Iwate Prefecture

Honedera Village Estate - A World Cultural Heritage

The medieval scenery depicted in the Mutsu no Kuni Honederamura Ezu pictorial map still remains today, after hundreds of years. The Cultural Heritages of Hiraizumi, including the Honedera Village Estate Site registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. Honedera Village Estate is one of the Cultural Heritages of Hiraizumi. Honedera Village Estate Site (...

Yamazakura Momonoyu Onsen (Hot Springs Spa)

Yamazakura Momonoyu Rakuten Hotel, Ichinoseki-shi (Ichinoseki City) This is a large hot spring facility that is a fusion between Asia and Japan. In addition to the 11 types of baths flowing with luxurious source waters, guests can enjoy a theatrical performance by the Shitamachi Kabuki Troupe in a pleasant and warm atmosphere. Water Quality: Sodium chloride hot spring (Low osmotic pressure, weak alkaline, high temperature hot spring...

Horyu Hot Springs Spa (Kanpo no yado Ichinoseki)

Kanpo no yado Ichinoseki Rakuten Hotel Mt. Kurikoma can be seen from the high vantage point of this inn. In Horyu, where a dragon died and brought a welcome rain, guests can enjoy 14 types of baths such as herb bathing in an open air bath. This hot spring on a hill by Gembikei has a magnificent view; 15 min. by bus from Ichinoseki Station. Water Quality: Sodium chloride hot spring (Low osmotic pressure,...

Gembikei (Gembi) Gorge Onsen (Hot Springs Spa)

Gembikei (Gembi) Gorge Onsen (Hot Springs Spa) There are several Onsen (Hot Springs Spa) Rakuten Hotels of various water types along National Road 342 between Mt. Kurikomayama and Gembikei (Gembi) Gorge/ Genbikei (Genbi) Gorge in Ichinoseki City. There is an excellent view of Gembikei Gorge from this hot spring; 20 min. by bus from Ichinoseki Station. Gembikei Gorge. Gembikei (Gembi) Gorge Itsukushien Onsen (...

Gembikei (Gembi) Gorge and Geibikei (Geibi) Gorge Area

Gembikei (Gembi) Gorge and Geibikei (Geibi) Gorge Area Gembikei (Gembi) Gorge Area [Also Japanese locally called Genbikei (厳美渓/ Genbi Gorge)] The dance of emerald sprays... A beautiful valley refined since time begin. Hot Spring and History Crossing - Sendai feudal lord Date ("Dah-tay") Masamune used to boast, "Matsushima and Genbikei/ Gembikei (Gembi) Gorge" are two great places of scenic beauty and he visited Gembi/...

Confusion Between Gembikei/ Genbikei (Gembi/ Gembi) Gorge and Geibikei (Geibi) Gorge

Gembikei/ Genbikei (Gembi/ Gembi) Gorge In the nearby area are two river gorges, which can be reached by bus or car. Gembikei Gorge is west of Ichinoseki and is filled with numerous waterfalls; you can walk through it. There is also a hot-springs here, and several inns. The Geibikei Gorge is east of Ichinoseki and is much larger. In fact, you can take a float trip through the gorge in small boats. Geibikei...

Yabitsu Onsen Zuisenkaku (Hot Spring Spa)

Yabitsu Onsen (Hot Spring Spa) Zuisenkaku Rakuten Hotel Yabitsu Hot Spring, situated about two kilometers downstream from the Yabitsu Dam, boasts some water that is slightly hotter than most. Guests can enjoy the taste of every season nestled among the lush mountains. Hot springs come out from the historical mountain are said to have spiritual powers. 25 minutes drive to the World Heritage "Hiraizumi" and "Chuson-ji"....

Matsurube Onsen Kamikura (Hot Spring Spa)

Matsurube Onsen Kamikura (Hot Spring Spa) This hot spring is located on the foot of Mt. Matsurube, which is considered a holy mountain by the locals. The large bathhouse, with its pure wood construction whose use of large trees evokes a feeling of dignity quietly nestled among the cedars, is well regarded locally as the site of the Sangaku Shinko festival at the foot of the mountain. Made of wood hewn from...

Sukawa Kogen Onsen (Hot Spring Spa)

Sukawa Kogen Onsen (Hot Spring Spa) The appeal of Sukawa is the pristine mountain and its unique waters. You can walk to the moun-tain from the resort even at mid-day, and thoroughly enjoy the alpine plants, the summer skies and greenery, and the autumn leaves as the seasons change. After strolling on the mountain, the unusually acidic hot spring waters that have been praised by connoisseurs will help...

Ichinoseki Onsen (Hot Springs Spa) Village

Ichinoseki Onsen (Hot Springs Spa) Village The "road of steam" will deepen your desire to travel and enjoy yourself in the luxurious hot waters. Seven hot springs bubble up along National Road 342 on the way to Akita from town. Healing waters in a rich atmosphere, each in its own unique natural setting, can be found at Horyu, Gembi Gorge, Yabitsu, Matsurube, Shinyu and Sukawa. Take it easy and warm your...

Ichinoseki Dragon Rail - Slow, easy ride and stopovers on the Dragon Rail

Ichinoseki Dragon Rail - Slow, easy ride and stopovers on the Dragon Rail The JR Ofunato Line, which runs from Ichinoseki Station, winds like a serpent like dragon, hence the nick name “Dragon Rail”. Along the line, exotic sights, such as nostalgic Japanese warehouses of the Taisho period, pastoral terraced rice fields, and Meotoiwa Rocks that huddle together like husband and wife, await you. The JR Ofunato Line, which runs from...

Mochi (Rice-Cake) Cuisine of Ichinoseki

Mochi (Rice-Cake) Cuisine of Ichinoseki Ichinoseki's Famous Mochi Cuisine Has the Greatest Variety in Japan. The mochi cuisine of Ichinoseki dates back to the Edo period. There are over 300 types of recipes; some of the standard fillings and toppings -include sweet bean paste, sesame, soybean flour, and walnuts;-more unusual ones include grated daikon radish, ginger, marsh shrimp, perilla, and boiled...

Ichinoseki Castle Town Streets, Which Lead You to the Past

Ichinoseki Town Streets Walking around the Ichinoseki city center, you will be welcomed by a harmony of the present and the past, a townscape filled with footsteps of great predecessors and literary men, and nostalgic buildings and melodies. Ichinoseki prospered as a castle town under nearly two centuries of rural hinterland in addition to supporting light manufacturing. Underlying...

Mt. Murone Area

Mt. Murone in Orikabe, Murone-cho, Ichinoseki City Dashing Into the Fields of Green Mt. Murone (895 m) is designated as Murone Highlands Prefectural Nature Park. From the peak, there is a 360-degree panorama of beautiful scenery, which includes the Pacific Ocean, Mt. Hayachine, and even the far-away Kinkasan Island on a clear day. It is a fine mountain called “Oku-no Ko-Fuji (small Fuji in Tohoku region)” and known...

Sukawa Highlands Area

Sukawa Highlands Area A Colorful Panorama of the Sky and the Earth Mt. Kurikomayama (1628 m) extends over parts of Iwate, Akita, Yamagata, and Miyagi prefectures. On the Iwate side, it is called Mt. Sukawadake, and in the mid-slope are the Sukawa Highlands with many great hot springs. Every year, after the mountain is opened to climbers in May, many Sukawa fans flock to enjoy its nature,...