THINGS TO DO

Gokusui no En Festival at Motsuji Temple, Hiraizumi
Kitakami Tenshochi: Enjoy over 10,000 Cherry Blossoms till May

Iwate is the second largest prefecture in Japan facing the Pacific Ocean. It is filled with historical and nature attractions. Numerous important cultural properties including Chusonji Temple (中尊寺) and the garden of Motsuji Temple (毛越寺) remain in Hiraizumi area, which are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Morioka, the central city of Iwate, is accessible from Tokyo by Tohoku Shinkansen.