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Breathtaking natural sights to fill you with wonder, World Heritage shrines and temples that pull you into the spiritual world of the Japanese, and cultural events deeply rooted in local communities. Look, touch, feel and taste Iwate Prefecture for yourself.

Scenic Spot

On its western flank, a 2000m high mountain range and deep valleys, on the east a beautifully indented rocky coastline offering unique ocean views, as well as a limestone cavern extending for 3600m that features a deep blue subterranean lake. Iwate’s astonishing sights are true natural wonders.

History & Culture

For those wishing to immerse themselves deeply in the history of the region, do not miss our World Heritage sites, shrines, temples, ruins and museums. Iwate has two World Heritage sites, the temple complex of Hiraizumi, which stands testament to the unique religious cosmology of Japan at the time, and the Hashino iron mining and smelting site. Another way to deepen your understanding of the spirituality of the Japanese is to visit the Miyazawa Kenji Memorial Museum and get lost in the world of a children’s writer loved by generations.

Hands-on

Float up close to the magnificent soaring cliffs and plunging valleys on a small boat, or learn how to craft a masterpiece from a local artisan. These up-close, personal experiences create unforgettable memories.

Activity

To get your fill of mountains and fresh air, head out for trekking, skiing or golf. Iwate Prefecture boasts around 20 ski areas, most notably Appi Kogen Ski Resort. Appi is famous for its fine, light powder snow and is a mecca for skiers during the December to mid-May season.

Seasonal Event

Japanese matsuri (festivals), originally seasonal religious events, are unique and deeply rooted in their district and community. There are countless matsuri held in every corner of Japan, large and small. At Morioka’s Sansa Odori Festival held every August, over 20,000 people dressed from head to toe in bright, colorful traditional wear parade through the city beating taiko drums. It is an incredible performance worthy of its Guinness record.

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