6 Prefectures in Tohoku region, Japan

Tohoku, Japan ~ Iwate Prefecture & Things To Do

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ Happy New Year 2022 to all ๐Ÿ˜

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From SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป earlier blogging about the 2 sessions of Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Tohoku Online Seminar Secretariat attended with aims to promoting & endorsing Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Tourism in Tohoku region, also to providing the latest information from local municipalities, Tourism Federation & Malaysian presenters who are familiar with the mentioned areas ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Tohoku region in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

Welcome to read more about the 1st session about Akita Perfecture & things to do via ๐ŸŒ https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2021/10/26/tohoku-japan-akita-prefecture-things-to-do/ & 2nd session about Miyagi Perfecture & things to do via ๐ŸŒ https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2021/11/23/tohoku-japan-miyagi-prefecture-things-to-do/

Again, she really enjoyed this 3rd session @ 15 Dec & would like to share some of the important information she has learnt about Iwate Prefecture ๅฒฉๆ‰‹็œŒ here. Ohh ya…She has won a lucky draw gift ๐ŸŽ ~ a Tokyo 2020 Olympic: Mino Ware Small Cup , special thank you ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Similarly, this online seminar kick started with the updates of new ๐Ÿ†• normal travel in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตby Ms Tan that Japan border remained closed as at to-date for foreigners. More updated details via ๐ŸŒ https://www.japan.travel/en/practical-coronavirus-information/ & https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html . Ms Tan also shared about some recent MATTA survey statistics gathered ie. Top 5 popular elements in Japan are Japanese foods, accommodations, 4 seasons experience, hot springs (Wellness tourism) & winter activities. About 50% consumers will rely on travel agencies to arrange their overseas & Japan trips post COVID19

The session was continued with the interesting travel & living experiences in Iwate by various presenters ie. Ms Munirah, Ms Doris & Mr Isrami

Sharing from Ms Munirah ๐Ÿง•๐Ÿผ (Malaysian student) & shown us a live walk around the Takamatsu Pond, Morioka etc. nearby the Iwate University where she is studying currently. She has explained about the Morioka Sansa Odori Festival @ Morioka city, more details via http://www.sansaodori.jp/foreign/english.php . A halal restaurant for Wanko Soba @ Azumaya Honten , Morioka city, more details via https://wankosoba.jp/en/wankosoba/

Next, sharing from Ms Doris ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ from Iwate Tourism Department about some festivals at Iwate ie. Morioka Sansa Odori Festival, Chagu Chagu Umakko & Hayachine Kagura (Intangible Cultural Heritage) . She recommends the 2 hours 11 mins ride from Tokyo to Iwate with Tohoku Shinkansen. Some of the must visit World Heritage Sites in Iwate are Hiraizumi & Hashino Iron Mining & Smelting Site. Also Hachimantai Aspite Line Snow Corridor, Hachimantai Dragon Eye, Tenshochi, Jodogahama Beach & Kitayamazaki

Mr Isrami actually shared that he has planned a Sakura tree ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ˜ Wowโ€ผ๏ธ Also he has recommended some must visit places in Iwate ie. Geibikei Gorge, Koiwai Farm ๅฐๅฒฉไบ•่พฒๅ ด, to enjoy summer ski, cycling (More details via http://www2.pref.iwate.jp/~hp2516_4/index.html) , ๐Ÿ˜€

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Things To Do @ Iwate Prefecture

SiennyLovesDrawing has recently read online about the ONLY lone surviving tree ๐ŸŒณ of the Takata Pine Forest from the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami in 2011 in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ—พ

This 250-year-old “miracle” pine is the only 1 among 70K trees left standing along the town’s coastline after the disaster. Actually it’s initially survived, but was removed last Sept after its roots died from exposure to saltwater

Now a reconstruction of it stands at its place. Some young pine trees are growing again along the city’s coastline ๐Ÿ—พ & thanks to the great ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป restore efforts

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Mr Isrami has highly recommended Geibikei & must be one in the top listโ€ผ๏ธ Geibikei is a gorge located in Ichinoseki area of Iwate. It’s with beautiful scenery of red, orange and yellow color of autumn leaves ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ on the cliff & both sides of the river during autumn with a boat ๐Ÿ›ถ ride which steered by local Japanese. Easy ๐Ÿšƒ access by taking train to JR Geibikei station & walk for about 5 mins. More info via ๐ŸŒ http://www.geibikei.co.jp/en/index.html

