Morioka Area

Iwate, Tohoku

An architecturally perfect blend of the past and present. The beauty of Kitakami-gawa River and Nakatsu-gawa River shines.

Morioka is situated in the north of the Kitakami Basin in the central part of Iwate. The city is the center of Iwate's politics, economics and culture. Mt. Iwate-san, which overlooks the city from the northwest and two rivers - the Kitakami-gawa River and the Nakatsu-gawa River, make Morioka a special place with a very beautiful landscape. Morioka flourished with the building of Morioka Castle during the 16th and the 17th centuries. Today the castle ruins are maintained as the Morioka castle site Park and are appreciated by people as a place for recreation and relaxation.

Along the eastern side of the Nakatsu-gawa River, historical buildings from the 19th and the early 20th centuries, such as merchants' houses and private houses, can be seen. The gentle atmosphere and the nostalgic appearance of this area, which is known as "the capital of forest and water," are a good contrast to the busy atmosphere and the modern appearance of the fashionable shopping area near Morioka Station.

Iwa-yama Park is located to the east of the town and provides a magnificent panoramic view of the whole of Morioka and Mt. Iwate-san. Mt. Himekami-san and the Ou Mountain Range can also be seen from here.

One of Morioka's unique events is Chagu-Chagu Umakko, which is held just before summer arrives. During the event, decorative working horses carry small children on their backs and parade along a 15-kilometer route. This event attracts many spectators every year.


From Tokyo:
[Rail] About 2 hours and 30 minutes by JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line from Tokyo Station to Morioka Station. About 5 hours by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line from Shin-Osaka Station, change for JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line at Tokyo Station.

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