Iwate is in the northeastern corner of the Tohoku region and is filled with an abundance of nature. From the sheer cliffs of Kitayamazaki to the heavenly waters of Jodogahama all the way down to the ‘miracle’ surviving pine tree at Takata-matsubara, to travel Iwate’s coast is to witness the force of nature and how it has powerfully shaped the region.
To get the most out of your stay, consider renting a car to hit up all the best nature spots. Maximize your experience and go off the beaten path as you explore the various national parks, endless coastlines, and the rural towns peppered throughout the prefecture. You’ll never run out of things to do, guaranteed.
Morioka is the prefectural capital that just like the rest of the region, is surrounded by nature. In particular, it is mostly bordered by mountains and three rivers that flow throughout the city.
The city is also home to three varieties of noodles called reimen, jajamen and wanko soba all of which are hard to find beyond the prefecture. Of the three, wanko soba is the most popular because you can try and beat the record by eating more than 500 servings of the noodle served in tiny bowls in a simple broth that is served one after the other.
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