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For hiking ๐Ÿฅพโ›ฐ๏ธ lovers , Mt. Iwate is the tallest mountain in Iwate prefecture. It is 2,038m tall & can be seen all the way from Aomori Perfecture. It gets snow before most of the other mountains & snow can been seen on it from Oct onward every year

Ms Doris has recommended Hiraizumi for Chuson-ji Buddhist Temple listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, itโ€™s a place not to be missed when visiting Iwate @ Tohoku, Japan. More info via http://www.chusonji.or.jp/en/ . Also to visit the Motsuji Temple which possess 1 of the few remaining Pure Land Gardens in Japan, ie. a popular garden style in ancient times & attempting to recreate the Buddhist concept of the Pure Land or โ€œBuddhist Paradiseโ€. More info via http://hiraizumi.or.jp/en/archive/sightseeing/motsuji.html

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Hachimantai, it’s a scenic spot in the Iwate Prefecture which shared by Ms Doris in her session. There is a mountain which stands at an altitude of 1,614m & straddles the Akita & Iwate prefectures, it has a plateau around it which has been designated as Towada Hachimantai National Park with seasonal flowers from spring to autumn & snowing in winter. Not to miss the Kagaminuma on the Hachimantai mountaintop promenade aka Dragon Eye when the snow melts from mid-May to mid-June. About 2 hours by bus from JR Morioka Station to Hachimantai & Kagaminuma

Hachimantai Aspite Line Snow Corridor is a 27km mountain sightseeing road that runs through Towada-Hachimantai National Park straddling Iwate & Akita. 1 of the best roads in Japan for a scenic drive with impressively high walls of snow on both sides. The snow walls which can reach a height of 6m. Note: It may be closed during winter due to heavy snow as shown via https://www.facebook.com/Visit.My.Japan/posts/1823397997811059

Ms Doris also recommends Jodogahama Beach aka โ€œPure Land Beachโ€ which located within Sanriku Geopark in Iwate Prefecture. The clear blue water, white rocks & green pines actually listed in Japan’s 100 Best Beaches of Japan
The Koiwai Farm ๅฐๅฒฉไบ•่พฒๅ ด as recommended by Mr Isrami to visit for its Mt Iwate backdrop & a agrotourism destination in Iwate, Tohoku. A 3000-hectare private farm since 1891 located scenically at the base of Mt. Iwate & is most famous for its dairy products ie. milk, cheese, yogurt, milk ramen etc. Must visit the museum in Kamimaru Cowshed area to learn about the 125 years of Koiwai Farm history. Must enjoy a ride on the horse tram about 10 mins that has been used for 50 years since 1904 for sightseeing, see sheep grazing on pastures & the view of the beautiful 100 years supervised forest. Also can enjoy a dairy barn shuttle too. More info via https://www.koiwai.co.jp/makiba/en/.

Website ๐ŸŒ : https://www.japan.travel/en/destinations/tohoku/iwate/ & https://visitiwate.com/

You may enjoy some videos via https://www.japan.travel/en/my/beauty-of-hokkaido-tohoku/

Ohh ya…For travel convenience, you may check out Tocoo! ~ The Japan’s ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตLeading Rental Car Reservation Site for your car rental booking service with hundreds of their outlets throughout Japan of various car rental brands during your trips via ๐ŸŒ https://www2.tocoo.jp/en/?asp_id=1679&utm_source=1679&utm_medium=affiliate

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16 thoughts on “Tohoku, Japan ~ Iwate Prefecture & Things To Do

  1. Interesting Japan! actually ada juga dapat approach utk Japan Tourism ni. Tapi sb long komitmen. Rasa rugi pula sebab menarik sangat bila you post.

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  2. Japan is one of the most beautiful countries I have visited. Iโ€™ve been to Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, and Osaka. But I havenโ€™t visited Tohoku yet. Maybe I should visit Tohoku the next time I travel to Japan again. Thank you for sharing this information.

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  3. One of my dream country destinations! I would love to visit Japan and explore all the beautiful places there. Iโ€™d love to see Jodogahama Beach too! I need to save this list!

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    1. Tohoku region is a must visit to me in Japan ๐Ÿ—พ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต since I’m attending the online webinar series, love every Perfecture that I have learnt about ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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