GoWithGuideFind your perfect tour guide at GoWithGuide. Relax and cherish unforgettable tours with loved ones. Create personalized tours for a truly memorable trip!
GoWithGuide
GoWithGuideFind your perfect tour guide at GoWithGuide. Relax and cherish unforgettable tours with loved ones. Create personalized tours for a truly memorable trip!

Morioka, a gem in Tohoku District, selected as 'one of the 52 places to visit in 2023' by NY Times

Tomoe S.

by Tomoe S.

(105 reviews)
Last updated : May 10, 20234 min read

Travel Tips

Morioka was selected as 'one of the 52 places to visit in 2023' by New York Times. 

I visited such an attractive town in April 2023.

blog image


(Mt. Iwate is loved by all the people in Morioka.)

You can enjoy rich nature surrounded with mountains on three sides, and some beautiful rivers. Some of the rivers are well known for salmon swimming upstream from the ocean to spawn.

blog image


The Ishiwarizakura, which stands in front of the Morioka courthouse, is said to be one of Morioka's important treasures.  A huge cherry tree has been growing from solid granite for 350~400 years. The tree symbolizes the endurance against all hardships, and that's why it's the symbol of the spirit of the people in Morioka.

blog image


blog image


You can find Moriokajo Castle ruins and traditional Japanese-Western style structures such as former-head office building of Iwate-bank, made of red bricks.

blog image


Morioka Hachimangu which is thought as 'the face of Morioka' (representative being of Morioka), has been worshipped as a base of their hearts for more than 300 years and welcome so many people still now. 

blog image


Houonji Temple is well known as the temple of '500 rakan' (500 arhats). You can find so many statues of arhats with various facial expressions.

blog image


A famous poet of 19~20 century, Ishikawa Takuboku was born and lived in Morioka. You can visit his house in which he lived with his wife. People in Morioka are proud of him.

blog image


blog image


blog image


In Morioka, you can enjoy many kinds of delicious food. How about sushi, or re-men?

Especially, Wanko-soba is famous (not only in Morioka but also all over Japan). Small amount of soba noodles in broth are served continuously so that the guests never have an empty bowl. (If you don't want soba anymore, you just cover your empty bowl with lid.) You can add toppings on the noodle to taste the flavor, however, I gave up eating after I ate 45 bowls! (15 small bowls has the same amount of 1 regular bowl, which is served at soba noodle shop.) They say that the average for women is about 30~40 bowls...

blog image


It takes only about 2.5 hours by shinkansen from Tokyo. You can also fly to Morioka (Hanamaki Ariport) from Tokyo (Haneda Airport) or from Osaka (Itami Airport). Why don't you visit Morioka on your next trip to Japan? You can make wonderful memories there.

(May 2023) (dedicated to my dear friend, Sumiko's husband, Peter who loved Morioka so much)

 

 

 

Did you like my article?

You can send me a message to get a customized itinerary and quotation for an unforgettable experience.

I'll be waiting for you, so please check my profile and get your trip plan now

Tomoe S.

Tomoe S.

4.93 / 5
(105 reviews)

Plan your trip to Iwate with Tomoe S.

Chat with a local tour guide who can help organize your trip.

Send a Message

Tours By Tomoe S.

Very Special 1day Kyoto Tour just  for Youcover image

Very Special 1day Kyoto Tour just for You

Kyoto
8 hours

Kyoto had been the capital of Japan for 1000 years and has many wonderful places to visit. Please choose a few places among the following sightseeing spots, as you like. If you have any other preferable spots, please let me know. I'll guide you as many places as possible. Please note that some places are located in a little far away from the center of the city and it may need some time to go and come back.

FROM$210/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Tomoe S.
Tomoe S.
4.93 / 5
(105 reviews)
Must see spots in Kyoto and Nara in a day (8 hours)cover image

Must see spots in Kyoto and Nara in a day (8 hours)

Kyoto
8 hours

It's a little bit difficult, for the first comers to Japan, to visit popular sightseeing spots in both of Kyoto and Nara. In this tour, you can visit Nara Park, Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Shrine, three most popular sightseeing spots in Nara and Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto, the most popular sightseeing spot for visitors from abroad, in Kyoto. Deer will wait for you in Nara Park!

FROM$210/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Tomoe S.
Tomoe S.
4.93 / 5
(105 reviews)
A Wonderful Half Day in Kyoto (North-west Kyoto) 4hcover image

A Wonderful Half Day in Kyoto (North-west Kyoto) 4h

Kyoto
4 hours

This tour is recommended for the first timers to Kyoto. Kyoto had been the capital of Japan for 1000 years and has many old temples and shrines to visit. You can visit three famous and popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto. All of these three places are registered as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites.

FROM$121/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Tomoe S.
Tomoe S.
4.93 / 5
(105 reviews)
A Wonderful Half Day in Kyoto (East Kyoto) 4hcover image

A Wonderful Half Day in Kyoto (East Kyoto) 4h

Kyoto
4 hours

This tour is recommended for the first visitors to Kyoto. Kyoto had been the capital of Japan for 1000 years and has many old temples and shrines to visit. In this tour, you can visit two of the most famous and popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto and see the wonderful tradition, especially about Buddhist culture.

FROM$121/ per group
Japan Tour Guide - Tomoe S.
Tomoe S.
4.93 / 5
(105 reviews)