelty and history.

THINGS TO DO THINGS TO DO

TOPICS FOR
TOURISTS
TOPICS FOR
TOURISTS

WHERE IS IWATE ? WHERE IS IWATE ?

Iwate Prefecture is situated in northern Honshu. It is accessible by Shinkansen from Tokyo in just over two hours. Iwate Hanamaki Airport, the prefecture’s only air hub, links to major cities Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka. Enjoy your time away from the city to enjoy Japan’s beautiful nature.

Access from Japan's major cities.

From TOKYO = 131min by bullet train.
From SAPPORO = 55min by plane.
From NAGOYA = 70min by plane.
From OSAKA = 80min by by plane.
From FUKUOKA = 115min by plane.

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