Magnificent nature in Iwate attracts many tourists, especially mountain climbers. In addition, you can see the beautiful landscape made by geographical feature of ria coast line such as Joudogahama. In Iwate, people values the traditional culture preserved from ancient times, which makes this prefecture more fascinating
Climate (temperature / precipitation)
Source：Japan Metrogical Agency
In Iwate, there is a drastic change in temperature between summer and winter. It is hot in summer, but snows heavily on winter along the mountainside. Some parts in Iwate are the coldest areas in Honshu, which becomes approximately -30℃ in winter. You can find variety of nature depends on each seasons.
Cost of living
Foods recommended by locals
"Wanko-soba" is a soba noodles served in a small vermilion-lacquered bowl. It has been handed down from ancient times at a mountain village in Iwate prefecture. It is famous for its unique style of serving; server sits next to guests and continuously serves noodles when they finish one bowl. When guests put the lid on the bowl, it means they finished eating.
This noodle goes down easily, and goes perfectly with kimchi ! It is a representive local dish in Morioka City,
Famous places / spots recommended by locals
Chusonji Temple is a famous historical spot in Hiraizumi. It is a World Heritage site. We can find 3000 of national treasures and important cultural properties including Konjiki-do Golden Hall. In Chusonji Temple we can learn a lot about buddhism arts at Heian period.
SL Ginga is a steam locomotive designed under the theme of the novel "The Night of the Milky Way Train", which was written by Kenji Miyazawa. He was a poet and author of a children's stories birthed in Iwate prefecture. SL Ginga runs between JR Hanamaki Station and Kamaishi station. The interior of the cars are designed like early Showa or Taisho period style. You can enjoy a romantic atmosphere .